SA table grape industry celebrate milestone 125-year history
The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) launched a unique book chronicling it’s 125-year history titled The South African Table Grape Industry 125 Years in Pursuit of Excellence.
Authored by Fred Meintjes – who travelled across the country to all growing regions to capture the stories of where it all started for the table grape industry.
The book was launched at SATI’s AGM held in the town of De Doorns, in the Hex River Region on 23 May 2019.
Table grape producers from across the country were in attendance as well as some of the affiliate companies of SATI such as the SAPO Trust, Fruit South Africa and Culdevco. Representatives from the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Perishable Produce Export Control Board (PPECB), The Agricultural Research Council Nietvoorbij as well as exporters organisation FPEF were also in attendance.
Several table grape industry stalwarts or pioneers and whose families contributed to the growth of the industry over many decades across the five production regions were also in attendance.
Former chairpersons of SATI were honoured by receiving books namely Johan van Niekerk as well as the father of the immediate past chairperson the late Michael Laubscher who was represented by his father Kosie Laubscher a veteran grower.
SATI Chairman Fanie Naudé warmly introduced guest speaker Prof Eltie Links, former South African Ambassador to the European Union and Luxembourg. He was also appointed by former President Nelson Mandela as the chief negotiator of the SA EU trade agreement, which paved the way for the audience of table grape producers to benefit from the trade agreement
- Guidelines for Preparation of Table Grapes for Export (Available only in English and Afrikaans)
- Color Chart for Straggliness **
Color Chart for Starlight **
- Table Grape Video Series – (On memory stick available in Afrikaans and English)
The above are available at the SATI Offices in Paarl, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
** Please note that DAFF in Stellenbosch are the custodians of all colour charts for table grapes and that the colour charts can be purchased from their offices in Adam Tas Road , Stellenbosch, only. SATI currently has only the above two colour charts available.