Farming and land take centre stage at the Central Branch Agri-Seminar

The SAIV Central Branch Agri-Seminar was held at the A Lodge at Bloem on the 11th and 12th October 2018. Thys Beukes, SAIV Central Branch Chairman kicked off proceedings by delivering a welcome address shortly before the first presenter, Vernon Blair from the Department of Water and Sanitation delivered his presentation on ‘Water use Authorisation-National Water Act 36 of 1998’. Presenting next was Malcolm Procter from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, who discussed ‘The Cost of Veldfires’.

Executive Director at Agri Land Group, Lyndon Storer discussed ‘Agri Commercial Land-what is it, and how do we value it’. Central Branch Chairman, Thys Beukes took to the podium once again and delivered a presentation on ‘Valuation of Processing Facilities (Pecans, Raisins and Abattoirs)’. Dean Ward, a Professional Valuer from Cape Town gave a presentation on ‘The effect of China on Africa’. Dean told seminar attendees that “agriculture is a vital industry in China, employing over 300 million farmers, with agricultural workers standing at a staggering 425 million”. Thys Beukes hosted a ‘Talk on Agricultural Market Trends’ to cap off a successful first day.

Proceedings on the second day got off to a great start with a presentation by Windeed’s Elizmari Voges who discussed ‘Windeed Utilities’. The final speaker at the SAIV Central Branch Seminar was Bulelwa Mabasa, a director at Werkmans Attorneys and a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 10-person land reform advisory panel. Bulelwa gave a presentation on ‘Expropriation without compensation’ which was followed by a very engaged question and answer session.




























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