Hermanus Bienas wins at 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards

Hermanus Bienas, an assistant manager at the Kys Nursery in Vredendal, was named as the winner of the 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on 4 November 2017. Since 2002, 9,369 agricultural employees have entered...

8 Nov 2017

Jaco Strauss named Young Farmer of the Year

Jaco Strauss was named the 2017 Toyota SA/Agri SA Young Farmer of the Year at a gala dinner, which was held in Centurion, Pretoria. Strauss primarily farms with grain, cotton, and pecan nuts in the Vaalharts district of the Northern Cape. Fruit farmer Richard Myburgh from the Western Cape...

23 Oct 2017

McCain wins President's Safety Award

McCain South Africa's Springs Plant has been awarded the President's Safety Award in recognition for its safety excellence and commitment to global safety principles. The President's Award is awarded for safety and achieving a total incident rate of 0.70 and below. McCain Spring Plant...

13 Oct 2017

SA Angus to commemorate centenary at Livestock

The Angus Society of South Africa is to commemorate its centenary at this year's Agri-Expo Livestock on Sandringham farm outside Stellenbosch. Cattle breeders from the Western Cape, Southern Cape and other provinces will join at the expo to celebrate the milestone. The expo is on Wednesday,...

2 Oct 2017

High court rules that poultry dubbing contravenes Animals Protection Act

South Gauteng High Court judge Willem Van der Linde ruled that the dubbing of chickens constitutes a contravention of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962. The Eastern Cape Poultry Club brought forward an application for a declaration order to state that the practice of dubbing poultry show...

17 Aug 2017

GWK expands in NC with Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman acquisition

GWK has acquired Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman, which is in line with the company's expansion plans. The acquisition provides GWK with access to an increased supply of livestock in addition to infrastructure, which is favourable for GWK Auctions. GWK Auctions specialises in livestock, stud, and...

8 Aug 2017

Agri SA gains new corporate member Pro Agri Forum

Pro Agri Forum, a group of commercial mega-farmers, has become Agri SA's newest corporate member. The new corporate member at Agri SA is a leader in the agricultural sector, guiding, investing and empowering emerging farmers through knowledge-sharing and skills development.

13 Jul 2017

Roleplayers in sugar industry reach wage agreement, avoid strike action

The Sugar Industry Bargaining Council has reached a wage agreement increase of 7.5% across the board following a three-month dispute. Wage talks had deadlocked on 31 May 2017 after the employers in the sector made a final offer of 6.5%, which resulted in UASA declaring a dispute at the CCMA....

6 Jul 2017

Broiler producers introduce new category as Galliova Awards sponsors

The 2017 Galliova Awards will feature a new broiler champion category as South African broiler producers, under the banner of the South African Poultry Association, have come onboard as sponsors. This year, entrants stand a chance to win one of six prizes worth a total of R120,000. The Galliova...

15 Jun 2017

Standard Bank adds R10m to aid relief efforts in the WC

Following a week of extreme weather conditions that left many displaced, Standard Bank has donated R10m towards providing relief to those who were affected by the heavy rainfall in Cape Town and fires in Knysna. Standard Bank coastal in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, and the greater Cape...

12 Jun 2017

39th Sernick Bonsmara Auction astounds the meat industry

Sernick Bonsmara, part of the Sernick Group, recently hosted its 39th annual Production Auction. Lot 11's bull received a whopping R340,000 while the highest price for cows was R26,500 for both lot 58 and 59, the average overall was R16,000. The average across the 42 bulls on offer was R93,000, in...

5 Jun 2017

Anthonij Rupert Wyne introduces its first premium Rosé

Anthonij Rupert Wyne has launched its first premium Provençal style rosé in honour of Jean Roi, the French Huguenot from Provence who pioneered the L'Ormarins Wine Estate's 300-year-old viticultural history. The Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2016 is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz, filled...

2 Jun 2017

Boschendal Wines shine at OM Trophy Wine Show

Bochendel Wines has been announced as Gold winners for their Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Blanc de Blanc 2007 at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The panel of judges sifted through more than 100 entries and was chaired by wine authority, Michael Fridjhon.

1 Jun 2017

Tru-Cape continues relationship with world universities as its hosts student delegation from Italy

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing in Somerset West hosted 10 students from the Fachschule für Obst-, Wein- und Gartenbau at Laimburg Südtirol along with two of their lecturers as part of an ongoing outreach programme. The school is closely associated with the Laimburg Research Institute and teaches subjects...

31 May 2017

Hartenberg Wine Estate celebrates Shiraz wins

Hartenberg Wine Estate has been award gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards for its Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012 while its not-yet-released Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013 collected gold at the Syrah du Monde International Competition. The Decanter World Wine Awards were announced in London on 25 May following...

29 May 2017

Boschendal's Chardonnay named best in SA at IWC

Boschendal's Appellation Series-Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge. Boschendal was also awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, and Gold at the...

24 May 2017

Paul Cluver Wines wins big at 2017 International Wine Challenge

Paul Cluver Wines has been awarded three trophies for its Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015 at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London. The Seven Flags Pinot Noir was awarded the Elgin Pinot Trophy, South African Pinot Noir Trophy, and South African Red Trophy. Paul Cluver Wines also took...

23 May 2017

Spice Route Wines win big at 2017 NWC

Spice Route Wines received several accolades at the 2017 National Wine Challenge awards. Spice Route Wines' Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV, Saffron Rosé 2016, and Terra de Bron Grenache 2015 were awarded in the Double Platinum/Top 100 category. The Spice Route Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV...

3 May 2017

Boschendal receives multiple honours in National Wine Challenge/Top 100 competition

The National Wine Challenge/Top 100 competition recently named the top 100 South African wines for 2017. Boschendal received Top 100 and Double Platinum awards for its Boschendal Vin d'Or 2015, Jean le Long Prestige Cuvee 2007 and Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016, as well as...

3 May 2017

Fairview receives Vineyard Consistency Award at NWC

In addition to being named the Vineyard Consistency Award winner, the Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl also received 10 additional accolades at the 2017 National Wine Challenge. The Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz, Fairview Extraño, and Fairview La Beryl Blanc received Top 100 and Double...

3 May 2017

VKB/FSA Safety Desk receives support for rural safety in the Free State

The VKB/FSA Safety Desk has received R420,000 from VKB to empower farmers by supporting rural safety in the Free State. The funds were raised during the company's VKB Drive for Safety Golf Day, which they've been hosting for the past four years. The funds will make it possible for FSA to improve...

26 Apr 2017

Uitkyk has one of SA's best Chardonnay, says Decanter

Uitkyk wine estate's Uitkyk Chardonnay 2015 was included in Decanter's panel tasting report on South African Chardonnay. Uitkyk wine estate in located on the southern slope of Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch wine region. Decanter is an international wine magazine which features the field's...

10 Mar 2017

Nuy Winery gives back to cellar workers and shareholders

In August 2010, the Nuy Winery board formed the Keerom Landbou Beperk, an initiative that gives cellar workers one hectare red and one hectare white Muscat grapes, as well as providing profitability through land use to shareholders. Best known for their top Muskat, Nuy Winery won the prestigious...

24 Feb 2017

Charles Back named South Africa's most awarded winemaker

Charles Back has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the annual 1659 Honorary Award – one of the wine industries most prestigious accolades. The year 1659 marks the year when the first grapes were pressed in the country for the making of wine. Chosen by a panel of wine industry stalwarts,...

9 Feb 2017

EuroFresh Exotics amongst AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017 nominees

EuroFresh Exotics and five other African-based projects have been included in the 2017 AFIF Entrepreneurship Award nominations. The Kenya-based company is being acknowledged for the innovative techniques it uses in producing and exporting fresh fruit and vegetables. EuroFresh Exotics founder,...

30 Jan 2017

Bruwer Raats, Morné Vrey join Cape Winemakers Guild

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines and Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch have joined the Cape Winemakers Guild. The guild extends membership Invitations to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years and who continue to do...

11 Jan 2017

Young woman from Tzaneen awarded Lindsey Milne bursary

The South African Subtropical Growers' Association (Subtrop) has awarded the Lindsey Milne bursary to 23-year-old Nasreen Malik of Tzaneen. Malik has just completed her BSc agriculture with honours and intends on obtaining her master's degree in horticulture from the University of Stellenbosch in...

8 Dec 2016

Christo Pienaar named Worcester/Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year

Nuy Winery Cellar Master, Christo Pienaar has been named Worcester/Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year 2016. The award, in its fifth year, is awarded annually to a winemaker in the Worcester/Breedekloof area. The second and third place awards went to C.P Conradie and Conradie Penhill, respectively....

6 Dec 2016

Agri SA's Van Zyl named CEO Global agriculture continental winner

CEO Global named Agri SA executive director, Omri van Zyl the 2016 continental winner for agriculture at a gala dinner held at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The business and professional services company acknowledged Van Zyl for his efforts in leading the African recognition...

6 Dec 2016

Nederburg Wines announced as wine producer of the year

The 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition held in London, UK saw Nederburg Wines receive the award for South African Wine Producer of the Year. The Paarl winery was awarded this prestigious award in 2012 as well. The award follows Nederburg's 2016 IWSC trophy for the best Cabernet...

18 Nov 2016

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