12 Aug - 4 Sep 2021




50 Tickets


6 Professional Speakers

THEME FOR THIS CONFERENCE / Macadamia Pollination

In celebration of the South African Beekeeping Industry’s centenary year, the annual SABIO BEECON in partnership with SAMAC will be taking place in six regions rather than just one location as has been the rule before. This is both in response to the national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations as well as to meet beekeepers in as many areas previously uncovered by national beekeeping conferences as possible. Thus, essentially taking BEECON to the beekeepers. In response to the hardships brought on by the current pandemic, we are also aiming to make attendance free to all delegates. As the events will focus on macadamia pollination participation is not limited to SABIO members. We hope that as many beekeepers and macadamia growers possible will attend these events.

The four topics covered will be:

  • The effect of honeybee pollination on macadamia crop yield – Dr Hannelie Human
  • Environmentally friendly management of macadamia pests: Can it be achieved? – Dr Schalk Schoeman (SAMAC)
  • Maximizing pollination in Macadamia – Michel Lenferna
  • Additional forage to sustain pollinators and bee populations to maximize pollination – Inge Lotter or Dr Andriaan du Toit
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Registration and Coffee

Arrive at your selected venue on one of our bee-friendly farms.  Please bring your own camping chair, no seating will be provided at the venue.  Each delegate is responsible for their own personal protection equipment (i.e. hand sanitiser, mask, etc.).  Make new friends and enjoy coffee and biscuits.

The effect on honey bee pollination on Macadamia crop yield

Weather (hot or cold/ dry or wet), hail damage, pests and diseases that may limit or impact crop production are more visibly evident factors compared to the influence of


A quick "boerie" and cold drink on the hoof.  AKA Boerewors Roll!  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements we should consider.

Maximising pollination in Macadamia

Practical advice on the Who, What, Why, When and How for both beekeepers and macadamia growers on utilising the honeybee for pollination are given.   As a Farmer,  there is a

Q&A and Networking

Enjoy the company of fellow bee-fanatics from your area and interact with the speakers to get all your questions answered.

Bring ‘n Braai

Enjoy a Bring 'n Braai at a beautiful Lowveld farm.  Bring your own meat, drinks and camping chair.  The rest will be provided.

Coffee and Registration

Please arrive early to allow for all Covid-19 protocols to be properly observed.


This session is exclusively for members only.  Agenda attached.

Brunch / Registration of guests

Enjoy a lovely brunch and allow time for guests to register.  Cost TBA.  Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements we should consider.

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Event Speakers / meet them at all the venues

Dr Hannelie Human

Researcher, SIRG, University of Pretoria

As an experienced Researcher with a C2 rating from the NRF

Dr Schalk Schoeman

Research Extension Manager at SAMAC

PROFFESSIONAL CAREER (summary) Research on integrated management of coffee pests with

Dr Adriaan du Toit

Chairman of SABIO

Dr Adriaan du Toit is appointed as the new Chairman of

Michel Lenferna

Beekeeper / Pollination Services

Michel has been a beekeeper for 43 years and a professional

Inge Lotter

Professional Beekeeper at The Beeger Picture

Inge is a professional beekeeper with a strong conservation background.  The

Born wild and free on an ECape cattle farm, Lynne’s World
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  • Camping Chair, Hat, Mask, Hand Sanitiser
  • Meat, Drinks, Camping Chair
  • R150 payable at the door
All COVID-19 protocols will be observed and in cases where numbers of delegates exceed the number of people that are allowed according to the relevant lockdown regulations, multiple groups will attend the 4 topics covered and rotate amongst speakers. The events will be held in situ in orchards as open air practical presentations further minimizing the health risks for delegates.
We will assist you with a list of available accommodation possibilities for each venue. Please contact Linda Grimbeek or Inge Lotter  
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Event Locations

  • East London (12 Aug) – Ncera Macadamia Farming
  • Port Shepstone (17 Aug) – Paddock Farmers Club
  • Mtubutaba (19 Aug) – William Davidson’s Farm
  • Tzaneen (24 Aug) – Amorentia Estate & Nursery
  • Levubu (26 Aug) – Bruce Milton, Teaklands
  • Nelspruit (3 Sep) – Broham Lapa

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Contact Us / You are welcome anytime!

Conference Bookings & Travel Arrangements:

Linda Grimbeek

Tel:  013 755 1988

Cell:  082 834 5687


BEECON 2021 Local Organiser:

Inge Lotter

Cell:  082 821 5011