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News making headlines in FW - 22 May

Land reform is the top news maker this week, after Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti made a surprise announcement that government is considering lowering the land cap from 12 000ha to 5 000ha.
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Israelis’ agricultural partnership with Eastern Cape mooted

The Israelis are hosting an agribusiness seminar in East London today a day after meeting Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane about a possible partnership to develop agriculture in the province.
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Harvesting soya beans in KZN’s Kamberg Valley

Farmer’s Weekly journalist, Lloyd Phillips, recently attended the 96th AGM of the Kamberg Valley Association in KwaZulu-Natal.
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DoL confirms that forestry wages apply to 9-hour day

In response to an enquiry from Forestry South Africa (FSA), the Department of Labour (DoL) has confirmed that the new minimum wages for workers in the country’s commercial forestry sector are based on a nine-hour working day.
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Afasa, Nerpo ask for clarity on land ceilings

While Afasa and Nerpo agreed with Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development, Gugile Nkwinti’s land ceiling of 5 000ha, stakeholders needed to be engaged further on the matter as there were still “more questions than answers”, the two organisations said during a media breakfast in Pretoria today (18 May).
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Zokwana ‘must stop telling farmers to calm down’ – opposition leaders

The ANC wants land reform to fail as part of its plot to gain state control over all land. And agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana, is misleading farmers, playing a game of cat and mouse, when he tells them not to worry about the radical plans put forward by land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti.
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Help to find SA’s best steakhouse

Where in South Africa have you eaten your best steak? Which steakhouse serves the juiciest char-grilled beef?
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‘Do not submit to paralysing pessimism’ – Nampo visitors discuss politics & labour

The lack of trust between role players in agriculture came to the fore during a Nation in Conversation session at Nampo 2015.
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Land ownership cap surprise

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti announced during his budget speech that government plans to halve its 12 000ha cap on land ownership.
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Nampo 2015 - bigger and better than ever

More than 650 exhibitors will attend Grain SA’s Nampo Harvest Day, to be held between 12 and 15 May outside Bothaville in the Free State.
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