KWANALU’S 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS BRINGS FARMERS TOGETHER

KWANALU’S 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS BRINGS FARMERS TOGETHER
KwaZulu-Natal’s Agricultural Union, Kwanalu held its 17th Annual Congress at the Royal Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg recently. The event was attended by Kwanalu delegate members, fellow farmers and agricultural-industry leaders from all over KZN who came together to reflect on the past year as an agricultural community.
Andy Buchan, a strawberry farmer from Greytown, was elected as the 2015/2016 President of Kwanalu. Out-going president, Mike Black was elected as vice president, along with Phenias Gumede.

In this photo is the newly elected president of Kwanalu, Andy Buchan (middle) standing with his two vice presidents, Mike Black and Phenias Gumede who were announced as the 2015/2016 office bearers at Kwanalu’s Annual Congress held at the Royal Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

In this photo is the newly elected president of Kwanalu, Andy Buchan (middle) standing with his two vice presidents, Mike Black and Phenias Gumede who were announced as the 2015/2016 office bearers at Kwanalu’s Annual Congress held at the Royal Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

The road ahead will no doubt be an arduous one but I am confident in the strong team that we have in Kwanalu. Agriculture is a vehicle in which we can serve the people, and I count it as an honour to serve people,” said Buchan on accepting the position.
We at Kwanalu are looking forward to working with a farmer of Andy’s stature and leadership abilities,” said Sandy, CEO of Kwanalu.
The theme of the congress, “Cultivating our Future”, recognised and addressed the political, social and economic challenges faced at present by farmers in KZN. All speakers including guest speakers and Kwanalu CEO Sandy La Marque, as well as the Union’s president Mike Black encouraged members to remain progressive, pro-active and forward thinking in the coming year. Kwanalu plans to undertake to promote sustainable agricultural practices, social upliftment in all communities, economic growth and a secure environment with the intention of encouraging pride, and instilling confidence in the agricultural sector.
The announcement of the 2015 KZN Young Farmer of the Year also took place with the title being awarded to 33 year old Anthony Goble, a sugarcane farmer from Tongaat. Anthony will go on to compete and represent KZN at national level in October for the title of Young Farmer of the Year 2015.
I am looking forward to the national competition and the chance to gauge myself against the top farmers in South Africa and hope that I can do KZN proud,” said Anthony.

On Thursday last week the 2015 KZN Young Farmer of the Year was announced at Kwanalu’s Annual Congress. In this photo from left to right are; Russel James from Mooi River, one of 3 finalist in the competition; Anthony Goble from Tongaat, the overall winner; Tony Henebrey from Toyota SA Motors and Kurt Stock from Pongola, also a finalist in the competition.

On Thursday last week the 2015 KZN Young Farmer of the Year was announced at Kwanalu’s Annual Congress. In this photo from left to right are; Russel James from Mooi River, one of 3 finalist in the competition; Anthony Goble from Tongaat, the overall winner; Tony Henebrey from Toyota SA Motors and Kurt Stock from Pongola, also a finalist in the competition.

Guest speakers included Justice Malala, award winning journalist, television host of The Justice Factor and political commentator who spoke about the noise of politics in South Africa from the perspective of a media commentator.
The second guest speaker was best-selling business author and independent scenario strategist, Chantell Illbury, who encouraged farmers to see the upcoming trends globally, locally and within agriculture, as positive indicators for the future.
The founder of the Wimpy Restaurants Group in the Southern Hemisphere, Eric Tocknell inspired farmers with his motivating address entitled “Yes you can”.