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November 2014

e-Agri is the electronic newsletter of Agri SA. For comments and inquiries contact Thea or call 012-643 3400.

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Labour

Deputy President hosts Labour Relations Indaba

On 4 November 2014, the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, hosted a labour relations Indaba that considered critical labour market issues relating to social dialogue and the transformation of the South African labour relations environment.  The Indaba was announced in the State of the Nation Address in June when President Zuma urged social partners to address the state of the labour relations environment and, in particular, to explore issues such as wage inequality and the length and violence in strike actions. Read more

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Labour

Postal strike

According to information received from the SA Post Office, it has finally being granted an interdict against striking workers, making it illegal for them to approach any post office facility to within 500 m or less. This makes it possible for the SA Police to act against workers who block entrances to places of work or who intimidate employees who report for duty. The support from the SA Police Service has been excellent and levels of intimidation dropped across the Gauteng province. Read more

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Organisation

Agri SA’s congress 2014

In Agri SA’s 110 year of existence the congress theme was: “Family Farming in a Transforming Society”, noting the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations’ theme for 2014, celebrating the immense contributions of family farming to societies around the globe. Congress focused on three core challenges faced by family farms as major contributors to the sector’s performance, i.e. the road to meaningful and sustainable land reform; human relations for a prosperous agricultural sector; and enhancing economic progress for the spectrum of farmers.Read more

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Organisation

Agri SA’s office bearers

Agri SA’s office bearers elected at congress are as follows:

President, Mr Johannes Möller (photo)
Deputy Presidents Mr Dan Kriek
and Mr Phenias Gumede

Chairman of Agri SA’s Commodity Chamber, Mr Louw Steytler
Chairman of Agri SA’s General Affairs Chamber, Dr Theo de Jager

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Jong boere

Die beste van die bestes

Agri SA wens Sakkie van Zyl, Agri Noordwes se finalis, geluk met die besondere prestasie om aangewys te word as die 2014 Toyota SA/Agri SA Jongboer van die jaar.  Hy is Vrydagaand aangewys as die beste van die bestes uit agt finaliste na ‘n intensiewe beoordelingsproses. ‘n Besondere kenmerk van Sakkie is sy positiewe denke en sy energieke passie vir die landbou.  Lees meer asook Agri SA se mediaverklaring in dié verband.  Click here for an English version of this report and Agri SA’s media release in this regard.

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Land reform

Ministerial Workshop on the Strengthening of Relative Rights held on 25 October 2014

Minister Nkwinti called a workshop on 25 October 2014, to discuss the outcome of the Land Tenure conference that took place in September 2014, as well as the implementation of, Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan.  Agri SA was represented at the Workshop by Johannes Möller, Hans van der Merwe, Annelize Crosby and Theo Boshoff. Read more

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Investment

Nedlac concludes with the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill

For the past three months Agri SA formed part of the Business delegation that deliberated on the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill at Nedlac, the process came to a conclusion on 21 October 2014. The is primarily aimed maintaining investor confidence in South Africa as it the incumbent Bill earmarked to replace the various bilateral investment treaties that have recently elapsed without being renewed. Read more

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Land reform

Agri SA attends the continental conference on land grabs

As a follow-up to the South Africa conference held in June this year, Agri SA also attended the continental conference on land grabs late in October. “Land grabs” in this sense refers to large-scale acquisitions of high value agricultural land, minerals and strategic water resources in Africa by foreign governments or multi-national corporations. Although there radical assumptions and statements made at times, the final conclusions were meaningful.
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Natural resources

Implementation of the National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS-2)

Agri SA participated in a national workshop held by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on the implementation of the NWRS-2.  Agri SA was also included in the Department’s Water Sector Leadership Group (WSLG), which undertook the preliminary consultations with stakeholders. The Department was briefed on the economic situation prevailing in the industry. Concerns pertaining to the survival of the sector were specifically highlighted. Read more

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Landelike veiligheid

Veiligheidshulp aan boerderygemeenskappe

Die Agri Securitas Trustfonds het weer finansiële steun bewillig aan verskeie boerderygemeenskappe om hulle in staat te stel om hulle veiligheid te verbeter.  Misdadigheid in landelike gebiede noodsaak dié gemeenskappe om al meer te doen om hulle boerderye teen kriminaliteit te beskerm.  Lees meer asook Agri SA se mediaverklaring in dié verband.

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Versekering

Probleme met die verkryging van oesversekering in die Noordwes-provinsie

Dit het onlangs onder Agri SA se aandag gekom, dat boere in die Noordwes-provinsie probleme ondervind om oesversekering vir die komende plantseisoen te bekom. Agri SA het omvattende gesprekke met die herversekeringsmaatskappy Munich Re, die plaaslike versekeringsmaatskappye soos onder andere ABSA, Mutual & Federal en Santam, asook Graan SA gevoer. 
Lees meer

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International

F@rmletters Issue n°32, October 2014

This e-Magazine of the WFO focuses on:  Women Farmers Speak Out for Equal Access

Read more about:
• Representing Women Farmers
• The Efforts of JA Women’s Associations in Japan
• Women Farmers’ limited “access to”
• How Women’s Access to Information can improve Agricultural Productivity
• Access to Agriculture Input: a holistic approach of Self Employed Women’s Association
• Attitudes counts in real equality
• If You Grow It, Will they Come? Using Forest Gardens to Grow and Access a Community for Your Orchard
• The Story of Livinesi Mateche
• Harvesting Success with Hard Work, Commitment and Passion
• WFO’s activities for the International Day of Rural Women
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International

Dr. Evelyn Nguleka as WFO Acting President

WFO Community welcomes Dr. Evelyn Nguleka, former WFO Vice President as WFO Acting President and Mr. Piet Vanthemsche as WFO Acting Vice-President. WFO General Assembly will be called to vote for the next President at its 2015 session in June 2015 in Milan, Italy. During the last meeting of WFO Board held in Viterbo, Italy, on 8 to 10 October, Mr Peter Kendall tendered his resignation as President with immediate effect.Click here to read about other reports in The Seed, publication of the WFO ISSUE N. 10, OCTOBER, 2014.

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Parliament

Parliamentary report: Fifth Parliament: August and September 2014

Ms Annelize Crosby, Advisor Legal and Land Affairs, Parliamentary Liaison, discusses the important issues that were placed in the spotlight during August and September.
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Communication

Agri SA mediaverklarings / AGRI SA MEDIA RELEASES

Agri SA het die volgende mediaverklarings uitgereik.  Die volledige verklaring kan op Agri SA se webblad gelees word. Kliek hier

Agri SA issued the following media statements.  The full statement could be read on Agri SA’s webpage. Click here

5 November 2014 
Veiligheidshulp aan boerderygemeenskappe / Financial assistance to secure farming communities

4 November 2014  
Die beste van die bestes / The best of the best

ASUF MEDIA STATEMENTS

3 November 2014 ASUF’s views on farmworker evictions
26 September ASUF on land reform

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Communication

RSG Landbou

Agri SA is verantwoordelik vir die Maandag-inset op die RSG Landbouprogram  Hieronder is ‘n link waar daar na onderhoude wat gevoer is geluister kan word.  Die onderhoud(e) word in ‘n MP3-formaat aangebied.

• RSG Landbou 3 November 2014: Sakkie van Zyl – 2014 Toyota Agri SA Jongboer|Lester Mouton – President Agri SaMoz
• RSG Landbou 28 Oktober 2014: Agri SA Kongres – Terugvoer vanaf ‘n boer|Agri SA Kongres – Terugvoer vanaf 2 boere
• RSG Landbou 27 Oktober 2014: Dan Kriek Sosiaal Maatskaplike funksie van Landbou|Dan Kriek – Agri SA Kongres opsomming
• RSG Landbou 20 Oktober 2014 – OGGEND: Sandy La Marque Agri SA Grondhervormingsplan|Prof Carlu vd Westhuizen – 2014 Toyota Agri SA kompetisie beoordeling
• RSG Landbou 13 Oktober 2014 – OGGEND: Paul du Plessis – Agri-Gauteng Jongboer
• RSG Landbou 6 Oktober 2014 – OGGEND: Hans vd Merwe – 2014 Agri SA Kongres
• RSG Landbou 1 Oktober 2014 – OGGEND: Zander Ernst – Agri Limpopo Jongboer

 

 

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