Subtrop group report-back

Dear SAMAC Members

SAAGA and SAMAC partnered with Ndalo Media and Old Mutual in September to host a high end memorable event , in Sandton to promote avos and macadamia nuts.

The objective of the event was to promote eating well and incorporating avos and macadamias into a healthy balanced diet.

The event was held at Virgin Active Alice Lane in Sandton, and sought to educate specially invited media and guests around achieving sound physical, financial health and wellness.

Derek Donkin, provided insights on the local avocado and macadamia industries while registered dietitian, Gaby Burbaitzky, expanded on the health benefits of eating avocados and macadamia nuts.

Geoff Huber, Old Mutual’s medical officer, and Dr Phatho Zondi, president of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA), also addressed guests, which included SAAGA  Chairman Mr Kosie Eloff, SAAGA Director Clive Garett, SAMAC past chairman Carl Henning and CEO of Ndalo Media, Khanyi Dhlomo.

The event was largely followed on twitter #health is wealth.


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Levubu Studie Groep Verslag / Study Group Report

Die Levubu makadamia studiegroep bied vele te leer vir nuwe en ou SAMAC lede. By die eerste studiegroep van die jaar, in Januarie, is daar ‘n diefstal kommitee aangestel om teen-diefstal inisiatiewe in Levubu te dryf. Lede is aangemoedig om asseblief heinings en sekuriteit op te skerp. Elke studiegroep maak voorsiening vir ‘n boordbestuur plan en boererate. Die kontak besonderhede vir opleidingskursusse in die opgewing is deurgegee sodat ons produsente hierdie jaar hul werkers kan opskerp met die nodige vaardighede. Borge deel by elke studiegroep nuwe relevante en interessante inligting. In Februarie het ons meer geleer oor al die verskillende makadamia uitskotte. In April is die makadamia snoeipraktyke hersien en ‘n feiteblad uitgedeel, en terugvoer gelewer oor diefstal tegnieke in ons area. In Mei is daar ‘n blaaspootjie feiteblad uitgedeel. September is daar ‘n nuwe projek geloots om die vlakke van Imidachloprid in die blomme, blare en heuning te meet vir die volgende 3 maande, twee keer per maand. Die praktyke om neutboorders te moniteer is bespreek. Terugvoer is ontvang oor die belang van vlêrmuise in ons boorde vir stinkbesie beheer. Barry Christie het terugvoer gelewer oor die kwekery standaarde, uitvoer standaarde en ons nuwe webtuiste. Ons het lekker boeredag gehou in Oktober waar daar ‘n verskeidenheid toebehore-verskaffers demonstrasies gelewer het. Ons bedank elke borg wat betrokke is by die studiegroep, die bestuur en ons boere vir die suksesse tot dusvêr behaal. Na afloop van ons algemen jaarvergadering is ‘n nuwe area komitee verkies, dankie vir elkeen se bereidwilligheid om te help bou aan ons toekoms.

Verslag deur Elsje Joubert.

Old and new SAMAC members benefit from every Levubu / Soutpansberg macadamia study group. At the first study group for the year, in January, a theft committee was appointed to drive anti-theft initiatives in the area. Members were urged to upgrade their fences and on-farm security measures. Every study group provide for “orchard management practices” and “good ideas”. Contact information for training was shared in February so that workers can develop in their necessary skills. Sponsors share relevant and interesting information with the study group. We learnt about unsound kernel characteristics, pruning practices and the latest theft methods. In May a fact sheet on thrips was distributed to all the members in the area. A project to measure the concentration levels of imidacloprid in macadamia leaves, flowers, nuts and uncapped honey in nearby bee hives was launched through the study group. Nut borer monitoring practices, the importance of bats in the orchard, how to do crop forecasts and more about the major stink bugs was shared. Barry Christie provided feedback on the nursery standards, export standards and our website. The farmers’ day in October was a huge success. We thank our sponsors and every grower / service provider for their positive contributions toward the study group. We elected a new area committee for 2017 and look forward to what it holds.

Report by Elsje Joubert


KZN MAC 101 Course

Once again the Mac 101 was a huge success.

The course was held on the 29th of November 2016 (North Coast KZN) at Felixton Country Club and on the 1st of December (South Coast KZN) at Riverbend Crocodile Farm.

Both venues were fully booked and various people from the macadamia industry attended. The people included processors, service providers, government employees, extension officers and of course farmers.

The presenters were top notch and included Phillip Lee (Creator and Author of the Mac 101 course), Andrew Sheard, Kamukota Kaluwa and Jaques Landman.

The Mac 101 course runs from 8:00 till 17:00 and included a farm visit. Everyone had a great time and said they learned a lot. There is even talks of having the Mac 101 course in Limpopo and in Mpumalanga in the near future.


Introduction to Macadamia Production

A one day course (including orchard visit) highlighting all aspects kzn-mac-course-nov-dec-2016-booking-form
aspects of macadamia production from young tree planting through to tree management.

Essential for all new macadamia growers throughout KZN.

R600 for SAMAC members; R850 for non-SAMAC members.
Includes course manual to keep, refreshments and lunch.

NORTH COAST: Tuesday 29 November
Felixton Country Club

SOUTH COAST: Thursday 01 December
Riverbend Crocodile Farm

To book your place complete the form – DOWNLOAD FORM
and email to & .

Places are limited so early booking is essential!



Macadamia Industry Day

Datum:  9 November 2018

Plek: AGFO 2018



KZN Study Group Report

SAMAC study groups were held in KZN on the 15th of November (North Coast) and the 16th of November (South Coast). Both these days were very well attended. The focus of the study groups was on pest control, scouting and biological control measures. An interesting line-up of experts in the field of ‘macadamia pests’ gave powerful presentations and the information shared was extremely useful. Lindi Botha gave an interesting talk on ‘Rearing of Stinkbugs’. Stephan Honiball (Vital Bugs, Tzaneen) spoke about Trichogramma wasps being used as biological control agents for false coddling moth (FCM). Dr. Schalk Schoeman (ARC-Nelspruit) gave an eye-opening presentation on the effects of pruning in controlling pests and our final presentation was by Matt Flanagan (Farmers Agri-Care) who gave a very interesting talk on integrated pest management (IPM) in macadamia production.


Additionally, pest scouting workshops were conducted by Dr Schalk Schoeman at Bruce Zunckel’s farm (KZN North) on the 15th of November and at the Mattisons farm (KZN South) on the 17th of November. These scouting workshops were mainly aimed at the staff to train them on how to properly scout for pests in the orchard. Dr Schoeman demonstrated several techniques on how to look for pests during their different life stages. The main pests being scouted were stink bug, macadamia nut borer (MNB) and false coddling moth (FCM).


A very big and special thank you to Bruce Zunckel, Darrel Wichmann (Sea View farm) and Ryan Taylor for allowing us to use their farms for the study group and pest scouting workshops. Also a very big thank you to Farmers Agri-Care, Vital Bugs and Plan-A-Head for sponsoring our study groups.



10th Annual Subtrop Marketing Symposium

Growers, packers, processors, marketers and retailers in South Africa’s subtropical fruit and nut industry will get a front row seat to the exciting new opportunities opening up for this sector at the upcoming Subtrop Marketing Symposium, taking place on 9 November 2016 at the Emnotweni Arena in Mbombela.

Delegates can expect to hear from a high-calibre panel of speakers, including key note speakers Khanyi Dhlomo, CEO of Ndalo Media, on trends in local and international media, and GG Alcock, author and informal market specialist, on successfully accessing South Africa’s informal economies.

Industry authorities will also take to the stage, sharing their invaluable insights on the current state of the local subtropical fruit and nut industries, future marketing activities and initiatives, and growth prospects for local stakeholders.

These experts include Derek Donkin, Subtrop CEO, who will delve into key industry statistics and market access for local producers, and recent access to India for local mango farmers and the USA for litchi growers, and the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association’s (SAMAC) Robert Carlton-Shields, who will look at the association’s marketing plans.

All the speakers are specialists in their respective areas. Dhlomo is a renowned media personality, having started her career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor, which was followed by an eight-year stint as editor of the women’s magazine True Love. During this time Dhlomo doubled the publication’s readership and circulation. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine. Today Dhlomo is CEO of Ndalo Media, a company she co-founded in 2007 and that publishes the hugely successful DESTINY and DESTINY MAN magazines.

Alcock has made a name for himself in the area of marketing to South Africa’s township and rural residents following his unique upbringing among rural Zulu people. Fluent in Zulu and conversant in most South African ethnic languages GG is the CEO, creative & strategy guru as well as founder of Minanawe Marketing, an agency specialising in TV, radio and face-to-face marketing concepts for the informal township market. He was among the first people to create marketing plans for the then-inaccessible township and rural audiences in the early 1990s. This highly successful agency has garnered an impressive following of blue-chip client under Alcock’s leadership. Alcock penned his second book, Kasinomics, which sheds light on the inner workings of South Africa’s informal economies.

For more information regarding the event PRESS HERE


SAMAC Trade Seminar – China

SAMAC held another successful trade seminar in China – this time in Beijing. Approximately 30 people attended the event. The seminar was held as part of the 2016 China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair.

Several media and industry stakeholders attended, including the chairperson of the China Nut Roasters Association, img_5224Mrs Weng Yangyang and the Director of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products, Mrs Chen Ying, who also gave a presentation. Mr Mashudu Silimela, the DAFF Counsellor at the South African Embassy in China provided the opening address for the seminar. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss the importance of reduced import tariffs with important role players and to make Chinese media and thereby consumers aware of South African macadamias.


Updated Crop Forecast for the 2016 South African Macadamia Crop

By Barry Christie

Crop Forecast

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) has updated its final crop forecast for the 2016 season after a round of data collection. The new updated forecast for the 2016 season is 38 500 tonnes of nut-in-shell (NIS; measured at 1.5% kernel moisture). Based on the rate of expansion in the industry over the past five years, it was projected that the 2016 crop would be 50 500 t. However, hot dry weather conditions and widespread hail seriously affected the 2016 crop resulting in the latest 2016 crop forecast being 24% lower than the long term projections.

Fifty three percent of the crop is expected to come from the Mpumalanga province, followed by Limpopo (26%), KwaZulu-Natal (15%) and other regions (6%). Indications are that 66% of the 2016 crop would be processed to kernel which shows that NIS exports for the 2016 season have decreased substantially. Previous years’ data have shown that approximately 50% of the crop was exported as NIS to the Far East and the new data shows a shift in support for kernel markets. Therefore, although this year’s crop is significantly smaller than in 2015, the volume of macadamias processed to kernel is expected to increase from 23 840 tonnes NIS to approximately 25 470 tonnes.

To date little rainfall has occurred throughout the major production regions during the critical flowering period. According to Walter Giuricich, chairman of SAMAC, “The risk of a reduced crop in 2017 is still great, although it is at this stage not possible to make predictions.” The final figures for the 2016 crop will be made available early in 2017 and the new year’s crop estimate will be released in March 2017.

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC)
14 October 2016

Contact: Barry Christie
Tel: +27 (0)13 753 2077
Cell: +27(0)73 084 1772

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