Our Latest News: 6th September 2009
Midrand Beekeeper's Club Launched!
On the 23rd of August some enthusiastic residents of Midrand got together and held the first beekeeper's club meeting. I opened it and welcomed those present. We had 14 people attending including Hans Blokker of SABIO joined us.
I spoke about the pro's & con's about the Jackson Vs. Langstroth hive and opened the floor for questions & answers. We informally ended at 8:30pm however most people stayed until 10pm discussing bees & drinking coffee.
Our next meet is at Ukuvuna Permiculture, 50 Pretorius Str, Glen Austin, Midrand. It is the road just before Eskom Conference Centre. Drive over at least one speed bump and # 50 is on your left.
Time: 7pm for 7:15pm
Speaker: Manfred Leitner
Date: Wednesday 20th September
Beeswax Foundation sheets Now Available!
BeeWare is carrying stock of Beeswax Foundation sheets. It is time to begin increasing hive numbers by inducing queenless colonies to create emergency queens. It is recommended to provide foundation sheets in this process.
Also recommended at this time, is the removal of old brood comb - normally 2 frames a year - to be replaced by fresh wax foundation. This is a management method to ensure the queen always has sufficient laying space in the brood chamber.
Be sure to place the new foundation sheets in the middle of the brood chamber at frame 5 & 6 and move the remaining frames outwards.
Our beeswax foundation sheets are available at the shop. Each foundation sheet is R12-00 with a minimum order of 10 at a time.
We are starting a Beekeeping Club in Midrand - JOIN US!
After numerous requests and interest from people using the site, I decided it was time to action an idea I have had for months. Jeanette Bradley is acting secretary for the club until we hold the first meeting to establish the members. John Nzira is sponsoring the venue and is a permiculturist by profession.
Look out for details in the Midrand Reporter as well. However, to ensure that the best possible awareness is made of the launch of the Midrand Beekeeper's Club, we will provide the details here.
Date: 23rd of August
Time: 6:30 for 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Venue: 50 Pretorius Street (Just after ADT), Glen Austin, Midrand
NOTE: Near the Eskom Conference Centre en route to the Licensing Department from Midrand's CBD. Look out for Tango's Tots Creche on the right.
The purpose of this beekeper's club is to enable all those whom are interested in bees to learn more about them. To provide a place of learning and point of contact for the city and the public with regard to bee removals, gaining access to raw honey and so on.
Beeware will also be making beekeeping equipment available at meetings for beginners and experienced beekeepers alike.
We will invite speakers and hold field day excursions for the public and members in order to nurture the relationship between bees and people.
For more info, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now taking Mail Orders for SABIO Bee journals. If you would like a copy please email email@example.com. These are published for and on behalf of SABIO members. The South African Beekeeping Industry Organisation manages the registration of beekeepers and assist in dissemination of laws, regulations, information and surveys for example. The Bee Journals are printed quarterly and are a vital source of industry knowledge and insight. If you would like back copies or the first issue for 2006 contact me.
We have added an eBook to the site. It is titled, "Beekeeping - A Practical Guide" - click here for more info.
Check out our new Jackson Horizontal Experiment Logbook section.
We are starting a logbook of the JHH experiment which is going to take you on a journey with us using a Jackson Horizontal hive. We have never used one before and so we are going to share the experience with you as we set up, start and progress throughout the process of developing a new colony and managing it.
We will provide some guidelines and feedback as we go along. Also check out our Beekeeping Blog for more info as well from time to time. We will take photos at stages and events so keep an eye out for these.
Feel free to provide feedback and or ask us to try something out while this experiment runs.
We have put together a Starter Kit Package and pricing