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34th master braai chefs crowned

Master Braai guru’s, Hochfeld Farmers Association members Deone Schlechter, Jorg von Dewit and Silke Mostert pictured with Uhlenhorst Farmers Association leader Hoekus van Niekerk (in red) and Meatco Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro.(second from right)

Master Braai guru’s, Hochfeld Farmers Association members Deone Schlechter, Jorg von Dewit and Silke Mostert pictured with Uhlenhorst Farmers Association leader Hoekus van Niekerk (in red) and Meatco Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro.(second from right)

The Hochfeld Farmers Association emerged as this year’s Meatco National Braai Competition winners during last week’s 34th edition of the competition which was held at Bitterwasser.
This year’s competition was hosted by the Uhlenhorst Farmers’ Association, the champions of last year’s National Braai Competition. A total of 12 teams took part in the Farmers Association category while nine took part in the social teams category.
The Stampriet Farmers Association were second place in the Farmers Association category while third place went to Kaiserstraat Farmers Association.

In the Social Teams category, the winners were the ‘City Sleekers’, followed by the ‘Voermeester’ in second place and the ‘Hippies’ in third place.
This year’s competition also included a Junior Braai category, a first in the history of the competition. This category was won by Rume Kotze and Diane De Lange.
The National Braai Competition has been part of the farming community for more than 30 years and Meatco has had the privilege of being involved for more than 20 years.
“I am humbled to think that as an organisation, our involvement in the farming community spans generations, but not just with the national braai. Meatco has been around since 1980’s, and has also been working with farmers for more than 30 years,” Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, the Chairperson of the Meatco Board of Directors said at the event.
Tilahun outlined that a lot of things have changed over the last 30 years which include Meatco’s business environment, the agriculture industry and Namibia as a country.
“But one thing that remains the same is our vision which is to act in the best interest of Meatco producers and the Namibian meat industry. This fundamental principle guides all our decisions and all our actions,” she said.
Tilahun pointed out that while Meatco cannot guarantee that in future it will be involved in the competition in the same manner that it is today, the Corporation can guarantee its commitment to Namibia’s meat industry. “We must change with our environment. What we can guarantee, like we have been doing for the last few decades, is that we will continue to increase our efforts to help create a viable meat industry for the farmers today, as well as the farmers of tomorrow and that also means trying new things.”
As this year’s champions, the Hochfeld Farmers Association got the honour of hosting the next  edition of the competition and also received N$100 000 from Meatco, while the winners of the social team category received a cash prize of N$10 000.

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