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The truth about jackal tales

‘Jackal narratives and predator control in the Karoo’ is the title of a working paper by Prof Beatrice Conradie of the Sustainable Societies Unit at UCT, and researcher Prof Nicoli Nattrass of the UCT school of economics.
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Harry Prinsloo discusses predator management

Many small-stock farmers fear that escalating losses to predators will eventually ruin them. Roelof Bezuidenhout spoke to Harry Prinsloo, chairperson of the Predation Management Forum, about steps being taken to prevent a catastrophe.
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Positioning Illovo Sugar for growth in Africa

After only six months at the helm of Africa’s biggest sugar company, Illovo’s managing director, Gavin Dalgleish (48), already has a big vision for growing his company further. He talks to Lloyd Phillips about biofuels, transformation and expanding into Africa.
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New port key to trade expansion

The proposed Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP) is essential to ensure the future relevance of the Durban Port, which is fast running out of capacity to meet demand, says programme director Marc Descoins.
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Are imports hurting SA's beef industry?

Simon Roche, general manager of Organic Beef, says consumers are prepared to pay as much as R220/kg for the free-range grass-fed beef he imports from Botswana.
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Iron out the grey areas in employment contracts

Leah Molatseli, an associate at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys who specialises in labour legislation, spells out the current legal requirements of farm worker employment contracts.
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Forum – farm workers not ‘vulnerable workers’

The Farm Workers’ Forum was initiated in the Western Cape to offer alternative representation for workers. One of the founding members, Rita Andreas, spoke to Denene Erasmus.
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The CWAA: a new look, a new energy

The Cape Women’s Agricultural Association turns 85 this year, making it one of the oldest women’s organisations in SA. The president, Erika Lubbe, talks to Roelof Bezuidenhout about the CWAA’s role in modern country life.
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Prof Nick Vink on the state of SA agriculture

One of South Africa’s most renowned agricultural economics’ researchers, Prof Nick Vink of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, was named the 2013 Agricultural Writers’ Agriculturalist of the Year. He spoke to Denene Erasmus about the state of agriculture and land reform in South Africa.
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Negotiating the intricacies of trade agreements

South Africa’s trade agreements have come under the spotlight recently, with government cancelling many bilateral investment treaties with countries abroad. John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, spoke to Lindi van Rooyen about the changes and what they mean for local producers.
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