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Groot Ongelukkigheid tydens
Sybokhaarkwekersvereniging se Jaarkongres
Deur Lourens Schoeman
‘n Jarelange lid van die Sybokhaarkwekersvereniging se uitvoerende bestuur het, in wat as ‘n tragiese dag in die geskiedenis van die bedryf beskryf is, summier sy bedanking op die jaarkongres van die organisasie ingedien om sy misnoeë en ontsteltenis oor voorgestelde herstrukturering van die bedryf te beklemtoon.
Die model van die beoogde herstrukturering, wat te doel het om die vereniging, die Bokhaartrust en Bokhaar Suid-Afrika in een liggaam saam te snoer, is Vrydag tydens die kongres in Port Elizabeth aan afgevaardigdes voorgelê vir bespreking.
Mnr Louwtjie Retief het tydens die bespreking van die model opgestaan en emosiebelaai aangekondig dat hy hom nooit met so ‘n stap sal kan vereenselwig nie, en sy onmiddelike bedanking as lid van die vereniging ingedien.
Sprekers het een na die ander die planne vir herstrukturering afgemaak as ‘n yslike bedreiging van die bedryf se onafhanklikheid. “Ek is jammer, maar dis ‘n dag van tragedie wat die integriteit van die bedryf in gedrang kan bring, iets wat ons beslis nie mag, en sal, toelaat nie,” het mnr Coligny Stegmann, van Cradock gesê.
Mnr Jannie Moolman het hom ondersteun en voorts gesê daar is iewers ‘n paar ouens wat dink hulle is slim. “Die Trust is al wat ons het en geen ander persoon het enige reg daarop nie. Ons kan nie toelaat dat iets wat werk verander word nie. Ons moet ons onafhanklikheid te alle tye bewaar, hoe kan van jou verwag word om wat joune is weg te gee,” het hy gesê.
Mnr Rothner Bekker het aangedring dat kongres moet besluit wat verander moet word, dit moet nie van die bestuur af kom nie.
Mnr Davey Herholdt van die Trust, het reageer deur te wys daarop dat die behoeftes van die bedryf prioritiseer moet word, dat werklike uitdagings aangespreek moet word en dat ‘n kleiner, meer doeltreffende struktuur, die bedryf finansieël beter sal baat.
Die voorsitter van die vereniging, mnr Gerhard Grobler, het in ‘n onderhoud gesê dit is duidelik dat produsente ‘n passie het vir ‘n onaf-hanklike liggaam en daar kan nie toegelaat word dat die bedryf in twee geskeur word deur ondeurdagte voorstelle nie.
“Hoewel die Trust en Sybokhaar Suid-Afrika reeds die model aanvaar het, is kanse skraal dat die Sybokhaartelersvereniging dit in sy huidige vorm sal aanvaar.
Produsente wil nie hulle onafhanklikheid verloor nie, hulle wil absoluut in beheer van hulle bedryf bly,” het Grobler gesê.
Die wenners van die jaarlikse Miyuki toekennings is ook tydens die kongres aangekondig. Die Grootkampioen is Van Hasselt Boerdery, die reserwe Grootkampioen is AC Fitzhenry en Seun, Kampioen Somerskeersel is FE Colborne and Seun, Kampioen Winterskeersel is IR Bekker, kampioen volhoubare boer, RM Heydenrych, en reserwekampioen volhoubare boer, JB du Preez en seun.

WARNING:
RABIES OUTBREAK
Dr. Carl Kritzinger, Vet at Fort Beaufort, warns as follows:
“It has been brought to our attention that there is a serious RABIES OUTBREAK in the country that directly affects the Eastern Cape. The last person to die from the disease in JHB was bitten by a puppy from the Eastern Cape. Your pets need to have been vaccinated within the last calendar year in order to provide immunity.
Rabies is the most dangerous zoonoses (disease transmittable from animals to people) and ALL mammals are susceptible. It is a terrible way to die. Our dogs are most at risk of being bitten by other infected dogs which may demonstrate overt aggressive behaviour and seek them out. Cats, being such compulsive hunters, are possibly most at risk. Transmission is via Saliva (licking or biting) from infected animals and the prognosis for survival is extremely poor for humans contracting the disease. Animals showing symptoms of the disease – aggressive or unusual behaviour, (tame animals become wild and wild animals become tame). It is essential that people have no direct contact with any pets that appear to behave abnormally, nor wild animals like meerkats and mongoose or antelope that solicit human interaction and may appear friendly.
HYDROPHOBIA (fear of water) is another key symptom. Any strange behaviour in animals needs to be reported to your veterinarian, the State Veterinarian, or other authorities. It is imperative that people bitten by dogs or other animals, report this to their medical officer or the clinic. Avoid the danger to you and your family. Check your pet’s vaccination status. By Shirley Sparks.


EXPERIENCE SOMETHING
DIFFERENT WHEN YOU
GO… OFF THE
FESTIVALGROUNDS
Gastronomical, Heritage and Architectural Routes, as well as a Mountain Bike Ride are just some of the activities happening off the show grounds at the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival on the 13th – 14th July 2012.
The Gastronomical Route is a tour of all the restaurants, delis, diners, takeaway places as well as pub and grills all around Somerset East. From a coffee shop where you can have a light meal, some good coffee and maybe pick up a gift or two to a Deli where you can taste ‘oh so decadent’ desserts, the Route promises something for even the pickiest eater. If your interests lie more in looking and learning about old and beautiful things, then the Heritage and Architectural Route is for you. Take a walk around Somerset East and learn about all the picturesque beauty that can be found in the town. But make sure you experience the Walter Battiss Art Museum in Paulet Street, which is arguably the street with the most historically valuable buildings in town.
The Biltong Festival Mountain Bike Ride on Saturday, 14 July, however is a refreshing activity for the whole family to enjoy. It is a 45km ride in the surrounding area of Somerset East and this year some new, never ridden before single tracks have been included. The ride will start at 09:30am at the Hub near the Somerset East Golf Course and costs R80, which includes refreshments at the end of the ride. One water point will be provided, as well as kiddies’ rides and babysitting at R50 per child. Registration for the ride will open on the day from 08:00am – all ages are welcome.
For more information on the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival, as well as to download the maps of the routes, you can visit the Festival website at
www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za.
Rolspelers in vanjaar se Castle Lager Oos-Kaap Biltongfees is van links Marrette Liddell (feeskoördineerder), Riaan van Jaarsveld (SAB – Castle Lager), Johan Steyn (SAB – Castle Lager), me Marjorie Scott (burgemeester) en Sarina Engelbrecht van die bemarkingsagentskap Design@Bay.

Read inside this edition / Lees binne hierdie uitgawe
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