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14 August 2017

Agri-Merensky honoured at Letaba Show

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Mr. Arno Last with Zeus.

The 2017 Letaba Show granted ample opportunity for Agri-Merensky’s show teams to display their skills over a four day period. The Plasie showmen competed against the best from Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

Behind the scenes, 27 Plasies were responsible for taking care of and grooming 24 cattle and 3 goats. The adrenaline flowed when they presented their livestock in front of judges in the ring.

In the cattle division, the junior Plasie showmen took top honours with Megan Strydom obtaining a 1st place and Andrea van Jaarsveld 2nd. Justin Breytenbach and Luandi Visagie ranked 4th and 5th.

The senior team salutes Nicky Smith with her 2nd place, while Johan Oberholzer (3rd), Iszabella le Roux (4th) and Timothy Venter (5th) contributed to the team’s success.

The judges also took notice of the Pin2Zyl stud awarding 2nd places for “3 Best Heifers” and “Group of 4 Cattle” and a 3rd place for “Best Duo”.

Agri-Merensky’s pride, Zeus, now carries the title: Senior Reserve Champion Bull.

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Megan Strydom receives het medal from Mr Howard Blight, sponsor of the Youth Show Agricolleges International.

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Andrea van Jaarsveld receives het medal from Mr Howard Blight, sponsor of the Youth Show Agricolleges International.

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No rest for Plasie hikers

PA silver hike

THE SILVER HIKERS: Rifqah Moosa, Simran Brahmbhatt, Jan-Carel van Niekerk, Steph-Marie de Lange, Lisa MaQuire, Ms Gretha van Staden, Liza-Ri Snyman, Stephan Corbett, Hlawuleka Malungana, Kieran Albertus and Jason Mellett.

Twenty aspiring bronze and silver President’s Award programme participants from Merensky High School, undertook a hike in Magoebaskloof from 11 to 13 August.

The group kicked off at Broederstroom hut and hiked almost 18 km to the Dokolewa Pools, where they spent their first night.

On Saturday morning, the bronze participants hiked 8 km to finish their journey. The silver participants continued for another 15 km to their overnight facility at Seepsteen hut. On Sunday they completed their requirement for this adventurous journey after their final stretch of 16 km to De Hoek hut, via the Debegeni Falls.

Late night story-telling around the campfire and swimming at the Dokolewa Pools were seen as the highlight of their hike. The hikers wish to thank Mrss Ada Venter and Gretha van Staden who accompanied them on this adventure.

PA bronze hike

THE BRONZE HIKERS: Front: Anya Glazer Back:Bianca Prinsloo, Mariesa Schutte, Haylay-Kay Buys, Emma Dalrymple-Hay, Salomé Lombard, Megan Meyer, Mia Naudé, Kesia Pohl and Arne Verster.

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Merensky teacher at PA Leaders Indaba

PA Leaders Indaba

Palesa Matuludi (Limpopo Programme Manager), Yolandé Rautenbach and Dineo Matsheka (Limpopo Programme Manager).

During the weekend of 4 to 6 August, Ms Yolandé Rautenbach, Merensky’s President’s Award organiser attended the annual PA Indaba at the prestigious Hilton College in Pietermaritzburg.

Expectations, values, sustainability and challenges of this programme were discussed. Brainstorming sessions with other organisers from across South Africa proved once again how this programme contributes to the development of the youth. Teambuilding sessions ensured a fun weekend.

The Indaba was presented by the programme managers of the President’s Award from various provinces. The delegates also had to complete a 6 km hike in the college’s nature reserve where zebras, giraffes and wildebeest were spotted.

At the end of the weekend each Award Leader received a certificate to acknowledge the work they put in to empower the youth.

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Monique speaks her mind

Monique Zhanda

Monique Zhanda

Monique Zhanda (grade 11) made Merensky proud during the 2017 Rojac debating competition held at Curro Heuwelkruin in Polokwane on Saturday, 12 August.

Monique took second place, earning herself R5000 towards her studies.

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