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Four things happening in agriculture today, 27 August 2020

Women are front and centre, as Kwanalu celebrates Women's Month, we meet a biotechnologist and women protest alleged snubbing by government. Also, the SA Olive Awards 2020 unfolds on social media.

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As we near the end of a busy and eventful week in the agri-sector Food For Mzansi has a full watchlist on this chilly Thursday.

First up on our radar, women step up to the plate to challenge government over alleged exclusion amid the global health crisis.

We wait with bated breath and popcorn in hand as we watch the SA Olive Awards 2020 via social media livestream.

Kwanalu celebrates the biggest guns among the women in the industry and we keep the momentum of girl power as AgriSETA Learner Connect hosts a biotechnologist with ample wisdom to impart.

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Women-led business protest exclusion in wine industry

More than 70 Western Cape wine farms and brands are set to protest in Cape Town to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by black producers in the industry.

Chief executive officer of the Stellenbosch wine brand African Roots, Vivian Kleynhans, is one of the organizers of the march and says that there is urgent intervention needed from the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development to unlock the full potential of the value and support chains in the industry.

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Food For Mzansi journalist Duncan Masiwa has more and reports that black producers have also come out criticising government over their lack of support amid the global pandemic. Look out for the story, published at 10:00.

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SA Olive Awards go LIVE

The 2020 SA Olive Awards will be shaking things up this year as celebrations will be conducted through the digital sphere.

Hosted and co-presented by former Miss SA JoAnne Strauss and renowned food blogger Illse van der Merwe, the live link will be available on Instagram and Facebook at 18:00.

The SA Olive Awards were established to honour the olive industry in the country and is one of the premier events on the industry’s calendar.

Any strong industry is highly dependent on consumer confidence. The annual awards promises to focus on maintaining quality promised to consumers.

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Women, your time to shine is now

Kwa-Zulu Natal-based agricultural industry union Kwanalu is celebrating women’s month in a major way by establishing a women only network campaign.

The campaign aims to create a free platform for women with keen interest in agriculture to gain information, inspiration and connections to drive their potential in the industry. If you know any #SheBosses or are one yourself, join here.

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Meet a biotechnologist

Do you find yourself fascinated with the genetic, chemical and physical attributes of cells, tissues and organisms? Well, maybe consider a career in biotechnology.

As a biotechnologist in the agri-industry you will process this interest into developing new technology and products that seek to improve the quality of human life.

Don’t believe us? Hear it from the horse’s mouth, as today’s AgriSETA Learner Connect podcast episode features Annelize Treurnich (29), an actual biotechnologist.

AgriSETA Learner Connect is proudly brought to you by Food For Mzansi and transmitted on 19 different community radio stations throughout the country.

Missed the last episode? Well, never fear, it is available here.

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.
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