NAMPO Cape 2022: Times of Change

Nampo Cape 2022

From 14-17 September 2022, all roads lead to Bredasdorp again for the annual NAMPO Cape Expo at Bredasdorp Park. Visitors to NAMPO Cape 2022 can look forward to:

  • More than 500 exhibitors
  • BKB Merino Classic National Championships
  • Nation in Conversation discussions of current topics
  • Nedbank Flora flower arrangements
  • Agricultural trials and demonstrations
  • Elim Fynbos exhibition
  • NAMPO Cape Beauty Salon
  • Overberg Regional Youth Show
  • Toyota SA National Young Auctioneers Competition
  • Omnia farmer plans competition
  • Various demonstrations such as sheep shearing, wool processing, taxidermy and many more.

Changes at Bredasdorp Park

According to Henk Aggenbach, chairman of the Bredasdorp Park Board, many changes have been made to Bredasdorp Park in the past two years. Not only have they added 72 additional exhibition spaces and another 4ha of visitor parking on the Park, but the old horse stables have also been converted into the BKB Livestock Centre where the BKB Merino Classic and the Overberg Youth Show will take place.

The Water Wise Centre, where various methods of soilless production such as hydroponics and aquaponics are demonstrated, has also moved to a new, larger home on Bredasdorp Park. It is a working hydroponic enterprise and training facilities in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch.

The Engen 4×4 track was also expanded in 2021 to include an extreme 4×4 section. Visitors will see the latest 4×4 methods from different factories in action under the able guidance of Terrain Tamers.

The Santam Auditorium has been converted into two separate venues. The Nation in Conversation Sessions will take place on the top floor while the NAMPO Cape beauty salon will be in the bottom venue.

Nation in Conversation

Theo Vorster will host the popular Nation in Conversation discussions in five sessions from Wednesday, 14 to Friday, 16 Septemer on the newly converted top floor of the Santam Audditorium.

Infrastructure: opportunities amid the obstacles
Wednesday, 14 September 10:00-11:15
A continuation of the previous discussion on economics, we pursue a proactive approach to overcoming challenges of infrastructure in the agricultural sector. Roads, rail, and ports have hamstrung producers and agribusinesses for far too long, crippling productivity, market access and often profitability. In many instances the answers have been found in take-charge private-public partnerships, and even community/producer -led “out of pocket” interventions. A panel discussion on achieving meaningful progress, and opportunities amid the obstacles.

The fresh face of rural revival
Wednesday, 14 September 12:30-13:45
Rural communities are essential for the equitable growth of agriculture in South Africa. But dwindling job opportunities have reduced the economic base of these communities, resulting in disrepair and decay. To save these communities and ultimately bring them into the fold of production, we need to reduce urbanization, drawing people back to work and live in spaces they can be proud of, that speak of dynamic transformation and inclusive growth. A panel discussion on achieving a lived social compact for rural revival.

Economic collision course: driver or driven? Thursday, 15 September 10:00-11:15
The impact of global markets on South Africa’s growth trajectory cannot be underestimated, but many role-players in the local agri sector are pushing for a more proactive approach to economic policy, rather than merely reacting to events and conditions beyond our control. This calls for a united goal, and a concerted, collective effort from agri organisations, agribusinesses and producers alike, to drive more favourable conditions. A panel discussion with industry experts looking at the challenges and opportunities

Winter grains: a boost for barley
Thursday, 15 September 12:30-13:45
Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine places special significance on the Western Cape’s winter crop season of 2022/23, with opportunities arising to boost domestic production, especially of barley. The focus is on ensuring that barley competes sustainably with other crops, that the supply chain works effectively and that risks are limited as far as possible while delivering good quality crops. While good rainfall during planting bodes well, increased input costs and variable weather conditions will play a major role in determining a good season amid international shortages. A panel discussion with leading experts to discuss challenges, evaluate opportunities and project market-related results.

Youth: technology & strategies for the future
Friday, 2022-09-16 10:00- 11:15
The future success of any sector in the digital age is determined largely by its adoption of technology and its strategy for adapting to everchanging variables. The same is true of the agriculture sector. So how are we integrating the youth into our strategies for production, research and policy? Who are the decision-makers, the change-makers, the fresh-thinkers and the action-takers? And how do we reimagine the whole sector for an often-uncertain tomorrow? A panel discussion to anchor tomorrow in positive change, today.
Economic collision course: driver or driven?
Ekonomiese stampkar: bestuurder of passasier?

Overberg floral beauty
Every year, visitors to NAMPO Cape are amazed at the impressive Nedbank flower arranging exhibition led by Marjolijn Malan. This year is no exception, where the theme Networking with Nature, once againpromise to be a spectacle of floral splendour.

This year there is an added feast of flowers during NAMPO Cape with the Elim Fynbos exhibition in the Shell building. The variety and rare species of the Elim region will be depicted in a natural way in this exhibition. The Elim Overseer’s Board is responsible for this exhibition and the tea garden where visitors can indulge in typical Overberg delicacies.

Community involvement

NAMPO Cape provides the opportunity for local schools and non-governmental organizations to raise funds. All food stalls are either run by such organisations themselves or private companies that run food stalls have to donate a portion of their profit to such an organization.

Some of the food stalls where visitors will be able to quench their hunger and thirst include:
• The Hollard Bistro in the ABSA building is operated by Huis Klippedrift
• The BKB tea garden ioperated by Suideroord Tehuis.
• SRS Kiosk near the new BKB Livestock Centre operated by Bredasdorp High School.
• The Elim Board of Supervisors operates the Tea Garden in the Shell Building.
• The Standard Bank Steakhouse is operated by Rûens College.
• De Heide Primary School and Zoetendal Academy are also new schools joining the catering on offer during NAMPO Cape.

On Friday, 16 September all the sheephead aficionados can enjoy a traditional roasted sheephead in the Hollard Bistro from 12:00 – 14:00. Bookings are essential

Youth and agriculture

NAMPO Cape believes in the future of agriculture and therefore wants to do more to involve the youth in agriculture. NAMPO Cape would like to invite learners to take part in the Overberg Regional Youth Show on Saturday 17 September in the new BKB Livestock Centre. Learners with Agriculture as a school subject and an interest in Agriculture as a profession are invited to participate in the NAMPO Cape Schools Program which is presented in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. The program includes, among others, vertical production systems, plant and soil research trials, animal production, grain marketing and careers in agriculture.

For the ladies

In addition to an interesting women’s program with Jannie Moolman, Sonja de Beer, Elsabe Albrecht and Rico Summers, the ladies can also look forward to being spoiled from head-to-toe in the NAMPO Cape beauty salon on the ground floor of the Santam Auditorium.

Sponsors are the anchors

An event like NAMPO Cape cannot take place without the support of sponsors. Chrystal van Wyk, Business Manager of the Bredasdorp Park says they are privileged to have sponsors such as Overberg Agri, BKB, Santam Agriculture, Total Energies, ABSA, Hollard and Plaas Media back on board for NAMPO Cape 2022. She is also very excited about new sponsorships from among others Toyota SA, Standard Bank, Shell, ABInBev, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

See you there!

Tickets are only available online at Prices are R80 for adults and R40 for school-going children. Preschool children enter for free. The expo runs from Wednesday, 14 to Friday, 17 September from 08:00 to 17:00 and Saturday, 17 September from 08:00 – 14:00. Visitors can contact the Cape Agulhas Tourism Office on 028 424 2584/082 896 2225 or visit for accommodation.

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