Reminder - with updated programme, detailed map and speaker CVs

Dear Members,

As indicated in last week's save-the-date notice, the Mexican Embassy in South Africa has proudly advised that it will be bringing a group of the world's leading experts on Nixtamalization to South Africa.
The University of Pretoria will be hosting the group and in appreciated collaboration with SAAFoST, has organised a Maize Nixtamalization Mini-Symposium as set out in the programme below.
This will be held on the morning of Friday 7 October, at 09:00 for 09:30 until 12:30, at the Mexican Embassy in Pretoria, the address of which follows.

Anyone involved or interested in the processing of our national staple will be keen to know more about nixtamalization - the wonder processing technology for maize and other gluten-free cereal grains for making flatbreads, wraps and snacks such as tortillas, arepas and tacos and that improves the cereal food nutritional quality by making B vitamins and other nutrients more available.

Date: Friday, 7 October 2016
Time: 09:00 for 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Mexican Embassy in Pretoria
570 Fehrsen Street, Parkdev Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Click here to view maps)
Cost: R150 per person including VAT (includes snacks)
Booking: Email Sharon Beeming, not later than midday Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Programme: See below.
Speaker CV's: Click here to view Speaker CV's.
Cancellation: If you cannot make it, please cancel by midday Wednesday 5 October 2016, or, preferably, send someone in your place.
No shows: A further R150-00 donation to a SAAFoST students' fund will be expected from those who book and do not attend.

Co-organised by the Mexican Embassy in South Africa and
the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the South African Association
for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST)

Date: Friday, 7 October 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Venue: Embassy of Mexico in South Africa, Lecture Room
570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn Bridge (Parkdev Building, ground floor) Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181


09:00-09:25Registration and tea/coffee  
09:30-09:40Welcome and Official Opening of Mini-SymposiumUniversity of Pretoria Executive
09:40-09:50Opening AddressHis Excellency Mr Mauricio Escanero, Ambassador of Mexico in South Africa
09:50-10:20Techniques of Nixtamalization and Industrial PossibilitiesDr. Yolanda Salinas, Senior Researcher, Mexico's National Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research Institute (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias, INIFAP)
10:20-10:50Waste Management with NixtamalizationDr. Maria Gricelda Vazquez, Senior Researcher, INIFAP
10:50-11:20Tea/Coffee and Light Refreshments  
11:20-11:50Inputs for Nixtamalization and Effects on Grain QualityDr. Mario Enrique Rodríguez, Senior Researcher, Department of Nanotechnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
11:50-12:20Questions and Expert Panel Discussion "Learning from the Mexican Experience - How can we implement Nixtamalization to Improve Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Africa?"Chair: Prof John Taylor, University of Pretoria and Honorary President of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology
12:20-12:30Mini-Symposium Closure and Vote of ThanksSAAFoST Chair