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• Dr Shani van Lochem gave birth to her  rst child.
• Gerard Braak, who had an operation, was wished
a speedy recovery.
FINALISERING VAN SAKELYS / FINALISATION OF AGENDA
The agenda was closed.
GOEDKEURING VAN DIE NOTULE VAN DIE NASIO- NALE ALGEMENE JAARVERGADERING GEHOU OP 2 SEPTEMBER 2015 / APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING HELD ON 2 SEPTEMBER 2015
The minutes were accepted.
Proposed – Fritz Meyer Seconded – Pieter de Jager
The minutes were APPROVED and signed by the chairman.
VOORSITTERSVERSLAG / CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – James Jenkinson
“Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present to you my chairman’s report on the workings and dealings at SAPPO over the past year.
It has once again not been an easy year for pork producers at farm level. The severe drought has been the main cause of the situation in which the industry  nds itself at this stage. With not a lot of local maize to go around, we have seen more than a 50% increase in feed prices and no increase in our farm gate baconer price. We trust that shortly there will be some relief, with lower maize prices and better baconer prices.
Although Simon will be doing a management re- port, allow me to mention some highlights.
This has been a very full year for the o ce, Exco and board to deal with. Just a few important issues:
• Restructuring of SAPPO • New levy application
• Our CEO retiring
• Opinion on the ethical use of antibiotics on farms.
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
• AGOA
• Promotions
• ASF outbreak
• NAMC / Emerging farmer selection •BTA
• Quality assurance
Restructuring:
We decided at last year’s AGM to go ahead and put in place the new structure of SAPPO.
This required some discussions with various in- dustry leaders and brain-storming sessions with the board and our attorneys, after which our attor- neys could draft a new constitution, which I trust will be accepted later today.
Levy:
The existing levy term comes to an end at the end of October. I put it to the o ce that we do not want to be in a phase of restructuring which will not have a positive outcome on the new applica- tion. I am happy to say (and congratulate Simon) that by early July the new application had been signed o . This term will start at the beginning of November.
CEO:
Our CEO, Simon, turned 65 in July and chose to be replaced as he would like to retire.
I must admit that it was not easy to start this discussion with Simon. However, I am glad that Simon made it easy and has been very helpful in the process that followed in identifying a new CEO. SAPPO appointed Talent Africa to help with this process. At this point, after evaluating more than 31 candidates and long-listing 12, the board will be meeting six candidates on the shortlist in September after this AGM. I am very happy with the potential candidates for the position.
Ethical use:
The opinion on the antibiotics case was dealt with and forwarded to the members. One aspect that I trust will be positive is that we can start setting a base for our industry for the use of antibiotics on farms. This could be used to track the usage and reduction in future.
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