SA gov’t assets manager PIC to acquire agribusiness company Alzu Agri

SOUTH AFRICA – The Competition Commission of South Africa has recommended that the Tribunal approve the proposed transaction whereby Public Investment Coperation (PIC) on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) intends to acquire Alzu Agri, an Agri Business healthcare organisation, without conditions.  

Alzu is a diversified agricultural and agro-processing group that is involved in, amongst others, maize production, animal feed production, and cattle and pig breeding or genetics.  

The Commission found that the proposed transaction is unlikely to result in a substantial prevention or lessening of competition in any relevant markets. The Commission further found that the proposed transaction does not raise any public interest concerns.   

The PIC is an asset management company whose clients are public sector entities such as the GEPF. The PIC holds interest in various listed and unlisted entities on behalf of its clients such as PhilAfrica Foods (PhilAfrica), RCL Foods Ltd (RCL); Berlin Beef (Pty) Ltd (Berlin Beef); and Astral Foods Ltd (Astral).  

PhilAfrica focuses on the operation of maize and wheat mills, oilseed crushing and refining plants, and animal feed manufacturing plants. RCL is involved in the production of fresh and frozen poultry products, groceries, distribution, sales solutions, supply chain services and warehousing.  

Astral Foods on the other hand, is fully integrated within the poultry industry with activities ranging from the manufacturing of animal feeds, broiler genetics, production and sale of day-old chicks, operation of hatcheries as well as an abattoir and processing plants for poultry products.  

Alzu Agri, owns and controls various firms within the agricultural industry. Alzu uses a specially formulated mielie planting system implemented in 2006. The system comprises of a 12 row mielie planting plan, wherein each row has a width of 76 centimeters. 

This system allows a crop canopy to form quickly, retaining more moisture and ensuring better weed control. As an increase in foliage ensure a greater surface area it allows for more exposure to sunlight. 

Cultivar trails are annually conducted on a variety of mielie strains in order to determine which strains are most adaptable to the area; provides optimum yield and quality product. These crops are managed according new and precision farming methods. 

The crop farmed by Alzu provides mainly for the production of animal feeds by Alzu Feeds. Alzu Feeds is the main provider of cattle feeds for Alzu Beefmasters, layer feeds for Alzu Eggs and Game Feeds for CARE FOR WILD. 

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