Nation in Conversation from NAMPO 2019 in Bredasdorp - Session 1

The role of the private and public sector in creating a growing economy in South Africa

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Wednesday, 4 September:  Session 1

The role of the private and public sector in creating a growing economy in South Africa

Rain is always welcomed within agricultural circles, and this is no exception at the second NAMPO Cape taking place in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape.

The First Nation in Conversation was facilitated by Theo Vorster. During the conversation it became all too clear the Western Cape is better able to support its agricultural sector than is the case in much of the rest of the country. 

The panelists – Jannie Strydom, CEO of Grain SA; Francois Strydom, CEO of Senwes; Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz; Leona Archary, Head of Agriculture at Bigen Africa; and Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture – all agree that the country’s agricultural industry is in crisis.  And the weather is not the only one to blame.

According to Meyer agriculture is a priority for the Western Cape government and it is important that the government pays attention to the communities so as to better understand their needs and challenges.  

Strydom says South Africa produces 38 major commodities, of which 24 are net export products, and this industry has to be protected. For this reason, the country is an immensely important agricultural producer. Strydom often says that during times of crisis people tend to put aside their differences and stand united in their efforts to save that which needs saving.   

According to Purchase, the Western Cape exists almost independently from the rest of the country. Archary says that although the planned agricultural development agency does not intend to interfere with working systems, in roughly 80% of cases support to emerging farmers is inadequate.

One critical requirement is access to finance and this is where the planned agricultural development agency can be pivotal.

Meyer says the Western Cape earns 10% of the province's gross domestic product, or R43 billion a year from agriculture. It provides employment to more than 31,000 people in the province and plays a major role in rural stability.
 
The Treasury recently released, under the leadership of Minister Tito Mbuweni, a document outlining the roadmap to economic growth.
 
De Villiers says they are very happy with the content of the plan. “The economy is in intensive care and other rules are now in play.  There exists a great willingness within the agricultural sector and we like what we see.  The fundamentals are in place. Let's get the job done. "
 
Please visit www.nationingesprek.co.za or www.nationinconversation.co.za for the full discussions.

Woensdag 4 September: Sessie 1

Die rol van die private- en openbare sektor om ‘n groeiende ekonomie in Suid-Afrika te skep

Reën word altyd in alle landboukringe verwelkom, en dit is vanjaar geen uitsondering by die tweede NAMPO Kaap op Bredasdorp in die Wes-Kaap nie.

Theo Vorster het die eerste Nasie in Gesprek gefasiliteer, en uit die gesprek het dit duidelik geword dat die Wes-Kaap daarin slaag om die landbousektor beter te ondersteun, as wat in groot dele van die res van die land die geval is. 

Volgens die paneellede – Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Graan SA; Francois Strydom, uitvoerende groep-hoof van Senwes; Dr John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van Agbiz; Leona Archary, hoof van landbou by Bigen Africa; en Dr Ivan Meyer, die Wes-Kaapse minister van landbou – is dit eens dat landbou nasionaal in ‘n krisis verkeer. En dit is nie net die weer se skuld nie.

Meyer sê landbou is ‘n prioriteit vir die Wes-Kaapse regering en dit is belangrik dat die regering na gemeenskappe luister om te weet wat die uitdagings en behoeftes is.

Strydom sê Suid-Afrika produseer 38 hoof-kommoditeite, waarvan 24 netto-uitvoerprodukte is, en hierdie bedryf moet beskerm word. Die land is dus ‘n geweldig belangrike landbouprodusent. Strydom sê dat dikwels, wanneer daar ‘n krisis is, vergeet mense van hulle verskille en staan saam om te red wat te redde is. 

Purchase sê daar is die Wes-Kaap en dan is daar die res van die land. Archary sê die beplande landbou-ontwikkelingsagentskap is nie van plan om by stelsels wat werk in te meng nie, maar in 80% van gevalle is ondersteuning aan opkomende boere onvoldoende.

Een van die behoeftes is toegang tot finansiering. Dit is waar die beplande landbou-ontwikkelingsagentskap deurslaggewend kan wees.

Meyer sê die Wes-Kaap verdien 10% van die provinsie se bruto binnelandse produk, dit wil sê R43 miljard per jaar, uit landbou. Dit verskaf werk aan meer as 31 000 mense in die provinsie en speel ‘n groot rol in landelike stabiliteit.

Die tesourie het onlangs onder leiding van minister Tito Mbuweni ‘n dokument bekendgemaak wat die padkaart na ekonomiese groei aandui.

De Villiers sê hulle is baie gelukkig met die inhoud van die plan. “Die ekonomie is in intensiewe sorg en daar is nou ander reëls as tydens ‘business as usual’. Daar is ‘n groot gewilligheid van die landbousektor. Ons hou van wat ons sien. Die fundamentele dinge is in plek. Kom ons kry die taak gedoen.” 

Besoek gerus www.nasieingesprek.co.za of www.nationinconversation.co.za vir die volledige gesprekke.

For more information contact

Niel Saayman: 082 549 8494

Ronel Botha: 082 875 3914

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