CENTRAL BRANCH SYMPOSIUM
The Central Branch of SASAE will be holding its Annual
Symposium on 16 September 2015 at the Sanlam Auditorium, at
the University of Pretoria. The theme is: Extension Services
in line with Professionalism and current Policies. Please
see the documents attached for details about the Symposium
Extension Science has been registered as a field of practice
by SACNASP. All Extensionists must by law register with
SACNASP to be able to practice. On the other hand is SASAE
the professional body for Agricultural Extensionists.
There are concerns among officials about the roles that each
body play in the extension fraternity and the implications
of not registering with the two bodies. The symposium will
clarify the importance of registering with SASAE and how
does SASAE fit in the whole picture of Professionalism with
There are also Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
points that need to be accumulated to keep SACNASP
Membership valid. The CPD points and who they are
accumulated will also be discussed.
So it is a Symposium not to be missed.
Central Branch Management.
Informant August 2013
When I started my career as an Extension Officer in 1988,
providing extension and advisory service was convenient. It
was convenient in the sense that whenever farmers wanted
some answer to their farming challenges, the extension
officer would go and search for answers and come back some
days later without much pressure. Such a practice was a
normal phenomenon to the farmers.
Today time is precious in extension and advisory service.
Today farmers cannot wait for some days for answers. When
they have questions about their production challenges, they
want answers now. Time to them is very important for their
operations are time and market dependant. Markets want
services timely, so are our farmers.
Extension and advisory service is now digital conscious.
Through its Extension Recovery Plan (ERP), the Department of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) provides its
extension work force with information and communication
technology (ICT) devices such as laptops, smart pens, etc.
It also subscribes them to internet services such as
Extension Suite Online (ESO) to enhance their prompt
response to farmers’ farming information challenges.
This therefore renders extension officers that still rely on
the old practice absolutely extinct because once farmers
realize that an extension officer still relies on the old
practice such an extension officer loses their confidence
and future service demand. Extension officers are now edged
to change and adapt to the current inevitable digital
approach. When a farmer asks a question, just press a button
on your cell phone and respond promptly, now not tomorrow.
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MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CENTRAL BRANCH: 2014-2015
||Mr. JJ Mokoena
||Ms. P Maibelo
||Mr. B Stevens
Ms. ES Makola
Mr. NS Poto
Ms. X Dhlamini
Mr. C Last
Mr. B Diale
Mr. S Njoni
Informant January 2013
The Informant had deemed it fit to conscientize members
about the existence and availability of Agricultural
Extension Manuals in the Branch. The Central Branch has
developed training manuals for the benefit of extension
practitioners across the board. The Manuals contain a vast
amount of information that is very important for enrichment
of knowledge in extension and advisory approaches and
practices. The following topics have been covered therein:
• What is extension?
• Groups in agricultural extension work.
• Role of small-group techniques in agricultural extension.
• A manual to mobilize farmers into effective farmer groups
for sustainable agriculture development.
• The role of the specialist and the generalist in
• Preparing and presenting of a poster.
• Creating and presenting effective presentation.
Members are advised to contact the SASAE Secretariat at
for electronic copies of the manuals (R50.00 each). They are
also urged to advise SASAE Central Branch’s Management
Committee about any new topic that is not covered by the
existing training manuals. Members can send their proposed
topics to the SASAE Secretariat. Editor
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Informant August 2012 SASAE Central
Branch News Letter
“Life is like a ten-speed, most of us have gears we never
use (Charles Schultz). All extension workers have potential
to change the world. However, the approach is not to attempt
to change the world per se but to change the way we see and
do things for if you can’t see it, you must change the way
you look at it. Jimmy Dean says “I can’t change the
direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always
reach my destination”.
We are there to change ourselves and the world but to
achieve such changes, we need to first believe in ourselves
as capable change agents. Remember, “people become really
quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do
things. When they believe in themselves they have the first
secret of success (Norman Vincent Pearl). “You have to have
confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to
follow through (Rosalynn Carter)”. In other words, our
strength is the belief we have in ourselves.