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

Mzomuhle Mnguni

Biosecurity Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni

   
Thulani Masondo

SSG & LRG Extension Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Dr, Mt Edgecombe

   
Buhle Khomo

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

   
Sifiso Thwala

Biosecurity Technician

20 Range Rd, Oslo beach, Marburg

   
Marius Adendorff

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

RCL Komatipoort Mill, Squamans Farm, Road R571,Komatipoort

   
Karlien Trumpelmann

Biosecurity Officer

R570 road, Malelane

   

David Wilkinson

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg

   
Janet Edmonds

Biosecurity Officer

2 Fairview Drive, Wartburg

   
William Gillespie

SSG Extension Specialist

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

   
Paul Botha

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Beaumont Farmers Club, Eston

   
Adrean Naude

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

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

   
vacant

Extension Specialist

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

   
Norman Mkhabela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Rietass Gebou, 49 Nuwe Republiek Street, Pongola

   
Mboniseni Buthelezi

Biosecurity Technician

Rietass Gebou, 49 Nuwe Republiek Street, Pongola

   
Joe Nkala

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

2 Smuts Avenue, Sezela

   
Vusumuzi Mntungwa

Biosecurity Technician

House C1 Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

   
Jeffrey Foxon

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

House C1, Sycamore Avenue, River View, Mtubatuba

   
vacant

SSG/LRG Extension Technician

Umfolozi Sugar Mill, Cane Supply Office, Riverview, Mtubatuba

   
Tshifhiwa Radzilani

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

Mimosa Court, 13 Turnbull Street, Empangeni

   
Devlin Klusener

Extension Specialist / P&D Officer

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu

   
David Gillespie

Biosecurity Technician

6162 Commercial Rd, Gingindlovu

   
Sifiso Hlela

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

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

   
Maphilisi Zulu

Biosecurity Officer

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

   
Etienne De Beer

Extension Specialist/ P&D Officer

Rietass Gebou, 49 Nuwe Republiek Street, Pongola

   

Extension & Biosecurity Manager

SASRI, 170 Flanders Drive, Mt Edgecombe

   
Bongiwe Chonco

SSG/LRG Extension Specialist

Sezela Country Club, Club Road, Sezela

   

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

Chilo saccariphagus stalk borer
Not yet in South Africa

Orange Rust

Orange Rust
Not yet in South Africa

Fall Army Worm

Fall Army Worm
Not in sugarcane

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