Extension and Biosecurity

The Extension Service

One of the main strengths of SASRI is our in-house extension service. A group of around 20 individual Extension Specialists are located throughout the South African sugar industry, offering advice, support and research outcomes to growers.

The SASRI Extension Service plays an integral part in the SASRI Research Programmes by communicating stakeholder needs to SASRI so that an appropriate research programme can be developed. They facilitate effective technology exchange and enable growers to access a wide range of relevant support services.

 

The Biosecurity Service

The Biosecurity Inspectorate acts together with Local Pest, Disease and Variety Control Committees to prevent or minimise loss and damage caused by pests and diseases by identifying biosecurity hazards and implementing the required procedures to mitigate damage and loss. They ensure that varieties planted in each control area conform to the annual list of cane varieties gazetted for the specific area and also promote industry awareness of biosecurity and biorisk through communication and liaison with all stakeholders, including Government and SADC partners. Find out what varieties are gazetted for your region.

Extension & Biosecurity Staff

  • All
  • Komati
  • Lower South Coast
  • Malelane
  • Midlands North
  • Midlands South
  • Mount Edgecombe
  • North Coast
  • Pongola
  • South Coast
  • Umfolozi
  • Zululand North
  • Zululand South
Rowan Stranack
Extension & Biosecurity Manager
SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7459 (Direct)
Thulani Masondo
SSG & LRG Extension Manager
SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe
Tel: 031 508 7491
Buhle Khomo
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 1822
Sifiso Thwala
Biosecurity Technician
20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 6485
Joe Nkala
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1377
Paul Botha
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
Beaumont Farmers Club, Eston
Tel: 031 781 2001
Bongiwe Chonco
SSG/LRG Extension Technician
Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1149
Vusumuzi Mntungwa
Biosecurity Technician
House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 0108
Emmanuel Qwatekana
Biosecurity Senior Supervisor
Beaumont Eston Farmers Club, Eston
Tel: 031 781 2000/1
David Wilkinson
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg
Tel: 033 503 1818
Tom Webster
Biosecurity Officer
2 Fairview Drive Wartburg
Tel: 033 503 1818
William Gillespie
SSG Extension Specialist
18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban
Tel: 031 328 9301
Adrean Naude
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
Unit No. 1, Lali Park, Old Main Road, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Patrick Ngcobo
Extension Specialist
Unit No. 1, Lali Park, Old Main Road, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Gary Lagerwall
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu
Tel: 035 337 1593
David Gillespie
Biosecurity Technician
6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu
Tel: 035 337 1593
Sifiso Hlela
SSG/LRG Extension Specialist
North Park Offices, 1st Aloe Loop street, Veld en vlei, Richards Bay
Tel: 082 613 8819
Tshifhiwa Radzilani
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 035 772 5871
Aaron Mathew
Biosecurity Officer
Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 035 772 5872
Vacant
Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
Umfolozi House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 0106
Nolwazi Madlala
SSG/LRG Extension Technician
Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 7730
Norman Mkhabela
SSG/LRG Extension Specialist
Rietass Gebou, 49 Nuwe Republiek Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 8188
Vacant
Biosecurity Technician
Rietass Gebou, 49 Nuwe Republiek Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 8188
Marius Adendorff
Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer
Malelane: P&D Officer
Tel: 086 743 6097 marius.adendorff@sugar.org.za
Karlien Trumpelmann
Biosecurity Officer
R570 road, Malelane
Tel: 013 790 0356

Pests and Diseases under Surveillance

There are a number of exotic pests and diseases (not indigenous to South Africa) that present a threat to our industry. Please keep a look out for these threats.

Chilo saccariphagus stalk borer
Not yet in South Africa

Orange Rust
Not yet in South Africa

Fall Army Worm
Not in sugarcane

Thank you for helping us keep track of these pests. Call the Biosecurity Hotline on: +27 (0)31 508 7459 or 7544