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September 2019

Johann in Ghana this week

Johann Kotzé, CEO of SAPPO, is in Ghana this week as part of a delegation of the Cape Town & Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment (Wesgro). Ghana is considered as a potential market for South African products.
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What did SAPPO do the past year?

SAPPO produced videos on its activities the past year. These were screened at the organisation’s AGM. The videos deal with consumer assurance, consumer education, research and development and business intelligence.
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SAPPO in the news

Interview with SAPPO’s vice chairman, Stephen Butt (Farmer’s Weekly 13 September 2019, p 32)
Onderhoud met SAPPO se hoofuitvoerende beampte, Johann Kotzé (Landbouweekblad 27 September 2019 p 20)

Photo left: Stephen Butt

CS Vet's Pic of the Month

Congratulations to PIC who is the winner of last month’s CS Vet’s Pic of the Month. The photographer was Eben Wepener. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet, as well as a goody bag from SAPPO, is on its way. Send your entries for our next issue to

We remember ...

.. Walter Thiele, a previous national council member of SAPPO, Thys Lourens, a stalwart of the industry, and Freddy Hirsh, founder of the Freddy Hirsh Group, who was a close friend of the pork industry. SAPPO’s condolences to their families and friends on their passing.

Bake your belly twice

SAPPO’s popular pork master clases are winning many new friends for pork. The master classes are taking place in Gauteng and the Western Cape. This time around students learned how to properly cook pork belly.
Watch what happens at the masterclases.

Information day at Baynesfield

SAPPO will host an information day at Baynesfield on 24 October 2019. Breeding for profit will be the theme. Topics include: The important breeding traits and their economic importance, natural mating and artificial insemination and gilt and sow management.
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Pork shines at Alfa

SAPPO had a stall at the Alfa livestock exhibition last week. Alfa took place in Parys in the Free State. The exhibition strives to present a platform for the exchange of technology for livestock farmers and to provide a trading platform for buyers and suppliers.
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Carcass competition

Alfa hosted a national pork carcass competition for the first time this year.
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Ook by Alfa raakgeloop ...

Andrew Reeders, Lihandi van Niekerk en Hezekiel Mpedi van Topigs Norsvin geniet verversings by Alfa.

Save the date

Topigs Norsvin’s 2020 Pork Event will take place on 11 March at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Pretoria. On the menu will be, among others: A good start with good genetics, weighing local performance, and the value of biosecurity and high health herds.
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Land reform: Melmoth case good news

Agri SA is elated about the outcome of the Melmoth case in favour of the landowners this week. The outcome brings some comfort to concerned landowners regarding the manner in which experts will deal with the concept of just and equitable compensation. The controversial land claims lodged by five groups of claimants against various farms in the Melmoth area in Kwazulu-Natal has taken a drastic turn.
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Registrations now open for Agbiz’ 2020 congress

Held every second year, the Agbiz Congress 2020 is one of the major events on the food, feed, fibre and wine sectors’ agenda in South Africa. Agbiz expects more than 400 delegates will attend the 2020 congress, which will feature presentations and discussion panels from local and international speakers, as well as a student case competition and various networking opportunities.
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EU-wide initiative created to restore balance in meat debate

A new initiative has been set up to combat miscommunication about the meat industry.
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Infrared camera to identify pig feeding patterns

Researchers in Brazil are working on methods involving thermography using infrared technology to identify pig feeding behaviour.
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Restaurant animal welfare marketing is ineffective

Despite growing pressure on American restaurants from animal activists, linking animal welfare to marketing programmes has thus far been ineffective for restaurants. A new study by the University of Missouri suggests that while the restaurant industry is often criticised for not doing more to push animal welfare reforms, but even when they do their marketing efforts miss the mark.
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Pork Checkoff payments now online

The National Pork Board (NPB) of the USA has announced plans to migrate Pork Checkoff remittances to its online platform. The online Checkoff remittance system is designed to significantly reduce the processing time, paper and other expenses for the Pork Board, while also providing pork producers flexibility with payment options, improve operational efficiencies and create cost savings.
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

• South Africa wastes 10m tonnes of food annually
• SPACE 2019: Attention to environment and welfare
• Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops ‘ham’ from the word ‘hamburger’)
• Food safety auditing: An industry in transition
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August Newsletter – 2019

Dear Members,

Since joining SAMPA in Feb 2019 I have been busy learning the ropes and getting to know the members, regulators and all our partners in the industry. Since joining there have been numerous meetings of the SAMPA technical working group, SAMPA Executive Committee as well as engagements with the various regulators ( DAFF, DTI, DOH, NRCS) and allied organization’s such as the CGCSA, SAPPO, AMIESA and the RMIF.

Many members have expressed a desire to be more informed of the activities of SAMPA so through a monthly newsletters I will endeavor to do just that. Welcome to newsletter # 1.

Stellenbosch University Centre for Food Safety

In February, SAMPA donated R 1 000 000 to Stellenbosch University Centre for Food Safety, to support the excellent research work they perform in the advancement of food R & D to the benefit of all South Africans.

Led by Professor Pieter Gouws new research in pathogen management and improved food safety technologies are being developed which over time will improve our knowledge and management of food safety.

SAMPA Food Safety Workshops

At the SAMPA AGM held in March, members asked for food safety workshops that were short in duration and aimed at business owners and senior management. ½ day high level workshops were run in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in June.

The workshops focused on food safety, pathogen risk vs hazard, legal obligations, and the regulatory framework as well as how to protect your business against financial risk especially in the event of a recall.

Presenters were Prof Pieter Gouws (Stellenbosch University), Prof Lucia Anelich (Anelich Consulting), Janusz Luterek (Hahn & Hahn Attorneys) and Chris Thompson (AIG Risk Insurance).  Linda Jackson was MC and the Food Focus team organized the logistics for these workshops.

In total we had 85 delegates attend the 3 days.

HACCP – R 908

This regulation came into law on the 14th June 2018 following the Listeria crisis of March 2018.  R 908 required all producers of RTE processed meat to become HACCP certified to a SANAS standard. SAMPA engaged with the Department of Health and following these negotiations, the DoH agreed to allow industry 9 months to implement and comply with the R 908 regulation.

That meant that by 14th March 2019 all producers of RTE Processed meat were required to be HACCP certified by a SANAS accredited certifying body

No time extension has been granted for this regulation to be fully implemented by the DoH.

R 638 – Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and Related Matters

This was not a new regulation but there was one clauses that became mandatory from June 2019 – Clause 10.1 (a)

10.1(a) – The person in charge of food premises must ensure – he or she is suitably qualified or adequately trained in the principles of food safety and hygiene…… and the training is accredited.

The person in charge is the person whose name is on your Certificate of Acceptability for a Food Premises (COA), issued to you by the local Environmental Health Inspector (EHP).

Does your person in charge meet this requirement?

Regulation regarding the Classification, Packing and Marking of Cooked Processed Meat Products intended for Sale in the RSA

Originally part of SANS 885 this has been removed from the SANS 885 standard and in future will form a new regulation under the Animal Products Standards Act, regulated by DAFF. The SAMPA Technical Working Group has spent many hours reviewing these specifications which are in their final revision, they are expected to be signed by the Minister later this year for implementation in 2020.

This regulation will cover Bacon, Hams, Salami, Vienna’s, Pates, Spreads, Polony, Russians, and Smokies etc.

Regulation regarding the Classification, Packing and Marking of Raw Processed Meat Products intended for sale in the RSA

These have been removed from the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act that falls under Minister of Health, as the Regulation has nothing to do with food safety, but rather with quality which falls under the APS Act falling under DAFF.

This regulation is in the 3rd draft stage with final comments due on 9th September. SAMPA’s TWG will submit final comment this week.

These regulations will cover – Mince, Ground Beef, Sausages, Burgers, Grillers, Boerewors etc.

This regulation will likely be finalized in late 2019, and signed into law in 2020.


This was signed by Minister Patel of the DTI on 8th August 2019 and is causing a great deal of concern to SAMPA members.

I sent the VC to members together with SANS 885 edition 4 after it was signed into law on Monday 12th August. If you have not received it please drop me a mail and I will send a copy.

SAMPA members have had time to examine what is required and how it will impact your business. Undoubtedly the biggest concern is the cost impact and potentially loss in sales.

It is important to realize that SANS 885 was asked for by SAMPA members as far back as 2002 and SAMPA was integrally involved in the drafting of the standard.  It has taken a long time to get to this point, but the regulators have pushed hard since March 2018 to implement the SANS 885 standard.

What are the most important impacts of the VC?

  • SANS 885 moves from a voluntary standard to a compulsory standard
  • It appoints the NRCS as the inspection body for the VC
  • It allows the NRCS to charge for enforcement/inspection of the VC
  • It gives the NRCS powers to inspect the implementation of HACCP – R 908
  • Compositional testing is excluded from the VC as this will fall under DAFF
  • Microbiological testing remains part of SANS 885 and will be tested as part of the VC
  • Payment of levies in compulsory as outlined in the VC

What are the next steps?

  • NRCS must engage SAMPA/ Industry on implementation and enforcement
  • NRCS must engage SAMPA/Industry on a fee structure for inspection
  • SAMPA need to ensure that NRCS inspect ALL producers of processed meat not just a select few

What will the NRCS inspector ask for?

  • A valid COA
  • A HACCP compliance certificate issued by a SANAS accredited certifying body – R 908
  • Microbiological lab records of products falling under the VC to show evidence that your products meet the statutory minimum requirements as defined in SANS 885
  • Evidence (Food Safety Audit or Physical inspection or both) that facilities meet the SANS 885 standard
  • That R 638 -10.1 (a) has been met

There are still many unanswered questions and we have asked that the NRCS schedule meeting as soon as possible to engage the industry. As SAMPA engages with the NRCS and obtains a clearer understanding of the way forward we will communicate with our members.

Implementation of compositional regulation via DAFF’s assignee -AFSQ

In a recent meeting with the Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, he made it clear that Compositional testing and enforcement will be done by the DAFF assignee – AFSQ (Agency for Food Safety & Quality (Pty) Ltd).  They have been appointed an assignee under the Agricultural Products Standards Act 1990 (APS).

SAMPA will engage further with AFSQ and DAFF on 11th September to discuss how best to implement their mandate at lowest cost to SAMPA members.

I will provide feedback after this meeting.

Perten testing of Total Meat Equivalent (TME)

In 2017 SAMPA purchased a Perten 7250 electronic testing device, enabling quick, cost-effective testing for TME. Previously testing was done in accredited laboratories at great cost. The Perten TME testing is funded by the voluntary levies paid by members and 30 – 50 products are tested each month. Samples are drawn from retail stores all over South Africa based on a monthly sampling schedule.

In June 2019, SAMPA partnered with Food Consulting Services (FCS) a Food Micro and Chemical Lab in Halfway House to provide a professional service by collecting and testing the samples as well as providing detailed reports to SAMPA.

Products are bought, stored in cooler boxes with ice and couriered to the FCS facilities from all over South Africa by the FCS field teams.

Results are kept confidential and only product samples that show results <60% TME, will result in me contacting the producer to rectify the non-compliance. FCS will immediately do a lab test to validate non-compliant products. FCS will retest a new sample a week later, a 2nd failure will be referred to the regulator for their attention. Results are not shared and are at all times kept confidential.

I am happy to say that we have had no product this year below the 60% minimum TME.

Who is on the SAMPA executive and Technical Working Group?

 SAMPA Executive

Andrew Cocks (Chairman)               Tiger Brands

Arnold Prinsloo (Vice Chairman)    Eskort

Brent Fairlie                                         Lynca

Alistair Hayward                                 Feinschmecker

Alida Rossouw                                    Crown National

Melindi Wyma                                    Eskort

Bruce Smit                                           Federated Meat

Thorsten Sache                                  Q Meats

Wesley de Jager                                Freddy Hirsch

SAMPA Technical Working Group

Alida Rossouw          Crown National

Melindi Wyma          Eskort

Najib Salim                RCL

Rosalind Govender   RCL

Wesley de Jager       Freddy Hirsch

Pieter du Toit            Deli Spice

Cherisa Roodt           Massfresh

Renusha Chanda       Tiger Brands

Melanie Britow         Anchor Foods

Henry Hawthorn      Deli Spices

Jennifer Rickets        Deli Spice

Adrian Johnson         Deli Spice

The following is a list of SAMPA members as at end August 2019 

Full Members Associate Members
Al-Amien Foods BT Enterprises
Bluff Meat Supply Bidfood Technologies t/a Crown National
Brito’s Meat Deli Spices (Pty) Ltd
Classic Processed Products (Pty) Ltd University of the Free State
Enterprise Foods University of Pretoria
Eskort Limited Freddy Hirsch Group (Pty) Ltd
Farm2U Merlog Foods (Pty) Ltd
Frey’s Quality Meats Meat Board of Namibia
Meatrite SA (Pty) Ltd RSF Trading
New Style Pork t/a Lynca Meats SAPPO – South African Pork Producers Organization
Q Meats MANE South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Rica Cold Meats (Pty) Ltd Federated Meats
Thaba’nchu t/a Sky Country Meats Pretoria Primal Traders
Watsons Meats Advanced Food Solutions
Rainbow Farms (Pty) Ltd PHT Trading International Pty Ltd
Feinschmecker (Pty) Ltd MLS – National Laboratory Services
Super Meat Products Certification Partners Global
Pendale Foods  Stellenbosch University – Centre for Food Safety
O’Kin (Pty) Ltd  Central University of Technology – OFS
Van Wyngaard
FF Meat
Tip Top Meat Products
Spath’s Cold Meats cc
Moja Cold Meats cc
Theronda cc t/a Therons Meat Products
Superfecta Foods
Freezeland Foods cc
Woody’s Consumer Brands (Pty) Ltd
Tirolean Meats Pty Ltd
Anchor Foods (Pty) Ltd
Nesta Foods cc
Milpro Meats ( Pty) Ltd
Meat World Factory cc
Barbeque Rib Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd


If you are not yet a member of SAMPA and wish to join, please send a mail to and I will send you forms to complete.

Full Members (Producers) – R 5 400.00 pa per 200 employees

Associate Members (Service Industry) – R 2 160.00 pa

The more members, the more we can truly say we represent the industry.

Website News

SAMPA is busy upgrading and improving the website in order to enable easier and safer use by members.  I hope to have it up and running by end September.


Warm Regards

Peter Gordon


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August 2019

Johan Kotze

SAPPO conference: Focus on data attracts wide interest

Data in the agricultural sector is becoming a huge asset to all role-players and it is clear from the interest from the many guests that will attend SAPPO’s conference that people realise the value of data and the importance of how to properly manage this. Read more

Here is SAPPO's latest ASF update

SAPPO’s business intelligence division has updated the organisation’s ASF report this week. The new report covers the period 10 April to 30 August 2019.
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Topical matters discussed at Safe Pork Conference in Berlin

The 13th Safe Pork Conference with the theme, One Health: Tear down interdisciplinary walls, was held in Berlin, Germany from 26 – 29 August 2019. The conference was attended by Dr Peter Evans and Anné Calitz from SAPPO. Read more

Welcome to the World of Pork

SAPPO will launch The World of Pork (WOP) at its AGM. This is an integrated platform that offers stakeholders in the South African pork value chain a protected environment to share information and to facilitate interactions that create value and drive competitiveness, sustainability and food safety in the pork industry.

Fun with pork at masterclases

Readers had a blast while cooking up a storm at SAPPO’s first pork masterclasses. One took place in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg the past two weeks. Check out the highlights from the day on the magazines True Love and Move‘s digital platforms. The campaigns are supported by messages on Facebook and Twitter.

Fire & Feast 2019 will celebrate meat on the braai

SAPPO will this year again participate in South Africa’s main braai event, Fire & Feast, on 6 – 8 September at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. Lynca and Malu are SAPPO’s partners at the event. We have a limited amount of complementary tickets. If you are interested, please contact Monique Groenewald.

SA Pork on television next week

Food Lovers Market has included pork packs in its monthly special deals promotion.

Watch the TV ad here

My healthy swine herd

Approximately 100 farmers attended SAPPO’s information day at Baynesfield Training Academy last week with the theme “My healthy swine herd”. Biosecurity and ASF were placed in the spotlight by Dr Peter Evans, responsible for consumer assurance at SAPPO.

Getting ready

The SAPPO office was buzzing with energy this week as staff assembled the AGM bags that will be handed to delegates. These were made form recycled SAPPO table cloths that were used for consumer educational purposes in the past.

In your latest Porcus

• Future of Zinc Oxide in piglet diets: What are the alternatives?
• Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio established for 11 to 22 kg pigs
• Lawsonia can impact other gut pathogens
• Biosecurity in four steps and ASF precaution tips
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Latest crop estimate good news for livestock farmers

The latest production estimate showed a further upward adjustment to the crop estimates with maize now just above 11 million tons. This, together with considerable carryover stock (2.7 million tons), ensure sufficient supplies for the 2018/19 marketing season. Read more

50 Years for Northern Cape's Malu

Malu celebrated its 50th birthday in Kimberley last week with clients, suppliers, other stakeholders and friends from all over the country who joined the celebrations. Detail and photographs in the September/October issue of Porcus. On the photograph is the Malherbe family. Front: Helena, Marius, Raedun and Charles Malherbe snr. Back: Charles Malherbe jnr, Alwina van Zyl and Jeandre van Zyl.

Excitement is building for new offices

Chemuniqué is pleased to announce that the official opening of its new premises at 30 Eagle Lane in Lanseria Corporate Estate will take place as planned during October this year. According to the contractor’s report by Bantry Construction Services, everything is on track for the big move. “The excitement is certainly building as foundation’s are laid,” says general manager, Jerry Rowles. Read more

Economic debate welcomed, but implementation remains the Achilles heel

Agri SA welcomes the latest National Treasury document in principle as it addresses several policy challenges and structural issues, giving specific solutions that are otherwise absent in many policy proposals. Read more

Mboweni's new plan to boost growth and create a million jobs

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has called for a series of “deliberate and concerted actions” to raise SA’s moribund GDP growth rate by up to 3% per year in a new 77-page economic policy paper. Read more

Being cyberbullied by animal rights activists a real concern

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Pig welfare symposium: Rounding up the pig people

Often swine events tend to be specialised, aiming at one specific part of the industry. In that respect, the Pig Welfare Symposium in the US in November in the USA is different.
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

• SAPPO’s pork belly video viewed
• SOWING scenario will be focus of SAPPO’s business strategy for the years to come
• Steady growth in SAPPO compartments
• Monthly disease report
• MoU with the department of water and sanitation

Opens: South Africa (318), USA (10), the Netherlands (8), Ireland (7), Germany, UK, Finland (3 each), Spain (2), Australia, Italy and Mozambique (1 each). View Update

New on SAPPO's infohub

• The truth about swine influenza
• Feedback from the Zero Zinc Summit
• SA must brace for more hikes in taxes, electricity tariffs
• Can the small pig farmer thrive in the future?
• Irish food authorities develop DNA scanning tool
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Issue No 9

In this issue we cover the following topics:

  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.
  2. Transformation within the pork industry.
  3. Transformation within the South African raisin industry
  4. New years of farming can add synergy to the accumulated years of farming: Mr and Mrs Mokhoro farm with their son

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July 2019

Food safety a collective effort

Food safety is in the spotlight and will remain in the spotlight for times to come. The meat industry had its fair share in this regard with last year’s listeriosis outbreak. We learned a number of important lessons. The most important one is that food safety, specifically meat safety, is not the responsibility of any role player alone. 

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There is NO evidence that Swine Influenza occurs in pigs

There is no evidence that Swine Influenza (SI) occurs in pigs in South Africa, says Dr Peter Evans of SAPPO. Reacting to media reports, he says that his statement is based on not finding antibodies to SI during numerous country-wide serologic surveys. 

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No news is good news

Another week has passed with no cases of ASF being reported. Producers are however reminded to remain vigilant and keep up their high biosecurity procedures.

ASF communication strategy in the spotlight

The scenario strategist, Chantell Ilbury, facilitated a workshop at the SAPPO offices in Pretoria to assist the organisation to compile a comprehensive communication strategy on ASF for the informal and formal pig market. Messages, media and target audiences were identified. These will now be refined by SAPPO team. 

Data: What does pork producers have to say?

Karl Dinkelmann of AccTech will be the keynote speaker at SAPPO’s 2019 AGM & Conference. But what are SAPPO’s data needs? Dinkelmann had a brief session with SAPPO members this week to establish these requirements. And the farmers had their say. On the photograph are from left (back) Karl Dinkelmann, Nico Scheltema (SAPPO), Shaun Mockford (Limpopo), Stephen Butt (KZN) and Charl Braak (Gauteng). Front: Isabel Bröcker (SAPPO) and CP Kriek (Free State).

Relations with the WC government going places.

Dr Cilliers Louw (SAPPO Western Cape), says his relationship with the authorities in the Western Cape is progressing. He is forging strong links with the Western Cape department of agriculture and its sub-directorate, farmer support and development. The photograph was taken at the departments annual symposium. From left are Jerry Arries from the directorate, farmer support and development, Dr Mogale Sebopetsa (who received his Phd) and Dr Cilliers Louw (SAPPO)

Tippie says goodbye

Tippie Marais of Phibro Animal Health died on 10 July of complications after a motor vehicle accident on 25 June. According to Anette Rossouw, a former colleague at Hipra, Tippie will be remembered for his jovial, talkative personality.

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Pork will sparkle in Soweto

SAPPO, Lynca, Roots Butcheries and Orchard Bounty and Crown National Spices will present the Roots Park Festival at Roots Butchery, Protea Gardens, Soweto next week to promote pork. Various pork tastings will be provided, and pork hampers are up for grabs.

Say your say

Thoko Didiza has been appointed the new minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development. She held the post of minister of agriculture and land affairs from 1999 to 2006. Are you positive about her appointment? Mail “yes” or “no” or “maybe” to You are welcome to briefly motivate your answer. Feedback in next weeks’ SAPPO Weekly Update.

CS Vet's Pic of the Month

Does your photograph has what it takes to be CS Vet’s Pic of the Month? CS Vet will sponsor a cash prize of R500 for the best photograph of the month. The winner will also receive a goody bag from SAPPO and our input suppliers. Any pig, pork or piggery related photograph or of the people involved in the piggery will do. Only one photograph per mail please. Send entries to

SAPPO AGM: Your last chance to register

The deadline for SAPPO’s AGM has been extended to next Friday, 2 August.
• Click here to access the registration form.
• To wet your appetite, here is the AGM programme. See you at Misty Hills.

Huge potential for livestock exports, but biosecurity nonnegotiable

Agriculture has been identified as one of the sectors that will ignite growth and job creation in South Africa. This will be export-led, but for export  activity to take off, biosecurity is key, said Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist of Agbiz. 

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NAHF: Progress, but still much to be done

Dr Pieter Vervoort, chairman of the National Animal Health Forum (NAHF), said at a media briefing last week that although the NAHF has made good progress since its inception thirteen years ago, there is still great room for improvement.

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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

SAPPO’s updated ASF report, ASF could change the world’s protein situation forever, ASF: Africa is sitting on a time bomb, SAPPO AGM & Conference 2019: Don’t miss this one! Opens: South Africa (354), USA (27), UK (16), Ireland (9), the Netherlands (7), Mozambique (5) and Finland (4). Read Update

We have a new web address

The address of SAPPO’s infohub has changed to New on the site: South Africa’s carbon tax matters; Flies can play a role in transmitting ASF into farms; Gangs in China fake outbreaks of African swine fever; ASF could change the world’s protein situation forever. Visit site

Tyson sued over deceptive advertising

Consumers have been misled, claim two consumer advocacy groups who have sued Tyson Foods, over the meat packer’s environmental practices. Read more

Farmers earn more from YouTube than crops

It’s a sign of the times when farmers make more money advocating for the industry on social media than actually farming. Read more

AI courses to be presented in the next months

SAPPO’s Baynesfield Training Academy and PIC will present a training course on AI in Richmond, Natal in August. This will be a practical, as well as a theoretical course.
Read more. PIC will also present an AI course at Niemen Stud in Magaliesburg on 15 and 16 October. Read more 

Registrations now open for AFMA's 2019 Symposium

Registrations are now open for AFMA’s 2019 Symposium. The Symposium will take place on 29 October 2019 in the Diamond Auditorium of the CSIR International Convention in Pretoria.
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Trade show highlights potential global markets

The Global Trade Show of Networking and Matchmaking South Africa 2019, which will take place in Midrand nest week, is a trade and business fair offering an excellent opportunity for everyone to access the South African and Continental markets. It also highlights potential global markets for local buyers. Read more

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SAPPO seeking new approach to ASF

A communal pig farming operation in Koppies in the Free State was the location of the latest positive case of ASF. The surviving pigs (76) were culled last week Saturday, thanks to the efforts of SAPPO and the Free State veterinary services, assisted by NSPCA to ensure that the exercise was done humanely, says Dr Peter Evans. Read more

Stand van die bedryf

Isabel Bröcker, hoof van besigheidsintelligensie by SAPPO, bespreek die invloed van die afgelope jaar se markkragte (plaaslik en internasionaal) op die bemarkbaarheid en prys van varkvleis. Die artikel het voorheen in Landbouweekblad verskyn.
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Pork 360 working group established

Anné Calitz, project manager at SAPPO, said that SAPPO and the barcode and traceability specialists, GS1, have established a working group to investigate the marketing of Pork 360 products in the retail space. The aim, among others, is to limit the possibility of food fraud. The working group will hold a session with traders before end of July


AGM registrations will soon close

Registrations for SAPPO’s AGM, as well as exhibition bookings, will close on 22 July 2019. There are still a few exhibition spots available, but input suppliers will have to hurry. Read more about the AGM and SAPPO’s exhibitor of the year competition.
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Vets having fun

Dr Cilliers Louw, SAPPO’s veterinary representative in the Western Cape, reports on the Pig Vet Society’s CPD day.
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SAPPO on Landbouweekliks

Johann Kotzé, SAPPO CEO, will be interviewed on Landbouweekliks on 2 July at 19:30 (DStv channel 147). He will, among others, talk about ASF and Ensminger. Watch the preview.

In your next Porcus

• Special feature: Delicious pork in the media 
• All about the Ensminger Symposium
• Nutritional manipulation of animal products to produce functional foods
• SAPPO’s consumer education campaign with DRUM
• Social pigs: A new dimension to pig genetics
• Pig day at Onderstepoort
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Easter digital campaign outperforms industry benchmark

To promote the enjoyment of pork dishes over the Easter period (when there is a lot of entertaining), a digital campaign with 12 short SA Pork cooking videos was flighted on the social media platforms of Here’s a short summary of the campaign report. Read more

Milestone for PIC's Irmarie

Irmarie Taljaard presented her masters trial at the 51st South Africa Society of Animal Science (SASAS) in Bloemfontein earlier this month. Her trial was on new approaches to feeding the modern PIC 337 pig.

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened in Q2, 2019

Following a marginal improvement in the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index to 46 in the first quarter of this year, sentiment fell back in the second quarter to 44. A level below the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa. The survey was conducted between 27 May and 6 June 2019. 
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ASF Vietnam: Commercial farms hit; higher pork import prices

No longer is African Swine Fever (ASF) a problem that is only hitting pigs in villages in Vietnam. It has also started hitting large-scale industrial farms in the country, according to the Vietnamese authorities.
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Tough decisions: Animal mortality disposal during a disease outbreak

African swine fever (ASF) is taking over the news headlines now, but it’s not the only foreign animal disease posing a threat to animal health, the national economy and the environment, writes Jennifer Shike in Farm Journal’s Pork.
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Issue No 8

In this issue we cover the following topics:

1. Production and trade information gap within the industry trusts: Does this hinder transformation progress in the agricultural sector?
2. South African mohair industry: A global leader
3. Asset performance of the horticultural trusts
4. Meet the new ministerial trustees in the Winter Cereals Trust and Mohair Trust

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Africa has a huge export potential

Although China seems a logical choice to explore in terms of South African pork exports in the light of that country’s huge ASF problem, I believe that we have not yet explore the many opportunities in Africa enough. 

The North West University conducted a study on the pork export potential worldwide on behalf of SAPPO (see report below) and the findings are rather interesting.


SAPPO AGM & Conference 2019: Don’t miss this one!

SAPPO AGM & Conference 2019: Don’t miss this one!
The pork industry constantly needs new and useful insights to remain sustainable, competitive and profitable. By introducing new ways to collect, share, collaborate and analyse the ever-increasing amounts of data to the industry, SAPPO aims to provide intelligent business insights.


Bedryf gesels met die media oor ASF

Johann Kotzé op OFM: Afrika-varkpesvirus raak kleinboere, maar verspreiding daarvan word beperk

Johann Kotzé op OFM: Suid-Afrika se varkkuddes word beskerm ná uitbreking van Afrika-varkpes

Dr Pieter Vervoort op OFM: Betrokkenes hanteer Afrika-varkpesvirus in die Vrystaat


Pork exports still in the agenda

Trade Research Advisory (TRADE) at the North West University has conducted an investigation into export possibilities for the South African pork industry. TRADE has developed a scientific method to identify export opportunities for a company or industry. 

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Become a SAPPO member to vote for your representative

If you want to vote for your provincial representative on SAPPO’s executive council next year, you must be a member of the organisation. The closing date for membership applications is 30 June 2019. Here is the application form. Please send this to


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Vier maniere met ‘n varkblad: Tuis/Home

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Pork belly made easy: Taste Magazine

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Strengthening the team (1)

Danie du Plessis has been appointed chairperson of SAPPO’s Audit and Risk Committee. He has been a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 33 years. He provided professional services to a variety of corporate and family-owned businesses. Since 30 June 2014 he serves as an independent director/trustee of several entities, acting as chairman of four audit and risk committees and providing non-audit services to various companies. 

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Strengthening the team (2)

Willie Miller is an industrial engineer, who spent the last 23 years in the banking sector. He will consult SAPPO on various matters. He served on FNB’s executive committee, responsible for the Private Banking division and also as CEO of the Business Banking division. He is chairman of FNB’S Agricultural Advisory Board. This role introduced him to agriculture. “When SAPPO invited me to join its board I could not resist,” he says. 

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New application for statutory levy

SAPPO applied for the continuation of the statutory levy. The organisation’s application is being considered by the National Agricultural Marketing Council. If approved, the statutory measures will be applicable until 31 October 2022.


Geared for the future

Training and team building remain a priority for the SAPPO staff, says CEO Johann Kotzé. Apart from valuable team building exercises, the staff received training on numerous matters recently.


The DRUM experience

SAPPO’s sponsorship of the magazine, DRUM’s, search for a food ambassador opened a lot of pork opportunities among a new generation. See how the final cook-off went.

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FMD: The battle is over, but the war continues

The Department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) has declared the end of the FMD outbreak, as there have not been any new cases since February, and more than three incubation periods have lapsed with no new cases being observed.


Cabinet 2019: Streamlining welcomed

Agri SA and Agbiz welcomed the new cabinet, but this is only the first step, the organisations said. Read the media statement of Agri SA and the one of Agbiz. Agri SA welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s smaller, more streamlined cabinet, but now we need engagement with the new officials about policy issues that farmers face.


New on SAPPO's infohub

  • Breeding reduces environmental impact with 1% per year
  • China’s love of pork may not be enough
  • Hormel lawsuit reveals what ‘natural’ meat really means
    Africa’s first international agricultural technology exhibition on its way
  • Ailing pigs could be a boost for SA pharma industry
  • How are water licenses processed?
  • Trade talks have an influence on hog and wholesale market

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SAPPO News is the monthly electronic newsletter of the SA Pork Producers’ Organisation.
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These are SA’s best butcheries!!!

Courtesy of: South Africa Food Review

The country’s very best butcheries were announced at a luncheon held on the 30 May 2019 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Now in their fourteenth year, the Cleaver Awards, which are proudly supported by Freddy Hirsch, acknowledge butcheries which meet consumer expectations on in-store hygiene, the supply of quality assured roller marked South African Beef, their level of competency in offering the best advice on meal preparations and perceived value for money.

National winners at the Cleaver Awards: Adriaan de Klerk (West End Vleismark, Kimberley); Marius Jordaan (Karaglen SuperSpar, Edenglen Johannesburg); Johanna Julies (Malmesbury SuperSpar); Frank Halewijn (Frank`s Meat Supply Retail City, Middelburg); Hendrik Steenkamp (Boma Vleismark, Moreleta Park) and Francois Rossouw (Impala Vleis, Brits). (Photo: Adell de Beer)

Mr Dewald Olivier, who was appointed as executive officer of the The SA Feedlot Association (SAFA) last year, says that since these Awards started in 2005, butchery standards have significantly improved and feedback from consumers shows that the majority perceive the Cleaver Awards to be a seal of approval, most importantly because a butchery cannot enter themselves, they have to be nominated by their customers.

SA red meat

The Cleaver Awards are an initiative of the South African Red Meat Industry Forum. Consumers are asked towards the end of every year to vote online and nominate their best butchery. These nominations are tallied and finalists are individually and anonymously assessed against a 212 point checklist. This year saw over 40 000 nominations received, the biggest to date.

Guests at the Awards today included senior members of the meat production and retail industry, Award finalists from around the country, judges and media.

Butchers were judged according to three categories namely:

  • butcheries with three or more till points
  • butcheries with three or fewer till points
  • food market/supermarket butcheries.

 Cleaver awards winners


 Three and more tills:

  • Boma Vleismark, Moreleta Park – Platinum
  • Impala Vleis, Brits – Gold

 Up to three tills:

  • West End Vleismark, Kimberley – Platinum
  • Frank`s Meat Supply Retail City, Middelburg – Gold

 Meat Markets:

  • Malmesbury SuperSpar, Malmesbury – Platinum
  • Karaglen SuperSpar, Edenglen – Gold


Three and more tills:

  • Kings Meat Deli, Lynnwoodbridge – Platinum
  • Kings Meat Deli, Castle Walk, Erasmuskloof – Gold

 Up to three tills:

  • Hokaai Meat, Gift Acres, Lynnwood – Platinum
  • Taste Butchery, Moreleta Park – Gold

Meat Market:

  • Uitkyk Vleismark, Silverton – Platinum
  • Pick & Pay, Waverly – Gold


 Three and more tills:

  • Vleislapa, Marshalstreet, Polokwane – Platinum


 Three and more tills:

  • Goudkopslaghuis, Klerksdorp – Platinum
  • Vision Meat, Klerksdorp – Gold

Up to three tills:

  • Tristar Meat, Schweizer Reneke – Platinum


 Meat Market:

  • Malelane SuperSpar, Malelane – Platinum
  • Komatipoort SuperSpar – Gold


Three and more tills:

  • Fredilia Meat, Welkom – Platinum
  • Power Meat Centre, Welkom – Gold


Three and more tills:

  • Cuyler Butchery, Uitenhage – Platinum

 Meat Market:

  • Our Superspar, Walmer, PE – Platinum
  • Levyvale SuperSpar, Uitenhage – Gold


Up to three tills:

  • Tollies Slaghuis, Hartenbos – Platinum
  • Akeru Butchery, Gordonsbaai – Gold

 Meat Market:

  • Oudtshoorn Spar, Oudshoorn – Platinum
  • Protea Hoogte Spar, Brackenfell – Gold


 Three and more tills:

  • Longbury Meat Market, Phoenix – Platinum

 Up to three tills:

  • Dirks Meat Market, Durban North – Platinum

The winners in each category received Platinum Awards and the runners up Gold Awards. First prize winners in each national category received an R 20 000 cash prize and a Platinum Trophy Award. The runners up received an R 10 000 cash prize as well as a Gold Cleaver Award Trophy. All of the provincial winners received either a Platinum or Gold Cleaver Award Trophy in their category.

Read also the following articles online:

  1. After 12 Magazine: “Cleaver Awards Winners Announced”
  2. Bizcommunity: “Cleaver Awards 2019 honour SA’s best butcheries”


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Media statement             30 May 2019  

ANTHRAX OUTBREAKS IN LESOTHO                         

The Veterinary Authority of Lesotho has reported three anthrax outbreaks to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).  The first outbreak started on 12 May 2019 and a total of 24 cattle were reported to have died of anthrax.

What is Anthrax?

Anthrax is a disease of humans and warm-blooded animals and is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Animals become infected by eating or licking material that is contaminated with spores or breathing in the spores. These spores are formed when the bacteria are exposed to oxygen in the event that an animal that died of anthrax is cut open. The spores are resistant and survive for long periods (up to decades) in the environment. Humans most commonly contract the disease through contact with anthrax-infected animals or animal products such as meat.

Read the full Media Statement online

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