Deputy land and agriculture minister Dirk du Toit has told the Agricultural Research Council’s management that his department will not tolerate further underperformance from the institution. “We are not going to take any nonsense and non-performance from the ARC any more,” Du Toit said at the announcement of the new CEO and board of directors.
When considering the institution’s budget and business plan for the 2006/07, the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and Land Affairs Committee noted that “a number of researchers and scientists at the institution seemed to be problematic” and urged management to look into the matter. The new board members are: Dr Shadrack Moephuli (CEO); Jean Nobantu Davidson (chairperson); Elton Ronald Bosch (deputy chairperson); Ansoria Geldenhuys; Njabulo Nduli; Prof Mbudzeni Mbulaheni Sibara; James Hamish McBain; Pauline Monene Kuzwayo; André Donovan Young; Dr Mziwandile Madikizela; Dr Mmbofheni Stanley Liphadzi; Marjorie Anne Pyoos; Ina Wilken; Prof Michael Jeffrey Kahn; Rosette Nothemba Mlonzi; and Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula. – Gavin Grobbelaar & BuaNews
New Samic board announced
The South African Meat Industry Company (Samic) has announced the names of its members who will be serving on its board for the 2006/07 year. The new board members are: Koos van der Ryst, Mike Phillips, Tharina Terblanche, Hugo Meyer, John van Niekerk and Dr Langa Simela. Manie Booysen will serve as executive director and Stoffel Matthis will be secretary. Samic said a chairperson and vice-chairperson would be elected at the first meeting of the board, scheduled to take place on 10 November. – Lloyd Phillips
Tour KZN’s top Holsteins
KZN’s Holstein breeders CAN LOOK forward to the “Go Black and White” Underberg tour, sponsored by Meadow FNB and Clover. Nine competitors will compete in the following classes: first lactation groups, second lactation groups and daughter groups in milk from one sire. Cows will be judged on the individual farms. Spectators are invited to join in a tour of the judging, lunch and dinner on 29 November. Booking is essential.Contact Kirsty Turner on (033) 701 2807 or 082 8202 2827. – Wayne Southwood