Slow Food Snail Trail No.123 April 2015
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 18h30
Silwood School of Cookery, Silwood Road, Rondebosch
Our annual General Meeting this year will start with a presentation by John Duncan, followed by a light supper with wine.
John Duncan, who is the Senior Manager: Marine Programme, WWF-SA, started out studying law at the University of Cape Town, but he realised he “wanted to swim with whales” and “become a seaweed farmer”. So he changed to zoology and has his MSc in environmental science, policy and management.
He now runs the seafood market transformation programme for the World Wide Fund for Nature, fighting to keep endangered species from being fished to extinction through the SASSI labels, which tell you whether the fish you buy has been caught in a sustainable manner.
The SASSI message is that our oceans are in trouble, and our choice of fish and seafood could make a difference to the sustainability of our marine resources. SASSI aims to shift consumer demand away from over-exploited species to more sustainable options.
John educates and works with both sides – the big retailers buying and selling the fish and the public who demand and consume it – hoping to create an “environmentally conscious market” so that one day he can take his children snorkelling in a sea still teeming with a variety of fish. He will give us some insights into the campaign, and an idea of what has and has not worked.
After the formalities of the AGM we’ll be treated to a choice of soups, bread, cheese and wine. The soups will be provided by Silwood, the cheese supplied The Real Cheese, and the wine from our own stocks. We’ll be able to taste some of the cheeses from small suppliers to whom the committee awarded certificates of excellence this year.
There will be a charge of R120 per person to cover costs. If you wish to attend only the talk and the AGM there will be no charge. However if you are staying on for supper, please let us know for catering purposes.
The existing members of the committee have all indicated that they are prepared to serve again and have signed nomination forms. Members are welcome to make nominations for the committee if they wish and for this purpose a nomination form is attached. We would welcome nominations for enthusiastic new members to the committee. Please ensure that your nominee signs acceptance of your nomination and that it is forwarded to Lorna van Besouw by Monday 25th May. The minutes of the previous AGM, the annual report and the financial accounts are also attached to this notice.
Directions: Silwood School of Cookery is at the bottom (eastern end) of Silwood Road in Rondebosch. There is limited parking inside the gates and plenty of space in the surrounding roads.
The cost for the meal, including wine is R120 for members.
Book with Lorna van Besouw as usual (see below) and please indicate if you are coming to the AGM, talk and meal or AGM and talk only. Bookings will close on Monday 25th May.
When booking please pay into Cape Town Slow Food at FNB, Grassy Park, code 203109, account number . Please pay by EFT, and do not deposit cash or a cheque, as these are very expensive. When doing this please put your name as a reference on the transfer statement. Payment will confirm your booking. If you cannot pay by EFT, then please bring cash to the meeting, but a booking will render you liable even if you do not come.