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Year Summary
2014 The major achievement of 2014 was the successful implementation of the first year of the Competency Based Learning curriculum for the Diploma in Agriculture.
Good progress was made with quality assurance matters and the revision of  four important policies. The continued funding from the ECSP and TACATI project enabled the College to upgrade facilities, equipment, implements and vehicles.
The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, benefiting a large client
base in the public and private agricultural sectors. Training by the Grootfontein College in 2014 focused mostly on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the NQF, and to a limited degree on informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF. The flagship program remains the Higher Education program and all efforts were made to ensure the successful completion of the 2014 academic program.
As the College is also involved in research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to
commercial, smallholder and subsistence farming sectors. GADI succeeded to host a very successful Karoo Young Farmers’ Day and the Angora Farmers’ day.
The students excelled in a number of sporting codes and made the most of  the opportunities on the sport field and other extramural activities. [more ...]
2013

The major achievement of 2013 was the successful development of the Competency Based Learning curriculum for the Diploma in Agriculture to be implemented in 2014.  

The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries benefiting a large client base in the public and private agricultural sectors. Training by the Grootfontein College in 2013 focused mostly on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and to a limited degree on informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF. The flagship program remains the Higher Education program and all efforts were made to ensure the successful completion of the 2013 academic program.

As the College is also involved in small stock research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to commercial, small-holder and subsistence farming sectors. GADI succeeded to host a very successful Prestige Farmers’ Day in cooperation with the local farmers.

The students excelled in a number of sporting codes and made the most of the opportunities on the sport field and other extramural activities.

Based on the following, Grootfontein is in a stronger position than a year ago:

·         Additional funding from DAFF through the ECSP

·         Funding from the Netherlands based donors

·         Development of the CBL curriculum

·         Progress with quality assurance

·         Various student sports achievements

·         First female Chairperson of the House Committee

·         The successful 2013 College Cup

·         The completion of maintenance projects

·         Dynamic leadership at different levels

·         Linkage created with UFS for co-presentation of a B.Agric. degree at Grootfontein and

·         Participation in the transformation process of colleges into ATI’s. 

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2012 The major achievement of 2012 was the successful re-accreditation of the Diploma in Agriculture offered by the Grootfontein College of Agriculture.
The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries benefiting a large client base in the public and private agricultural sectors. Training by the Grootfontein College in 2012 focused mostly on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and to a lesser degree on informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF. The Higher Education Program, still the flagship of the College, was successfully completed in 2012 through teamwork and dedication.
The demographics of the students continued to improve, with most ever female students registering in 2012.
As the College is also involved in small stock research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to commercial, smallholder and subsistence farming sectors. GADI succeeded to host a very successful Prestige Farmers' Day and Rural Farmers' Day in cooperation with the local farmers.
The students excelled in a number of sporting codes and made the most of the opportunities on the sport field and other extramural activities. [more ...]
2011 The 2011 Training Report focuses on the academic program and events presented in the centenary year of the College.
Although the centenary celebrations required a lot of planning and time, the College did not compromise on the quality of the training program. The College staff and support staff had to work under a lot of extra pressure to ensure both the presentation of the academic program and the hosting of a wide range of centenary events. The huge potential of the staff became evident this year when they excelled in the presentation of both.
The year 2011 saw some major developments regarding the transformation of Agricultural Colleges into Agricultural Training Institutes and the re-accreditation of Agricultural Colleges. The Norms and Standards for Agricultural Training Institutes has been approved and the first draft of the green paper of the Agricultural Training Institute bill has been submitted. The College submitted its application for re-accreditation by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) as well as its alignment with the new Higher Education Qualification Framework (HEQF).
The centenary events were hosted professionally and included the unveiling of a memorial plaque, a formal centenary gala dinner, the centenary Youth Day celebrations, the South African Agricultural Colleges rugby, soccer, netball and golf tournaments, the Small Stock Expo of Excellence, centenary Heritage day and the staff centenary celebrations.
Due to a number of achievements and the wide range of events hosted, 2011 can arguably be regarded as the most complete year yet in the history of the Grootfontein College of Agriculture. [more ...]
2010 The 2010 Training Report is the sixth edition in the series of training reports of the Grootfontein College of Agriculture. The College celebrates its centenary in 2011, and 2010 therefore marks the hundredth year of excellent service to the small stock industry.
Throughout the years the College faced many challenges in its drive to be a world class centre of education and training, research and advisory services in the arid to semi-arid agroecological areas of Southern Africa. Since its establishment in 1911, Grootfontein had to adapt to changes in the political landscape, agricultural policies, developments and new trends in agriculture, and education and training. Being at the dawn of its centenary testifies that the College managed to adapt successfully. The College has proactively set the trend in many aspects of the small stock industry.
The year 2010 saw some major developments regarding the transformation of Agricultural Colleges into Agricultural Training Institutes. The Norms and Standards for Agricultural Training Institutes has been approved, a mandate was given for the development of an Agricultural Training Institute bill and a budget option was secured from Treasury as first step in the increased financial support to the Colleges.
Grootfontein was faced with its own transformational issues and succeeded to deal with them in a structured but often firm way. The implementation plan of the Language Policy had to be altered twice to ensure that all students had full access to either English or Afrikaans classes. A parallel mode of instruction has subsequently been implemented and has defused the language issue at the College.
Achieved this, attention started to shift towards the preparations of the Centenary program for 2011. The overall objective of the celebrations will be to unite all role players in the small stock industry through various events hosted at Grootfontein, the home of the small stock industry.
In retrospect, 2010 can be considered a successful closure of the first century of the College, aligning itself for a prosperous second century. [more ...]
2009 Although the College faced a number of challenges during 2009 it can be declared in retrospect that the College nevertheless succeeded to comply with its main objective, namely to present quality agricultural education and training.
The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries benefiting a large client base in the public and private agricultural sector. Training by the Grootfontein College in 2009 focused both on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), as well as formal and informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF.
The ratio of admittance for equity and previously disadvantaged groups for 2009 continued to improve and the most female students ever registered for studies during the year. Transformation was high on the agenda for 2009 and good progress has been made regarding transformational matters at GADI.
To pass the Higher Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture, students are required to pass both the theoretical and practical parts of the programs. In addition all short courses presented by other organisations also have to be passed. This program ensured a well-equipped individual who can be successfully employed in the small stock sector.
The Further Education and Training program of Grootfontein, based on Unit Standards as registered with AgriSETA, reached new heights during 2009. Training was conducted onsite and at Grootfontein. A large number of people benefited from the training program and received certificates of competence or certificates of attendance.
As the College is also involved in small stock research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to both commercial, small-holder and subsistence farming sectors.
This report once again highlights the fact that the impact of the training programs that Grootfontein offered is phenomenal and it can be regarded as instrumental in the high level of achievement in the small stock industry. The values practised by the College together with the quality of training ensured that the beneficiaries of the training programs were adequately equipped for success in the small stock sector. [more ...]
2008 The Grootfontein College of Agriculture made a positive impact on the small stock industry during 2008.
The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, benefiting a large client base in the public and private agricultural sector.
Training by the Grootfontein College in 2008 focused both on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), as well as formal and informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF.
The slow process of filling of new or vacant posts placed pressure on the serving lecturers and training officers. In spite of this the College succeeded to reach its targets.
The ratio of admittance for equity and previously disadvantaged groups for 2008 continued to improve. A number of bursaries from the Northern Cape Department of Education afforded more students from the target groups the opportunity to enrol.
To pass the Higher Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture, students are required to pass both the theoretical and practical parts of the programs. In addition all short courses presented by other organisations also have to be passed. This program ensured a well-equipped individual who can be successfully employed in the small stock sector.
The Further Education and Training program of Grootfontein, based on Unit Standards as registered with AgriSETA, reached new heights during 2008. Training was conducted on-site and at Grootfontein. A large number of people benefited from the training program and received certificates of competence or certificates of attendance.
As the College is also involved in small stock research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to both commercial and emerging farming sectors.
This report once again highlights the fact that the impact of the training programs that Grootfontein offers is phenomenal and it can be regarded as instrumental in the high level of achievement in the small stock industry. The values practiced by the College, together with the quality of training, ensured that the beneficiaries of the training programs were adequately equipped for success in the small stock sector. [more ...]
2007 The Grootfontein College of Agriculture made a positive impact on the small stock industry during 2007.
The College conducted all its activities in line with the vision of the Department of Agriculture, benefiting a large client base in the public and private agricultural sector.
Training by the Grootfontein College in 2007 focused both on formal vocational training in the Higher Education band of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), as well as formal and informal training in the Further Education and Training band of the NQF.
The appointment of new lecturers contributed positively on the teaching capacity of the College. This was supported by the appointment of interns who used the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge base in small stock production and lecturing.
As part of the Higher Education band of the NQF, Grootfontein offers a Higher Certificate and a Diploma in Agriculture. To obtain one of these qualifications, students must complete a number of subjects within a specified time. These subjects include theoretical as well as practical activities. The formal lectures are supplemented by various short courses and study tours. The need for this kind of agricultural education in South Africa was emphasized by the high number of applications received in 2007. The available practical facilities however, limited the number of students who were admitted.
The ratio of admittance for equity and previously disadvantaged groups for 2007 did improve. A number of bursaries were provided by various agri-businesses and the Department of Agriculture, giving more students the opportunity to study at Grootfontein.
One of the academic highlights of 2007 was that a Grootfontein student won the John Deere SA Agricultural Colleges Student of the Year award, which emphasizes the fact that training at this College is of a very high standard.
The Further Education and Training band of the NQF presented by Grootfontein is based on National Qualifications accredited by AgriSETA. Training and assessment were conducted ‘on-site’ or at the College in accordance with Unit Standards. Although a large number of individuals have received training, it is evident that training is also needed at lower levels as the majority of people living in rural communities does not fall within the target group of ABET 4 or Grade 10.
As the College is also involved in small stock research, various information days have been organised to disseminate information and research results to both the commercial and emerging farmer sectors.
This report highlights the fact that the impact of the training programs of Grootfontein is phenomenal. The training offered at the College is regarded as instrumental in the high level of achievement in the small stock industry. The passion, commitment and positive attitude of the College ensured that quality training was offered throughout 2007 in all training bands. [more ...]
2006 A major achievement of the College during 2006 was the accreditation with AgriSETA and the large number of people trained with skills programs. The College, as part of the greater Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, was also honoured as Ambassador of the Year by the Middelburg Chamber of Commerce.
The high number of students enrolled for the full time study program indicate that there is a need for the type of training that the College is offering. The employment rate of the students trained at this College is also very high. This emphasizes the fact that the training is relevant and of a very high standard.
The dedication and commitment of the staff to improve in service delivery ensured that quality training was offered throughout the year in all the training bands.
The Grootfontein College of Agriculture made a positive impact on the small stock industry during 2006. The continued existence of the College as a Higher and a Further Education Institution for the small stock industry, is very important. [more ...]
2005 As a year that once again was marked by various developments in the Higher and Further Education sectors as well as in the Agricultural sector, the year 2005 can be regarded as one of the best years in the history of the College. Proof of this is the remarkable increase in the number of people trained in the short courses.
The high student numbers of the full time study programme indicates that there is a need for the type of training that the College is offering. The employment rate of the students trained at this College is also extremely high in comparison to other training institutions.
This emphasizes the fact the training is relevant and of a very high standard.
The dedication and commitment of the staff to improve in service delivery ensured that quality training was offered throughout the year in all the training bands.
The Grootfontein College of Agriculture made a positive impact on the Small Stock industry during 2005. The continued existence of the College as a Higher and a Further Education Institution for the small stock industry is important. [more ...]