Summer beekeeping tips
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Carry out frequent inspections to ensure the queen is laying well and that the brood patterns are regular
Summer beekeeping tips
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Free up additional space for the queen to lay if necessary
Summer beekeeping tips
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Keep an eye out for any diseases or pests
Summer beekeeping tips
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Make sure there are water sources near your hives
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Harvest honey and return the empty supers to the hive as soon as possible

The Western Cape Bee Industry Association is dedicated to supporting those who work with the Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis), a very special honeybee which is indigenous to the fynbos biome of the Western Cape. Through our association, we promote ethical, professional and sustainable beekeeping.

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NAMPO HONEY, MEAD AND PHOTO COMPETITION, 13 & 14 SEPTEMBER 2023

Calling all beekeepers and bee enthusiasts!  The Western Cape Bee Industry Association invites you to participate in our honey, beehive products, mead and photographic competitions at NAMPO in Bredasdorp on the 13th and 14th of September, 2023.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, promote your distinctive Cape honeys, and celebrate the remarkable world of the Cape honeybee.  There are also some exciting and generous prizes on offer for the standout entries.

Top-ranking judges, such as Reg Morgan, Chairman of the South African Honey Judges’ Guild, will be overseeing the honey competition (see our article Honey of Every Hue for some tips from the judge), well-known mead-maker, Dr Ernst Thompson, will be adjudicating the mead section, with eminent Western Cape photographer, Phillip de Lange, among others, judging our inaugural photographic competition.

NAMPO, the biggest agricultural expo in the Western Cape, is the ideal venue for our competition.  It attracts big crowds of  industry professionals and the public alike, providing an ideal platform to showcase your products and talents.

Whether you specialize in honey production, beehive products, mead-making, or have a keen eye for capturing stunning bee-related moments through photography, don’t miss the chance to be part of this event.  

So mark your calendars, familiarise yourselves with the competition requirements in the links below,  and join us at NAMPO where we will be celebrating the Cape honeybee and our collective beekeeping endeavours.

Click on the links below to download the entry form and the rules and regulations for the various competitions: 

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