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 and Biosecurity Staff

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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

Details - Wesley Oliver

Director

Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7404 (Direct)
Email: terry.stanger@sugar.org.za

Role & Overall Purpose
  • To provide leadership towards the realisation of the strategic vision of the institute, that assures SASRI’s position as a global leader in sugarcane research.
  • To facilitate the recognition for, and development of, exceptional research and appropriate services that addresses the productivity and sustainability imperatives of all sugarcane growers.
  • To enable the transformation of knowledge into technology products for delivery of rigorous specialist and advisory services that meet the needs of the South African industry and other sugarcane industries in Africa.
  • To sustain an environment that is conducive to the generation of innovation and responsiveness to the sustainability, productivity and profitability needs of our stakeholders.
Expertise
  • Plant breeding and quantitative genetics background, with application in the development of domesticated populations of tree species to provide base populations for tree breeding.
  • Development of improved seed of selected tree species, hybridization to combine complementary traits and the selection of clonal varieties for operational deployment.
  • Management of a diverse organisation and biological value chain to deliver a rateable and sustainable supply of raw material to the end user.
  • Extensive leadership, agricultural research experience and in-depth commercial knowledge.
Specific Interests

Enhancing SASRI’s standing as an influential and respected research institute, that delivers value to its stakeholders. Implementation and application of 4IR technology to optimise productivity.

Qualifications

BSc Agric, MSc Agric (University of Natal)
PhD Forestry, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.

Thulani Masondo

SSG & LRG Extension Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe

Details

SSG & LRG Extension Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe
Tel: 0315087491
Email: thulani.masondo@sugar.org.za

Buhle Khomo

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 1822
Email: buhle.khomo@sugar.org.za

Sifiso Thwala

Biosecurity Technician

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

Details

Biosecurity Technician

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 6485
Email: sifiso.thwala@sugar.org.za

Sifiso Hlela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

North Park Offices, 1st Aloe Loop street, Veld en vlei, Richards Bay

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

North Park Offices, 1st Aloe Loop street, Veld en vlei, Richards Bay
Tel: 082 613 8819
Email: sifiso.hlela@sugar.org.za

David Gillespie

Biosecurity Technician

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu

Details

Biosecurity Technician

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu
Tel: 035 337 1593
Email: david.gillespie@sugar.org.za

Tshifhiwa Radzilani

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 035 772 5871
Email: tshifhiwa.radzilani@sugar.org.za

Jeffrey Foxon

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

House C1, Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

House C1, Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 0106
Email: jeffrey.foxon@sugar.org.za

Joe Nkala

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1377
Email: joe.nkala@sugar.org.za

Adrean Naude

Regional Extension and Biosecurity Officer

1 Old Main Rd, The Workstation, Umhlali

Details

Regional Extension and Biosecurity Officer

1 Old Main Rd, The Workstation, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Tel: 082 264 4104
Email: adrean.naude@sugar.org.za

Janet Edmonds

Biosecurity Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg

Details

Biosecurity Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg
Tel: 033 503 1818
Email: janet.edmonds@sugar.org.za

William Gillespie

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban

Details

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban
Tel: 031 328 9301
Email: william.gillespie@sugar.org.za

Mzomuhle Mnguni

Biosecurity Officer

House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

Details

Biosecurity Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 033 503 1818
Email: mzomuhle.mnguni@sugar.org.za

Etienne De Beer

Extension Specialist/ P&D Officer

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

Extension Specialist/ P&D Officer

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 818
Email: etienne.DeBeer@sugar.org.za

Bongiwe Chonco

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1149
Email: Bongiwe.Chonco@sugar.org.za

Vacant

SSG/LRG Extension Technician

Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Technician

Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 7730
Email: vacant@sugar.org.za

Norman Mkhabela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 0344 138 188
Email: norman.mkhabela@sugar.org.za

Phinda Mashaba

Biosecurity Technician

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

Biosecurity Technician

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 818
Email: phinda.mashaba@sugar.org.za

Jan Erasmus

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0661140656
Email: jan.erasmus@sugar.org.za

Marius Adendorff

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort

Details

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort
Tel: 013 723 4177
Email: marius.adendorff@sugar.org.za

Mboniseni Buthelezi

Extension Specialist (SSG, EVA, LRG)

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0137234132
Email: mboniseni.buthelezi@sugar.org.za

Karlien Trumpelmann

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane

Details

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane
Tel: 013 790 0356
Email: trumpelmannk@tsb.co.za

Jan Erasmus

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0661140656
Email: jan.erasmus@sugar.org.za

Marius Adendorff

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort

Details

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort
Tel: 013 723 4177
Email: marius.adendorff@sugar.org.za

Mboniseni Buthelezi

Extension Specialist (SSG, EVA, LRG)

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0137234132
Email: mboniseni.buthelezi@sugar.org.za

Karlien Trumpelmann

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane

Details

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane
Tel: 013 790 0356
Email: trumpelmannk@tsb.co.za

Buhle Khomo

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 1822
Email: buhle.khomo@sugar.org.za

Sifiso Thwala

Biosecurity Technician

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

Details

Biosecurity Technician

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg
Tel: 039 682 6485
Email: sifiso.thwala@sugar.org.za

Jan Erasmus

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0661140656
Email: jan.erasmus@sugar.org.za

Marius Adendorff

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort

Details

Komati: Extension Specialist / P&D Officer Malelane: P&D Officer

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort
Tel: 013 723 4177
Email: marius.adendorff@sugar.org.za

Mboniseni Buthelezi

Extension Specialist (SSG, EVA, LRG)

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane

Details

Extension Specialist

MCGA Building, Mhlati Farm 170 JU, Malelane
Tel: 0137234132
Email: mboniseni.buthelezi@sugar.org.za

Karlien Trumpelmann

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane

Details

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane
Tel: 013 790 0356
Email: trumpelmannk@tsb.co.za

David Wilkinson

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg
Tel: 033 503 1818
Email: david.wilkinson@sugar.org.za

Janet Edmonds

Biosecurity Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg

Details

Biosecurity Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg
Tel: 033 503 1818
Email: janet.edmonds@sugar.org.za

William Gillespie

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban

Details

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban
Tel: 031 328 9301
Email: william.gillespie@sugar.org.za

Paul Botha

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Beaumont Farmers Club, Eston

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Beaumont Farmers Club, Eston
Tel: 031 781 2001
Email: paul.botha@sugar.org.za

Bongiwe Chonco

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1149
Email: Bongiwe.Chonco@sugar.org.za

Rowan Stranack

Extension & Biosecurity Manager

Details - Wesley Oliver

Director

Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7404 (Direct)
Email: terry.stanger@sugar.org.za

Role & Overall Purpose
  • To provide leadership towards the realisation of the strategic vision of the institute, that assures SASRI’s position as a global leader in sugarcane research.
  • To facilitate the recognition for, and development of, exceptional research and appropriate services that addresses the productivity and sustainability imperatives of all sugarcane growers.
  • To enable the transformation of knowledge into technology products for delivery of rigorous specialist and advisory services that meet the needs of the South African industry and other sugarcane industries in Africa.
  • To sustain an environment that is conducive to the generation of innovation and responsiveness to the sustainability, productivity and profitability needs of our stakeholders.
Expertise
  • Plant breeding and quantitative genetics background, with application in the development of domesticated populations of tree species to provide base populations for tree breeding.
  • Development of improved seed of selected tree species, hybridization to combine complementary traits and the selection of clonal varieties for operational deployment.
  • Management of a diverse organisation and biological value chain to deliver a rateable and sustainable supply of raw material to the end user.
  • Extensive leadership, agricultural research experience and in-depth commercial knowledge.
Specific Interests

Enhancing SASRI’s standing as an influential and respected research institute, that delivers value to its stakeholders. Implementation and application of 4IR technology to optimise productivity.

Qualifications

BSc Agric, MSc Agric (University of Natal)
PhD Forestry, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.

Thulani Masondo

SSG & LRG Extension Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe

Details

SSG & LRG Extension Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe
Tel: 0315087491
Email: thulani.masondo@sugar.org.za

Adrean Naude

Regional Extension and Biosecurity Officer

1 Old Main Rd, The Workstation, Umhlali

Details

Regional Extension and Biosecurity Officer

1 Old Main Rd, The Workstation, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Tel: 082 264 4104
Email: adrean.naude@sugar.org.za

Vacant

Extension Specialist

Unit No. 1, Lali Park, Old Main Road, Umhlali

Details

Extension Specialist

Unit No. 1, Lali Park, Old Main Road, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Email: vacant@sugar.org.za

Maphilisi Zulu

Extension and Biosecurity Technician

1 Old Main Road, The Workstation, Umhlali

Details

Extension and Biosecurity Technician

1 Old Main Road, The Workstation, Umhlali
Tel: 032 947 1410
Email: maphilisi.Zulu@sugar.org.za

William Gillespie

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban

Details

SSG Extension Specialist

18th floor, Commercial City building, 40 AB Xuma street, Durban
Tel: 031 328 9301
Email: william.gillespie@sugar.org.za

Etienne De Beer

Extension Specialist/ P&D Officer

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

Extension Specialist/ P&D Officer

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 818
Email: etienne.DeBeer@sugar.org.za

Norman Mkhabela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 0344 138 188
Email: norman.mkhabela@sugar.org.za

Phinda Mashaba

Biosecurity Technician

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola

Details

Biosecurity Technician

Agrihub, 53 Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola
Tel: 034 413 818
Email: phinda.mashaba@sugar.org.za

Joe Nkala

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1377
Email: joe.nkala@sugar.org.za

Vusumuzi Mntungwa

Biosecurity Technician

House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

Details

Biosecurity Technician

House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 0108
Email: vusumuzi.mntungwa@sugar.org.za

Bongiwe Chonco

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela
Tel: 039 975 1149
Email: Bongiwe.Chonco@sugar.org.za

Jeffrey Foxon

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

House C1, Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

House C1, Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 0106
Email: jeffrey.foxon@sugar.org.za

Vacant

SSG/LRG Extension Technician

Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Technician

Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba
Tel: 035 550 7730
Email: vacant@sugar.org.za

Tshifhiwa Radzilani

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni

Details

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 035 772 5871
Email: tshifhiwa.radzilani@sugar.org.za

Mzomuhle Mnguni

Biosecurity Officer

House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

Details

Biosecurity Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni
Tel: 033 503 1818
Email: mzomuhle.mnguni@sugar.org.za

Sifiso Hlela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

North Park Offices, 1st Aloe Loop street, Veld en vlei, Richards Bay

Details

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

North Park Offices, 1st Aloe Loop street, Veld en vlei, Richards Bay
Tel: 082 613 8819
Email: sifiso.hlela@sugar.org.za

David Gillespie

Biosecurity Technician

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu

Details

Biosecurity Technician

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu
Tel: 035 337 1593
Email: david.gillespie@sugar.org.za

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