A Page in Time

Loud­est voices are heard last

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

Novem­ber 1966

We have be­come ac­cus­tomed to the fact that the harder things be­come, the stronger and louder be­comes the rant­ing’s and rav­ings against or­gan­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and other au­thor­i­ties. This is done by those who, when things are go­ing well or even nor­mally, are most silent.

Too much is left to too few. The heavy bur­den, and in­deed it is a heavy one, to keep the poul­try in­dus­try on an even keel, by which we of course mean the main­te­nance of a rea­son­able re­turn for the ef­fi­cient pro­ducer, weighs heav­ily upon the shoul­ders of the few na­tion­ally minded in­di­vid­u­als who work un­stint­ingly for the com­mon good.

Year af­ter year in the coun­cils of the As­so­ci­a­tion, as well as in other lo­cal bod­ies scat­tered through­out the coun­try, men and women spend their per­sonal time in de­bat­ing mat­ters to pro­tect and help their fel­low poul­try men.

It is not only of aca­demic in­ter­est – if only it was so – but too far reach­ing to over­look, that the great­est crit­ics, and even at times ac­cusers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of lethargy on par­tic­u­lar as­pects, come from the ranks of those who sel­dom, if ever, put their case per­son­ally be­fore the An­nual Con­fer­ence of the As­so­ci­a­tion, or even make any ef­forts to get their prob­lem onto the agen­das of the an­nual gen­eral meet­ings of the rel­e­vant sub­sidiaries of the As­so­ci­a­tion which take place on the two day be­fore the Con­fer­ence each year.

We can ac­cuse them, in many cases, of not at­tend­ing any of the meet­ings, even though they are held in their home prov­ince.

It is also note­wor­thy how sel­dom these arm-chair crit­ics ever seek elec­tion onto any of the com­mit­tees where they can also roll up their sleeves and as­sist. There are in fact over forty of these vol­un­tary posts within the var­i­ous com­mit­tees of the S.A.P.A. from which they can choose to serve.

In this rather harsh cen­sure, we ex­clude, and in fact, fully re­spect those who con­tinue to seek nom­i­na­tion and elec­tion to boards and com­mit­tees but fail through no fault of their own. In most cases they do pull their weight in some other ca­pac­ity within the in­dus­try.

Poul­try men are hav­ing a hard strug­gle and the in­di­ca­tions are that con­di­tions will be­come harder still. For this rea­son we sug­gest that full at­ten­tion should be given to the forth­com­ing an­nual con­fer­ence and gen­eral meet­ings which are to be held in Cape Town next April. Full de­tails of these will be given in our next is­sue.

We openly in­vite, and in fact, urge ev­ery­one who wants a dis­cus­sion on any sub­ject con­cern­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion and or the poul­try in­dus­try to ap­proach the af­fil­i­a­tion of the S.A.P.A. of which they are a mem­ber and to sub­mit their par­tic­u­lar prob­lem for in­clu­sion on one or the other of the agen­das.¡

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