February 16, 2024

Grain Handlers all geared up for GOSA’S 39th Simposium


The picturesque winelands of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape will set the scene for this year’s Grain Handling Organisation of Southern Africa (GOSA) symposium. This 39th annual symposium will be held on 18 – 19 March at the Protea Hotel Marriot in Stellenbosch.

With the symposium theme, “Stability in progress”, attendees will get the opportunity to enhance their outlook towards establishing ongoing stability in a quick changing grain value chain environment. Several sought-after speakers will zoom in on the effect of international macro events on availability of input products as well as logistical challenges regarding harbours and grain exports.

The symposium will also touch base on a political and economic forecast and the prevalent energy crisis. Confirmed speakers in the symposium programme include the following: Jan Oberholzer – Mulilo Energy Holdings, Dawie Roodt – Efficient Group, Dr Gustav Gous – Inspirational speaker, Executive coach; CEO: Short Walk Seminars, Dr Theo Venter – College of Business and Economics, UJ, Dawie Maree – FNB Agri Business, and Dr Richard van Wyk – Devotional speaker.

A total of three breakaway workshop sessions is also planned for Day 1 of the symposium.

The speakers at these workshops will be Prof Jan Havenga (University Stellenbosch), Japie Snyman (Olam Agri) and Johan van Rensburg (VKB Group). Adding to this, an exciting lady’s programme promises visits to scenic winelands venues and space for some retail therapy.


The grain industry is constantly confronted with new challenges throughout the supply chain and the symposium awards all the role players the opportunity to engage, contribute and interact with one another to identify and address new challenges and to seek solutions to prepare each other to face these challenges in the years to come.

The symposium is expected to attract more than 200 individuals, representing almost 60 companies who are actively involved in the production, handling and storage, processing, distribution, trading and financing of grains and oilseeds.

Suppliers of related equipment, products & services, as well as companies who are involved in training and research, will attend. It provides an excellent platform to expand your network and to meet new role players across all aspects of the grain value chain. An array of supplier exhibitions can also be visited at the venue.

For more information visit www.grainorgsa.co.za