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May 2019


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.


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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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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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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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21 May 2019

Final Report

1.      Introduction and summary

South Africa had an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and lost the OIE recognised FMD free zone without vaccination status on 7 January 2019.  The disease, in the free zone, was first noticed on 2 January 2019 and confirmed on 7 January 2019 by the OIE FMD reference laboratory.  The last positive location was reported to the OIE on 4 February 2019.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is confident that the clinical end point of the outbreak was reached on 31 January 2019 and the final report on this event was submitted to the OIE on 7 May 2019.

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ASF Update: Heilbron

Another outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported near Heilbron in the Free State. Johann Kotzé, CEO of SAPPO and Dr Peter Evans, responsible for consumer assurance at the organisation, visited the farm on 13 May and they are satisfied that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) are applying the necessary control measures.

The farm, of an upcoming small producer, was placed under quarantine and depopulation will take place this week under the supervision of the SPCA and the state veterinarian in the province.

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ASF in Delmas well maintained and no course for alarm

johann-kotze-sappo     African Swine Fewer (ASF) was diagnosed in mid-April on a small farm in the Delmas area in Mpumalanga. The farm had about 180 pigs, mainly fattening pigs, and a few sows bought from an auctioneer in the area. They were fed a mixture of bran and vegetable by-products from a local vegetable factory.

Mpumalanga Veterinary Services immediately placed the farm under quarantine.

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NAHF keeps close watch over health matters

SAPPO is represented on the National Animal Health Forum (NAHF) by Dr Peter Evans of SAPPO. The Forum is active and constantly liase with DAFF on all animal health concerns. Read more about the Forum and its activities and access its disease report of March 2019.

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Kgadi and her team doing good work on behalf of producers

Kgadi Senyatsi, who heads SAPPO’s Business Development division, and her team have finished their ASF surveillance in North West. Dr Peter Evans, who heads consumer assurance at SAPPO, is analysing the data and the results will be made known soon. Meanwhile, the team has also been deployed to the Delmas area to do surveillance there. A big thank you for your hard work.



In the latest issue of Porcus


• SAPPO chairman, Johann van der Walt, airs his views
• The latest SAPPO news
• What is happening on the consumer education front?
• Well-trained farmers could enhance your business
• Focus on classification
• Kampvegter vir vleis vereer
• Martin swem ver vir liefdadigheid

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Here are our latest magazine advertorials

View SAPPO’s latest magazine pork advertorial in Fresh LivingKook en Kuier and Taste Magazine.




Supermarket campaigns will start soon

The first three campaigns with national retailers will start soon. It will be supported by in-store promotions.

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SAPPO AGM: Book and register now

The acquisition of new insights through data will be in the spotlight at SAPPO’s AGM and Conference that will take place on 4 & 5 September 2019 I Misty Hills Country Hotel, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

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Agri SA survey confirms structural shift in research spend

researchxxx.152754    Agri SA today released its 2019 survey which shows the agriculture sector has undergone a discernible structural shift in research spend. The survey indicates that the spend is moved away from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and towards a variety of private institutions.

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Results of Biomin’s latest mycotoxin survey

ScreenShot2019-04-24at3.48.00PM.155010    Biomin’s mycotoxin survey report for 2018 reveals impacts of the main mycotoxins in 2019. In the last years, fumonisins were the most prevalent mycotoxins globally. Also in 2018, they claim their position and are highly abundant at high concentrations in raw commodities.

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Spain unveils new pork welfare scheme

Spanish pork board Interporc has unveiled a new certified animal welfare seal, IAWS, to endorse good practices within the industry.

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Welcome to Amie’s April/May Newsletter

From the desk of Paul

February and March were not easy months.  We faced challenges from ITAC/SAPA duty applications and proposed new veterinary tariffs,  but we managed!  With the help of our legal team Amish Kika, a letter was received from the Office of the State Attorney confirming that they do not intend opposing Amie’s Application, on condition each party pay their own costs.

This is an important success for Amie members, and it means that the tariffs on imported meat will not be charged any longer until the Department undertakes a full process.  Well done Amish!

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ITAC Application Update

The ITAC/SAPA duty application remains a critical fight for the industry. We have been diligently viewing the SAPA public file and are now in the last leg of the process. The application is for 82% on bone-in and boneless chicken from non-EU sources. We have filed a response, part of which applied pressure on SAPA to provide 2018 numbers.

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Microbiology Special Insert – Santie van Niekerk


On 23 January 2019, the National Executive Officer (NEO) has, in terms of regulations issued under section 22 of the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000), approved the requirements for registration of testing laboratories responsible for the analysis of samples for monitoring and verification of hygiene of meat and products of animal origin.

All laboratories responsible for the testing of samples from animals, meat and meat products for zoonotic pathogens, hygiene indicator organisms, chemical residues, contaminants, water, environmental samples, antimicrobial resistance, species identification and testing samples for specific diseases must be registered or designated by the NEO.

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Brexit and Implications for the South African Economy and Trade

During April the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hosted an interactive stakeholder session on BREXIT and the implication for the South African economy and trade. A detailed brief of the proceedings and outcomes of the session will be shared in due course, but in the meantime, they shared this very comprehensive overview of possible scenario’s:

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Disease Outbreak Updates

On 7 January 2019 an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was confirmed in the Vhembe district of Limpopo Province. On 1 April DAFF released an updated report on the outbreak.

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An outbreak was reported on 10 April 2019 to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on a farm in North West Province in the Zeerust area and has since been placed under quarantine by provincial veterinary services who are doing follow-up investigations and applying disease control.

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Meatless Future Trends

Nestlé SA has announced their plans to launch a soy-based meatless burger in Europe and the US this year.

As consumers reduce their meat intake, food companies are racing to find alternatives.

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FTI Consult Feedback

SAPA’s application for an increase in the customs Duty on Bone in Chicken and Boneless cuts, Amie commissioned FTI Consulting to comment on select aspects of SAPA’s application, to provide a view on whether further protection of South Africa’s broiler industry is justified.

SAPA argues that a large increase in low priced import volumes of boneless cuts and bone-in portions is the primary reason for a substantial decrease in the market shares and the profitability of SACU producers. It attempts to illustrate that the landed cost of
dutiable imports undercut the participating producers SACU sales ex-factory price by a greater margin than their net profit margin during the period under consideration.

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USA EEPC Applications

“Trading Partner” & “Elite Trading Partner” Membership Opportunities

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On the Radar

Keeping an eye out for the following burning issues:

  • Update on SAPA/ITEC Duty Campaign
  • Launch of the Ring-Test Study Assessment
  • Sunset Reviews
  • AMIE will be launching an exciting report which will be of interest to all members in May/June 2019.

For more information contact Amie

Southdowns Ridge Office Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Centurion
+27 (0) 12 003 3362

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Issue No 6

In this issue we cover the following topics:

  1. The activities in the Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust
  2. New developments in the Meat Industry Trust

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Issue No 7

In this issue we cover the following topics:

  1. What do we need to transform the agricultural sector? The case of the NAMC transformation workshop with industry role players
  2. Transformation in the South African macadamia (SAMAC) industry
  3. Participation of youth in agriculture is possible: The story of Mpho and Khuliso, founders of “Mulilo Hot Sauce”

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Pork pulled back after the crisis

It has been just over a year since the world’s largest listeriosis outbreak hit SA, but the crisis turned out to be a boon for the pork industry which last year saw its highest fresh meat sales in three years. In just a few months shoppers who fled the cold-meats aisles turned to fresh pork, attracted by lower prices in the wake of the crisis. Johann Kotzé, SAPPO CEO in the Sunday Times.



Strengthening the SAPPO team

Leago Theko (left) and Nokuthula Mokwena joined the SAPPO team in March as interns in the Business Development Division.

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Martin swem honderde kilometers vir liefdadigheid

Martin Hobbs, een van die eienaars van New Quip Agri Supplies is besig om die Malawi-meer vir liefdadigheid te pak tussen die krokodille deur.

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Learning to Love that leg

      Soon, many restaurant and hotel kitchens will have the meaty, umami aromas of delicious roasting pork wafting around. That’s when all the candidate chefs in this year’s Chef of the Year Competition start practising their pork dishes as part of their entry in this year’s Inter Hotel Challenge.

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Great investment opportunity

        Producers have the opportunity to invest in SAPPO’s Monyetla Enterprise Development Initiative, that aims to raise funds to empower new pork producers to become commercial farmers. In return, there are great tax benefits for investors that partner with these new farmers, says Nico van Aardt, who heads the project on behalf of SAPPO. He is busy to establish two 500 sow units in the Bronkhorstspruit area with the support of the DRDLR. Contact him on 082 922 9538 or at


Agricultural students get in touch with the practicalities

SAPPO and Novus presented an information day for Novus students at Keibees Piggery in March.

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Farmer’s day at Onderstepoort

SAPPO presented a farmer’s day at Onderstepoort on 27 March. The environment was in the spotlight.

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PIC’s winners lining up

PIC would like to congratulate all the trophy winners of the Pig CHAMP data survey.

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The latest figures

January’s 2019 imports were more or less the same as in December. In January 2 917 tons were imported.

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The SAPPO staff learns more about teamwork and challenges

The SAPPO staff had another team building session last week and on the menu was team building, how to face challenges and how to work together for SAPPO’s greater good.



New on SAPPO’s info hub

• Why the Global Environment Outlook matters
• Gene-edited food regulations: whether it’s a plant or animal shouldn’t matter
• The UK will be forced to accept laxer US food standards in a Brexit trade deal with Trump. Visit info hub.


Save the date

  SAPPO’s 2019 annual general meeting and the conference will take place on 4 and 5 September at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Gauteng. Registrations, including sponsorships, are now open.


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