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Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 7 August 2020

D-Day for public comments on land tenure bill, extension for inputs on producer waste regulations and last chance for collectors to bid on premium wines

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At the end of another week of highs and lows in South African agriculture there’s some important information on public participation and some good news for wine collectors and winemakers.

Today is last day for public comments on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment (Ultra) Bill, while the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries granted a 30-day extension for public comment on producer responsibility measures to manage waste.

Uncorking and taking us into the weekend is South Africa’s first ever winery online auction that ends today. The SA Young Wine Show competition has also announced a new deadline for entries to the world’s most long-standing wine show.

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Last day to comment on Ultra Bill

The D-day for interested people and relevant stakeholders to submit comments on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment (Ultra) Bill has arrived. Today is the last day for submissions of inputs after the parliamentary committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development extended an invitation to the public in July.

The bill, available in various official languages, aims to amend the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act, 1991, in order to:

  • Provide for applications to be made for the conversion of land lease rights to ownership;
  • To provide for the institution of inquiries to assist in the determination of land tenure rights;
  • To provide for application to court by an aggrieved person for appropriate relief; and
  • To provide for the recognition of conversions that took effect in good faith in the past.

Copies of the Bill can be obtained from Ms Phumla Nyamza at 021 403 3852, cell: 083 709 8492 or at www.parliament.gov.za. Comments must be e-mailed to pnyamza@parliament.gov.za.

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Comments on producer waste management extended

The minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, has granted a 30-day extension for public comment on proposed regulations regarding extended producer responsibility measures to manage waste.

An extension to 26 August 2020 for comments was granted by the minister and members of the public are invited to submit written representations or objections, to apillay@environment.gov.za. Telephonic enquiries can be directed to Anben Pillay at (012) 399-9827.

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It’s ‘bottoms up’ after wine auction fun

The final day of South Africa’s first ever winery online auction hosted by Baleia Wines and Olive Oil is here. Today is the last day for collectors to bid on rare finds straight from the Baleia wine vault.

On the block is a lifestyle pack plus one box of Chardonnay (hinting with delicate pineapple and toffee aromas) and a box of Sauvignon Blanc (with green apple and passion-fruit aromas). Bidding starts at R1800.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you can register here to get started.

Items will only be shipped once the nationwide lockdown alcohol restrictions have been lifted, so please expect delays.

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World’s oldest wine show extends entry deadline

A new deadline for entries to the SA Young Wine Show has been announced, due to covid-19 realities.

The show, presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), is now scheduled for 31 August to 4 September and the deadline for entries has moved to Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

The SA Young Wine Show is the world’s most long-standing wine show, presented for 188 years already. The show gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. For more information on how to enter, visit www.youngwineshow.co.za.

Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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