On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation (“the WHO”) officially declared that the spread of Coronavirus had reached the level of a pandemic. The virus is crossing international boundaries and affecting a large number of people worldwide. Coronavirus is a very serious illness and is potentially lethal. In respect of the workplace immediate steps must be taken in order to attempt to diminish its impact….
As ’n plaasseun vanuit die Klein-Karoo met groot drome het Sewis van der Horst, ’n appel-, peer en nektarienprodusent buite Villiersdorp, vir homself oor die jare ’n volwaardige plek in die landbou bedryf uitgekerf. Vandag boer hy sodat sy kinders en hul nageslag ’n beter lewe kan hê….
AGRI WESTERN CAPE’S PRESENTATION TO NERSA: ESKOM IN DEBT SPIRAL
Agri Western Cape made a presentation to the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) during a public hearing in Cape Town this week on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account application for 2018/19. Agri Western Cape participated in the process based on the seriousness of the matter for agricultural producers in the Western Cape….
A normal pome fruit season is anticipated for the 2020 season. With good 2019 winter rain, many of the growers are able to prepare a good crop. In general, colour development and pack-outs look promising at this stage. Only on the early pears sizing and colouring has been negatively affected by the heatwave experienced during mid-January 2020….
Subsequent to the new product standards that was gazetted and published in the last week, please find attached dispensations granted by DAFF to allow the industry to export Vermont Beauty, Sempre and Royal Gala, Tenroy according to the previous standards. In other words the status quo remains in place for them….
INDUSTRY WIDE DISPENSATION FOR FUJI & ROYAL GALA RED APPLES
Subsequent to the new product standards that was gazetted and published, please find attached dispensations granted by DAFF to allow the industry to export Fuji, Fuji Red, Fuji Green and Royal Gala Red according to the previous standards. In other words the status quo remains in place for them….
Agri SA is bekommerd oor die toename in onwettige tabakhandel, soos getoon deur die onlangse opvolg-Ipsos-kleinhandeloudit. Die oudit het gewys dat belastingontduiking tot so ‘n mate toegeneem het dat byna 1 uit elke vier sigarette se aksynsbelasting nie verklaar word nie….
Agri SA is concerned by the intensification of illicit tobacco trade as shown by the follow-up Ipsos retail audit. The tax evasion has escalated to such an extent that excise duty on nearly 1 in four cigarettes are not declared….
DATES SET FOR FINAL VOTER REGISTRATION FOR NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS 2019
Centurion – The Electoral Commission is pleased to announce the dates for its second and final voter registration weekend for the 2019 national and provincial elections.
The country’s 22 932 voting stations will open from 08h00 to 17h00 on Saturday 26 January and Sunday 27 January 2019 to allow new voters to register and existing voters to update and to check their registration details….
Die aanbeveling van die Grondwetlike Hersieningskomitee rakende die wysiging van artikel 25 is lynreg in stryd met die doelwitte van eiendomsbeskerming, ekonomiese stabiliteit, werkskepping, beleggersvertroue en volhoubare transformasie binne landbou. Die komitee het vandag aangedui dat hulle ‘n wysiging van die eiendomsklousule in die Grondwet gaan aanbeveel….
The recommendation of the Constitutional Review Committee on the amendment of section 25 is diametrically opposed to the crucial goals of protection of property, economic stability, job creation, investor confidence and sustainable agrarian reform….
Die waarnemende minister van omgewingsake het vroeër vandag appèlle teen die omgewingsmagtigings wat deur die Depart van Mineraal Hulpbronne aan Rhino Oil & Gas ten aansien van olie en gas eksplorasie verleen is, van die hand gewys….
The acting Minister of Environmental Affairs earlier today dismissed the appeals against environmental authorisations which were granted by the Department of Mineral Resources to Rhino Oil & Gas in connection with oil and gas exploration….
Die Wes-Kaapse Hooggeregshof het Vrydag, 26 Oktober 2018 ‘n tussentydse bevel toegestaan aan Wittewater Boerdery (Edms) Bpk in ’n saak rakende die tydelike oordrag van watergebruiksregte onder artikel 25(1) van die Nasionale Waterwet, 36 van 1998.
On Friday, 26 October 2018, the Western Cape High Court granted interim relief in favour of Wittewater Boerdery (Pty) Ltd in a matter concerning the temporary transfer of water use entitlements under section 25(1) of the National Water Act, 36 of 1998 (the NWA)….
Agri SA is opgewonde oor gister se aankondiging in die MTBPS dat R4,4 miljard aan die Land Bank toegeken sal word, om ontluikende boere te ondersteun. Dit is hopelik die begin van ‘n groot ommekeer vir boerdery in Suid-Afrika….
Agri SA is excited by yesterday’s announcement in the MTBPS of the R4,4 billion that will be allocated to the Land Bank to support emerging farmers. This is hopefully the start of a big turn-around for farming in South Africa….
Grabouw Beautiful is an NPC aimed at transforming Grabouw from the inside out; uniting our community; and alleviating poverty through skills transfer and job creation. We have a number of major threats facing our valley at the moment and we are turning these into opportunities. This we can only do with the complete buy-in of all who live here….
Neem asseblief kennis dat daar minder as drie weke oor is om alle aanlynregistrasies vir die uitvoer van steenvrugte na die VSA en verpligte registrasie vir Perske en Nektarien uitvoere na die EU te finaliseer!
Please note that there is less than three weeks left to finalize all online registrations for the export of stone fruit to the US and compulsory registration for Peach & Nectarine exports to the EU!….
UPDATED POME & STONE PHYTOSANITARY REQUIREMENTS AND WORK PROCEDURES – ONE PAGERS
The attached Phytosanitary requirements and working procedures for export – “one pager” documents serve as a guideline to assist stakeholders with the phytosanitary requirements and work procedures to export to the various special markets. Kindly be guided accordingly and consult the complete protocol….
WITHDRAWAL OF THE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE OF OMAN, KUWAIT AND SAUDI ARABIA
Confirmation was received that a decision was made to withdraw the Standard Operating Procedure issued on the 19th March 2018 regarding export to Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and that the Standard Operating Procedure issued on the 19th April 2016 with respect to export to Indonesia is hereby re-instated and implemented with immediate effect….
2018 FORELLE/VERMONT BEAUT AREA VRYSTELLING VERSLAG
Hortec is deur SAAPPA as onafhanklike laboratorium aangewys om die vrystelling en verskeping weke van Forelle
pere te behartig. Forelle is ‘n hoë waarde kultivar en moet volgens die Forelle protokol bestuur word. Die risiko’s
vir verrimpelling, melerigheid en frank smaak is groot indien die kultivar nie reg hanteer word nie….
While SmartFreshSM (1-MCP) is registered for pears, it can have negative repercussions in markets if not applied correctly. This, linked to the international trend that indicates a decline in the consumption of pears. Packhouses / exporters are thus encouraged to follow sustainable treatment practices….
HORTGRO REQUEST PRODUCERS AND INDUSTRY ROLE-PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
In the spirit of the HORTGRO vision ‘Inspiring Inclusive Growth’ we would like to encourage you to take part in the following skills development programme from the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)….
Unseasonal thunderstorms occurred over certain parts of the Western Cape on 12, 13 & 14 Feb 2018 that resulted in localised damage to fruit. It is estimated that this damage due to rain, wind and hail will result in a decrease of ±200,000 cartons of mid to late season plums….
A false report is currently in circulation about Listeria linked to South African apples. The deciduous fruit industry body, Hortgro,
said in a statement that according to their knowledge no Listeria has ever been found on fresh South African apples. “The report
is false and irresponsible,” said Anton Rabe, Hortgro’s Executive Director….
The Electoral Commission urges all South Africa’s eligible voters to visit their voting stations over the weekend of 10 and 11 March 2018 as part of a national campaign to update the voters’ roll in preparation for the 2019 elections….
WATER & OMGEWINGSAKE / WATER & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
GUIDELINES ON THE MEASUREMENT OF THE VOLUMES OF WATER TAKEN FROM WATER RESOURCES FOR IRRIGATION
Attached herewith please find the “Guidelines on the measurement of the volumes of Water taken from water resources for irrigation purposes” for your information. Please take note that this document is not yet signed off….
The Hortgro Science Technical Symposium is the flagship event on the deciduous fruit calendar. An event that is attended by progressive growers and thought leaders throughout the entire supply chain of the deciduous fruit industry – from production through to marketing….
Ten einde die Vals Kodlingmot risiko bestuurstelsel wat reeds in gebruik is, deur die Phytclean platform, se kredietwaardigheid te staaf met die EU owerhede moet ons ‘n onafhanklike verifikasie van die proses doen.
In order to demonstrate the credibility of the False Codling Moth (FCM) risk management system already in use, through PhytClean, with the EU authorities we must conduct an independent verification of the process….
1. Fynbos birds with beautiful photos, information on threats, and habitat management recommendations;
2. Advanced Fire Information System, provides a map interface to active fires in South Africa based on satellite information….
Due to the cold and wet weather experienced over the last couple of weeks it seems that early season plums were struggling to reach min export sugar levels, with a lot of variation amongst fruit as well. This is specifically applicable to smaller fruit (B & C’s)….
The TWK Municipality is currently busy with the valuation validation process. They are at a preliminary stage and are trying to identify errors (valuation errors, gross over or under valuation, wrong categories ect). Please visit TWK Municipality’s website to view the rolls….
THEEWATERSKLOOF MUNICIPAL DROUGHT MITIGATION PLAN (DMP) 2017/18
The Municipality have just declared Level 4 water restrictions. Although the dam levels have increased with the last rains and snot we still have to endure a summer with very low rainfall predictions/forecasting. Implementing and enforcing restrictions as well as mitigating the risk of water scarcity is of the utmost importance to provide sustainable water supply and to secure our livelihood. Read more….
WATER EN OMGEWINGSAKE / WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
NUWE RIGLYN VIR INSTANDHOUDINGSPLANNE VIR RIVIERE EN VLEILANDE IN DIE WES-KAAP
Die Wes-Kaapse Departement van Omgewingsake het AWK van ‘n inligtingsdokument oor rivier- en waterloop instandhouding voorsien wat ons graag onder u aandag wil bring. Dit is die nuwe amptelike riglyne vir die opstel van instandhoudingsplanne vir riviere en vleilande wat op 25 Julie 2017 deur die Hoof van die Wes-Kaapse Departement Omgewingsake en Ontwikkelings-beplanning afgeteken.
Please find attached a copy of the granted dispensation on Sun breeze plums. And take note of the following:
• Sun Breeze as export cultivar
• 1-MCP-treated Sun Breeze minimum pressure 3,5 kg
• Re-inspection period 35 days
Termination date at next standards revision and gazetting.
AgriSETA nooi alle AgriSETA-werkgewers wat vaardigheidsheffings betaal, kommoditeits-organisasies, NRO’s, GGO’s, gemeenskapsgebaseerde koöperasies en klein SEB-maatskappye om aansoeke vir beurse, internskappe, ambagsontwikkeling, vaardigheidsontwikkeling en leerlingskappe in te dien. Aansoeke is oop van 1 September tot 31 Oktober.
Sien aangeheg die nodige inligting t.o.v. beurs aansoek van die Klipheuwel-Dassiefontein Windenergie-aanleg Beursprogram wat beskikbaar is vir studente van sekere dorpe in die Theewaterskloof munisipale gebied. Versprei asb so ver as moontlik die inligting in TWK. Moenie die geleentheid misloop nie.