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“The Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (RPO) supports the extremely drastic measures to place
a temporary ban on, among other things, auctions and shows of cloven-hoofed animals as
announced in the Government Gazette of 4 December 2019,” said Mr Koos van der Ryst,
Chairman of the national RPO. “These are preventative measures and not punitive measures,”
said Mr Van der Ryst.


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Government Gazette Notice 42883

Banning of Auctions

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Media Statement

4 December 2019


Progress has been reported consistently over the past four weeks since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Molemole. To date, 11 commercial properties have been found to be infected and confirmed positive: Seven in Capricorn, two in Vhembe and two in Mopani district municipalities. There are an estimated 14 000 cattle on the infected properties, which include five feedlots and six commercial breeding farms. All affected properties have been linked directly or indirectly to cattle sold at auctions. Further follow-up investigation and sampling is still being conducted to determine the extent of the outbreak.

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development gazetted a national ban on the gathering of cloven-hoofed animals, including livestock auctions, shows and similar activities.  The gazette is available on the DAFF website

According to Section 11 of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35) it is the responsibility of “any owner or manager of land on which there are animals to take all reasonable steps to prevent the infection of the animals with any animal disease, or parasite and the spreading thereof from the relevant land or animals”.

Anyone spreading FMD through the movement of animals may, therefore, be held civilly and or criminally liable for such an offence.

All suspected and infected properties have been placed under quarantine and no livestock is allowed to move in, through or out of the affected properties. Immediate neighbouring properties have also been placed under quarantine. Quarantine on the suspected and neighbouring properties will be lifted as soon as it has been proven that all animals on these properties are free of FMD. The owners of infected properties have been given slaughter out options to facilitate depopulation.

As per the press release of 19 November 2019, all owners of livestock are encouraged to observe strict biosecurity measures on their premises. The biosecurity guidelines are available on the National Animal Health Forum website

It is important that all livestock owners familiarise themselves with the following measures to prevent their animals from being infected:

  • Not moving high-risk animals;
  • Only buying animals from a proven source;
  • Insisting on a veterinary attestation/health declaration to accompany any animals that are brought in.

Adherence to the above measures will assist government and farmers to resolve the situation. It is vital that all stakeholders act reasonably, responsibly and according to the law at all times.

For further information contact:


Reggie Ngcobo

Media Liaison Officer

Mobile: 082 883 2458


Dr Botlhe Modisane

Technical spokesperson on FMD

Mobile: 063 693 0330


Kind Regards/Vriendelike Groete


Marzanne Polydorou

Animal Health Support Officer

083 393 7228

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Johann talks about FMD

In SAPPO News first DVD interview with CEO Johann Kotzé, he places foot and mouth disease in the spotlight. He discusses, among others, the history of FMD, can pigs get FMD, is FMD harmful to people, why is the disease such a big issue in SA and what can farmers do to prevent the diseaseView video

MS Thoko Didiza

Contextualising the ASF outbreaks

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in collaboration with SAPPO compiled a report titled Contextualising the 2019 African Swine Fever outbreak in South Africa. The report was handed to the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza last week. Read more and view report

Also read DAFF’s latest ASF outbreak and surveillance update report.

Foot and mouth: Latest news

Read DAFF’sAgri SA’s and the RPO’s latest media releases and report on foot and mouth disease. Agri SA says the organisation is concerned over the national banning of livestock auctions. The RPO says that the discussions with minister Didiza was “very constructive”. There is consensus about the focus for the future.

DAFF's distributes pamphlets about foot and mouth disease

DAFF produced two pamphlets to made people aware of foot and mouth disease. Producers are welcome to make use of them.

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SAPPO represented on foot and mouth disease technical committee

Dr Peter Evans represents SAPPO on the foot and mouth technical committee that was established by DAFF. This committee is weekly updated by DAFF on progress regarding the disease.

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Congratulations to Elizma du Toit from Milos Piggery who is the winner of this month’s CS Vet Pic of the Month. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet, as well as a goody bag from SAPPO, is on its way. On the photograph is Isabel Bröcker of SAPPO (left) and Dr Nadia de Beer of C4 Africa.  Send your entries for our next issue to

Investing in the future

The Recreation Africa Group (Misty Hills Country Hotel Conference Centre & Spa and Kedar Heritage Lodge) in conjunction with SAPPO invited three schools from the Rustenburg area to a tree planting ceremony. The aim was to educate young people about the importance of conserving the environment. 

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In Fin 24’s Money Clinic column a young user was interested in starting a pig business in the rural North West, but was not sure how to go about it. Kgadi Senyatsi, head of business development at SAPPO, responded with some key points.
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Here is SAPPO's latest pork video

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IPAG met in Pretoria this week

SAPPO established an Informal Pork Advisory Group (IPAG) to advise SAPPO on generic marketing. The group consists of producers and representatives of the trade, retail sector and processing. On the photograph are from left: Graeme Bredell (Fry’s), Dr Peter Grimbeek (Mooivet), Willie Miller, independent board member of SAPPO and chairman of IPAG, Tarryn Daniels and Michele Padayachee (GSI), Marieta Human (SAPPO), Brent Fairlee (Lynca), Prieur du Plessis (RusselStone Group), and Johann Kotzé (SAPPO).

Science and technology in agriculture in the spotlight

Africa Agri Tech (AAT) will present a three-day technology conference featuring future trends, technologies, products and solutions for agricultural business practices in the future.
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Antibiotic use in focus at IPPE 2020

The International Production Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia is to host an education workshop on antibiotic free production. It will take place from 28 to 30 January 2020.
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Disease report for October

The Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa monthly issues a animal disease report with maps indicating problem areas. Dr Faffa Malan, manager of the association, ask producers to study information on biosecurity. “For your own sake become part of the solution.” Here is the report for October and here are the maps.

Biosecurity in SA: Taking up the mantle of accountability

Over the past three years, numerous foot and mouth disease outbreaks rocked FMD-controlled areas, which is quite normal, according to Dr Pieter Vervoort, managing director of the National Animal Health Forum (NAHF). Read more


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Lower consumer price inflation bodes well for consumers

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How African intra-continental trade can benefit land reform, agriculture

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Japan gears up for pig culls to prevent African swine fever

The agriculture ministry will seek to allow pig culls as a preventive measure against African swine fever, something not currently permitted by the law, if the disease is detected in Japan.
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Foot and Mouth Disease – Molemole Outbreak Follow up Report

27 November 2019

Read online the complete document issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

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NAMC Transformation Digest

Issue No: 9

  1. The work of the NAMC’s Transformation Review Committee in collaboration with agricultural industries on the 20 % levy expenditure meant for transformation: The progress thus far.
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  3. Transformation within the South African raisin industry.
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Agri-Trust Digest

Issue no: 9

1. The contribution of the industry trusts to transformation: The progress thus far
2. The activities of the NAMC’s Agricultural Industry Trusts Division
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Last word from David Wolpert

This is my final AMIE newsletter before retirement. I will say my goodbyes to members at our AGM and
then directly, to each member, before I leave.

I have had great pleasure updating members on important industry issues over the last 10 years, and I think that you will be very pleased with the new look that Paul is introducing.

I would again like to update you on the numerous live issues that we as an industry are dealing with. Many have been dragging on for quite some time now, and hopefully, we can reach conclusions as soon as possible, especially those that cause great inconvenience and cost to our members.



This led to an open workshop discussion between members and non-members early in October. There was terrific input for the strategy and we may indeed see the early stages of the plan been rolled out at our upcoming AGM – 22nd November 2018, our newly adapted five-year strategy is placing AMIE the right direction.

However, I don’t want to put the game plan into action before having a good understanding of the playing field, the full rollout of the strategy will commence in January 2019.

On another note, we are proud to announce that we have moved into new offices (See on page 9)! Please join me for a cup of coffee when you are in the area.

MORE – Read the November Newsletter here:

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Welcome to AMIE’s August Newsletter


One year at the helm and what a year; especially the last six months. However, in saying that, I am optimistic, and the Association is strong as ever. Amie has been dealing with several challenges, such as the SAPA/ITAC proposed tariff increase on Bone-In and Boneless chicken; several issues with DAFF on problems in the KZN ports, Veterinary tariffs, microbiological criteria for raw meat and the draft VPN 52/2018 Standard Operating Procedures on labelling and recently Export certification.

A key objective that I wanted Amie to achieve by the third quarter of my first year at the helm was to commission an independent review of the South African Broiler Industry. The aim behind commissioning the study is an attempt to:

  • Have a well informed, objective and open debate about issues impacting the South African poultry industry and move away from the fabrications that have been peddled by the likes of paid lobby groups such as Fair Play.
  • Assist regulatory authorities with the latest and relevant information as they consider their decision on the tariff application by SAPA.
  • Make a call to Minister Patel to open himself up to engaging the industry over an objective study and to start recognising that we are business citizens who contribute towards food security and the socio-economic wellbeing of the country.
  • Position AMIE as an important player in the formulation of the national poultry strategy. The DTI continues to exclude the importers and exporters section of the industry from government-led forums on the local poultry industry.
  • Assist the Minister and Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development with an objective view of the dynamics impacting on the local poultry industry and trade.

Finally, raise widespread awareness amongst the population and other stakeholders about an issue that is likely to have a devastating impact on the affordability of chicken and potential job losses as a result of the imminent tariffs.
In this issue, you will find updates on the SAPA/ITAC campaign, disease updates, Port issues and many more relevant articles to keep AMIE members up to speed on the latest news and how it impacts the industry.
Once again, I need to thank all our members who have been supporting Amie’s “War Chest”.

The fight continues!

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The confirmation by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries case of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has been identified in the Molemole district of Limpopo is of great concern.  It not only has a negative impact on the red meat industry, but on the agricultural sector as a whole.

After the outbreak in January 2019, hard word has been done to recover South Africa’s status as an FMD free zone. The latest development is a setback. It is imperative that the extent of the problem be determined on an urgent basis.

The issue of accountability must also seriously be considered. FMD is a controlled disease and its control is therefore the primary responsibility of the provincial and national Departments of Agriculture. The industries are by means of the national and provincial Animal Health Forums involved and play a supportive role in the control of the disease.

Although there is full understanding for the fact that the authorities are currently experiencing a drawback in terms of capacity, it is most probably time to prioritise and to focus on the critical aspects of control measures of diseases like FMD, which has trade implications.

The outbreak once again underlines the urgent need for the establishment of a traceability system in the livestock industry. More focus must also be placed on the establishment of compartments in terms of animal diseases in order to prevent the suspension of international trade when a FMD outbreak occurs in only an isolated area.

The RPO will, like in the past, render its support by means of the provincial and national Animal Health Forums in the efforts to find solutions to the problem.

It is now of critical importance to strengthen security measures on the farm, while the movement of livestock in the area must be minimised.  Any suspected case of the disease in animals must be reported immediately to the local state veterinarian.

The red meat industry is internationally very competitive. The RPO will strive towards the improvement of the country’s export status as exports will be to the benefit of all role players in the red meat value chain.

The RPO undertakes to provide its full cooperation to address the problem in conjunction with the relevant authorities and in cooperation with the national and provincial Animal Health Forums. It is now clear that the issue has to be handled with much more urgency.

The disease does not affect human beings and it is safe to consume products of cloven-hoofed animals, such as meat and milk.


Koos van der Ryst – Chairman National RPO | Cell:  0833037926

Gerhard Schutte – CEO National RPO  | Cell:  0825567296

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