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New traffic regulations
On July 28, 2015 an amendment on the road safety regulations on Road Traffic and Transport waspublished in Government Gazette No 5792. In terms of these regulations all persons who transport paying passengers, must be older than 25 years and also be declared medically fit by a doctor. These include inter alia taxi drivers, bus drivers and tourguides. It is also compulsory that the lights of all vehicles on a trunk road, main road and district road must be switched on (also in daytime).

Further amendments include that only six people may be transported in the goods department of a goods vehicle such as a bakkie of which the gross vehicle mass must be less than 3 500kg.The goods department must be enclosed with a running board of 350mm above the surface upon which persons are seated and 900mm for standing passengers. Passengers thus have to sit at all times on a bakkie unless the goods department is enclosed with railings.

A further amendment is that the seatbelt of the vehicle must be installed according to South African national standards and must also comply with these standards. Instruments which measure the speed must also comply with South African national standards.

Even though these regulations already came into force, motorists will be given sufficient time to get the necessary safety equipment and aquaint themselves with the new regulations.
National Rangeland Forum
The National Rangeland Forum is organised for 15-17 September 2015 in Otjiwarongo. The theme is “ADAPTING TO CLIMATE UNPREDICTABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE ALONG THE WHOLE VALUE CHAIN”.  Speakers from Australia, South Africa and Namibia will be included in the programme.
The programme starts at 9:00 on 15 September with a farm visit to Hendrik Botha of Farm Agagia, where after the conference will commence at 14:00 at Out of Africa Lodge in Otjiwarongo. The conference will close off with farm visits to Uwe Kahl of Farm Middelplaats and Peter Clausen of Farm Okosongoro.
The total registration fee is N$300. For further enquiries contact Roelie Venter, Tel 061 237838, Roelie@agrinamibia.com.na or Marie-Louise Wimo, Tel 061 237838, marie@agrinamibia.com.na.

Agra ProVision breakfast
Agra ProVision proudly presents a breakfast meeting under the theme “Financial & Risk Management for optimised dryland cropping under uncertain conditions.” The event will focus on: how to estimate risks and approach the season with limited rain predictions, calculations of inputs vs. outputs and practical farm financial management. You’re cordially invited to attend, at no costs, but prior registration is essential on August 28 2015, from 07H30 for 08H00 — 10H00, at Pondoki Rest Camp, Grootfontein. Confirm your attendance by August 25 2015 with Twaku Kayofa @ twakuk@agra.com.na / 061 – 290 9364 / Dryland with your Name & Surname to 40404 (N$ 2 per sms). Across all networks. Ts & Cs apply.

FA and other news
An urgent Charcoal Meeting for all charcoal producers will be held on August 10 at 08:30 at the Grootfontein Agricultural Office. Speaker is Mr J Hailwa, the Director of Forestry and he will inform the meeting about the stricter charcoal harvest regulations which will be implemented and influence the current situation. For further details contact Mr Willem Enslin, Tel 081 2305078 or Mr Frank Detering, Tel 081 1295904.

The Nguni Cattle Breeders Association is hosting a promotion day on August 11 at the Goibib Mountain Lodge between Keetmanshoop and Grunau. Speakers are Messrs Bertus Kruger, Kiep Lepen and I Jacobi. For further details contact Mrs Gisela Giess, Tel 062 571719, 081 2794066, info@nguni-namibia.org.

Omuramba FA is holding a meeting on August 11 at 14:00 at Farm Kroonster at the FA Lapa. For further details contact Lize Engelbrecht, Tel 062 563706, omuramba.bv@gmail.com.

Witvlei FA is holding a meeting on August 12 at 14:00 in the farmerhouse at Witvlei. Guest speaker is Chief Inspector du Plessis from the Police. For further details contact Johannie Brenkman, Tel 062 561440, 081 1224178, brenkmanjohannie@gmail.com.

Everybody is invited on August 13, 2015 at 09:30 to the annual Bonsmara Breed Promotion Day at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring, Windhoek Show grounds. Guest speakers are Wilhelm Mosehuus (Agra Livestock), Johan Mouton (Molatek) and Fourie Scheepers (Bonsmara SA). Entry is free and refreshments will be for sale. For further details and registration contact Marinda Labuschagne at nambons@iway.na or Hella Coetzee at 081 2036484.

An urgent Charcoal Meeting for all charcoal producers will be held on August 14 at 09:00 at the Otjiwarongo Agricultural Office. Speaker is J Hailwa, the Director of Forestry and he will inform the meeting about the stricter charcoal harvest regulations which will be implemented and influence the current situation. For further details contact Pieter Potgieter, Tel 081 4873785.

Grootfontein FA is hosting its annual Harvest Day on August 15 at 10:00 at the Grootfontein Show grounds. The endurance ride and bicycle race start at 08:30. Persons who want to participate can contact Judith Helwig, Tel 081 3451286. At 11:00 a panel discussion will be held to give maize farmers more information on how to adapt with less rainfall. Tiaan of Kokkedore will give a demonstration for the women and children , entertainment is also offered. The day concludes with a dance and braai. Entry fee is N$50 per person and the braai costs N$80 for adults and N$50 for primary school children. For further details contact Willem Enslin, Tel 081 2305078.

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