Shell South Africa recently released stage one of a Karoo groundwater atlas in what is arguably a step by the company to bolster support for its plans to explore for shale gas in the Karoo by means of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Most parts of the summer grain production region of South Africa received between 20% and 30% less rain in the 2011/12 season than the 2010/11 season.
A February/March dry spell over much of South Africa’s summer grains production area has forced the Crop Estimates Committee to drop the total maize estimate by 399 800 tons to 11 305 550 tons.
South African farmers in the Congo have been dubbed miracle workers by the Congolese government for the transformation of 1000ha of jungle into maize fields in just three months.
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).