Pandemie-kwartaal uitslae: diagnose nie goed vir SA ekonomie

  • 10 September 2020
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Die diagnose is gemaak, en dit voorspel niks goeds vir die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie nie. Die jongste verslag deur Statistieke Suid-Afrika (StatsSA) toon ʼn inkrimping van 51% in die Bruto Binnelandse Produk (BBP) vir die tweede kwartaal van 2020.

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SA goed op pad om 2,2 miljoen ton mielies uit te voer – Sagis

  • 10 September 2020
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In Mei vanjaar het die Nasionale Landboubemarkingsraad se vraag-en-aanbodkommitee bereken dat Suid-Afrika tydens die 2020-’21 bemarkingsjaar ʼn geraamde 2,2 miljoen ton mielies sal uitvoer.

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Goeie geleenthede skep gunstige omgewing vir produsente – Francois Strydom

  • 10 September 2020
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“Daar was lanklaas soveel goeie geleenthede vir produsente soos wat tans die geval is. Om die waarheid te sê, hierdie is een van daardie seisoene wat net elke twintig of dertig jaar voorkom.” Dit is aldus Francois Strydom, Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van die Senwes Groep.

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Senwes vier 111 jaar van waardetoevoeging

  • 04 September 2020
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Senwes se wortels is stewig in die landbou geanker, en gedurende 2020 kyk dié landboumaatskappy terug op ‘n ryk en trotse geskiedenis wat oor 111 jaar strek. Die verhaal van die Senwes-groep is gegrond op ‘n klantgerigte visie en getuig van innovasie en aanpassing van geslag tot geslag.

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SAVPO-leier meen varkvleisbedryf is toekomsfiks

  • 04 September 2020
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“As ‘n bedryf moes ons oor die bestek van die laaste twee tot vier jaar baie uitdagings oorkom, maar ek glo dat die lesse wat ons geleer het, ons toekomsfiks gemaak het.” Dit is die mening van Johann Kotzé, Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van die Suid-Afrikaanse Vark Produsente Organisasie (SAVPO).

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September fuel price adjustment: sizeable drop in the price of diesel

  • 04 September 2020
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The latest fuel price adjustment, as announced by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has farmers breathing a sigh of relief ahead of the start of planting season.

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Samesmelting verseker wyer voetspoor en voortgesette diensverskaffing

  • 28 August 2020
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“Die kritiese element van hierdie samesmelting, wat ononderhandelbaar is, is die voortgesette diensverskaffing aan en betrokkenheid by aandeelhouers en produsente in a groter gekombineerde landboubesigheid met ‘n wyer voetspoor.” Dit is die mening van mnr Francois Strydom, Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van Senwes, na die Mededingingstribunaal Senwes se samesmelting met Suidwes goedgekeur het.

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R585: the rising cost of a full stomach

  • 28 August 2020
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Poverty is a dire reality in South Africa. Even before the commencement of the lockdown in March, the economy had entered a technical recession with two successive quarters of economic decline. With the coronavirus in full swing the economy remains under immense pressure and vulnerable communities are faced with severe food security concerns.

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Senwes expands commitment to finance emerging black farmers

  • 28 August 2020
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As announced on 18 August 2020, the Competition Tribunal approved the merger between the Senwes Group of Klerksdorp and the Suidwes Group of Leeudoringstad. As part of the approval agreement, the merging parties undertook to enhance their current offering to black emerging farmers.

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Virtual Discussion Series: valuable lessons learnt during lockdown

  • 17 August 2020
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As lockdown regulations are further relaxed and South Africa prepares to fully reopen its economy, it is important to pause and reflect on the lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis. This is especially applicable within the agricultural value chain.

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Agricultural Value Chain (AVC) Virtual Discussion Series – Wine Industry

  • 11 August 2020
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South African wine producers, like their global counterparts, are left reeling from the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry. An initial ban, imposed when lockdown began at the end of March, lasted for nine weeks – and for five of those weeks, wine exports were also banned. On 12 July, amid soaring rates of Covid-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa re-imposed the ban on the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol.

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Agricultural Value Chain virtual discussion series – alcohol industry

  • 11 August 2020
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It is estimated that the recommencement of the ban on alcohol sales would affect up to one million people working within this industry value chain. This includes the likes of producers, manufactures, wholesalers and retailers of beer, wine, spirits and flavoured alcoholic beverages.

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Agriculture Value Chain Discussion Series – Tobacco Industry

  • 03 August 2020
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The twelfth session of the Agricultural Value Chain | Discussion series continues to explore the value chain and its different components. This time, the series takes a closer look at the Tobacco industry, with considered commentary on the recent ban on the sale of tobacco products in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

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Wilson Giel swaps construction boots for farming gear

  • 03 August 2020
  • 1611

Wilson Giel is a developing farmer success story. Fresh on the heels of his impressive wheat harvest, Scenario visited him on his farm AfgriFarmer, Harstwater, Phokwane municipality to talk to him about the growing pains, challenges and wins that he has experienced on the journey to farming success. A civil engineer by profession, he decided to give that up to pursue his farming passion.

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Wat is die beste “all round” kaliber?

As ‘n baie matige en gemaklike mens, is daar baie min goed wat my van stryk af bring. Maar die bespreking van die beste all round kaliber is een wat my dwars in die krop steek. Die grootste rede vir die gevoel is dat die antwoord - “want ek het een”, eintlik geen water dra nie, en in die meeste gesprekke gereeld opduik. Kom ons kyk of ons met feite dalk nader aan ‘n goeie all round kaliber antwoord kan kom.

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Senwes Equipment: 2020 Visie

Die uitbreek van die Covid-19 pandemie het alle besighede op 'n verskeidenheid vlakke geaffekteer. Sommige besighede se aktiwiteite het tot stilstand gekom, terwyl ander dit weer vinnig moes hersien en wyses moes vind om aan te gaan, ongeag die unieke en uitdagende omstandighede.

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The long wait for SA’s second biggest harvest

Favourable weather conditions have secured positive predictions for the South African agriculture sector’s maize harvest for 2019/2020. According the South African Crop Estimation Committee, South African maize farmers are expected to harvest 38% more grain in the 2019/2020 season compared with the previous season.

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Alternatiewe voerbronne vir herkouers

Wat moet in aanmerking geneem word? Voer is die grootste enkele koste in beesproduksiestelsels en is alternatiewe en goedkoper voer altyd in oorweging. Daar is verskillende roumateriale wat in herkouervoer ingesluit kan word en is daar nie noodwendig enige spesiale aspekte wat oorweeg moet word nie.

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The 5 letters, dash and 2 numbers that pushed print media over the edge

Covid-19 has brought about many unprecedented changes in our lives over the past few weeks with lasting effects on individuals, families, companies, industries, countries… in fact globally.

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Bekalk, dit is hoog tyd

Optimale saaiboerderypraktyke begin met betroubare monsterneming en ‘n goed beplande bekalkingsprogram. Sodoende word die pH-vlakke reggestel tot op die vlakke wat gewasse nodig het om optimaal te groei.

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Increasing imports could jeopardise the local agricultural economy

Agri SA calls on government to be vigilant around produce trade. Globally, the decline in demand for agricultural produce has resulted in stock surpluses and over-capacitated storage facilities.

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Constraints to growing Agriculture and broadening the inclusion of youth and women in the sector

The eleventh session of the Agriculture Value Chain | Discussion series is a two-part discussion tackling issues that constrict youth inclusion and transformation in the South African agricultural landscape.

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Development farming funding and how to access it?

Farming is a business. Like any business, farming businesses require funding in order to perform at peak productivity.

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Donate maize, receive seed and support your community

South Africans have always been known for their willingness to reach out and help each other in times of need. This characteristic has clearly shone through once again. A number of projects have been launched to assist those who are struggling and in need, living in areas where the destructive effect of the disrupted economy is most visible.

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Senwes prospers in challenging macro-economic conditions

The financial results of the group of companies reflect a 7,8% growth to R303m profit attributable to equity holders of the parent company for the 2019/2020 financial year. Earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation increased by 17,6% from R533m to R627m, while earnings per share increased by 5,4% to 178,3 cents per share.

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Pandemics through the eyes of History

It may seem sudden to us, it may also seem like we are living through exceptionally unique circumstances, but history has seen it all before. Disease and plague have been a part of history for as long as the earth has existed.

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Hoe groot is die ureumrisiko in my lek?

Oor ureum en ureumvergiftiging is daar al baie geskryf, en alhoewel ons glo dat ons vertroud is met die risiko’s verbonde aan die gebruik van ureumbevattende rantsoene, sien ons steeds jaarliks groot verliese as gevolg van ureumvergiftiging.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – Informal Trade Part2

Session 10 of the Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series continues to explore the complex world of Informal Trade in South Africa. The panel for this discussion is diverse and representative the different components of the entire agricultural value chain.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – Informal Markets

The ninth session examines the ins and outs of the agricultural informal trade sector in South Africa. The discussion explores the different issues and challenges around the sector as well as the viability and tremendous potential in small business development for this sector.

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Winter vegetable & lentil soup

Beat the Winter chills with a healthy and hearty vegetable and lentil soup, perfect to keep any family warm.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series - The SAFEX differential

Session 7 of the Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series tackles the SAFEX Differential as a hot topic and provides insights from various role-players within the Agri Value Chain. Anchor Dr John Purchase leads the panel once again and is joined by panellists Chris Sturgess JSE, Former Director: Commodity Derivatives; Frans Dreyer Senwes, Manager: Brokerage; Luan van der Walt Grain SA, Economist; Johan Strauss UFS, Lecturer; Stephan Kruger Producer; and Tjaart Kruger Premier Foods Ltd, CEO.

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Agriculture Value Chain, Food Supply and Distribution

The Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series takes a closer look at various projects in the country that strive to curb the surge of hunger and desperation experienced in poor communities, where the devastating effects of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly evident.

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'AVC Food Umbrella' kry momentum

Senwes vat hande met landboubesighede en rolspelers in die waardeketting met die loodsing van die 'Agri Value Chain Food Umbrella’. Die doel van die inisiatief is om die gebrek aan voedsel en desperaatheid wat in arm gemeenskappe ervaar word, waar die vernietigende effek van die grendeltyd baie meer algemeen is, aan te spreek.

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Increase in crime poses threat to agriculture

“The high crime levels, especially farm attacks, which leave the farming community vulnerable, have further escalated over the past weeks after relaxation of the lockdown measures. This has once again sent shock waves through the farming community. Criminality affects not only the farmer but also farmworkers and the rural community, which can only be regarded as an economic and emotional attack on agriculture,” said Tommie Esterhuyse, chair of Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Rural Safety.

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Virtual Discussion focuses on goodwill

Session 8 of the Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series takes a closer look at various projects in the country that strive to curb the surge of hunger and desperation experienced in poor communities where the devastating effects of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly evident.

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Message from Senwes Group CEO to clients and staff

Francois Strydom addresses staff and clients where he highlights three key aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic and also touches on commodity prices where he paints the short and medium-term outlook for grain, fruit and vegetables, and meat industries.

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Die impak van COVID-19 op Suid-Afrika

Theo Vorster praat oor die impak van die CoronaVirus op Suid-Afrika. Die eerste in ‘n reeks video’s waar Senwes sy klante, primêre produsente en prosesseerders, raad gee oor hoe om die COVID-19 pandemie te hanteer.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – Logistics

The sixth session of the Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series brought to you by Senwes in partnership with Agbiz takes a closer look at logistics as one of the critical pressure points in driving our food security and competitiveness.

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AVC Food Umbrella radio interviews

Francois Strydom, Senwes Group CEO talks on various radio shows about the AVC Food Umbrella. This initiative is answering the call of Agbiz to ensure food security amidst the disrupted economic activities due to the lockdown, as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Raad vir klante | Die impak van COVID-19 op die ekonomie

Theo Vorster praat oor die impak van die CoronaVirus op die ekonomie. Hierdie is die tweede video in die reeks waar Senwes sy klante, primêre produsente en prosesseerders, raad gee oor hoe om die COVID-19 pandemie te hanteer.

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Rising electricity tariffs are a major constraint for agriculture and the overall economy

NERSA has announced its decision regarding Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 financial year. NERSA approved an RCA balance of R13,3 billion in Eskom’s favour. Eskom’s application was for R27.32 billion.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – Finance

In the fifth session of the Agricultural Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series, brought to you by Senwes and Agbiz we get an introduction to the importance of open and competitive value chains and financing in the system, including the extent of primary agricultural debt and the need for insurance.

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Raad vir klante | Die impak van COVID-19 op die landbousektor

Theo Vorster praat oor die impak van die CoronaVirus op die landbousektor. Hierdie is die derde video in die reeks waar Senwes sy klante, primêre produsente en prosesseerders, raad gee oor hoe om die COVID-19 pandemie te hanteer.

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Senwes launches Agri Value Chain Food Umbrella

Delivery number 418668 open for donations - Senwes is uniting the agricultural value chain with the launching of the Agri Value Chain Food Umbrella. This initiative is answering the call of Agbiz to ensure food security amidst the disrupted economic activities due to the lockdown, as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Raad vir klante | Wat is die verskil tussen paniek en beplanning?

Theo Vorster praat oor rasionele teenoor emosionele besluitneming en stel dat klante na die feite moet kyk en meganismes in plek te moet sit om emosies te bestuur. Emosionele besluite is gewoonlik die verkeerde besluite. Wees realisties oor aannames, hierdie probleem gaan met ons wees vir ten minste die volgende 12-maande.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – Milling industry

In the third session of the Agricultural Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series, brought to you by Senwes and Agbiz, viewers get a lesson on the milling industry and how it operates.

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Agri Value Chain Virtual Discussion Series – The Meat Industry

The second session of the Agricultural Value Chain discussions brought to you by Agbiz and Senwes, puts the spotlight on the animal industry. Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, is anchoring the session and discussions are held between panellists who are key experts in the animal industry.

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Have you watched the Agricultural Value Chain discussion series?

  • 30 April 2020
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Senwes and the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) have launched an ongoing virtual discussion series on the agricultural value chain. These informative discussions include an introduction to the agricultural value chain, followed by panel discussions focusing on various industries such as the meat and milling industries. Session 4 has also been uploaded and it focuses on primary producers.

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Agricultural Value Chain Virtual Discussion - Session One

  • 30 April 2020
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Senwes launched the Agricultural Value Chain Virtual Discussion series on 24 April 2020. With the aim of educating consumers and the general public about the value chain and what it means for the ordinary man in his everyday life. This series is designed to provide intricate details of the inner processes of the agricultural sector, from the farm to the table.

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Raad vir klante | Wat moet ek en my besigheid nie nou doen nie

  • 30 April 2020
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Theo Vorster praat oor die aspekte wat klante en hul besighede nie nou moet doen nie. Hy stel voor klante pas aannames afwaarts aan, herbesoek begrotings, bly weg van groot projekte en moet nie aanneem die ekonomie gaan dadelik weer wees soos wat dit was voor die virus nie.

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Agricultural Value Chain Virtual Discussion Session

  • 24 April 2020
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Senwes, in collaboration with the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), will be hosting a virtual discussion series on the agricultural value chain. These are the first virtual discussions in the new revolutionary series - A new way of conversing and bringing the agri value chain together.

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Raad vir klante | ‘n trotste inisiatief van Senwes

  • 24 April 2020
  • 1797

Senwes gee raad aan klante oor hoe om die COVID-19 pandemie te hanteer. In hierdie opnames praat Theo Vorster oor ‘n paar knelpunte soos die impak van die COVID-19 pandemie en verduidelik verskillende aspekte wat elke klante sowel as hul besighede nie uit die oog moet verloor nie.

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Land Bank’s default risks financial contagion and devastation for agriculture

Land Bank has warned debt holders of R50 billion that it is in danger of defaulting. The repayments in question are for its revolving credit facility, Land Bank cited a current “liquidity shortfall” as the problem.

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Witmielieverskansingsalternatiewe Invloedryke markprysdrywers

  • 17 April 2020
  • 1766

Die twee vorige artikels het gefokus op die agtergrond en resultate van ’n studie waar nege alternatiewe witmielieverskansingstrategieë vergelyk is vanaf die 2002/03 tot en met die 2018/19 produksiejaar.

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Organiese materiaal, Humiensuur en Fulviensuur

Alles begin en eindig met koolstof: “Carbon is the energy currency of soil.” (Dr. Kris Nichols; Rodale Institute). ’n Tekort aan koolstof in die grond sal gewasopbrengs onder druk plaas ten spyte van toenemende hoeveelhede kunsmis.

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’n Boer maak ’n plan - Die belangrikheid van ’n strategie en die basiese elemente daarvan

Senwes Scenario het by Senwes produsent AC van Wyk van ACH Boerdery in die Bultfontein omgewing gaan kuier om bietjie meer uit te vind oor hoe strategie deel van die groot vyf in landbou vorm. ’n Boer maak altyd ’n plan, so ‘n strategie is basies die uitbreiding van daardie planne.

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Senwes proudly supports the agricultural value chain

  • 09 April 2020
  • 1525

Senwes proudly supports the agricultural value chain which is undoubtedly an essential service to South Africa and the rest of the world… #DoYou?

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Voeding van pekanneutbome

  • 09 April 2020
  • 4636

Vrugbare grond met ‘n gebalanseerde voedingsprogram is nodig vir optimale groei en ontwikkeling van gesonde blare wat die boom in staat sal stel om jaarliks ‘n kwaliteit drag te produseer.

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He who deals with trusts, BEWARE!

We find more and more clients considering whether or not they should move all their life insurance policies into the trust as well. As with all financial planning scenarios, there is not one single answer that will suffice in all situations.

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COVID-19: Understanding, consideration and cooperation in Agri value chains imperative

  • 03 April 2020
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Agri SA calls for understanding and considerate conduct in agricultural value chains during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The agricultural sector has a massive responsibility to ensure food security during the lockdown period, but also in the trying economic times ahead.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Implications for transport in Agriculture

  • 02 April 2020
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Outline: Selected definitions relevant to agriculture, Transport overview: Aspects relevant to agriculture and Transport of staff (Bakkies & Trucks).

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Senwes ready to serve during 21-day national lockdown

  • 02 April 2020
  • 2564

Senwes has the responsibility of making a meaningful contribution towards food security in South Africa through sustainable agriculture. This responsibility stretches across various segments in the agri value chain which include, amongst others, the supply of inputs and mechanisation solutions as well as grain handling, storage and logistical solutions to food producers and other role players in the value chain.

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No time for politics now, save the economy and our country!

Moody’s downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to ‘Ba1’ from ‘Baa3’ is not unexpected. A perfect storm has been in the making for some time due to policy uncertainty, weak economic growth, rising debt levels, a decline in income to the fiscus and high levels of corruption and ineptness in government departments.

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Bewaringslandbou - 'n Innoverende oplossing vir aardverwarming

Bewaringslandbou word as ’n volhoubare landboumetode bepleit om grondgesondheid te verbeter en oesopbrengste en voedselsekerheid te verhoog, terwyl insetkoste verlaag word.

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Results of agricultural census released at a crucial time

Agri SA welcomes the release of results for the latest [1] Census of Commercial Agriculture (CoCA). We realise that good decision-making on the spectrum of matters that affect agriculture should be based on accurate and reliable information.

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South Africa is food secure

Consumers are urged to stop panic buying amid COVID-19. The increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa is a major concern for everyone. The steps taken by the government to combat the further spread of the virus should be supported by all.

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2020 Nampo Harvest Day Postponed

  • 20 March 2020
  • 3225

The 2020 NAMPO Harvest Day will be postponed to 11-14 August 2020, given that Government policies and guidelines permit the postponed date. Grain SA will evaluate and review the date by the end of June 2020 if necessitated by governmental regulations.

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Herfs in jou tuin

Herfs is hier en die deurdringende reënval, veral in groot dele van die Senwes-gebied die afgelope tyd, sal jou droë lente-/somertuin sommer gou opkikker. In die steeds droë gebiede soos die Noord- en Oos-Kaap is tuinmaak nie noodwendig ’n plesier as jy bloot net spartel om jou tuin aan die lewe te hou nie.

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Alternatiewe voerbronne vir herkouers

Voer is die grootste enkele koste in beesproduksiestelsels en alternatiewe en goedkoper voer is dus altyd 'n oorweging. Daar is verskillende roumateriale wat in herkouervoer ingesluit kan word en daar is nie noodwendig enige spesiale aspekte wat oorweeg moet word nie.

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Wen Milanie Vosloo se nuwe boek - Simfonie van seёn

  • 13 March 2020
  • 4062

Topverkoperouteur Milanie Vosloo, wat die geloofsrubriek Kos vir die Siel vir Senwes Scenario skryf, neem lesers met haar nuwe boek Simfonie van Seën op ’n jaarlange reis om God se goedheid en seën elke dag in hulle lewens te ervaar.

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Dopontwerp - Invloed is groot op die werking van koeël en kaliber

In die skietgemeenskap is die dopontwerp van ’n kaliber soms net so ’n groot besprekingspunt soos kaliberkeuse. ’n Kaliber bestaan juis uit ’n koeël met ’n sekere deursnit wat in ’n spesifieke dopontwerp pas.

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Senwes Equipment reg vir winter en stroop

Ons is midde-in herfs en die winterkoue en strooptyd lê vir ons en wag. Dit is nou die tyd om seker te maak dat jy sonder enige probleme hooi of kuilvoer sal kan maak en dat jou stroper jou nie in die middel van stroopseisoen in die steek laat nie. Senwes Equipment se inspeksieprogram bied vir jou oplossings vir byna al jou plaastoerusting.

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Braaied whole snoek with apricot basting

Having friends over this weekend? Jazz up your snoek with an apricot basting.

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Watch out for armyworms

  • 06 March 2020
  • 2000

Many queries were received about what the command worm looked like. Worms have already been spotted in some districts. The worms can do great damage to crops and pastures.

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Corona crisis threatens agricultural trade globally

  • 05 March 2020
  • 2721

The unexpected and alarming spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sparked fears of a global economic slowdown. South African agriculture exports approximately 25 commodities amounting to a value of more than $10 billion annually.

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Good year for SA grain sector

This promises to be a good year for South Africa’s grain sector, at least from a production front. The data released yesterday by the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) show that South Africa’s 2019/20 summer grains production could increase by 26% y/y to 16.8 million tonnes.

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Agbiz reaction on 2020 Budget: Challenging times for South Africa

  • 28 February 2020
  • 1662

This was yet another challenging budget for South Africa. It was tabled at a time of low economic growth, constrained tax revenue and higher unemployment.

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In die volgende Senwes Scenario – Fokus op Oes- en Herfstyd!

  • 28 February 2020
  • 1733

Met die uitgaan van 2019 en 2020 se intrap sien ons, soos in vorige seisoene, ‘n duidelike verandering in die weerspatrone. Die reënseisoen het letterlik geskuif en planne moet gemaak word om dit proaktief in elkeen se strategie in te werk.

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New Agricultural Development Agency set to bridge the gap between government and the private sector

  • 21 February 2020
  • 1921

The Agricultural development agency (AGDA) officially launched on Tuesday 18 February, as part of the Africa Agri Tech conference taking place at Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria.

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National minimum wage increase

  • 20 February 2020
  • 1950

Agri SA takes note of the increase of 3.8% to the national minimum wage which will come into effect on 1 March 2020.

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Agricultural sector’s answer to power supply

  • 19 February 2020
  • 1760

Agri SA welcomes the attention President Cyril Ramaphosa gave to the Eskom crisis in his state of the nation address.

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Senwes Equipment Awards Ceremony

  • 14 February 2020
  • 1799

Senwes Equipment honoured their top performing team members at a function held on 7 February 2020 at The Barn at Senwes Head Office.

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Deep fried pap balls with a cheese filling

  • 14 February 2020
  • 2895

Having a braai this weekend? Pair your meat and sauce with these delicious deep fried pap balls.

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Agbiz responds to the 2020 SONA by President Cyril Ramaphosa

  • 14 February 2020
  • 1623

Agbiz welcomes the greater realism articulated in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and especially welcomes the emphasis on inclusive economic growth to address key challenges facing South Africa.

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Die rol van dekgewasse in grondgesondheid

Dekgewasse word deesdae onvoorwaardelik saam met woorde soos grondopbou, grondgesondheid, volhoubare landbou asook grondherlewing of bewaringslandbou genoem. Dekgewasse vorm dus die kern of die belangrikste aspek in enige van hierdie ideologiese benaderings.

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Is kuilvoerentstowwe ’n belegging?

Wanneer dit by die produksie van hoë gehalte voer kom, kan die resultate geraak word deur enigiets van die weer tot tydsberekening, hantering en stoormetodes.

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Biosekuriteit by lewende hawe tentoonstellings

  • 07 February 2020
  • 1828

Gesamentlike persverklaring van Elmarie Prinsloo, CEO van die Bloemskou, Terry Strachen, CEO van die Royal Show (Pietermaritzburg), Albert Loubser, organiseerder van Nampo-ALFA (Bothaville), Johan Ehlers CEO van Agri Expo wat die Livestock ekspo aanbied (Stellenbosch) en Toit Wessels, hoofbestuurder Nampo Oesdag (Bothaville) en ook verteenwoordigend van Nampo Kaap (Bredasdorp).

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Dataplatforms herdefinieer boerdery in SA

  • 31 January 2020
  • 1706

Landbou-ondernemings sluit by Suid-Afrikaanse dataplatforms aan wat boerdery wil omvorm. John Deere het ’n platform ontwikkel waarmee derdepartyverskaffers van landboudienste, produsente met besluitneming help deur hul boerderydata te gebruik.

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Eksterne temperatuur se effek op ’n geweer se groepering

  • 31 January 2020
  • 2347

Verskeie faktore het ’n effek op die groeperings wat jy met jou geweer kan skiet. In vorige artikels het ons gesien dat ammunisie se spoed en patroonlengte nie noodwendig ’n groepering tot gevolg sal hê nie. In hierdie uitgawe ondersoek ons die effek van eksterne temperatuur op ’n geweer se groepering.

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Die Ottosdal Draf en Trap vier 27 jaar van sukses!

  • 31 January 2020
  • 2190

Slegs 72km vanaf Klerksdorp in die ooste, 62km vanaf Delareyville in die weste, 88km vanaf Lichtenburg in die noorde en 46km vanaf Wolmaransstad in die suide. Reg in die middel van Noordweskontrei wag die klein Noordwes landboudorpie van Ottosdal jaarliks vir die duisende atlete en besoekers aan die einde van Januarie - vanjaar was dit die 27ste agtereenvolgende byeenkoms. ​

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27th Ottosdal Draf & Trap happens this weekend

  • 24 January 2020
  • 2002

Are you ready for the 2020 Ottosdal Draf & Trap? You better get fit and ready because it is happening this Saturday, 25 January in Ottosdal.

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Future challenges for Animal Production

  • 24 January 2020
  • 2115

The world’s population growth will demand more food between now and 2050 than was produced during the previous 8 000 years. The key for the next few decades will be to deliver a new and innovative model of animal production that balances innovation with sustainability.

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Day of Prayer

  • 23 January 2020
  • 1568

Agri SA calls on every South African to join hands and to pray for the future of our country, specifically for the much-needed agricultural sector.

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AGDA to launch at AAT

  • 17 January 2020
  • 1849

The much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency will be officially launched at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT) on 18 February 2020, to be held at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Menlyn Main in Pretoria.

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Die impak van laergraadlewerings op plaaslike pryse

  • 17 January 2020
  • 1797

Die 2019 seisoen is gekenmerk deur ’n hoër as normale hoeveelheid lewerings van laer grade mielies. Veral witmielies in die Wes-Vrystaat, waar aanplantings laat was, het groot hoeveelhede mielies van ’n laer graad opgelewer.

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3 000 miljard liter watertekort in SA teen 2030

  • 17 January 2020
  • 2745

Sonder ingryping, kan Suid-Afrika teen 2030 ’n tekort van ongeveer 3 000 miljard liter water per jaar ondervind, aldus die Departement van Water en Sanitasie (DWS) wat vroeër in 2019 tydens ’n interaktiewe ministeriële sitting oor transformasie in Boksburg die voorspelling gemaak het.

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Kollektiewe Vasteprys Minimumprys-kontrak

  • 10 January 2020
  • 1856

Senwes bied die afgelope drie seisoene ’n kollektiewe prysbestuurskontrak (KPK) aan produsente wat gebruik wil maak van die produk.

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Melktertpannekoek met kersiesous

  • 10 January 2020
  • 1750

Dis kerstyd en reëntyd en wat is nou beter as pannekoek gedurende die tyd. Hierdie resep is deur Arina du Plessis geplaas na sy Gerrit en Gwynet Higgo se kersieplaas, Constantia, by Clocolan besoek het.

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Trusts and Capital Gains Tax

Many of our clients have a number of trust structures in place. These trusts distribute income and capital gains amongst each other prior to these being finally distributed to a natural person.

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Omdraaistrategie werp vrugte af

Senwes Scenario het ’n draai by Corné Kruger, Senwes Hoof Finansiële Beampte, gaan maak oor wat die omdraaistrategie destyds, na die draai van die eeu, behels het, dit wat vooraf gebeur het, die impak daarvan en die lesse wat geleer is, sowel as hoe dit die pad vorentoe bepaal ’n paar dekades daarna, met 2020 en die toekoms om die draai.

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Tyd vir verandering - Dink jy na oor die toekoms?

  • 20 December 2019
  • 8954

In landbou staan ons vroegdag op met ‘n lang lys goed om af te handel voor die son sak. Maar dink ons meer en meer of oor en oor oor die toekoms?

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Bou brûe van vooruitgang - Menslike hulpbronne deel van jou toekomsstrategie

  • 20 December 2019
  • 4750

Senwes Scenario het met produsent Neels Fourie van Schweizer-Reneke gesels oor een van die groot vyf onderafdelings van toekomsstrategie in boerdery, naamlik menslike hulpbronne.

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5 tips on how to avoid phishing

Phishing is a technique and/or the fraudulent action of sending emails, purporting to be from well-known companies, in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

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Hydroponics - Farming for the future

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Plants commonly grown hydroponically include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuces.

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Load shedding: Looming crisis in agriculture

“Eskom has implemented stage 6 load shedding from 18:00 to 22:00 on Monday evening, catching the South African economy off guard,” says Nicol Jansen, Agri SA’s chair of the Centre of Excellence: Economics and Trade.

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Good results despite challenging first semester

  • 06 December 2019
  • 1869

The interim financial results of Senwes reflect an 8,4% increase on the results of the previous year and earnings after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders of R168m.

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Gesamentlike omsigtigheidsaankondiging

  • 06 December 2019
  • 2079

Die aandeelhouers van die maatskappye word hiermee ingelig dat Senwes en Senwesbel van Klerksdorp en Suidwes Beherend van Leeudoringstad in onderhandelinge getree het rakende moontlike transaksies wat, indien suksesvol, 'n wesenlike effek op die prys van die aandele van die onderskeie maatskappye kan hê.

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Agri SA ready to engage on Water Master Plan

  • 06 December 2019
  • 1973

On 28 November 2019 the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, launched the much anticipated National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NW&SMP) in Pretoria. The NW&SMP outlines the short, medium, and long-term strategy to safeguard water security for all South Africans.

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Die invloed van SEETEMPERATURE op plaaslike pryse

  • 29 November 2019
  • 2038

Die plaaslike mark kyk nou reeds vorentoe na die nuwe produksieseisoen. Met die besluite wat geneem word rondom aanplantings, is dit belangrik om verskansing nie agterweë te laat nie.

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Conversion from an agricultural co-operative to a public company - A NEW BALL GAME

  • 29 November 2019
  • 1895

During the late 1990’s and following the new political dispensation, almost all the agricultural co-operatives established under the then prevailing Co-operatives Act, resolved to convert to public companies.

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Grave concern over FMD outbreaks Agri SA

  • 29 November 2019
  • 2336

Agri SA expresses its concern over the national banning of livestock auctions as a result of the latest cases of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Limpopo.

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BPI wheat harvest tour 2019

  • 22 November 2019
  • 1932

The BPI wheat harvest day took place on the 18th of November 2019 on the Pudimoe farm in Taung. Senwes joined hands with BPI in support of the development of black commercial farmers in South Africa. Listen to Morgen Bonnanye, Managing Director of BPI who tells us more about this initiative.

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Die effek van totale patroonlengte op akkuraatheid

  • 22 November 2019
  • 2171

In die vorige twee artikels het ons gekyk na ’n proses om die akkuraatheid van jou wapen te bepaal. Ons het die veranderlikes bespreek wat ’n effek op jou akkuraatheid kan hê en ook die gebruik van spoed as ’n aanduiding van akkuraatheid bespreek. Saam met die bespreking van spoed het ek ses verskillende spoedtoetse geskiet om te bepaal watter effek konstante spoed op ’n groepering het.

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Sommer maklik in die somer

  • 22 November 2019
  • 3010

Somer baljaar al op ons voorstoep en dié tyd van die jaar wil ons almal net onder die koeltebome sit en klets met vriende, of vroegoggend deur die tuin stap en die natuurskoon inasem. Daar is altyd ’n paar takies wat verrig moet word om die tuin mooi en gastevriendelik te hou.

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Agricultural Writers SA awards

  • 18 November 2019
  • 1941

South Africa’s top contributors to agriculture have been recognised at the Agricultural Writers SA Awards. The event, sponsored by Bayer, Rovic Leers, Santam Agri and Sanlam gives recognition to the work of those that seek to elevate food security and rural economies.

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Light and Fluffy Baked Apple Pancake

  • 14 November 2019
  • 1775

Golden Delicious apples hold their shape after they are caramelized with sugar and maple syrup, making them a perfect choice for this clever, giant one-pan pancake.

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Strongest biomaterial ever

  • 14 November 2019
  • 1889

The strongest biomaterial ever has been assembled recently by Swedish, American and German researchers. It consists of cellulose, properly speaking of carefully parallel oriented cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs). The material is stronger than steel, even stronger than spider silk, regarded as the strongest biomaterial until recently.

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The business of cannabis

In September 2018, the South African Constitutional Court decriminalised the growing and processing of cannabis for personal consumption. This meant that recreational users of marijuana could peacefully enjoy the use of the herb in their private spaces without worrying about breaking the law.

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Senwes adds Falcon to its input offer

  • 01 November 2019
  • 2326

Falcon Agricultural Equipment will form part of the input supply service offer of the Senwes group of companies as from today, 1 November 2019.

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Value for producers during the 16th Senwes Future Focus

  • 01 November 2019
  • 2035

Hundreds of producers descended upon Nampo Park on 29 October for the very popular Senwes Future Focus, which was presented in co-operation with Agri NW, Free State Agriculture and Grain SA, with OFM as media sponsor.

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Senwes Christmas Project the biggest ever!

  • 01 November 2019
  • 3261

Project going well since 2007. Who could ever have guessed that a small gesture at one children's home in 2007 would result in such a massive action! Senwes staff and joint ventures, partners and sponsors delighted the hearts of hundreds of residents from 10 organisations in the Matlosana district and surrounding areas with a Christmas experience like never before, in October.

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Senwes launched first #BreakingNewGround initiative with the naming rights sponsorship of the Senwes Dragons Women

  • 01 November 2019
  • 1791

On Thursday, 24 October 2019 Senwes turned the spotlight to women’s cricket at the official press launch held at Senwes Park when Senwes CEO, Francois Strydom announced that the company has obtained the naming rights for the Senwes Dragons Women team.

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Agri SA wens Senwes geluk met 110 jaar

  • 18 October 2019
  • 1996

Tydens die pas afgelope 2019 Agri SA kongres wat by Maslow Time Square Hotel by Menlyn in Pretoria plaasgevind het, het Agri SA Senwes gelukgewens met die maatskappy se 110-jaar viering in 2019. ​

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AFASA talks growth and funding at annual conference

  • 18 October 2019
  • 1931

Imvelo Safari Lodge in Bloemfontein was the gathering ground for the third annual African Farmer’s Association of South Africa (AFASA) agribusiness transformation conference where stakeholders in the agricultural sector gathered to share experiences and come up with possible workable solutions on how to overcome challenges facing farmers today.

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Load shedding: South Africa needs urgent implementation of electricity sector reforms ​

  • 18 October 2019
  • 2024

Agri SA is deeply concerned by the negative impact that load shedding can have on the primary agricultural sector, the food value chain and the South African economy. “Eskom has implemented Stage 2 load shedding from Wednesday, catching the South African economy off guard,” says Nicol Jansen, Agri SA Chairman: Economics and Trade Centre of Excellence. “More advanced warning could have made a big difference for farmers and businesses to adjust their planning accordingly.” ​

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Senwes supports AgriSecuritas

  • 18 October 2019
  • 660

It was a warm and sunny day of golf on 17 October 2019 and Senwes was a proud sponsor of the AgriSecuritas golf day, held at Pecanwood Golf & Country Club near Hartebeespoort Dam.

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Is spoed en akkuraatheid verwant aan mekaar?

In die vorige artikel het ons die bepaling van akkuraatheid bespreek. Die teorie dat spoed ’n aanduiding is van hoe akkuraat ’n geweer skiet is bespreek, sodat die teorie in die artikel getoets word. Om die teorie in praktyk te toets, het ek die volgende skiettoets gedoen.

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Nuwe entoesiasme in ontwikkeling van implemente vir presisieboerdery

  • 04 October 2019
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Is Suid-Afrikaanse produsente net navolgers of is hulle bereid om af te wyk van die produkstereotipes en vertroue te wys in plaaslik vervaardigde produkte?

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Conversion Offer to AgriRewards Participants 2019

  • 04 October 2019
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Notice of a voluntary Offer to AgriRewards Participants to convert AgriRewards benefits to Senwes Shares

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Agri NW are doing things right

The annual Agri NW Congress took place on 18 September 2019. The theme of the congress was “Doen die regte dinge en doen hierdie dinge reg (do the right things and do these things right).

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Besigheidversekerings-behoeftes

As ons praat oor besigheidversekering, word ons dikwels so op hoogte gebring van die struktuur en belastingimplikasies van besigheidversekeringspolisse, dat ons heeltemal vergeet van die doel wat die oplossings bied.

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Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

  • 19 September 2019
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With the area focus on Hartswater and Magogong, we've included a recipe with a touch of pecan. Who wouldn’t be happy when offered one of these rich, delicious pinwheels of warm raised yeast dough topped with pecans?

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Senwes Toekomsfokusdag

  • 13 September 2019
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LUISTER | OFM praat met Kobus Geldenhuys van Senwes Grainlink oor die 16de Toekomsfokusdag wat op 29 Oktober by Nampo Park aangebied word.

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Nation in Conversation talks all things wine

  • 13 September 2019
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During the last session at Nampo Cape 2019, the table was set and Nation in Conversation anchor, Theo Vorster and the panel focused on the issues and challenges in the local wine industry. ​

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Nation in Conversation tackles the future of the grain industry

  • 13 September 2019
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Session one on day two of Nampo Cape 2019 dealt with the grain industry with a focus on cash crops such as wheat, canola, malting barley and other alternative crops.

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Veiligheid in landelike gebiede sterk op die voorgrond

  • 13 September 2019
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Veiligheid in landelike gebiede is sterk op die voorgrond, maar dit behels veel meer as net veediefstal en aanvalle op plase en kleinhoewes.

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Bultfontein Boertjiefees a huge success!

  • 06 September 2019
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Senwes was once again a proud sponsor of the annual Bultfontein Boertjiefees which took place on 30 - 31 August 2019. The show, held at the Bultfontein show grounds attracted the Bultfontein community as well as people who came from outside of Bultfontein.

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How effectively do you use the BIG 5 in your farming operations

  • 06 September 2019
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Are your farming operations truly focussed on the future? Producers will have the unique opportunity to address the most important aspects in farming during the 16th Senwes Future Focus on 29 October 2019 at Nampo Park.

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Investigating farmland security issues with Nation in Conversation

  • 06 September 2019
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The second session on Day 2 of Nation in Conversation during Nampo Cape focused on the full impact of security issues facing rural communities, from immigration to infrastructure and production

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Nation in Conversation blows winds of foresight during Nampo Cape 2019 opening session

  • 06 September 2019
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The first session of Nation in Conversation at Nampo Cape kicked off at Bredasdorp Park on 4 September 2019 at 10:30 am, with the topic: The role of the private and public sectors in creating a growing economy in SA.

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Nation in Conversation back at Nampo Cape 4-6 September 2019

  • 29 August 2019
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The agricultural community is gearing itself for the second annual Nampo Cape Agri-festival which will be held at Bredasdorp Park in the Overberg in September. And naturally, South Africa’s leading agricultural talk show, Nation in Conversation will be there to host engaging discussions on hot topics in agriculture, featuring some of the industry’s foremost thought-leaders. Panel discussions will be hosted by Theo Vorster.

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Wat behels ‘n handelsoorlog nou eintlik?

  • 29 August 2019
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Baie is soms redelik onbewus van die aanhoudende en uitgerekte handelsoorlog wat al vir ‘n geruime tyd tussen die VSA en Sjina plaasvind, maar dit het verreikende gevolge. RSG Landbou se Lise Roberts het by Graan SA ekonoom, Luan van der Walt gaan inloer om bietjie meer oor hierdié taktiek uit te vind.

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HERINNERING | Die Bultfontein Boertjiefees vind hierdie naweek plaas!

  • 29 August 2019
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Die plattelandse fees, wat in samewerking met Senwes aangebied word, beloof om vol pret en opwinding te wees vir die hele familie. Die fees is belaai met kompetisies, vermaak vir oud en jonk, musiek vanaf die Senwes uitsaai-eenheid, ‘n pretpark vir die kleingoed, kontantkroeg en hope stalletjies te kies en te keur.

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Agri SA and Aerobotics partner to offer free service for all South African farmers

  • 29 August 2019
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Agri SA and Aerobotics have announced a partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting Application. The partnership aims to accelerate access to analytical information at scale to assist farmers in the early identification of pest and disease and improvement of yield.

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Uitslagpersentasie vir beeste

Waarom is dit belangrik? Uitslagpersentasie is een van vele faktore wat die waarde en opbrengs van ’n slagbees bepaal. Die bedryf het ’n belang by die uitslagpersentasie deurdat dit die gewig bepaal waarvolgens vir die eindproduk van die voerkraalbedryf betaal word.

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An innovative way to grow plants

This article looks at a company called AeroFarms which considers data science as part of their DNA. AeroFarms have developed their own patented vertical farming technology to completely transform the way fresh, safe, healthy and tasty food is grown at scale.

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2019 Senwes and Senwesbel Annual General Meetings

The Senwes and Senwesbel annual general meetings were held yesterday, 22 August 2019, at The Barn conference venue, Senwes Head Office in Klerksdorp. Non-executive director Simon Mohapi opened the meeting with the message that we are finding ourselves in very uncertain times while attempting to rebuild the country. The strategy and results were presented by Senwes Group CEO, Francois Strydom, and Senwes Group CFO, Corné Kruger.

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In the next Senwes Scenario - Focus on Technology

The first signs of sunny skies are on the horizon and the Spring issue of Senwes Scenario is in mail for all the thousands of subscribers. The focus on this issue fall of technology in Agriculture.

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Senwes serves from farm gate to mill-door

  • 16 August 2019
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The Senwes Group has been serving the agricultural and food sector for more than 110 years. This service offer was expanded over the past 110 years with innovative solutions to the integrated business model on which Senwes depends today to make a meaningful contribution to food security in South Africa.

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Thabo van Zyl tells more about the vegetable project at Itokisetseng Combined School

  • 16 August 2019
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Senwes Director, Thabo van Zyl, explains how the entire community in and around Itokisetseng benefits from the vegetable project, which was established in collaboration with Thobo Trust, Senwes' BBBEE partner, at the school, in Wesselsbron.

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Thobo Trust and Itokisetseng featured on kykNET Prontuit

The Thobo Trust sponsored school gardening project initiative at Itokisetseng Primary School was featured on kykNET's Prontuit program on 29 July 2019. The program featured outstanding schools in remote areas that play a huge role in educating rural people.

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Thobo Trust launches School Vegetable Garden Project at Itokisetseng

Thobo Trust, the Senwes Group’s BBBEE and socio-economic partner, began work on a school gardening project on 23 October 2018. The launch of the project was held on 14 March 2019 at Itokisetseng Combined School, a stone’s throw away from the Senwes Losdoorns Silo.

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Climb into the cabin of the S780 John Deere Stroper with this 360 ° video

Earlier this week, the fourth Senwes Equipment Stroper and Technology Day took place. This time near Hoopstad where the S780 John Deere combine harvester was on display. Watch the video for a 360 ° perspective from the cabin while stripping.

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Agricultural market viewpoint: what to make of minister Didiza’s latest budget vote speech?

In her first policy speech as Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza’s message was centred on the ethical and efficient implementation of the department’s programmes, as well as the collaboration with stakeholders in the sector. Although it was her first policy speech, it, however, cannot be read as a blueprint of the department for a number of reasons that we outline below.

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Senwes Spinners featured on SuperSport Extra

The 13th annual Senwes Spinners cricket tournament took place from 15 March – 17 March 2019 with the final taking place at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom and SuperSport Extra was there to document all the action.

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Resounding success of first Senwes Silofees

The very first Senwes Silo Festival took place on Saturday, 20 July in Wesselsbron at the Sandveld High School and was a huge success. Here, Thabo van Zyl, Senwes Director and the organizer of the festival tell more about the day's proceedings. Senwes Chief Executive Officer Francois Strydom also talks about Senwes's involvement in communities and actions such as these.

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Senwesters do their share on Mandela day

Thursday, 18 July 2019, was the tenth celebration of International Nelson Mandela Day, Madiba's birthday. As usual, Senwesters committed themselves to a 67-minute action which will bring about a sustainable change in the community.

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Agri SA welcomes Minister’s intention to work with organised agriculture

Agri SA is heartened by the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza's budget speech delivered at Parliament on 16 July 2019.

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Climate change adds uncertainty over global maize supplies

Erratic weather conditions and more frequent droughts and floods are exacerbating uncertainty in the agricultural sector. While these have largely been a phenomenon of sub-Saharan Africa and Asian countries, the Americas are also starting to experience these harsh conditions.

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Senwes Brokerage staff get their 15 minutes of fame

“In future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” said Andy Warhol, an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual arts movement known as pop art. And now it would appear that Andy’s words are ringing true for the Senwes Brokerage staff.

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Feeding of and caring for the ram lamb

The ram makes a phenomenal contribution to successful herd management and improvement. The genetic potential of the ram lamb is already affected by the management practices of the producer from six weeks before birth.

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Die Bultfontein Boertjiefees beloof om een vir die boeke te wees

Dié egte plattelandse fees, in samewerking met Senwes, vind vanjaar op 30 en 31 Augustus plaas en is belaai met kompetisies, vermaak vir oud en jonk, musiek vanaf die Senwes uitsaai-eenheid, ‘n pretpark vir die kleingoed, kontantkroeg en hope stalletjies te kies en te keur.

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Free State Young Farmer of the Year announced

Herman Janse van Rensburg from Port Arlington was announced as the 2019 Free State Young Farmer of the Year. “Young farmers should stop googling for potential opportunities abroad - rather google opportunities in South Africa”, said the newly crowned winner.

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Senwes 110 - The arrival of the free market and the dissolution of governing bodies

The arrival of the free market and the dissolution of governing bodies resulted in the liberalisation of markets and ushered in a new era for agricultural marketing in South Africa. It resulted in more transparency in respect of price formation and producers had to learn marketing skills. A short overview of the process is provided below.

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Replacement heifers - With good management the best asset class on your farm

If a cattle farmer had to categorise the different production cycles of his herd of cattle in different asset classes as investment possibilities, there would be different investment possibilities for the different asset classes, with different return possibilities. One such an asset class in the portfolio of every farmer, would be replacement heifers.

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Wenner van die 2019 Agri NW Jongboer-toekenning!

Die Senwes geborgde 2019 Agri NW toekennings het aan alle verwagtinge voldoen en Dawie Rothmann, ’n jong graan- en groenteboer in die Brits-gebied, het met die louere weggestap.

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Senwes Equipment host harverster and technology day

Gordon Culp, John Deere Director, Crop Harvesting Product Planning & Partnering, was at the Senwes Equipment Harvest and Technology day all the way from the worldwide headquarters of Deere and Company which is based in Moline, Illinois in the USA. ​

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The world of citrus explored in the last episode of NIC

Season 5 of the Nation in Conversation television series has come to an end and in this episode, we unpack the ins and outs of the citrus industry.

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Focus on cattle in the next Senwes Scenario

Can you believe it? The much anticipated 2019 national and provincial elections have come and gone, Senwes turned 110 and we are already at the halfway mark of 2019! The latest edition of Senwes Scenario, we take you through the highlights of these special occasions. We tackle issues around livestock which is the farming sector in the spotlight during this time of the year.

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We go nuts over pecans in this week's Nation in Conversation

This week, Nation in Conversation is still exploring the Hartswater region. This time, we are finding out more about the things that have influenced the growth in pecan plantations, the largest one situated in the Vaalhaarts area.

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Senwes weer deel van Aardklop

Senwes is vanjaar weer met trots deel van Aardklop, die land se voorste Afrikaanse kunstefees. Moet dit nie misloop nie, dagboek nou jou gunsteling vertonings en opvoerings.

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Hoe bepaal ek of my geweer akkuraat is?

Om ’n drieskootgroepering op 100m te skiet met die skote wat mekaar sny, is sekerlik ’n bewys dat my geweer akkuraat is. Maar is dit die enigste maatstaf wat ons moet gebruik om te bepaal of ’n geweer akkuraat is?

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Nation in conversation focuses on cotton

Your sheets, denim jeans, underwear and t-shirts are made partly or entirely of cotton. Cotton, a multifaceted product which fares very well in the Southern African climate, is the focus point of this week’s episode of NIC.

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Senwes Spinners high performance 14-16 June 2019 winter program

North West Cricket and Senwes will be hosting the Senwes Spinners High Performance team in Potchefstroom from the 14th – 16th June 2019. The Senwes Spinners High Performance team will be playing matches against Matlosana Hub as part of their High-Performance Program for the 2018/19 season.

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Conclusion of the general offer to KLK shareholders

The Senwes Group and KLK independent board refer the Senwes Group shareholders and the KLK shareholders to the announcement of 20 May 2019 regarding the offer made by the Senwes Group to KLK Shareholders (“the Offer”) and hereby confirm that the Offer has been concluded and implemented according to its terms.

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Nation in Conversation looks at the beetroot industry

This week, Nation in Conversation visits Brits in the North West Province where we will be taking a look into the versatility of beetroot. During this episode, we learn more about the different ways that the root vegetable can be enjoyed and we follow the journey of beetroot from the farm to the table.

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Agri Giants Partner to Drive Growth in African Agriculture

John Deere, the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment and Corteva Agriscience, the global leader, in two large, attractive markets – seed and crop protection – underpinned by expanding digital capabilities have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at accelerating Africa’s agricultural sector and enriching the lives of farmers across the continent. ​

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Pieter Malan praat oor die voordele van vroeg stroop

Pieter Malan, Uitvoerende Bestuurder van Senwes Grainlink lig van die voordele om vroeër te stroop en sodoende natter graan te kan lewer, vir produsente uit. Hy moedig produsente aan om van Senwes se silo's gebruik te maak wat mielies tot en met 18% voginhoud kan akkommodeer.

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Harvest Time is Measurement Time - The case for food traceability across the value chain

Nampo Harvest Day is synonymous with the congregation of all agricultural value chain players. The integrated value chain and related food security are drawing worldwide attention. Consumers are becoming more educated and asking more questions about their food production. This article takes a look at a couple of Food Traceability Trends impacting role players within the agricultural value chain.

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Nation in Conversation focuses once more on Nampo 2019

This week’s episode is the second part of a two-episode special which focuses on Nampo Harvest Day 2019.

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Nation in Conversation concludes with a look into the future

Friday 17 May 2019, Session 1: Nation in Conversation concluded on a very positive note on the final day of the NAMPO Harvest Day 2019, with “A glance into the future – Opportunities in agriculture”. The session, anchored by Theo Vorster of Galileo Capital, stood apart from the rest of the week’s sessions, in that 80% of the audience was school learners and university students.

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Nation in Conversation - Focus on NAMPO 2019

This week’s Nation in Conversation is the first of two special episodes dedicated to bringing you all the highlights from the 2019 edition of agriculture's biggest calendar event of the year, NAMPO Harvest Day.

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Farmers show their determination against shale gas in Supreme Court of Appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein heard arguments last week by Agri SA's provincial affiliate, Agri Eastern Cape, regarding the legality of technical regulations for fracking previously promulgated by the Minister of Mineral Resources.

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This is what agriculture's future looks like, NAMPO 2019 shows

NAMPO 2019 was characterised by good weather and 81 345 visitors who attended the trade show and popular gathering place for people involved in agriculture. As quite a number of grain producers in the interior were holding their breath about early frost that could affect crop yields, the relatively warm weather up to the week of NAMPO was welcomed.

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Nation in Conversation is going deep into the forest

This week Nation in Conversation visits the foothills of the Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape where we learn more about the forestry industry. The programme visits some plantations and a chipboard factory.

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All roads lead to Nampo and Nation in Conversation 2019

Nation in Conversation’s second session got underway at 10:00 on 14 May 2019 at day one of the country’s biggest agricultural event, the Nampo Harvest Day near Bothaville.

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Nation in Conversation looks at Post Election Political Perspectives

Session two of Nation in Conversation on day one of the Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, was a definite not-to-be-missed affair. Anchored by Theo Vorster, the panellists included: Roelf Meyer of the In Transformation Initiative; Konanani Liphatzi – CEO of Fruit South Africa, Theo Venter - Political Analyst North West University; and Chris Burgess – Editor in Chief of Landbou Weekblad.

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Nation in Conversation asks: ‘How do we revive the platteland?’

Thursday 16 May: Session : The Landbouweekblad Editor-in-Chief, Chris Burgess hosted the first session of Nation in Conversation on the third day of the NAMPO Harvest Day outside Bothaville in the Free State, asking how the platteland can be revived.

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Throwback Thursday: Senwes Village in the free market system

The transformation of Senwes as a non- profit-seeking service organisation into a freee market service organisation into a free-market enterprise that had to pursue profits had the following far-reaching consequences for the company:

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Nation in Conversation explores the wheat industry

Many people refer to wheat as the staple food of the world. In this episode, leading wheat farmer in the Bloemfontein area, Frikkie van der Merwe takes us through the process of wheat farming. We also visit FG La Pasta, a sophisticated pasta factory in Gauteng.

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It is time for some digital housekeeping

“South Africa is the second most targeted country in the world when it comes to cyber-attacks and has the third highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide. "

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Surviving the winter. What are the challenges?

Although much has been written about the subject of how to survive the winter, it remains a huge challenge for every producer, the reasons being that feed is probably the largest cost component for the cattle farmer and the fact that no two winter periods are ever the same.

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Throwback Thursday: The 100-year Party

Senwes’s official birthday was celebrated on Friday 15 May 2009 with a big birthday party for Senwes staff. This festive event was complete with birthday cake, colourful balloons and streamers to top it all off. Every Senwes employee had the opportunity to share in this occasion as business managers collected party packs for each of them, which they took home after the main event which was held at head office.

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Kroonstadtak kry spesiale besoekers vanuit Namibië

Op Dinsdag, 30 April 2019 het die personeel by Senwes Equipment in Kroonstad spesiale besoekers van ons noordwestelike bure, Namibië ontvang.

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Nat, natter, natste… Reën bring moed

Senwesgebied ontvang meeste reënval in April in 104 jaar - 188.7 mm. “Dis reen dis wind dis water en die son kom eers weer later,” het Danie Niehaus gesing. En vir produsente in die Senwes-gebied was dit omtrent dieselfde geval die afgelope amper 4 en ‘n half weke van April 2019.

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Exploring citrus with Nation in Conversation

The South African citrus industry has seen a huge turnaround in the past couple of years and Nation in Conversation this week sets off to find out how. We travel to the Letsitele region in Limpopo, home of Du Roi, the biggest citrus nursery in Southern Africa and we discover a host of other hidden treasures.

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Throwback Thursday: Senwes and the client/shareholder

The client as producer and/or shareholder in the Senwes company is an indispensable link in the existence, achievements and level of service rendering of the company. In 1909, when the current company stood in its child’s shoes, the number of members was a much greater indicator of the performance and growth of the company than in the years after 1937, when the company still had to be built and producers recruited to be clients and providers of grain.

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Senwes once again part of Nampo Harvest day

The much anticipated Nampo Harvest Day takes place from 14 – 17 May at Nampo Park near Bothaville again this year and, as from day one of the event, as was the case 53 years ago, Senwes will be part of the action. Grain SA, organisers of the premier event on the country's agri-calendar, are hoping to exceed last year’s record attendance of 82 817!

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Nation in Conversation comes alive this week

  • 25 April 2019
  • 3062

Livestock is the topic at hand in this week’s episode of Nation in Conversation. We take a closer look at the livestock industry which makes up a major part of our food intake. This will be the fourth offering of the new series of Nation in Conversation broadcast on kykNET on Thursday, 25 April at 18:00.

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Senwes steeds met trots deel van Agri SA Droogterampfonds

Agri SA se gholfdag ten bate van die Agri SA Droogterampfonds het op Dinsdag, 16 April 2019 by die Woodhill Golf Estate plaasgevind. Op die dag is Senwes deur manne van Senwes Credit en Senwes Equipment verteenwoordig.

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Throwback Thursday: The logo of 2008/2009. Senwes transforms anew

As a commitment of the company to good relationships with people, the logo of the company was used regularly as an emphasis to formulate annual marketing slogans (also called campaign or advertising themes), for example “Senwes says thank you” and “Senwes gives/ploughs back”.

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Autumn, harvest and Nampo

Autumn is a very special time in nature. The main characteristic of autumn is that the season has reached its high point and turning point. The signs of autumn are clear - time to bear fruit has passed, it becomes dark earlier and the leaves colour and fall.

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Hard to peel, but full of flavour in episode 3 of Nation in Conversation

  • 18 April 2019
  • 1790

Known for its nature of making you shed a tear while chopping or peeling it, onions are perfect for adding flavour to any dish. Episode 3 looks into farming with onions.

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In the next Senwes Scenario harvest edition

Can you believe it is harvest time already? If you are subscribed to the free Senwes Scenario, the April-May issue is already in the mail on its way to you. If not, get it at your nearest Senwes Grainlink Silo or Hinterland branch asap.

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Nation in Conversation: Raisins take centre stage in the second episode

  • 11 April 2019
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While they might look like wrinkled old grapes, raisins are actually an incredibly healthy and nutritious snack. Not only are they deliciously decadent, but they are also chock-full of goodness. Thursday 11 April at 6pm on kykNET, viewers get a front row seat to find out more on this.

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Bastion proud sponsor of the NWU Precision Farming Congress

  • 11 April 2019
  • 1930

Bastion was one of several sponsors of the recently held Precision Farming Congress, hosted by North West University on 6 April 2019.

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Throwback Thursday: From pioneering board to centenary board

The Senwes Board of Directors has played a prominent role in the forming and expansion of the enterprise since 1909 to date.

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Throwback Thursday: The meaning of the lyrics in My Land

South Africa’s vernacular and foreign languages are used as a metaphor to illustrate the initial hardship and cultural difference of our people evolving into “one tongue” where everybody lives and works together as one.

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Nation in conversation is back with a brand new series

The exciting 2019 Nation in Conversation series kicks off this Thursday, 4 April 2019 with the opening program focusing on maize and more specifically, the starch industry.

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Kynoch acquisition of Sidi Parani

  • 29 March 2019
  • 3849

Gauteng, South Africa: Kynoch Fertilizer, a division of Farmisco (Pty) Ltd, a leading plant nutrient producer and distributor, received Competition Commission approval on the 26th of February 2019, for the acquisition of a further 51% in Sidi Parani. Kynoch, (through holding entity, EIHL) is now 100% shareholder of Sidi Parani.

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Wees bewus van dié verskillende larwes

Na die uitbraak van die Afrika-kommandowurm binne die Senwes-gebied hierdie week bevestig is, het ons gaan kers opsteek by Dr Annemie Erasmus, Senior Navorser (Entomologie) by die Landbounavorsingsraad (LNR) Graangewasse in Potchefstroom.

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The heart of Hartbeesfontein

Any city or town has a heartbeat, and at Hartbeesfontein one of the pulses is Hartbeesfontein Safety.

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Throwback Thursday: The founding of NAMPO

The founding of the National Maize Producers’ Organisation (NAMPO) in 1980 was preceded by an intense maize struggle that started in 1962. The maize board was accused of excessive marketing cost and poor organisation, because there was a maize shortage in the sixties, but the farmers were indeed sitting with great surpluses.

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Die seisoen se tweede oesskatting

  • 27 March 2019
  • 2187

Die Nasionale Oesskattingskomitee het gister die seisoen se tweede skatting bekend gemaak.

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Throwback Thursday: Senwes after 100 years - from good, to better, to best

In the early nighties, the South African agricultural sphere, particularly the grain industry, needed a boost after the Anglo-Boer War. The then Transvaal Parliament adopted the first Cooperative Act in 1908 to make provision for the establishment, registration and control of cooperative agricultural organisations with an unlimited accountability. The scarcity of capital in agriculture was the main reason for this approach.

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Garlic Smells like Success

In this edition we explore garlic farming as a possible niche market for South African farmers to tap into.

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Technology shift

Today's producers will have to make a mind shift in terms of their farming operations with challenges becoming more pronounced. Producers will have to take advantage of new technologies to optimise their farming operations.

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How to adopt a digital mindset in 5 steps

  • 18 March 2019
  • 2387

Approach 2019 with a renewed digital mindset that will not only open the door of endless opportunities for you, but it will keep you and your business at the forefront of agriculture in South Africa.

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Thoughts from some of the country's most influential livestock farmers

Senwes Group CE Francois Strydom hosted a meeting at the Senwes Head Office in Klerksdorp on Friday, 15 March 2019 with a group of the livestock industry’s most influential producers. Johan Dannhauser, Brian Angus, John Devonport and Gideon Oosthuizen share their impressions following the meeting.

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Throwback Thursday - Senwes in a recreational mood

It took Senwes employees almost forty years to take action and established recreational opportunities in which all staff members could be involved. At first the distance between staff at head office and those stationed at the branches and depots posted a challenge to the integration of recreational activities.

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Warning signs appear with ineffective crop rotation

Senwes Group CE, Francois Strydom says, in South Africa the same crop is planted on a long-term basis. This ineffective crop rotation and South Africa’s approach to diversification of crops has been neglected for too long.

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North West University Precision Farming Congress 2019

  • 07 March 2019
  • 2575

Following a very successful precision farming congress in 2016, the School of Agricultural Sciences at the North West University, Potchefstroom campus will be hosting another precision farming congress on Thursday, 4 April 2019.

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Throwback Thursday: A New Vision and strategy for the "turned around" Senwes

The value development strategy, which was actively implemented from 2004, was initially accompanied by uncertainty and instability due to external pressure from investors that prevailed for the sake of optimising the industry, some staff members of the group were laid off, and eventually the staff count was reduced to 1091.

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Meer oor die statutêre heffing op sojabone wat sedert 1 Maart betaalbaar is

Produsente betaal sedert 1 Maart 2019 ‘n heffing van R65 per ton vir sojabone wat verhandel word. Hier verduidelik Gert Heyns, Uitvoerende Hoof van die Suid-Afrikaanse Kultivar en Tegnologie Agentskap (SACTA) hoe die statutêre heffing werk en bestuur sal word.

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Pocket your harvest faster by heeding Ferdi Pieterse’s advice

Senwes Scenario spoke to Ferdie Pieterse: Senwes Equipment Managing Executive for some timely advice for producers experiencing some “quiet” time on the farm.

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Francois Strydom explains the rationale being the extension of the For the Farmers campaign

“Each South African, all of the 57.5 million, are actually directors of South African incorporated, and my question to each one is: what is your strategic plan to take the company you’re responsible for, forward?”, says Francois Strydom, Senwes Group Chief Executive.

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Campaign focusses on the importance of consuming South African commodities

“This campaign is a practical way to illustrate to the consumer why it is better to buy locally produced goods instead of imported goods. Locally produced products have an entire value chain behind it which creates job opportunities and unlocks value creation in South Africa,” says Senwes Group Chief Executive Francois Strydom.

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Senwes’ For the Farmers Campaign Extended

  • 28 February 2019
  • 2127

On 1 February 2019 Senwes answered AgriSA’s call to “braai the farmers’ problems away” by initiating a social media call to action which saw the leading agri-company’s staff hosting braais on company premises.

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Throwback Thursday: Agricultural technology and specialisation in acceleration

​The sixties were a prominent time for technological shifts worldwide. Computer technology introduced humanity to a wealth of information that enabled people to specialise and improve virtually every human process. Prominent amongst other technological advancements at that time, was the Senwes silo-building programme which boasts a long history of development and was an indispensable technology at the time that grew Senwes’ popularity nationwide.

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How competitive is the South African soybean industry?

  • 26 February 2019
  • 2792

From 1 March 2019 producers will be charged a statutory levy of R65 for every tonne of soybeans sold. This statutory levy was introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after a request from role players in the industry, represented by the Sunflower and Soybean Forum.

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A changed mindset regarding grain marketing

  • 26 February 2019
  • 2389

The importance of a marketing plan was highlighted once again by grain price movements (particularly in respect of maize) over the past few weeks.

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AgriSA Press Release: 2019 National Budget - No lifeline for farmers

Agri SA is disappointed in the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni’s maiden budget speech. Minister Mboweni’s 2019 Budget Speech referred to agriculture through metaphors, such as “it is time for us to sow the seed of renewal and growth”. Sadly, outside of land reform, agriculture received relatively limited attention in the speech.

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The right business mind-shift business for 2019

Senwes Scenario visited Francois Strydom, Senwes Group Chief Executive, to talk about the current scenario in agriculture in South Africa and which mind-shifts are needed to survive.

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Throwback Thursday – The historic origin of grain

Maize is one of the first grain products to be managed by Senwes after its formation in 1909. Indigenous to the Americas, maize is believed to have been discovered 1500BC in Mexico or Peru.

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Impact of budget speech on Senwes clients

  • 21 February 2019
  • 2239

Following diverse reactions to the national budget Senwes Senior Accountant, Eswan Walker calls on Senwes producers to manage their accounts with due regard for how the budget will impact their particular business and inputs.

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Senwes Group CE shares heartfelt message of support to Queensland farmers

  • 15 February 2019
  • 1840

Francois Strydom, Senwes Group Chief Executive, shares a heartfelt message of support to the Queensland Farmers, Australia who have suffered the consequences of a severe flood where up to 500 000 drought-stressed cattle died.

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Throwback Thursday: The birth of the Senwes Spinners Cricket Development Programme

The greater support of community upliftment projects from 1994 into the start of the twentieth century must be considered in light of the fact that it was only then that corporate marketing departments were properly established in companies.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

The year ahead looks set to be a challenging one and so the theme of the upcoming Senwes Scenario focuses on a mind shift that is needed in agriculture to carry us through this difficult time. We talk to Senwes Group Chief Executive Francois Strydom who gives us a few insights on how to ensure that we are making the right business moves in 2019.

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What impact does the recent rain have on the young maize plant?

Thys Grobbelaar, Senior Market Analyst at Senwes Grainlink believes that the recent rains will still have an impact on the harvest because the season began very late, in some areas more than a month later than normal.

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World Global Risk Report 2019

The World Economic Forum has released the Global Economic Risk Report of 2019 and once again, environmental risks continue to dominate the results of The Annual Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS).

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Senwes Park fixtures 2019

With the next few months at Senwes Park fully packed with non-stop cricket action, you, your friends and family won’t have any time to be bored this summer.

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Throwback Thursday: The development of grain silos

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, before the years of the development of silo-building programmes but already with the onset of co-operations, the first harvest deliveries were done in bags and transported to stations by ox wagons. Initially, Senwes erected depots at stations to receive, grade and store grain on behalf of the farmer until it could be railed to buyers.

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Throwback Thursday: In the grip of the fiercest drought of the twentieth century

The eighties remain infamous in agricultural memories as the worst years of suffering for the industry. Senwes Chairman at the time, Tobie Loubser described 1983/1984 as “the most oppressive agricultural circumstances in living memory.” Because of severe drought conditions, Senwes’ turnover dropped by R944,3million, a drop that hit the products and trade departments (especially the grain department) the hardest.

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Senwes Credit Close to Clients during Drought

Pieter Swart, Managing Executive: Senwes Credit says Senwes Credit will move closer to clients during the drought to assist in financial planning and management in these challenging times.

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Senwes challenges the nation to braai for the farmers this Friday, 1 February 2019

Leading Agri-company, Senwes has laid out a challenge to all South African companies, to answer the call to assist farmers who are suffering the conditions of drought and a drop in red meat prices. AgriSA recently called on South Africans “to braai the famers problems away.”

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Ottosdal Draf en Trap betree ‘n nuwe era – 26ste uitgawe in 2019

Die beste uitvoerproduk van die landboudorpie Ottosdal is verseker die Ottosdal Draf en Trap wat vanjaar op Saterdag 26 Januarie 2019, hulle 26ste bestaansjaar gevier en so die eerste goue stap gegee na 50 jaar nadat hulle in 2018 hul silwer 25-jaarvieringe in styl gevier het.

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Make decisions based on long-term sustainability

Pieter Malan, Senwes Grainlink Managing Executive calls on producers not to make short-term decisions in these times of uncertainty, instead they should manage their pricing from a long-term sustainability point of view.

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Die stand van sake rakende bek-en-klouseer

Paniek loop in sommige areas hoog rakende die uitbrake van bek-en-klouseer in Limpopo en Senwes Scenario het Voorsitter van die Limpopo Dieregesondheidsforum (LDGF), Willem van Jaarsveld genader om te hoor wat die stand van sake is.

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Prof Willemse discusses the impact of foot and mouth disease on 1 February in Bloemfontein

The taking away of South Africa's foot-and-mouth-free status has sent shock waves through the agricultural industry. This means, for example, that the country can no longer export meat and other livestock products for an indefinite period of time, which poses major economic challenges and can lead to job losses.

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Amarula malva pudding with rooibos custard

Amarula malva pudding with Rooibos custard is a delicious mashup of some of South Africa’s favourite flavours. This dessert is the perfect end to a braai.

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Ottosdal Draf & Trap around the corner

It is finally time for the ghosts to run wild, the wheels to be spin and the mosquito’s to fly at the 2019 Ottosdal Draf & Trap where tomorrow, January 26 2019, Senwes and numerous agricultural and other companies are involved to bring you this jewel of an event in the North West province for the 26th consecutive year.

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Kickstart 2019 by living better

It is a new year! Obviously, there are areas of your life that you hope to revamp for a happier and more fulfilling year. It could be your finances, relationship or emotional health. Setting goals helps to clarify the direction of your professional, financial and spiritual life and keeps you grounded on what you want to achieve.

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Nutrition and Immunity of Feedlot Cattle Is special handling and nutrition necessary?

A healthy animal give the best production results and a sick animal causes directly and indirectly unnecessary costs. The immune system accounts for a minor portion of total nutritional requirements in the healthy animal but in response to an immune challenge has a major impact on nutritional status and requirements for specific nutrients.

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El Niño – What is expected and what can we learn from previous seasons?

  • 11 January 2019
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El Niño has become a general point of discussion when price formation expectations are raised going into the new season.

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Senwes Expo postponed until further notice

It is with sincere regret that we have to announce the postponement of the upcoming Senwes Expo 2019, which had been scheduled for 29 and 30 January 2019 at Nampo Park near Bothaville. ​

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How can technology improve my shooting ability?

Technology changes the world around us on a daily basis. Even in respect of firearms and the components thereof, technology changes this sport every day. The unbelievable long shot and very small groupings which are the norm nowadays, are proof of technological changes in sports.

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Newbie breeder Hinterland National Interbreed Bull Champion 2018

At the 2018 Alfa Expo in Parys, a relatively new breeder, Raymund de Villiers, won this year's title as Hinterland National Interbreed Bull Champion. He achieved this with his bull named Ace. Raymund is very pleased. "It is unbelievable, that is the only way I can describe it."

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Farm attacks not a lightweight matter

Recent media articles placed the spotlight on the cruelty of farm attacks once again and it remains a huge task to help protect farmers and farm workers against such attacks. Radio, camera and even drone technology are being used in a proactive manner to protect farming communities against farm attacks.

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Rabbit farming

An industry which many are yet to discover, the rabbit meat industry, is slowly making its mark in the South African market. The nutritious protein is, however, enjoyed by many across the world!

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Future Development in Agriculture Technology

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at an astonishing rate and devices have penetrated nearly every aspect of life. It ranges from health and fitness devices that are in general use, to futuristic smart cities where garbage removal is automated and sewage blockages are detected by sensors and solved with software

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A prosperous New Year

2018 will definitely be remembered as the year with the biggest political and financial challenges since 1994. It is almost impossible to think back to one day during 2018 without a new challenge and new shocking revelations.

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Legal water use

In terms of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, all water usage has to be monitored by means of a licence or in terms of Section 35(4). In order to legally use water, an investigation has been launched to check registered/unregistered water usage on the farm.

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Here comes the sun

Summer has come to South Africa. By this time you have made all the changes to your garden. However, we can still plant seedlings here and there for a bit of colour.

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Vertical Farming

​With the global population closing in on 7 billion mouths to feed, humanity is going to have to figure out how to grow more food using less land and fewer resources. So, while some researchers and equipment manufacturers are devising intelligent agricultural implements that will toil in tomorrow's fields on our behalf, others are aiming to bring futuristic farms to urban city centres.

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In the next Scenario

2019 is around the corner and with that, we focus on Technology and Innovation. Christmas 2018 is here and Senwes CEO, Francois Strydom and Danie Minnaar, Senwes Chairman of the Board, share their Christmas messages with producers and the agricultural community.

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DIGITAL MEDIA - Subscribe or miss the bus

If you have an urge to stay up to date and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of agriculture and the Senwes Group per se, you should definitely subscribe to our newsletters

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The seasonal movements of grain

  • 14 December 2018
  • 2398

The planting season is underway and the first hedging decisions are being taken.

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Agribusiness Outlook for 2019

“We end 2018 on a mixed note as dry and hot weather conditions in many parts across South Africa are currently a source of despondency in South African agriculture. The sentiment in the sector remains subdued as shown in a consistent deterioration in the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index, which fell to the lowest level in nine years in the fourth quarter of 2018”, said Mr Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head of Agribusiness Research.

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Good grain flows ensure six-month results

Senwes, one of the largest agri-companies in South Africa, announced its interim financial results for the six months ended 31 October 2018. The group delivered a profit after tax of R156 million, which is 6,8% higher than the previous year. Normalised headline earnings increased by 0,7% to 98,5c per share.

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"Take us up on our word" - Senwes Grainlink Standerton

The new regional grain marketing advisor in the area is Parys-born Neil Kemp, who has taken the lead since Senwes moved into Standerton, Mpumalanga in August this year.

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Senwes talks innovative farming solutions with Datacentrix

Senwes Group Executive for Information Technology Alf White, shared a testimonial about Senwes’ unified communications journey with Datatacentix at the second annual Agri Indaba, held at Zebula Golf Estate in Limpopo recently.

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Hinterland thanks its suppliers and raises over R100 000 for charity

  • 30 November 2018
  • 1893

Parys and Vaal de Grace Golf Estates were abuzz with activity on 23 November 2018 when Hinterland hosted to about 100 of its suppliers for a full day of fun on the Golf course.

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Pear and pecan nut cake

It is recommended that you do not make this cake. Once your people have tasted it, they will pester you to make it for every opportunity and sometimes just because it is so tasty, which is not good for the figure.

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Be part of the Thought Pool of the Future

What does it sound like to you? To put your thoughts into a pool where excellent training results in an explo¬sion of success in your farming business and amongst your personnel. To literally make a leader of every member of staff. Do I have your attention? This was the idea with which Dr René Uys, director of Thinking Fusion, left me. She was a speaker with Jannie de Villiers, CEO of Grain SA, during the first session of the 2018 Senwes Future Focus Day at Nampo Park..

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It’s all about the client’s needs

Senwes Credit’s Manager: Agri-Finance, Elize Jordaan, is not afraid to slip on her faithfull pair of ‘vellies’ and walk the land with the client to discuss business solutions.

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Financial aspects relating to Feedlots

A feedlot uses animals to produce carcasses or meat as the end product and to increase value. The profit, as in any other enterprise, is determined by the difference between input costs of the production process and income of the end product(s). Various financial, biological and physical factors fluctuate continuously which causes risk. The primary focus of a feedlot manager is therefore, risk management.

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Staying in Agriculture

While a lot of producers are upping and leaving, it is not the case at the Ferreiras. Senwes Scenario visited producer Piet Ferreira.

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Senwes partners with INFINIDAT

  • 13 November 2018
  • 2924

Senwes’ previous traditional approach of refreshing and replacing data storage every five years proved expensive and did not always meet the company’s demands of its exponential growth year on year.

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Profitability of crops

  • 07 November 2018
  • 2869

Make hedging decisions together with plant decisions: When the new planting season commences, decisions have to be taken on the crops to be planted, based on the relative profitability of the different crops. In order to ensure profitability, hedging decisions have to be made at the same time (for more information in this regard, see the articles in the previous editions of Senwes Scenario).

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Free State Department of Agriculture reaches out to Senwes

  • 07 November 2018
  • 2127

The Senwes Exco team was delighted to meet with the executive team of the Free State Department of Agriculture on 31 October 2018 where the two parties discussed a partnership plan.

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Senwes hosts another successful Christmas Tree event!

  • 07 November 2018
  • 2583

Eleven years ago an idea to treat local children from institutions aimed at child care for abused, special needs and abandoned kids, to a Christmas party arose. It began with three institutions - House Rethabile, House Adonai and Matlosana Childcare in Klerksdorp.

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Senwes Supports AgriSecurity!

  • 01 November 2018
  • 2795

Senwes was once again proud to be a name sponsor of the annual NWK Agri Securitas Senwes Golf Day, which was held at the picturesque Pecanwood Golf Estate near Hartbeespoort Dam on 25 October 2018.

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Nuts about Pecans

  • 01 November 2018
  • 2948

Pecan nut farming requires a lot of time, careful effort and high costs, but the profit potential is impressive.

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Strawberries: The brighter the fruit, the sweeter the juice

  • 01 November 2018
  • 2450

The versatile strawberry is enjoyed by many worldwide. Whether it’s on a stack of pancakes, served with cream or even toast and strawberry jam to go, it can quickly turn into a favourite.

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SGS Laboratory Services - Support of better planning and management prior to and after the planting season

Laboratory analysis can add a lot of worth to your management decisions in the planting season. SGS NviroCrop's soil laboratory can help with the analysis of water quality, soil nitrogen, soil life, fertiliser and leaves.

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Get ready for the season of kings

Summer is finally here and gardeners have done their pruning. Compost has been worked into the soil and beds prepared for the planting of summer plants, flowers and vegetables.

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Sonneblompakket presteer in moeilike seisoen

  • 22 October 2018
  • 3685

Die 2017/18 seisoen was ’n hoogs onvoorspelbare seisoen. Ten spyte van uiterste klimaatstoestande het sonneblom die afgelope seisoen homself weer bewys as ’n gewas wat in strawwe produksietoestande goeie opbrengste kan realiseer.

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Precision technology and successful plant

Successful and optimal crop yield is the result of interaction between soil (physics, chemistry and biology), crop (soil and climate requirements and characteristics), climate (in respect of which rainfall intensity and distribution are critical), management and technology (tractors, implements and precision equipment). What must the producer do to manage al this elements effectively?

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The king of content. Video is leading the online charge

Ever heard the saying 'why stand if you can sit or sit if you can lie down?' The same concept applies when it comes to digital media where one could ask the question: Why would you read if you can listen or listen if you can watch?

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Is daar nou ‘n El Nino of nie?

El Nino of Nie-El Nino? Weervoorspellers weet tans self nie mooi wat die see-oppervlaktemperature in die sentrale Stille Oseaan wil maak nie. Gelukkig vir weervoorspellers is daar die konsep van “waarskynlikhede” wat gebruik word om onsekerheid uit te druk maar vir ‘n besluitnemer is daar nie waarskynlikhede nie: dit is óf ‘n “Ja” óf ‘n “Nee” en nie byvoorbeeld ‘n 50% kans vir iets om te gebeur soos voorspellers dit uitdruk nie.

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Digital Agriculture - The key to sustainability

Digital agriculture holds the potential to unlock our next giant leap in farming productivity and efficiency

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Hunting rifle - your choice of a bullet

The 2018 hunting season is a thing of the past and hunters are already planning the next year's hunt.

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Senwes Equipment provides tips for a trouble-free planting season

  • 12 October 2018
  • 2118

We, as the Senwes Equipment team, would like to wish you, our valued customer, a prosperous and problem-free planting season. We trust that you will have excellent yields and good up-time in respect of your equipment.

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Senwes Proud To Be Part of First Nampo Cape

Senwes and two of its Joint Venture Partners, Hinterland and JDI were proud to be part of the inaugural Nampo Cape Agri-Expo held at Bredasdorp Park in the Overberg from 12 to 14 September 2018.

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Senwes and SGS to join hands

Senwes and SGS has successfully concluded a co-operation agreement in terms of which the service delivery to customers of both these entities are to be substantially enhanced.

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Agricultural debt - Steps to improve the financial position of a farming business

According to statistics of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, agricultural debt increased by approximately R34 689 or 30% during the period 2014 to 2017 and is expected to reach the R160 000 million level during 2018, which would imply a debt burden of approximately 35%.

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Beskerm ons boere met oesversekering | Dekking beskikbaar van plaas tot depot

Volgens Statistiek Suid-Afrika verteenwoordig die landboubedryf 6% van ons land se indiensneming en dra dit direk by tot 2,5% van die land se BBP. Die landbousektor raak ‘n al hoe belangriker faktor in ons ekonomie, wat boere onder voortgesette druk plaas om groter oeste te produseer vir gesinne wat nie gereeld toegang tot voedsel het nie.

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In the next Senwes Scenario Summer edition

It is again time for the 2018 Summer edition of the Senwes Scenario. Can you believe that this is already the fourth edition of the newly redesigned magazine? This after we launched the new Scenario in April this year.

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Senwes Silo - bin of love

  • 02 October 2018
  • 2945

When the time comes to ask the BIG question, a restaurant or seaside would probably be good enough. However, when you are Free Stater, living in the heart of an agricultural area, you have to find a very special place, "something different, something totally out of the ordinary". Senwes Grainlink's Attie silo, 20km outside of Kroonstad, came to the rescue.

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Lock down your spray investment

Off target spray has been an issue in crop protection for quite a few years. Recent developments in chemistry, spray techniques and equipment, however, provides multiple strategies to deal with the problem.

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Get to know the brands behind the products

  • 10 September 2018
  • 2182

K-Rain is a global manufacturer and distributor of Gear Driven Rotors, Sprinklers, Sprays, Controllers and Valves for the commercial and residential irrigation markets. The Cascade brand of pump solutions is aimed at servicing a wide range of water supply and irrigation applications in the domestic, industrial, garden and agricultural markets.

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Nuwe Mielieprodukte van PIONEER® - vir die Westelike Produksiegebied

Planttyd is deel van die saaiboer se dinamika waartydens die grondslag van sukses van enige gewas gelê word. Daarom is regte besluitneming ten opsigte van insette van die “Word Go” af van kardinale belang. Mielieverbouing beleef tans onsekerhede in terme van produsenteprys en marktendens.

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Aardklop App nou beskikbaar!

Aardklop sit nie sommer agteroor of raak ouderweds nie, nee nie sommer nie. Hierdie jaar stel ons met trots ons spiksplinternuwe selffoontoep bekend.

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Sports Shooting

Sports shooting is a term often used in firearm circles and a very important requirement in terms of the Firearms Act.

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Preparation for the coming season

It is that time of the year again when your machines are taken out of storage and dusted off for the new planting season. Take the bull by the horns and face all the challenges and elements to prepare the fields for another planting season.

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From self-propelled to mounted or trailed sprayers

We take a look at the great increase in mounted and trailed sprayers in the South African market over the last season and unravel the reasons behind this growing trend.

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1st Green Colour Band Rodenticide On The Market

Efekto Eco Rat™ is a soft bait formula that delivers fast colony kill of anticoagulant resistant rodents like Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice in just seven days.

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Hunting Time

The change of the season brings a sense of excitement in the hearts of all hunters. As the days grow shorter and colder, the excitement increases. It is almost hunting time! The time of the year when hunters can plan their hunting trips and have a once in a lifetime experience!

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Fill the tummies with a Pork belly

After Senwes Scenario's visit to CP and Gerda Kriek a tTaaibosch Piggery, we searched high and low for unusual pork recipes. According to the Krieks, pork belly is one of the nicest cuts.

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Senwes is a proud sponsor of the LBW and AgriSA “Land Solution” Summit

All farm roads will lead to Limpopo on 23 and 24 August 2018 when some of the country’s leading authorities on South Africa’s Land debate will gather near Bela Bela to discuss this contentious issue.

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Lick supplements - fact of fiction

A lot has been written about ruminant feeding, and particularly about lick supplements. It is a fact that many older people did many things right, but aspects such as licks have not necessarily been adjusted on farms with changed production systems, climate changes, increased livestock performance,

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To the Portuguese islands with Senwes Grainlink

No, not by train, but by boat, after having won the unbelievable Senwes Grainlink prize. Imaging winning a trip to an island paradise! Well, thanks to Senwes Grainlink, two of our valued producers, Adél en Hansie Botes, can look forward to a trip to the Portuguese islands (Mozambique) to the value of R25 000.

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East Now Also Senwes Territory

Senwes Equipment in the Eastern Cape in full force It is great news that Senwes Equipment is now also in the Eastern Cape as three branches were officially opened from 2 to 4 May 2018, Aliwal-North, Ugie and East London.

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Potential Steps and Options to Consider In Order to Improve the Financial Position and Performance of a Farming Business

According to statistics of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, agricultural debt increased by approximately R34 689 or 30% during the period 2014 to 2017 and is expected to reach the R160 000 million level during 2018, which would imply a debt burden of approximately 35%. Measured against generally accepted norms, it is gravitating to the higher side. It should be seen against the background of a slowing down (or even a decrease) in land prices, stricter monetary policy and political uncertainty.

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Potatoes South Africa Awards the First Ever Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year

The first ever Potatoes South Africa Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year was announced at the Gala Dinner of the Potatoes South Africa Transformation Symposium held at the Saint George Hotel in Pretoria on 07 June 2018.

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Senwes Grainlink Bags Indoor Stand of Excellence award at Nampo

Senwes Grainlink received a Silver Award for its innovative and unique stand at Nampo 2018. The “double decker” stand is what caught the judges’ eyes as they evaluated the exhibitions in the Nampo Hall at Nampo Harvest Day 2018. The stall, described as ‘’innovative and never been done before’’ attracted visitors with its special virtual reality tour of a silo.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

It is time for the June-July 2018 edition of the Senwe Scenario, the second edition of our redesigned magazine after we revealed our new look Scenario in April.

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The National Minimum Wage

The South African labour market is rightly regarded as highly regulated. This view is confirmed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report of 2017/2018 in which South Africa is ranked 137 out of 137 countries in terms of labour-employer relations.

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Fuel hike puts further pressure on consumers and agriculture sector

The South African consumer faces another hefty hike in fuel costs effective Wednesday June 6 according to the recent announcement by the Department of Energy.

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Marinated Leg of Venison potjie in a flash

This game recipe is just the right thing to enjoy during harvest time. It be could springbok, impala or even a hartebeest.

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Why reload?

Why don't I just buy ammunition over the counter? Why do I feel that the time spent was better than spending the weekend watching rugby on TV? Why do I want to spend hours and hours working on a load and the reloading of ammunition?

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Substantial nampo attendance shows producers still have hope

A new record attendance figure achieved during NAMPO 2018 and the feedback from the exhibitors that they mainly did good business testify to the optimism of the agricultural sector despite all the uncertainties facing South African producers.

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Trough Management of Feedlots

Trough management refers to the daily management of feedlots to ensure maximum food intake and the best health for the animals. The purpose of cattle in the feedlots is to transform feed into high quality meat.

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Grain market prospects

Local prices will probably continue to reflect a sideways trend, with prices trading around export parity levels. Even with exports of almost 2,2 million tons, carry-over stock levels of around 3 million tons can be expected by the end of April 2019. However, interim price increases could occur as a result of higher international prices or a weaker exchange rate. These opportunities can and must be utlised in order to do the most optimal marketing possible.

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Budget tips to survive the vat hike

Finance Minister Melusi Gigaba announced in his budget speech on 21 February 2018 that for the first time in 25 years, VAT will increase by one percentage point to fifteen percent as of 1 April 2018. A one percentage point increase in VAT implies that 7.1 percent more tax will be collected. For Senwes clients registered for VAT for farming purposes, this increase will have a minor effect as VAT on all major input costs can be claimed back from South African Revenue Services (SARS).

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How to ensure your equipment survives this winter with Ferdie Pieterse

Winter is slowly creeping in and Ferdie Pieterse: Senwes Equipment Managing Executive has some handy tips on how to ensure that your Equipment survives this Winter.

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Everything that you can map - that is Senwes Geographic Information System (GIS)

"No, we don't just guess - we map facts". This is according to the ladies at the Senwes GIS-division (Geographic Information Systems). Right now It is harvest time and the right time to conclude the season and to plan for the next season. Senwes GIS can assist producers by mapping anything that you can possibly think of. Everything that happens on earth can be represented on paper.

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Fall armyworm update

Senwes Scenario previously reported on the Fall Armyworm which invaded South Africa in January 2017, ravaging crops across the country. Updated reports indicate the spread of this pest which has been detected on young sunflower in the Mpumalanga region in February 2018. ​

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Technology: The answer to farming in water scarce conditions

“Farmers irrigate two to five times more than needed. This means fertilizer is flushed, yields drop and water for production is lost.” So said Zohar Ben Ner, Chairman of SupPlant, addressing the audience at a seminar where Agritech hosted Senwes and other delegates to demonstrate how Israel thrives in agriculture despite the country’s arid climate conditions.

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