Five things happening in SA agriculture today, 26 October 2020

This week: Join the international wine tourism conference taking place in Italy, Corteva and GIBS better the footing of women in agriculture, Tito Mboweni to deliver his mini budget, get bursaries with Potatoes SA

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Festive season is fast approaching, Mzansi.

While others may be planning their holidays, we know the country’s agriculturalists cannot afford to miss a beat in the sector.

We hit the ground running with the international wine tourism conference (IWINTC) which seeks to find solutions to aid an ailing tourism sector.

Minister of finance Tito Mboweni breaks his silence on the economic recovery of South Africa with his Medium-Term Budget Policy statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday.

Corteva agriscience and the Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) bring you a roundtable conversation that aims to assist female farmers to find their feet in the industry.

Students with interests in the potato sector are reminded to apply for a Potatoes SA bursary. Also, just a friendly reminder, our Mzansi flavour digest is live at 12:00, keep an eye on your mailbox.


International wine tourism conference

The international wine tourism conference (IWINETC) kicks off its 3-day event today.

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The conference sessions and panel discussions taking place on 26 to 28 October are set to tackle some of the issues the wine and culinary tourism industry is currently facing in light of the global covid-19 pandemic.

Founded in Spain in 2009, IWINETC has accommodated over 700 wine tourism professionals from 45 different countries throughout the world.

Over the last twelve years IWINETC has brought together scores of international, regional and local wine tourism professionals and exhibitors for two days of education, business meetings and networking.

Expanding their reach through the digital sphere this IWINETC virtual event is set to assist in paving the road to success in 2021 and beyond.

Last minute registration for the event is available here.


Mboweni’s tables mini budget

The minister of finance, Tito Mboweni, will deliver his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 28 October.

Mboweni’s address comes a week after Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa outlined government’s economic recovery plan before a joint sitting of parliament.

The minister requested a postponement citing “complex and unusual circumstances visited upon us by the covid-19 pandemic.”

Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa has outlined government’s economic recovery plan.

Read: Mr. Ramaphosa, it’s time to act on history of promises


Corteva, GIBS on mission to empower women in agri

Collaborating closely, Corteva Agriscience and the entrepreneurship development academy (EDA) of the Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) bring you a roundtable conversation on 28 October, focused on women farmers.

The partnership is set to implement an immersive, tailor-made programme to assist women farmers to develop their entrepreneurial, business and leadership skills to be able to operate and sustain profitable farms.

In anticipation of the programme kick-off in January 2021, the partners are launching the programme through an online roundtable event this Wednesday, titled “Innovative solutions to maximise the potential of women and girls in agricultural development”.

The programme will also support participants to network with other farmers and role players through learning within a community of like-minded women entrepreneurs.

Looking to attend? Join the dialogue here.


Students, do you have a calling in the potato industry?

Potatoes SA has invited under- and post-graduate students to grab hold of their bursary initiative.

The potato industry development trust (PIDT) annually awards bursaries to deserving students studying towards an agricultura related qualification with the emphasis on potato production.

The undergraduate bursary programme is primarily aimed at developing the skills of young, talented students at existing potato enterprises. Their development is done through tertiary education at universities and agricultural colleges.

The postgraduate bursary programme, on the other hand, is aimed at making a contribution towards ensuring that there are enough postgraduates to address the relevant research areas affecting the industry as well as increasing the industry’s pool of appropriately qualified scientists.

Undergrad requirements include:

  • Must be in second year of study in the field of agriculture.
  • Students need excellent academic standing.
  • Must provide official proof of registration at any South African tertiary institution.

Postgrad requirements include:

  • Honours, master’s, and PhD students in the field of agriculture with specific interests in potato industry. (Master’s and PhD students need to submit potato related research proposal.)
  • Excellent academic standing,
  • Proof of registration at an appropriate South African University.

Applicants have until 31 October to apply. Applications are available here.


#Foodspiration with Mzansi Flavour Digest

Keep your eyes glued to your screens! The Food For Mzansi “Mzansi Flavour” weekly digest will be in your mailbox at 12:00 with your weekly dose of meal inspiration.

The carefully selected menu guide contains meals from our top chefs and cooks and has got all your meal needs covered to carry you through the week. It will only be availed to those who have signed up for it. No spam – we promise!

If you haven’t registered, no worries, sign up here to receive the recipe mail every Monday.

  • Do you have an upcoming event that should be on Food For Mzansi’s watchlist? Drop us an email to and we’ll do our best to include it in this weekday feature.
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