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Media invite - AFASA AGM and conference

The President of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), Mr. Mike Mlengana extends a cordial invitation to all the members of the media, to attend and cover AFASA's 1st AGM and Conference.

His Excellency the President of the Republic of South Africa, Dr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is expected to address about 3000 smallholder farmers from all nine provinces and 52 districts of the Republic. Cabinet Ministers serving in the Agrarian and Rural Development portfolios as well as International Speakers from Italy and Germany will be among the guest speakers who are to grace this august event.

This historic event is scheduled to take place at St George's Hotel, Rietvlei Dam, Pretoria (South) from the 21st -23rd October 2012.

Order of Proceedings (AT A GLANCE)

Day 1, 21 October 2012


Arrival & Registration (14h00-17h00)
President's Braai & Entertainment (18h00-22h00)


Day 2, Monday, 22 October 2012

(Session 1, Plenary, 08h00-17h00)

Key Speakers/Role Players.

-Pastor Ray MacCauley, Rhema Bible Church
-President of AFASA, Mr. Mike Mlengana
-Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson
-CEO Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, Mr, Ishmael Sunga.

-Director, Regional Africa Programme, German Farmers' Cooperatives, Mr. Ehard Ludwig


(Session 2, Gala Dinner, 18h00-22h00)

Key Speakers/Role Players

-TV Presenter/Gospel Artist, Mr. Thabo Mdluli (Director of Proceedings)

-Honourable Premier of Gauteng Province, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane

-His Excellency President of the Republic of South Africa Dr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Day 3, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 (08h00-13h00)


Key Speakers/Role Players

-Director, Gender, Equity & Rural Employment Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Italy, Ms Eve Crowley

-Honourable Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr. Gugile Nkwinti

-CEO, Agribusiness Chamber, Mr. John Purchase

-Executive Manager, Economic Development, National Youth Development Agency, Ms Tamari Mavasa


Enclosed herewith please find a Compulsory RSVP Form, final programme & directions to the venue, for your information and convenience.

RSVP on or before 12h00 on Friday, 19 October 2012: Mr. Siyabulela Makunga +27 (0) 12 348 8566 or +27 (0) 72 768 0238 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.afasa.za.org

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