Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

Ngogolo named best rural meat producers

A chicken abattoir operating near the Swazi and Mozambican border has been named Mpumalanga’s safest meat producer in rural areas.

The Ngogolo Poultry Abattoir, which is based in Driekoppies near Komatipoort, was named the Best Rural Abattoir at the Provincial Abattoir Rating Scheme (PARS) award ceremony held in Secunda recently.

“We are very honoured and looking forward to produce beast meat to the public and also expand to other provinces,” said abattoir manager Lomaswati Dlamini.

The PARS is a brainchild of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs are aimed at providing measures to promote meat safety and the safety of animal products, but also to encourage all abattoir owners, emerging and commercial farmers to always strive to produce safe and wholesome meat for public consumption.

Ngogolo Poultry Abattoir operates in the Nkomazi region, which is a sprawling rural area that extends south of Malalane and borders Mozambique to the east and Swaziland to the south.

It was established in 2009 to create jobs and supply meat to various restaurant and meat retailers. It currently employs five permanent staff members and slaughters more than 50 chickens per day.

Dlamini said their hygienic standards make their business the best.

“The award will give us recognition and people will also refer more clients to us,” she said.

The department’s chief director of professional services, Stemmer Ndala, encouraged abattoirs owners to continue maintaining high hygiene standards and produce safe meat.

“The department wants to encourage the abattoir owners to improve and enhance meat including ensuring that hygiene practices are maintained,” said Ndala.

The African Union concludes a workshop on support to the implementation of the Agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan

As a follow up to the relevant decisions of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), the Commission organized, yesterday 2 November 2015, in Addis Ababa, a workshop to help identify the practical steps to be taken by the AU in support of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. The workshop, which was chaired by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, was attended by the members of the AU High-level ad hoc Committee on South Sudan (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa), the AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President Alpha Oumar Konaré, the Head of the IGAD Team of Special Envoys, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), former President Festus Mogae of Botswana, as well as by members of the IGAD Plus Mechanism (Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, the Troika – Norway, United Kingdom and United States of America, China, the European Union, the United Nations and Italy on behalf of the IGAD Partners Forum).

The participants to the workshop stressed the need for the effective and timely implementation of the Agreement, reminding the South Sudanese stakeholders of their obligations and primary responsibility in this respect. They welcomed the appointment of the Chairman of the JMEC, and called on all parties concerned to extend to him their full cooperation. The participants reiterated their commitment to closely work together in support of the peace process.

On the basis of the recommendations made during the workshop, the Commission will develop a programme of work that would facilitate an effective and well-coordinated AU wide support to the peace process in South Sudan.