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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 29 September 2020

Tune in to a virtual summit between South Africa and Mozambique and a webinar on limiting food waste


As we get ready to close the book on September 2020, here are some exciting things to look out for on the agricultural scene in South Africa today.

First, we look at an international webinar hosted by South Africa and Mozambique on trade and investment, then there is an important webinar on managing food waste and loss. Also, don’t miss the AgriSETA Learner Connect podcast episode featuring two inspiring young men who work as auctioneers in the Mzansi agricultural space.


Virtual trade and investment webinar

South Africa and Mozambique will today host a two-day virtual trade and investment webinar. The webinar will be held under the theme “Developing Afrocentric Solutions and Forging Partnership in response to covid-19”.

The webinar is expected to focus on the status of covid-19 in Mozambique and the country’s economic response plan. Also, on the agenda is South Africa’s risk adjusted strategy and opportunities to strengthen partnership in sectors like agriculture and agro-processing, energy and transport infrastructure.

Deputy minister for trade, industry and competition, Nomalungelo Gina, and Mozambique’s deputy minister of commerce and industry, Ludovina Bernardo, are expected address the virtual seminar.


Minimising food loss and waste

As the world observes 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the centre of excellence in food security invites interested individuals to join a virtual webinar on managing food loss and waste.

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The online gathering takes place on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 14:00 and aims to create awareness of various initiatives and strategies underway to reduce food loss and waste. It will also identify further opportunities for partnerships and collaboration and reflect on constraints and challenges, especially from the point of view of urban management.

In addition, the role of state to create incentives and an enabling environment for more efficient waste management will be explored.

Presenters to feature include:

  • Sam Smout (Greencape);
  • Matlou Setati (Consumers Goods Council of South Africa);
  • Andy du Plessis (FoodForward South Africa);.
  • Nicola Jenkins (Pinpoint Sustainability);
  • Gray Maguire (Western Cape Government);
  • Emile Fourie (Ywaste) and
  • Linda Manyeza (Food Masters SA)

Follow this link to join the webinar.


Want to become a livestock auctioneer?

In another exciting career featured on the AgriSETA Learner Connect campaign, eager learners get a load of what it takes to become a livestock auctioneer.

Ever wondered what happens at a livestock auction? In this episode of AgriSETA Learner Connect, auctioneers Athenkosi Denga and Soyama Mtongana (27) takes learners through what their job entails. Look out for her feature later on Food For Mzansi.

How to listen to AgriSETA Learner Connect:

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

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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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