but_next.gif NEWSLETTER 27 MARCH 2013 NUUSBRIEF


 

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Swartland Winery releases 2013 Blanc de Noir

Org de Rac shines in Sweden

Nuweland se karaktervolle wyne

Inskrywings vir die Plaaswerkers van die Jaar Kompetisie 2013 ingewag

Allesverloren: Olive Festival 4-5 May 2013

Riebeek Cellar: Olive Festival 4-5 May 2013

Modern Agriculture: The challenge of producing more from less

 

 


       

 

 


Bullets033.gifSwartland Winery releases 2013 Blanc de Noir


The first 2013 release of Swartland Winery will be available at the cellar on the 2nd of April 2013. The Blanc de Noir, made from Pinotage, is a fresh, off dry wine with a lovely onion skin colour and upfront strawberry flavours.

Perfect to enjoy with friends, on these warm autumn days before the cold winter sets in. And if you prefer to enjoy a glass of wine with food, you have to try this fruity wine with a chicken salad, or your favourite seafood dish.

To celebrate the launch of this first 2013 wine, we Swartland Winery offer visitors to the cellar a 10% discount on your Swartland Blanc de Noir purchase during the month of April. So bring your family and friends and visit one of the best loved wineries in South Africa !

 

Bullets033.gifOrg de Rac shines in Sweden


Org de Rac, near Piketberg, was recently awarded 5 stars (5 out of 5) for their Org de Rac Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 blend by well known Swedish Newspaper – Aftonbladet.   “Eco bargain that taste very good!   You are invited to the warm taste of dark berries, mocca, blue plum that all together gives you a rich balance in both taste and look”.

 

 

Bullets033.gifNuweland se karaktervolle wyne

     

Nuweland Wynkelder se rooiwyne en soetwyne word nog met die hand gemaak, gebotteleer en gewaks. Met interessante Afrikaanse name soos Rooipad Cabernet Sauvignon, Haasbek Tinta Barocca, Bosstok Chenin Blanc en Juan II kan mens nie anders as om ‘n bottel op te tel om die etiket van naby te bestudeer nie. Die kelder spog met twee wynreekse, die Premium Reeks en die gewilde Louw Reeks, wat beide beskikbaar is by die Vygevallei Padstal naby die Yzerfontein/ Darling kruising langs die Weskuspad (R27).   

Vakansiegangers en naweekbesoekers kan gerus hierdie Paasnaweek die padstal besoek waar dié wyne op Vrydag, 29 Maart 2013, bekendgestel gaan word. Kom proe hierdie besonderse wyne saam met vars Weskus oesters wat te koop sal wees teen R10 per oester.
 

 

Bullets033.gifInskrywings vir die Plaaswerkers van die Jaar Kompetisie 2013 ingewag


“Die landboubedryf is soos ‘n ketting: dis net so sterk soos sy swakste skakel en daarom is dit uiters belangrik dat elke skakel in hierdie belangrike ketting na waarde geag word. En nes ‘n ketting geen bo- of onderpunt het nie, is almal betrokke in die landboubedryf in die Swartland ewe belangrik.”

Aan die woord is Zakkie Bester, ondervoorsitter van die Santam Swartland Wyn- en Olyfroete, wat die waardevolle en belangrike bydrae wat plaaswerkers tot die volhoubaarheid en groei van die landbou in Suid-Afrika lewer, beklemtoon.

Hierdie kompetisie het in 2002 in die Hexvallei ontstaan. In 2005 het die Departement Landbou as mede-borg tot die kompetisie toegetree en is die kompetisie geregistreer.  Vanjaar het Shoprite ook as borg toegetree.   Die kompetisie het gegroei van 36 inskrywings in die Hexvallei in 2002 tot die deelname van 16 streke in 2012 met meer as 1000 inskrywings.

Daar word in 10 kategorieë meegeding en uit hierdie tien wenners word die plaaswerker van die jaar vir elke streek aangewys. Die kategorieë is Algemene Werker, Trekkerdrywer, Administratiewe Personeel, Diereproduksie, Tegniese Operateur, Besproeiingspesialis, Junior Bestuur, Middelbestuur en Senior Bestuur.

Die algehele wenner en al die kategoriewenners in die Swartland-streek gaan later teen hul eweknieë uit ander streke meeding in die provinsiale kompetisie.

Die kompetisie is oop vir alle plaaswerkers, en plaaswerkers kan genomineer word deur hul werkgewers, die bestuur/plaaskomitee of mede-werknemers. ‘n Paneel bestaande uit kundige beoordelaars beoordeel elke kategorie.

Inskrywings sluit die 10de Mei 2013.   Vir nadere besonderhede kontak die Santam Swartland Wyn- & Olyfroete kantoor by Tel: 022 487 1133 of epos: swartlandinfo@westc.co.za
 

Bullets033.gifAllesverloren: Olive Festival 4-5 May 2013






 

Bullets033.gifRiebeek Cellar: Olive Festival 4-5 May 2013


 
 

Bullets033.gifModern Agriculture: The challenge of producing more from less


The demand for food in South Africa has increased substantially in the past decade and this trend is expected to continue. This increased demand has been driven partly by population growth from approximately 46.2 million in 2002 to approximately 50.7 million in 2012, but also by increased consumer spending power.

Riaan Louw, head of Santam Agriculture says a growing economy, as well as increased social expenditure by government has shifted many consumers to higher income groups. Living standards and spending power in South Africa is measured in terms of the living standard measurement (LSM) groups 1 to 10, with the disposable income of group 10 being the greatest. Since 2004, the percentage of the South African population classified into groups 1 to 4 (lower income levels) has decreased from just over 50% to below 30%.

“This improvement in living standards has led to increased consumption of food, especially protein, with chicken, as the cheapest source of animal protein, showing the greatest growth in consumption. Apart from increasing consumption across the board, greater spending power has also shifted consumption away from traditional staples like maize into bread, pasta, potatoes and rice,” says Riaan. The growth in food consumption by South African consumers is depicted in figure 1.

Figure 1: Percentage growth in food consumption


Source: Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP)

According to the department of agriculture, the number of commercial farming units in South Africa has decreased from 57 980 in 1993, to 39 966 in 2007, a decrease of 45.07%. According to Riaan the decreasing number of commercial production units along with the ever increasing demand for food has placed commercial farmers in South Africa in the precarious position of having to produce more food, with less arable land at their disposal. “While the main field crops accounted for 6.8 million hectares in 1981, the same crops accounted for only 4.2 million hectares in 2011. Other possible reasons for this decline are rapid urbanisation resulting in more land being used for other activities as well as reduced planting on marginal, lower potential land due to extreme cost pressures on producers.

“Another concern recently has been the impact of mining, especially in high potential production areas in Mpumalanga. The essence of the matter is that modern commercial farmers are expected to produce more from less.”

Riaan continues that great improvements in technology, coupled with the resulting increases in productivity, have enabled commercial farmers to meet the challenge of producing more from less.

“While there is a decline in total area planted, production output of the commodities mentioned has increased, a trend clearly illustrated in figure 3, representing maize production in South Africa.

“While the total area planted to maize has decreased from 2.71 million hectares in 2001 to 2.37 million hectares in 2011, total maize production increased from 7.94 million tons to 10.36 million tons during the same period.”

A marked increase in the production of Soya in South Africa since 2007 is a further indication of increased productivity. Riaan explains that while Soya is the only commodity that shows a significant increase in area planted in the long run, increased productivity is clearly illustrated by the fact that production increases at a faster rate than area planted. “Furthermore, despite a decline of 7.2% in area planted under the main field crops in the past 10 years – production volumes have increased by 22.2% in the same period. In other words, the constantly increasing demand in the modern era has been met by intensification rather than expansion – a trend that looks set to continue across industries in the future.”

Figure 3: Maize are planted vs. production

Source: Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP)

Riaan says that apart from the obvious benefit of producing more from less, intensification has also changed the nature of technology and machinery required to produce at the stated levels. Increased productivity has been achieved through the use of improved inputs, like better seed varieties and fertiliser, but at the same time, capital technology has advanced greatly.

“Increased commodity prices in recent years have allowed farmers to make significant investments in improved capital assets, making use of the huge advancement in mechanical technology. The Department of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries indicates that the value of capital assets on commercial farms has increased by a staggering 140% in the past decade, from 101.03 billion rand in 2001 to 242.52 billion rand in 2011.

“This includes land, fixed improvements, machinery and livestock. The need to increase productivity and intensify production, coupled with labour unrest and ever increasing wages has pushed many farmers to mechanise further, with the value of vehicles and machinery on commercial farms increasing by 170% in the past decade. The recent increase in minimum wages looks set to drive this trend towards mechanisation even further in the future.

“In conclusion, commercial farmers have faced tough times in the past and continue to be exposed to risks, including volatile prices and extreme weather conditions. An ever growing population, however, will continue to demand increasing quantities of food and as such, opportunities will always remain for innovative producers that are able to keep improving productivity and producing more from less.”



IMPORTANT NOTICE:  NEW TASTING ROOM OPENING HOURS

The new Western Cape Liquor Act that will be enforced as from 1 April 2013 will have a significant impact on the Swartland. Tasting rooms at wineries in the Swartland will in future be open on weekdays from 9am only and not from 8am as it was in the past. For more information and to download the Swartland Municipality by-law on liquor trading days & hours visit the website:  www.swartlandliquorforum.co.za

Sondagverkope in winkels is steeds verbode en dit sluit Goeie Vrydag en Kersdag in.   Sondag verkope in wynwinkels, waar hoërprys-wyne verkoop word, is steeds geldig.   Verbruik op die perseelverkope is geldig van soggens 11:00 af, behalwe in die gevalle van ‘n sjampanje-ontbyt. In klubs, pubs en restaurante is drankverkope Sondae slegs toelaatbaar as die koper ook ‘n maaltyd daarmee saam geniet. Verder geld buiteverbruik-verkope weeksdae eers van 9:00, nie meer 8:00 nie. Proelokale by wynkelders sal dus voortaan gedurende weeksdae eers om 9:00 oop wees vir die publiek.


You are invited to taste our deliciously diverse wines, sample some olives and enjoy our way of life !

Jolene Janse van Rensburg

Santam Swartland Wine and Olive Route