Green Light Given to First Stage of Major Protein Precinct

SOMERSET could soon be home to the Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct, a multi-million dollar master planned protein production hub at Coominya, with Council today approving the first stage of the development.

The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct site is designated as the Coominya Food Production Investigation Area under Council’s Strategic Framework and will be developed on more than 1100 hectares.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the development, which would be the first dedicated protein production hub in Australia, was well planned, strategic and would bring huge benefits to the region.

“This is great news for our community in that it will bring more jobs to the region and showcase Somerset on the international stage through production, exports and hospitality modelling,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council received five submissions about this development during the public notification period and each of these submissions was in support of the development.”

BVPP director Duncan Brown said the company had undertaken proactive community consultation prior to submitting the development application with Council.

“This will be a staged development that includes intensive livestock production with poultry, game birds and beef, processing, training, research and hospitality facilities,” Mr Brown said.

“The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct will be the first dedicated protein production hub in Australia, with on-site training and R&D facilities, and will deliver on state and local government visions for a strategic food production area at Coominya.

“It will provide jobs for Queenslanders by putting food on the plates of emerging middle classes in Asia and beyond.”

The first stage of the development, as approved by Council, is to develop to RSCPA standards, eight poultry sheds and a hatch to dispatch quail operation, including nine quail sheds and an export-accredited quail processing facility with the capacity to process up to 15,000 birds per week.

Stage one will also include the restoration and rehabilitation of Spring Creek, which runs through the property and into the Brisbane River, and the start of a Certificate IV livestock/food production training program for students.

The application involving the master planning of the precinct is yet to be lodged with Council.

Rich reward for excellent matric results


RESULTS REWARDED: Businessman and benefactor Saki Macozoma with former Ndzondelelo High School pupil Nangamso Jonas and her mother, Lindelwa

Hard work scores former pupil R10 000

A Zwide matriculant’s high marks paid off when a prominent Johannesburg businessman made good on his promise to give her a R2 000 reward for every distinction she received in her final examinations.

And because Nangamso Jonas, 16, did so well in last year’s matric exams, she is R10 000 richer.

Safika Holdings chairman Saki Macozoma, 59, formerly of Kwazakhele, made the promise to Nangamso when he visited Ndzondelelo High School before their June exams.

He said should she pass with three or more distinctions, he would give her R2 000 for each.

Macozoma – who has been investing in the Bay’s townships for the past 15 years – said it was important for him to make a difference in these communities as it would have a ripple effect on the greater community.

“I come from a school like this one and I am of the view that our children should be motivated from time to time to aspire to greater things,” he said.

“I am very proud that she kept her promise and worked hard to achieve what she set out to do, because it is not about the money, it is about self-motivation.

Protein precinct is a grand plan

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Trakka introduces sophisticated new vision enabling systems for vehicles

Safika’s partner Trakka Systems, is already well-known for its sophisticated helicopter-borne critical vision systems. Now the company has introduced a family of high-performance, integrated vision-enabling solutions built around Trakka’s gyro-stabilised camera systems.

Trakka’s team of experienced industry professionals has a proven track record in the design, manufacture, installation and support of vehicle-based Integrated Optronic Solutions (IOS). Its systems are specifically designed for integration into armoured vehicles, and have been developed for advanced situational awareness, route clearance and improvised explosive detection (IED) detection capability. 

TrakkaCam’s inbuilt software can also blend images to exploit features from different sensors providing imagery of activities that otherwise would go undetected. All of its systems can be interfaced with moving map systems and secure data links. These attributes enable operators and command centres to share mission-critical information in real time whilst providing enhanced situational awareness via augmented reality overlays or pure synthetic views. Advanced aesthetic design and weatherproof construction allows the TrakkaCam to perform under the harshest environments.

Please refer to the below video for a representation of this capability.

Safika to create multi-million Rand protein production hub

Safika is a partner in The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct (BVPP), a multi-million rand protein production hub to be developed on more than 1100 hectares at Coominya in Australia’s Brisbane Valley.

BVPP will encompass intensive livestock production, processing, training, research and hospitality facilities, The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct (BVPP) has identified the growing Asian middle class as a prime target for specialty poultry produce, built on strong consumer interest in quality Australian goods.

From Robben Island to Somerset

A vision for future economic development in the Somerset region

The business breakfast hosted by the Somerset Region Business Alliance at Cormorant Bay Cafe on Tuesday was a great opportunity to get a glimpse into Somerset’s Future.

Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct Pty Ltd (BVPP) is preparing a Development Application for a multi-million-dollar master planned protein production hub on more than 1100 hectares at Coominya in the Brisbane Valley.

BVPP is a family-owned company, stretching back through four generations of farmers in the region. It recently attracted a project partner in South African-based investment house Safika Holdings, which is a significant minority shareholder in BVPP.

The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct site is designated as the Coominya Food Production Investigation Area under Somerset Regional Council’s Strategic Framework and BVPP Director Duncan Brown told the audience of local business people that plans were well advanced to lodge a Development Application for the project in mid-2016.

“This will be a staged development that includes intensive livestock production with poultry, game birds and beef, processing, training, research and hospitality facilities,” Mr Brown said.

“The Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct will be the first dedicated protein production hub in Australia, with on-site training and R&D facilities, and will deliver on State and local government visions for a strategic food production area at Coominya.

“It will provide jobs for Queenslanders by putting food on the plates of emerging middle classes in Asia and beyond.”

Mr Brown said BVPP was committed to local buy policies for staffing and procurement in support of Somerset Regional Council’s Economic Development Plan 2015-2020.

Executives from Safika Holdings visited the Coominya site and spoke at a Somerset Regional Business Alliance breakfast today.

“BVVP is the first Australian agricultural investment for Safika and demonstrates the new international capital that innovative projects like ours can bring to Queensland,” Duncan Brown said.

Senior executives Sakumzi “Saki” Macozoma and Moss Ngoasheng from South African-based investment house Safika Holdings gave inspirational presentations to the meeting (see 45-minute video).

Founded in 1995, Safika Holdings Pty Limited is an influential South African investment holding company headed by two of Nelson Mandela’s former fellow political prisoners Sakumzi ‘Saki’ Macozoma and Moss Ngoasheng.

In 2003, when the South African government decreed that major businesses must ensure a certain percentage of their shareholding be held by black people, Safika became the preferred Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partner for a number of prominent South African companies. Their head office is in Johannesburg.

Sakumzi “Saki” Macozoma

Sakumzi Justice Macozoma (Saki) (born 1957) is a South African former political prisoner who served 5 years alongside Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. He is now one of South Africa’s most prominent businessman and a leader in civil society.

In 1996 Saki Macozoma was recognized as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. Two decades later and Mr Macozoma, now 58, is one of South Africa’s most prominent business figures.

Saki Macozoma is chairman of Safika Holdings, an international investment house based in Johannesburg.  Safika is expanding into Australia, Singapore, China and Pacific Rim countries, where it holds interests in finance, education, agriculture, aerospace and communications.

Saki Macozoma is president of Business Leadership South Africa and serves in the 50-person International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) of the B20.

His previous roles include as chief executive of New Africa Investments Limited, managing director of Transnet and chairman of the South African Presidential Business Working Group

Moss Ngoasheng

Moss Ngoasheng also served eight years as a political prisoner alongside Nelson Mandela. Born to an impoverished rural family in the arid northern reaches of South Africa, Ngoasheng (pronounced in-gwa-sheng) has been an anti-apartheid activist, an underground guerrilla, a political prisoner, a Marxist academic and until June 2000, President Thabo Mbeki’s influential economics adviser.

He is currently Safika Holdings’s chief executive and one of South Africa’s most distinguished businessmen.

A former economic advisor to South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Moss Ngoasheng is chairman of SABSA holdings, a subsidiary of SABMiller, and director of Wingate Group Holdings and Business Leadership South Africa.

Moss Ngoasheng is a former consultant to the World Bank and National Housing Forum (South Africa) on aspects of economic policy. He has lectured on sociology at the University of Natal and was a director in the Department of Economic History at the University of Cape Town.

Moss Ngoasheng articulated the investment philosophy of Safika Holdings as one in which they take  a long term view by entering into partnerships with people, not businesses, but they especially favour family businesses as they have a very strong connection with the community and with the area in which they operate.

They see their investment in the Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct in social as well as economic terms.

It will be a partnership with the Brown family that also benefits the wider community.

When this project gets off the ground it will be a great boost to Somerset’s economy, providing jobs and training for local residents and especially our young people.

Hong Kong protesters must accept city is part of China

By Raquel Carvalho

Leaders should find a vision for Hong Kong and bring the youth into the prosperity path, says South African businessman and former political activist.

Saki Macozoma, 58, South African businessman and former political activist, saw with his own eyes protests, riots and police abuse. From his time as a student leader, he learned what it is like to be under constant police surveillance and also how it is to be confined to a prison cell.

The 1976 school protests against apartheid in South Africa led to Macozoma’s imprisonment. He was arrested following a major outbreak of violence in Port Elizabeth, his birthplace. Along with 32 other students, Macozoma was found guilty of terrorism for planning a march in the city centre, which the government said would damage society. He spent five years on Robben Island, the same prison where Nelson Mandela was confined.

Today, Macozoma is one of the most prominent South African businessmen with an extensive portfolio ranging from banking to mining and other ­investments.

He was in Hong Kong for 10 days as president of Business Leadership South Africa, an association that gathers the country’s major business leaders. He was invited by the Hong Kong government to get to know the region.

And unlike what many might think, the political situation in Hong Kong and recent protests – some led by students – didn’t scare a businessman like ­Macozoma.

“I don’t think that the political system in Hong Kong is such a concern. The world is a quite difficult place out there … I tell investors in South Africa: students must protest and any society that doesn’t have students protesting, something is wrong,” he said.

“I don’t think that student protests in Hong Kong are something that turns me off. What would turn me off is how they are dealt with, and I don’t have reasons to believe that the response has been overly repressive,” he noted.

“The issues that students are protesting about are very valid issues but they are also very difficult issues to resolve,” Macozoma said.

Major civil disobedience movement Occupy Central, which began in September 2014, followed a week of class boycott and the detention of several students. During the protests that mobilised thousands of people over more than two months, police used tear gas and pepper spray to suppress protesters who were pushing for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

South Africa has seen in recent months a student’s revolt that started to be against university fees, but it has grown into other issues. “What I see in Hong Kong is not very different from what I see in South Africa. Obviously the situation of Hong Kong is a kind of a special case, as the relationship between Hong Kong and [mainland] China is an interesting case of decolonization,” he noted.

In his opinion, “people have to accept they are part of China. The question is what kind part of China do they want to be.”

Although many might think that the real issue is “localism” versus Beijing loyalism, Macozoma observed “that’s a manifestation of other deeper problems.” He said that Hong Kong should reintegrate young people into the prosperity path. “What it really needs to be resolved is how everyone becomes a winner,” former political activist said.

“I think pro-democracy people will continue to agitate for that and they should do it – it keeps things in balance. But I think there are choices in life that have to be made,” Macozoma said, establishing a parallel with South Africa. “We were facing a choice: should we be concerned about all the crimes that were committed under apartheid… Or should we be saying: Where we are, we have these grievances. However, to take the country forward we have to make these compromises. This is where the genius of Nelson Mandela is and quite often people don’t get it,” he noted.

In this is a period of transition, “all the leaders need to find a way to which I would call the ‘Hong Kong first’,” he said. “That ‘Hong Kong first’ has to be predicated on the fact that they must accept that this is a decolonization context and that now Hong Kong is part of China…What Hong Kong has to do is to find its niche within China and defend its freedoms in that context,” he noted.

Saki Macozoma: who is the man who walked beside South Africa’s great Mandela?

By Raquel Carvalho

The former political leader and business man spent three years along side Nelson Mandela and argued over speeches as his press representative.

“Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans. I greet you all in the name of peace, democ­racy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the ­people.”

To hear these words we would have to go back in time and land in the hot afternoon of February 11, 1990 in the main public square in Cape Town, South Africa, standing elbow to elbow with thousands of people eager to see the man who would become the first black South African president. Read more