Johann talks about FMD

In SAPPO News first DVD interview with CEO Johann Kotzé, he places foot and mouth disease in the spotlight. He discusses, among others, the history of FMD, can pigs get FMD, is FMD harmful to people, why is the disease such a big issue in SA and what can farmers do to prevent the diseaseView video

MS Thoko Didiza

Contextualising the ASF outbreaks

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in collaboration with SAPPO compiled a report titled Contextualising the 2019 African Swine Fever outbreak in South Africa. The report was handed to the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza last week. Read more and view report

Also read DAFF’s latest ASF outbreak and surveillance update report.

Foot and mouth: Latest news

Read DAFF’sAgri SA’s and the RPO’s latest media releases and report on foot and mouth disease. Agri SA says the organisation is concerned over the national banning of livestock auctions. The RPO says that the discussions with minister Didiza was “very constructive”. There is consensus about the focus for the future.

DAFF's distributes pamphlets about foot and mouth disease

DAFF produced two pamphlets to made people aware of foot and mouth disease. Producers are welcome to make use of them.

  1. Important facts you should know about View
  2. Why is FMD important? View

SAPPO represented on foot and mouth disease technical committee

Dr Peter Evans represents SAPPO on the foot and mouth technical committee that was established by DAFF. This committee is weekly updated by DAFF on progress regarding the disease.

Proff Johan Willemse

The new 'normal' in interest rate patterns?

The South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) elected end November 2019 to keep South African interest rates on hold, despite the fact that the South African inflation rate dropped to 3,7% in October, the lowest level since February 2011. 

Prof Johan Willemse explains. Read more

CS Vet's Pic of the Month

Congratulations to Elizma du Toit from Milos Piggery who is the winner of this month’s CS Vet Pic of the Month. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet, as well as a goody bag from SAPPO, is on its way. On the photograph is Isabel Bröcker of SAPPO (left) and Dr Nadia de Beer of C4 Africa.  Send your entries for our next issue to

Investing in the future

The Recreation Africa Group (Misty Hills Country Hotel Conference Centre & Spa and Kedar Heritage Lodge) in conjunction with SAPPO invited three schools from the Rustenburg area to a tree planting ceremony. The aim was to educate young people about the importance of conserving the environment. 

Read more and view photographs

Kgadi on Fin24

In Fin 24’s Money Clinic column a young user was interested in starting a pig business in the rural North West, but was not sure how to go about it. Kgadi Senyatsi, head of business development at SAPPO, responded with some key points.
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Here is SAPPO's latest pork video

SAPPO’s latest cooking video shows how to prepare a delicious stuffed pork loin, perfect for the upcoming festive season.
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IPAG met in Pretoria this week

SAPPO established an Informal Pork Advisory Group (IPAG) to advise SAPPO on generic marketing. The group consists of producers and representatives of the trade, retail sector and processing. On the photograph are from left: Graeme Bredell (Fry’s), Dr Peter Grimbeek (Mooivet), Willie Miller, independent board member of SAPPO and chairman of IPAG, Tarryn Daniels and Michele Padayachee (GSI), Marieta Human (SAPPO), Brent Fairlee (Lynca), Prieur du Plessis (RusselStone Group), and Johann Kotzé (SAPPO).

Science and technology in agriculture in the spotlight

Africa Agri Tech (AAT) will present a three-day technology conference featuring future trends, technologies, products and solutions for agricultural business practices in the future.
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Antibiotic use in focus at IPPE 2020

The International Production Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia is to host an education workshop on antibiotic free production. It will take place from 28 to 30 January 2020.
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Disease report for October

The Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa monthly issues a animal disease report with maps indicating problem areas. Dr Faffa Malan, manager of the association, ask producers to study information on biosecurity. “For your own sake become part of the solution.” Here is the report for October and here are the maps.

Biosecurity in SA: Taking up the mantle of accountability

Over the past three years, numerous foot and mouth disease outbreaks rocked FMD-controlled areas, which is quite normal, according to Dr Pieter Vervoort, managing director of the National Animal Health Forum (NAHF). Read more


PIC says thank you

PIC entertained team SAPPO at a function in Middelburg, Mpumalanga in November to say thank you for the good cooperation between the two parties this year.

Virbac has a new web address

Virbac wishes to inform its clients that the company now has a new webaddress. In future please visit

Lower consumer price inflation bodes well for consumers

Consumers can breathe a sigh of relief as SA’s consumer  price inflation (CPI) has reached its lowest level in eight years. Headline consumer inflation slowed to 3,7% year-on-year (y/y) in October, from 4,1% in September. Read more

How African intra-continental trade can benefit land reform, agriculture

The African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII), which took place at the Cape Town Internation Centre from 18-20 November 2019, explored disruptions and trends that will likely influence food and agribusiness economics over the next decade in Africa. Read more

Japan gears up for pig culls to prevent African swine fever

The agriculture ministry will seek to allow pig culls as a preventive measure against African swine fever, something not currently permitted by the law, if the disease is detected in Japan.
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‘Not enough pork in the world’ to deal with China’s demand for meat

With hundreds of millions of pigs dead from swine fever, exporters are scrambling to fill the gap. But prices are soaring after the ASF outbreak in the country.
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

  • Visit to minister about ASF
  • DAFF’s latest media release on foot and mouth
  • Foot and mouth: Pig producers must also be extra vigilant
  • SAPPO’s ASF videos
  • SAPPO hosts presentation for banks

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