Southerns Beekeeping Association

Required information on the honey labels

A little info to help with your honey labels


Like in many other countries, the Republic of South Africa has requirements for the control of the sale of honey or mixtures of bee products. This is administered under Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 of 1990), Government Notice No. 835 of 25 August 2000. The regulations apply to grading, packaging and marking of honey and mixtures of bee products intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa. South African regulatory requirements on honey and mixtures of bee products are designed to protect consumers, while ensuring fair competition for the industry, including both local and imported products. Please see SABIO for more info

Honey Labels, Requirements

According to the legislation mentioned in the pdf link below, any container with honey or mixtures of bee products intended for sale locally shall be clearly and legibly marked. The prescribed marking requirements are set with the aim of providing the consumer with accurate and relevant information on a product, so as to allow an informed and personal choice to be made. The sketch in the pdf link provides an example of how the container shall be marked.

Brochure for grading & marking honey & honey products


Photo competition amongst our members

Hi all.

Southerns is proud to be sponsoring posters of Bees for the education center at Joburg Zoo. The committee has decided to hold a photo competition amongst our members. There will be 2 categories: 1. For A1 size posters, minimum 12 mega pixel cameras. 2. For A2 size posters, cell phone and lesser cameras. We need great pics that explains Bees to kids and adults. Queen , brood,honey, lava, apiary site etc. There will be 19 pics chosen with 3 winners. We need 1 pic of the cycle of life in a separate prize category. The 20 chosen pics will have the photographers’ name put on the poster with the Zoo logo and Southerns logo. Pic MUST be taken by the entrant and NOT copied. All entries to be sent to with photographers name and category entered. Closing date is 12 October and winners will be announced at our year end dinner.

Thanks to Christopher Russell for the photo

Free swarm arrival

Here are some more shots of a swarm that just arrived in my open workshop – spring 2016.

I shook them into a brood box and let them settle. they still going strong!

Regards Norman Venn

Recent TV Interview on the SA Bee Industry

Earlier this week SABIO and Croplife were invited to discuss the Bee Industry and Pollination Services on the Grootplaas Morning Show on the Kyknet Channel. Here is a copy of the programme for your interest and to distribute to your members for their information if you so wish.

Please excuse my husky voice [Mike Miles] but I had a raging sore throat and it was a live interview at 5.30 on the Monday morning. Dirk Uys, from Crop Life came across much better.