The KZN regional round of the 2017 Toyota SA National Young Auctioneers Competition, hosted in conjunction with Veeplaas and Stockfarm, was held at the start of the 2017 Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg. A total of 14 participants took part in the two categories presented during this round. Participants were judged by Angus Williamson. During these regional events, participants can qualify for the national round to be held in Parys at ALFA 2017 in September this year.
Participants are judged in two categories. The junior category is aimed at participants between the ages of 13 and 18. The purpose of this category is to expose potential auctioneers to the industry at a young age. The young category is aimed at participants between the ages of 19 and 30. This category aims to give young auctioneers a platform to enter the industry.
Albert Loubser, organiser, described this round as a massive success. “The aim of the competition is to stimulate the industry, introduce new talent to the industry and identify new talent. This round was a celebration of exactly this. We had a very diverse group taking part and through the junior category many new faces were introduced to the industry.”
In the junior category, the winner was Wandile Nzimande. Fosikuhle Hadebe took second place and Emihle Mhlongo third. All three are from Weston Agricultural College.
In the young category Gavin Matthews took first place. Danie Raath was in second place and Vinny Govender third.
In every round, the judge has the privilege of choosing one other participant to join the winners at the national competition. Williamson chose Robyn Nicolay for this spot, identifying a lot of potential during her attempt on the rostrum. –Marike Brits, Stockfarm