Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Graduate Programme 2017

The Ministry of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) was created in 2009, in line with the Polokwane resolutions. For the first time in its history, the country would have a ministry dedicated to the social and economic development of rural South Africa; committed to ensuring that South Africans residing in rural areas enjoyed the same benefits as their urban cousins, so that that they too were covered by the blanket of human rights and basic dignity guaranteed in our Constitution.

Following its establishment, the new ministry immediately embarked on an intensive process to define and conceptualise what rural development should be, and to provide a framework of how it should be implemented. Government’s plan for developing rural areas, the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) is aimed specifically at curing the blight of poverty by the creation of vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities.

To achieve its vision, the new department defined its role and mission as being that of facilitating integrated development and social cohesion through partnerships with all sectors of society. The most important strategy the department pursues to deliver on the CRDP’s strategic objectives is, Agrarian Transformation.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, invites Unemployed Agricultural Graduates with a three year diploma or degree in Agriculture who need practical hands on experience to improve their chances of employment to apply for the Agricultural Graduates Programme oppportunities that currently exist with the Eastern Cape DRDLR District offices.

*Degree/Diploma in Agriculture or related field
* Project and People Management skills
* Research methodology
*Willingness to travel and work extended hours
*Computer literacy skills
* Communication skills
*Facilitation skills
* Report writing skills
*Presentation skills
*Liaison skills
*Interpersonal skills

*Analyse project/farm status
*Develop project plans for 12 months
*Work and liaise between DRDLR, Project Owners and other stakeholders
*Provide Technical advice to projects
*Conduct Research
*Produce progres reports


The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity in DRDLR through the filling of posts and as contemplated by the relevant component’s Employment Equity Plan.

Additional Information Preference will be given to applicants who reside within the Local Municipalities and/or Districts where the positions are advertised. Applicants who meet the requirements are not currently employed in the related field or have not benefitted in the programme in the past. Applicants who are currently not studying full time.

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