AMIE Academy Applications Open to Industry

In July 2023, the Association for Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) announced its transformation initiative under the banner of the AMIE Academy.  We are pleased to announce that nominations and applications to the broader industry are now open.

The launch of the academy is a call to action for all industry stakeholders to take the lead in upskilling employees and SMME’s in the meat trade industry as a critical action to boost sustainable economic growth and food security in South Africa.

There are multiple links in the chain to supply your Braai Day. The meat and poultry importer and exporter plays a pivotal role in the value chain of food distribution, and it is not easy to enter this market on your own.

Grant Hendricks, Executive Member of AMIE and entrepreneur says: “Skilled workers know how to do things. It is not just good for the industry but also for the individuals involved and the country. Skilled workers add to South Africa’s economic growth. This initiative demonstrates AMIE’s desire to be actively involved in nation-building.”

Not only is this an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs to upskill, but also for companies to provide future leaders with very specialized training that can benefit the individual, the organization, and the industry.

We urge interested companies and individuals to act quickly as the first round of selection starts in the last week of September and spaces are limited. (27 September 2023)

AMIE is calling for nominations and applications of suitable candidates:

  • Previously disadvantaged individuals
  • Between 20 – 40
  • With a background in the meat and poultry industry
  • Preferable in the meat and poultry trade already
  • Keen to step up and become an active player in meat and poultry trade

Forms available here:

Background information:

Transformation of the meat imports and exports industry is critical to the sustainable economic growth and food security of South Africa. One of AMIE’s main strategic goals is to further global access implying access to emerging producers ready to scale as well. As part of the National Development Plan 2030, the growth and development of value chains beyond commodities are very clear and AMIE seeks to work towards the realisation of a sustainable sector.

AMIE wishes to assist black importers and exporters in entering the market and assist with entry into the distribution chain of all proteins. The movement of meat across borders is a complex business, which results in few companies succeeding in this field.

The AMIE Academy launches end of June 2023 and will roll out as follows:

Phase 1: Identifying entrepreneurs (July 2023 – November 2023)

Phase 2: Business Boot-camp (Jan 2024 onwards)

Phase 3: Introduction to the Import / Export Sector

Phase 4: Hands-on Experience

Advanced Phase: Degree’s, Corporate Sponsorships & Investment

For any information please contact:

Surisa Nel, Stakeholder Engagement & Transformation Lead, AMIE

083 459 1907


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