Going in the right direction
How wonderful it is to greet you from a very wet Western Cape. Since middle August we have received very good rains in the Overberg and Southern Cape.
Parts of the Southern Cape is still under the strain of drought. We hope the latest rains will bring some relief to them. The Swartland is also looking exceptionally good this year after a above normal rainfall realised during the winter.
We started out the year with dam levels at the lowest in years and ended up with levels of more than 50 percent by August. We are truly blessed and very grateful for the rain we have received.
On GOSA Cape’s side, it has also been a great year. We had a very successful symposium in Hartenbos at the beginning of the year and an excellent workshop during June with more than 60 people attending. The programme was of a high standard and key topics aimed at our industry were discussed, especially food safety and “health and safety”.
Nationally GOSA is looking at its place in the grain value chain. We are contemplating about where we see ourselves in the future and are considering new partners in order to stay relevant. Most of all we are looking to secure GOSA’s future for its members.
In these times one has to adjust to keep up-to-date and be involved. I believe we are going in the right direction. Unfortunately, as time goes by, we have to say goodbye to people and one such person is Awie Kriel from Kaap Agri. He has been a big part of GOSA Cape’s successes in the past, and surely will be missed in the future. We want to thank Awie for all he has done for us and wish him all the best for the future.
In the Cape we are on the eve of harvesting and looking forward to end the year on a high note. To all the others involved: good luck and may you all be blessed.
George du Plessis
Chairman: GOSA Cape