August 10, 2017

In my view

New website as active as the current record season

Welcome to GOSA’s website, which is now live. Thank you very much to Johan Smit from Infoworks and Marco Pretorius and Karin Greeff of the GOSA board for the hard work in getting our brand-new website (feel free to visit off the ground.

After we experienced a severe drought last year, South Africa is blessed with the biggest maize crop in history this year. On the basis of the most recent crop estimate, 16 431 million tons of maize are expected during the 2017 harvest year. The estimated area under maize is 2 629 million hectares, while the expected yield is 6,24 tons per hectare. This is the highest yield ever. The Free State, Mpumalanga and North West are expected to produce 83% of this massive crop.

It is estimated that approximately 13 million tons of maize are already in the handling process, and this includes:

  • Maize in the silos
  • Maize delivered directly
  • Exports to neighbouring areas; and
  • Deep-sea exports

As this stage we would like to thank all our members for their hard work and perseverance during the harvest period. Silos were full and plans had to be made to deal with the intake of maize.

In addition to the large maize crop, our members had to handle the following grains during the season:

Sunflower seed

870 000 metric tons


1,3 million metric tons


90 000 metric tons

Grain sorghum

151 000 metric tons


265 000 metric tons


1,6 million metric tons


109 000 metric tons

Our members will handle more than 20 million tons of grain in total, plus the shortage of oilcake, which is being imported from South America.

Exports of maize are progressing without problems, but the figures for maize that has been exported are lower than initially expected. A few consignments of yellow maize were exported to Japan, as they prefer South African maize for its hardness and moisture content and GMO-free status. White maize was exported to Kenya. The prices of South African maize exported by sea compete with those of maize from America and South America.

The drought in the Western Cape continues, but the weather forecast is predicting a possibility of further rain during the month. Prospects for the summer rainfall areas are favourable from the middle of October 2017.

The GOSA board members wish you all a prosperous season and we would like all our members to use the new website actively. GOSA members who want to submit an article or photos to be posted on the website are welcome to contact Karin Greeff at


Annatjie Loio

Annatjie Loio
Mobile: 082 458 7264