AMIE Newsletter – July 2020

Welcome to the Bi-Monthly Newsletter

From the desk of Paul

As we hit July running I think we have all become used to the ‘new normality’ under Level 3 lockdown and hopefully our economy has started to turn around. The theme for the July issue is local and international trade. Some content has been circulated to members, but we have compiled a concise summary of all relevant info in this newsletter in case some members may have missed crucial information. We have received positive feedback from members on the newsletter format, I am pleased that members are taking time out to read it. There are some interesting discussions and facts that will impact on trade. As we were putting the
newsletter together, we got to hear about the resignation of the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) Mike Mlengana. A new DG is set to be appointed in August. That being said, I’m pleased to report that during COVID-19, DALRRD has been very responsive and AMIE has been working with key personnel navigating issues raised on a daily basis. One of these is a constructive conversation regarding the tender for providers or developers of an E-System for Imports. We will keep you updated on developments in following AMIE newsletters.

Other issues that are currently on the table are highlighted under: the “On the Radar“ tab.

On behalf of the Amie Executive, a big THANK YOU goes to each of our members who contributed in kind or with financial donations to the AMIE /
SAMPA food drive. You made a huge difference in several people’s lives. Thank you to our distribution partner, Afrika Tikkun who made it all possible.

Our members might also be aware of the ongoing media war waged by FairPlay and AMIE’s response to their outrageous statements. We assure our members that we are committed to protecting their best interests and those of the South African consumer and will continue to keep you updated of any developments.

“The future is not what it used to be.” -Yogi Berra

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