The 49th SASAS Congress kick off
We received a chill welcome from the Stellies’ weather but the pleasant reception from the Western Cape branch made it a lot warmer. We are stationed at the breath-taking Spier Wine Estate and Conference Centre for the week. The venue provides an excellent environment for talented and robust minds to interact. With the great speaker line-up, it promises to be an interesting week. Truly, the organizing committee has done an incredible job with bringing everyone together.
Arrival and registration
There was a buzz of excitement as the delegates filled the foyer, as registration progressed. Along with the registration goodies, the delegates were also given a questionnaire which is aimed at improving future SASAS congresses. The rich presence of various stakeholders from universities, research institutes, government and industry will undoubtedly provide a wide networking platform.
The SASAS President, Prof M Scholtz
Student poster presentation
Prof M Scholtz gave a great motivational speech, where he spoke of the important things that students need to succeed. He further placed emphasis on effort being the primary driver, regardless of any prevailing circumstances. Thereafter, an array of topics were covered by students, who gave presentations on maggot growth , chevon quality, indigenous cattle adaptation, ruminant nutrition, hatchability in indigenous chickens, faecal egg worm count and penis weathering bacteria.
The student poster champions
The awesome presentations were capped off by the student quiz, which we all agree was the highlight of the day. The teams from the University of Stellenbosch (2), the university of Fort Hare (2), the University of Limpopo (2), the University of Pretoria (1) and the University of Free State (2). The participants were highly competitive with the desire to win, however Tuks remain the reigning champions since the beginning of the Quiz competition (3 years ago). The event was an awesome spectacle with the participants under the pump and the audience being the “Know it all” team.
The blow-by-blow quiz moments
The day was closed off with a meet and greet cocktail which provided a wider platform for the delegates to socialize. And the journey continues…
Compiled by: Yonele Njisane, Sipokazi Nyeleka, Sipho Mabusela & Mzuvukile Mcayiya