Southerns Beekeeping Association

Northerns Bee Outing to Aloes

Beekeeper position in Australia

Berghofer Apiaries are seeking an experienced beekeeper for a position in Australia.

Applicants will assist with colony management and honey extracting.

Duties will include all aspects of commercial beekeeping: recognising and applying appropriate pest/disease treatments, moving hives to and from pollination/honey flows, honey harvesting, collecting and processing, manufacturing and repair of apiary/hive equipment.

Applicants must be physically fit, willing to work in a team environment and hold a valid manual drivers licence. The ability to drive a forklift/bobcat or truck will be looked on favourably. Position is full time (45+ hours per week) and may involve nights and weekends.

Monthly wage of ZAR22000+ dependent on experience plus flight costs reimbursed. Staff accommodation provided.

Successful completion of a 3 month trial period may lead to a sponsorship visa and possible residency if desired. Help with all visas is provided.

please contact me

Field day on the Aloes

Our annual field day on the aloes has been set for Saturday August 13th at the plot of Mr. Koos van der Merwe.  We will begin our activities at 09h00 to finish at about 12h00. This will be followed by a bring and braai to give those present an opportunity to meet new faces and share experiences.

In the interim please note the following:

  1. A map to the venue will be sent asap. Further details are that a central meeting place will be advised where we can all get together and proceed in convoy, this place will be at Builders Warehouse west of the highway in Sefako Makgato Drive (old Zambesi Drive.)
  2. For those that have GPS the co-ordinates for Koos’s plot are: S25.36,043’ E28.16,380’ this is the google map link just a note that the Plot no is 43 and NOT 41 as per the map, it is close at dammit.
  3. Non-members of Northerns are asked to make a contribution of R50.00 per family.
  4. I am expecting a huge crowd which will be split into smaller groups each led by a beekeeper with knowledge about Aloe greatheadii var. davyana and their importance to us.
  5. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT PROTECTIVE CLOTHING BE WORN WHEN WE INSPECT THE COLONIES. (A few bee suits will be available for renting @R50.00 for anyone if they need it, BUT supplies are limited).
  6. Please bring a folding chair (or something else) to sit on during the lecture and when preparing your meat over the smoldering wood coals!

Yours Sincerely,
Hans Blokker


Voorsitter: Hans Blokker: 083 429 8693 Onder-Voorsitter: Hendrik Kelly: 082 416 8528

Ode to Johannesburg Drill Hall Honey

Why white honey in Joburg
Constant bussing
Constant buzzing
Constant humming
Constant music
Constant emissions

Cosmopolitan tongues
Cosmopolitan anxiety
Cosmopolitan hopes
Cosmopolitan ambitions
Cosmopolitan spirits
Cosmopolitan vibes
Scents,odours,sweat,tears,moon blood, tap water,spring water,emmissions,dew,mist, pollen,nectar,carbonated drinks,fruit juices,anguents from city trees
With all these ingredients on their wings, legs and bellies
They enter their city brood box
And with a never ending buzz
Under the Johannesburg sky with its cosmic forces
Create in their bellies and regurgitate “White Honey”
As if to give the buzzy Jozi
A clean bill of health.

Kitts Mageza  2015

We need Apiary Sites

IMG_8166Southerns Beekeepers Association members are forever on the lookout for suitable apiary sites to put their hives. If you own a smallholding or a farm and would like to encourage a bee friendly environment contact us so we can put you in touch with those of our members who require apiary sites. Although there is no monetary reward, all reputable beekeepers keep their site hosts in regular supply of their own home made honey. You too could learn about the interesting hobby or livelihood of beekeeping. Make your smallholding give you a return on your investment.

The key factors that beekeepers look for in siting apiaries are food source, accessibility, security and convenience.

Apiary Sites need

Food Source: there must be suitable forage for bees. A gum plantation is ideal. Also bees need a lot of water.

Accessibility: the beekeeper must be able to get up close to the hives with his vehicle. Carrying full supers of capped honey is back breaking work.

Security: one of the biggest threats to the bee industry is the constant cost of vandalism and theft. Bees are also often kept in isolated areas which can make for dangerous situations for the beekeeper himself.

Convenience: Hives should not be placed too close to human dwellings or where humans or livestock walk or where the bees can be irritated by unnecessary movement.

Pictures from the Field Day in Midrand 4 June 2016

What a stunning venue and gathering. Thanks to the guys for sharing so much info with the us. It is mind boggling when you are a newbee to bee keeping. The info to be learnt at one of these outings is priceless. Thanks again to all involved. Enjoy the Photos.



Thanks to Ivan Brown for a most interesting talk at the bee meeting on Thursday night.

This is what Ivan is about. Beegin is focused on the development of an appropriate beekeeping technology system for local apiculture and urban agriculture in South Africa.

You can find out more details on his Facebook about what he is up to. Beegin on Facebook