Meatco members, i.e. livestock producers delivering to Meatco who have registered as members, will once again be able to exercise their right to nominate Directors for the new Meatco Board.
The tenure of the current Meatco Board comes to an end this year and as per the Meatco Act, 2001 (Act 1 of 2001) only Meatco members are allowed to nominate candidates representing the Commercial Producers, the Communal Producers and two Specialist positions on the Board.
Nomination forms can be downloaded here and should be completed and delivered to Meatco’s Head Office in Windhoek on 14 June 2013 before 16h00.
Only Meatco members can serve in the positions mentioned above, but an employee representative and a Government representative will also be appointed to the Board.
Meatco received an internal memorandum and a circular from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) the morning of 04 February 2013, amending the 40 days residency requirements with immediate effect.
The new requirements require, among other things, that EU-approved cattle and non-EU approved cattle may not come into contact with one another. If this should happen, the EU-approved animal will lose its status as EU-approved and will effectively become a non-EU approved animal. The result Tuesday was that all the animals at the Windhoek-factory immediately lost their EU-approved status.
There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new requirements. Various industry stakeholders are meeting next week to sort out some of these uncertainties. In the meantime the NAU sent out a special newsletter with the content of the MAWF’s circular. It can be downloaded here.
The Proposed Meatco Bill and By Laws for the new Meatco business structure have been released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. Meatco's producers are invited to follow the link below which provides access to the full document and to read through it in preparation for the road show the Ministry is currently undertaking.
Meatco members are also urged to share their views and ask questions in the comments section on the documents as indicated in the image below.
It is important to note that that the Memorandum and Articles of Association as well as the Shareholders' Agreement for the trading company is not yet available. These documents have been requested.
Here is a short movie explaining who we are as Meatco and what we do.
Below is the full presentation of the Chief Executive Officer of Meatco, Kobus du Plessis, during the Annual General Meeting which was held in June this year.
The speech of the Chairperson of the Meatco Board, Clara Bohitile, during the Annual General Meeting is also available for download here.
During a General Meeting of Members held on Friday, 03 August 2012, livestock producers delivering to Meatco said that they were not happy with Government's decision to take 30% shareholding in the company as well as veto rights on any major decisions. They fear that Government interference in the business would result in a less effective organisation. They also stated that Namibian livestock producers can ill afford a 30% discount on their prices.
The full press release can be downloaded here and the motions passed at the General Meeting can be downloaded here. In response to the press release and the motions issued by Meatco on behalf of its members, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry also issued a press release, which can be downloaded here.
In terms of a resolution taken at the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Meat Corporation of Namibia, notice is hereby given for a general meeting of members to be held at 09h00 at the Wanderers Sports Grounds on the 3rd of August 2012.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide feedback and deliberate recent developments regarding the Corporations' ownership and future operational structure and legal framework.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa, stated during a press conference held at 10:30 on 28 June 2012, at the Ministry board room, that a Cabinet decision was taken with regards to the future operational structure of Meatco.
The details of the decision can be seen in the Minister's speech which is available for download here.
The members of Meatco have requested a Special General Meeting to discuss the Cabinet decision.
Meatco's Annual Report for the 2011/2012 financial year is available here (right-click and choose "Save As" to download).
To view the members' proposal for the future Meatco structure as drafted by the Working Group click here to download. (Right-click and select "Save As")
The Meatco Board of Directors handed over the Operational Structure and Legal Framework for its ownership on 30 November 2011 to the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, as per his request in a letter to the Board on 03 October 2011. The preferred structure is designed in accordance with Cabinet Directive Number 11th/05.07.11/003. To read the full article, click here.
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