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Prof Elmarie Venter, Director of the NMMU Family Business Unit, was invited to participate in a discussion forum on family businesses and family farming that took place in front of a live studio audience during the NAMPO Agricultural Show that took place from the 17th till the 20th of May 2016.

This annual event attracts more than 75 000 members from the public and takes place just outside Bothaville in the Free State. Elmarie's panel discussion was recorded on Thursday, 19 May, and was televised on Thursday, 26 May 2016, on kykNET, Channel 144, at 5h00 as part of the Nation in Conversation Series.

It will also be available as a podcast from the website Other members of the panel included Pieter Karsten Jnr, Deputy CEO of the Karsten Group, Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2 (the biggest producers of tomatoes in South Africa), and Danie Minnaar, Chairman of Senwes Limited.

The session was facilitated by Theo Voster, CEO of Galileo Capital. Prof Venter also conducted a short interview afterwards on RSG radio station.

From left to right: Theo Vorster, Pieter Karsten, Elmarie Venter, Danie Minnaar and Tommie van Zyl

Prof Venter in discussion with Tommie van Zyl during the television recording.