Senwes Scenario June / July 2017 - Page 6

•••• MAIN AR TICLE Nation in Conversation’s message continues to spread far and wide SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST TALKED ABOUT AGRI-TALK­ SHOW, NATION IN CONVERSATION, CELEBRATED ITS FIFTH YEAR OF EXISTENCE DURING ITS REGULAR ANNUAL RECORDING AT THE NAMPO HARVEST DAY IN BOTHAVILLE FROM 16-19 MAY THIS YEAR. MARLON ABRAHAMS T he show has grown in stature and reputation of bringing the sector’s leading stakeholders and role-players to the conversation table on issues ranging from Women and Youth in Agriculture, to Land Grabs without Compensation. The Nation in Conversation social media platforms recorded record interactions with over 300 000 impressions over the four days, while organisers of the Nampo Harvest Day are expected to announced improved visits from the record number of 75 000 people who attended last year’s event. This, coupled with exposure on platforms like Talk Radio 702/Cape Talk, RSG, Landbouweekblad and live streaming on News24, together with the ongoing exposure of the series on kykNET, Sowetan TV and Business Day TV, have led to Nation in Conversation being the undisputed agri-talkshow foremost on the nation’s mind. This year’s broadcast from Nampo can be characterised as being uncompromisingly frank, with all parties in agreement that the time for action has come. Comments like “we cannot wait for government, we have to do it 4 ourselves,” epitomised the spirit of this year’s series. During the media launch on 15 May, a panel hosted by Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts, which included DG of DAFF Mike Mlengana, Land Bank CEO TP Nchocho, Roelf Meyer – In Transformation Initiative, 702/ Cape Talk’s Stephen Grootes and Milaan Thalwitzer of the Bosveld Group heard the DG admit that government has failed in its imple­ mentation of land restitution, but that there was a renewed under­ standing of what was involved and what was needed to make it hap­ pen, as well as a new commitment to the process. Discussions during the course of the week were marked by pas­ sion and sincerity with stakehold­ ers like Senwes’ Francois Strydom making the point that if business sticks to the principles of business, black empowerment becomes part of the business plan. And Afgri CEO Chris Venter saying that he has never met a farmer who does not want to assist. Commercial farmer Herbert Mabuza, former editor of the Sunday Times, spoke about his foray into farming and how he was inspired by a white farmer who refused to sell him his farm unless he learned how to farm. While in the insert on Women in JUN/JUL 2017 • SENWES Scenario Agriculture, Gloria Serobe, CEO of Wipcapital and founder of Wiphold, SA’s first BEE company to establish a permanent, broad- based shareholdin