Africa Agri Tech backed by ag giant AFGRI

The AFGRI Group has announced its support for the AFRICA AGRI TECH conference and expo, which will be hosted in Pretoria from 18 to 20 February 2020. The event promises to be one of the highlights on the 2020 agricultural calendar and will showcase the latest technologies transforming agriculture and related value chains, whilst addressing the issue of our new reality – the tech revolution: Industry 4.0.

Encompassing amongst other things, the Internet of Things and Big Data, automation, artificial intelligence, there has never been a more relevant time to see what possibilities lie in wait to further agricultural production and aid farmers in South Africa.

AFGRI Group CEO, Chris Venter, expressed his delight in partnering with the event. “We believe that technology and digitalisation will become ever more important. The changes it has effected in everyday lives in terms of markets and production continuously take new shape, almost daily. We feel that an expo of this nature, focusing on advancements in science and technology, and where discussion can take place, is long overdue and most relevant. We are not merely watching how markets get disrupted, we want to be part of the disruption to bring new innovations to our industry and our clients alike.”

AFRICA AGRI TECH will also shed some light on the near future, helping executives and farmers alike, to develop practical and realistic roadmaps for driving this transformation over the next five years.

The event will be hosted at the Sun Arena and Maslow Hotel, Time Square, Menlyn Maine.

For more information, contact Pula, Bella, Werner or Ronel on 011 465 0099 or visit africaagritech.co.za

PUMA AND VODACOM BULLS GIVE IT HORNS IN 2020

Cape Town, South Africa, November 2019 – Official technical partner PUMA has launched the 2020 kit for the Vodacom Bulls and Blue Bulls, which will be worn for both the Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup seasons. The new #GiveItHorns jersey features a repeating pattern of bull heads with interlocking horns in a contrasting shade of blue.

“Vodacom Bulls fans have passed down their love for the team to their children and their children’s children. It’s more than supporting a team – it’s supporting a legacy. This connection is mirrored in the pattern on the shirts – bull horns interlocking to represent how generations of supporters are connected through their shared passion, dedication and love for their team,” said PUMA South Africa Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

“South African rugby is riding a wave of success and we look forward to seeing World Champion warrior Trevor Nyakane and next generation players Marco van Staden, Lizo Gqoboka and Simphiwe Matanzima giving it horns in the new Vodacom Bulls kit this season.”

Blue Bulls Company CEO Alfons Meyer said: “PUMA have again raised the bar with a design that encompasses what the #BullsFamily is all about. It speaks to our old and new fans, as well as across age groups. We are also excited by our new combined logo, which showcases both the Barberton Daisy and the horns that have defined the Vodacom Bulls in the professional era. This will proudly be displayed on the left chest of the jersey, and will make a bold statement about a team that has been built on a strong heritage, while striving forward and remaining a trend-setter in the industry.”

The #GiveItHorns jersey sits alongside the Marvel Captain America jersey that will be used for local Derby matches. It drops in PUMA stores, Totalsports, The Cross Trainer, Sportsmans Warehouse and selected retailers on 29 November 2019 for R799.

#GiveItHorns #BullsFamily

 Media Contact:

Brett Bellinger – Marketing Director, PUMA South Africa – brett.bellinger@puma.com

Doug Carew – Splash PR – doug@splashpr.co.za

Boerebroers woeker met familieplaas

Ons kuier by mnr. Riaan Strydom van die Bokmakierie-boerderytrust op Krakeelrivier naby Joubertina. Hy is in 2018 aangewys as die Oos-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar en boer saam met sy broer, Mario, in die Langkloof met appels, pere, hoenders en varke. Die broers het op die grond wat hulle aanvanklik as ’n vrugteplaas geërf het, ’n topvleisproduksie-eenheid tot stand gebring. Hul produkte word aan handelaars selfs tot by George en Port Elizabeth versprei.

Vodacom Bulls latest signing… Patrice Motsepe

The Blue Bulls Company is excited to welcome our new shareholder Patrice Motsepe to the #BullsFamily.

The much talked about and anticipated deal was unanimously concluded on Thursday evening at a meeting held at Loftus Versfeld.

The new structure will mean that existing shareholders Remgro and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) reduce their previously equal percentage of shareholding from 50% each to 37% and 26% respectively, allowing Motsepe to buy in owning the remaining 37%.

President of the BBRU, Willem Strauss expressed his delight with the new signing: “We put a lot of effort into making this possible over the last few months, and I am proud to say that all the union committee members unanimously voted in favor of the deal. I firmly believe that private investors will add immense value to our beautiful game going forward. The benefits of this deal is not only to the BBCo at the professional level, it will also make a positive impact on our amateur rugby, at schools, clubs and development levels. We are privileged and excited to have partners like Mr Motsepe in our corner”

Motsepe is undoubtedly a visionary in the business world and has often been quoted as saying, “If we continue doing the right things in Africa, we can create a very exciting and competitive global market here”. Among his many business ventures, he is also the owner of African soccer giants Mamelodi Sundowns, a team that also enjoys Loftus Versfeld as their home ground.

Alfons Meyer, CEO of the BBCo is looking forward to the synergies that the new partnership brings: “This is a brilliant deal, not only for us at the BBCo, but also for our communities and the sport industry in general. I look forward to a host of synergies and opportunities that will be forged between us. With Mr Motsepe also owning soccer giants Mamelodi Sundowns, there is no doubt that a relationship like this will further enhance and entrench our vision to make Tshwane the sporting capital.”

Landbouweekliks: Bonsmaras is dié boer se trots!

Landbouweekliks kuier by mnr. Justin Stirk, wat ’n gemengde boerdery bedryf in die distrik Southwell in die Oos-Kaap. Vertakkings sluit in sigorei, makadamianeute, pikantrissies, mielies, Bonsmarakoeie en Boerbokooie. Justin se beeste is sy trots en hy is ook ’n lid van die Frontier Bonsmaras-groep. “Ander mense het stokperdjies, maar ek hou daarvan om beeste te teel,” sê hy oor sy liefde vir die Bonsmaras. Die droogte het vanjaar sy produksie beperk, maar Justin is positief oor die toekoms.

 

Toppynappelboer glo in voortdurende verbetering

Landbouweekliks kuier by mnr. Mark Harris, Suid-Afrika se grootste pynappelprodusent, wat ook ’n versappingsnismark oorsee benut. “Voortdurende verbetering eerder as ’n grootknal-gebeur- tenis,” is dié boer van Bathurst in die Oos- Kaap se beskrywing van hoe Langholm Farms daarin geslaag het om sy pynappelproduksie van 800 ton in 1988 tot 16 000 ton te verhoog. ’n Kudde Bonsmaras (200 kommersiële teelkoeie) benut ook gebiede wat nie vir pynappelproduksie gebruik word nie.

Boere kán suksesvol saamboer

Mnr. Dirk van Papendorp boer op die plaas Voorstekop tussen Heidelberg en Swellendam in die Wes-Kaap. Dié plaas vorm deel van die Tweekop-boerdery. Dirk en mnre. Arno en Pieter Steenkamp van Oudekraalskop het in 2014 hul boerdery-ondernemings saamgevoeg in dié maatskappy (altesaam 3 000 ha). Só geniet hulle die skaalvoordele, maar sorg ook dat die bestuurskwessies nie die perke van een mens oorskry nie. Hulle bedryf ’n wol-skaapboerdery, melkery en graanvertakking.