CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL
"THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON EXTENSION DELIVERY IN SOUTH
CLUB MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE,3-7 MAY, 2010
PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON THE SASAE CONFERENCE HELD AT CLUB
MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN, WESTERN CAPE, FROM 3 – 7 MAY 2010.
African Society for Agricultural Extension is a
professional organization for agricultural
practitioners in South Africa which is more than 40
years old. It plays a significant role for its
members by organizing annual conferences to exchange
knowledge through scientific and popular papers that
address specific topics according to the theme
identified for that particular year.
The 44th Annual conference of the South African
Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) was held
at Club Mykonos in Langebaan, Western Cape Province
from 3 - 7 May 2010. The theme of the conference was
“The Impact of Climate Change on Extension Delivery
in South Africa”.
The conference was officially opened by the
provincial Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Gerrit Van
Rensburg. He shared his knowledge about climate
change. He challenged all delegates to make Land
Reform work. He brought to light that human
activities are partly to blame for climate change.
He cited an example of Lake Chad which is reported
to be fast deteriorating. According to him, 50 % of
its water loss is due to evaporation while the other
half of it is due to human behavior downstream from
the lake. For example, the herdsmen are accused of
overgrazing while farmers are accused of over
irrigating their fields.
Those who did not attend have lost a lot. Thirty two
papers were presented during the conference.
Knowledgeable speakers presented their views about
climate change of which some were backed up by
empirical data while others used models that were
For a detail
insight, one is advised to refer to the conference
proceedings bound in a CD. Each member of the
organization is entitled for one CD.
The conference had
organized a Gala Dinner in which a quest speaker stimulated
the conference delegates. Awards were also awarded to the
most active Branch; as usual the Central Branch topped all
and received the floating trophy. I encourage other Branches
to work hard in order to change this state of affairs in
which year after year the award goes to the Central Branch.
Other Awards presented were for papers and posters presented
at the Conference. The “Most Popular Paper” at the
Conference was awarded to Prof. C van der Westhuizen for the
paper: “Using Extension Officers to stimulate scholars in
The “Most Scientific Paper” was awarded to Mr. J W Jordaan
for the paper: “Land reform in the Arid Central Karoo: A
baseline assessment of farm-level economic viability and
implications for extension delivery”. The “Best Poster” was
presented by Messrs. J W Jordaan & H J F Grobler for the
poster: “A different approach towards conducting skills
audits for Land Reform beneficiaries: A case study in the
Dr Elliot Zwane
For all of you who attended, thank you very much. To the
others - you missed a lot!!
The CD`s of the proceedings for the conference will be
posted in two weeks time, look out for them. We will publish
an overview of the conference shortly.