Some 20% of South African households are food insecure with inadequate access to food.
Weeks of wage negotiations between eight agricultural companies and co-operatives and their employees have failed for six of them.
Stricter labour laws will result in further job losses, according to industry experts.
The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG), the civil society organisation leading the fight against plans to explore for shale gas in the Karoo, has not taken kindly to the National Planning Commission’s (NPC) support for hydraulic fracturing.
Prospecting work for, amongst other, tungsten, molybdenum and rare earths, on a farm in the Moutonshoek Valley, by Bongani Minerals has been halted after the Western Cape High Court recently granted an interdict brought by the Bergrivier Municipality to halt the drilling.
The South African timber industry is concerned that proposed road traffic legislation together with the requirements of its associated Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act will threaten the industry’s functioning and profitability.
Sporadic drought and the retail industry’s reluctance to pass on lower prices to the consumer caused a serious red meat price drop. It is feared that farmers will be forced off their farms if prices do not pick up soon.
A Mpumalanga farmer has triumphed over a coal mine in a case that has set a legal precedent for mines who don’t comply with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).