Respect agriculture’s contribution to stability Time is racing past at an ever-increasing pace. I think this year this is even more applicable than in any other year I have been involved in grain. The consequences of a rainy season that came earlier, producers who could plant earlier than in the past few years, and sufficient [...]

Huge pressure on logistics network expected hence the bumper harvest As we started the New Year in 2021 the situation looked very serious particularly in KwaZulu-Natal with COVID-19 fatalities increasing daily. For many of us the deadly impact of Covid-19 and its new mutations regrettably is now only fully being appreciated. There are a lot [...]

To all friends and members in the grain industry… What a year 2020 has been! It was filled with challenges, hiccups and lockdowns! But, like the resilient industry we are, we managed the difficulties and here we are at the beginning of 2021. Whatever problems await us in the future, we’ll work out solutions as [...]

Take account of 2020 and live the change in 2021 Good day to all from a very hot Johannesburg. Can you believe that the year 2020 is rushing towards an end? We have seen a year full of trials and tribulations. We are also amidst the amazing harvest being taken off the fields in the [...]

We work in an incredible industry What a great privilege it is to me to write to you on the eve of probably one of the most beautiful crops that I have seen here in the Overberg in 23 years. A lot can still happen before the combine harvesters are sent into the fields, but [...]

Enjoy the familiar; and welcome change At midnight on 21 September this year South Africa moved down to Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown. What a relief that was to all of us! Going hand in hand with the so-called new normal, it was clear the people were excited about taking such a small step [...]

Be prepared for the new way of doing things It is encouraging that we have effectively been on Level 2 of lockdown since 18 August this year. The country has been suffering under the impact of COVID-19 for more than five months. Many decisions were made and proclaimed by the government and we can argue [...]

You are in the right industry Wow, we are experiencing interesting, exciting times! What is your five-year plan? What do your resolutions for the new year look like? What does this year’s budget look like? The new normal these days is Zoom and Teams … I do not think one of the answers I would [...]

Moving the nation forward with CCC Many years ago, my daughters and I were driving from Cape Town to Mossel Bay. We just moved from Gauteng, where GP appeared on the registration plates of most vehicles. As this is not the case in the Western Cape, it quickly became a regular road trip tradition among [...]

Uncertain times often also offer opportunities Today I would really have liked to look back on the GOSA Symposium that was to have taken place in March 2020, but Covid-19 and the panic around it brought the country and many industries to a standstill. We as South Africans never thought a day would come when [...]
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