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Investigation into suspect Mpumalanga land transaction ‘in full swing’

The investigation into the R36,48 million sale of a 414 hectare Mpumalanga Province farm is in full swing.

Grain SA helps spend recapitalisation budget

Grain SA (GSA) has spent nearly R29 million of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s R36 million recapitalisation programme earmarked for 186 black farmers in the Free State.

Rabies flares up in KZN

At least 97 cases of animal rabies have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal since the beginning of the year, with two people dying from the disease in 2011.

Focus on willing-buyer, willing-seller

The willing-buyer, willing-seller principle was much debated when the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform presented his budget speech.

Land clashes escalating

Organised agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal is concerned about the growing trend of land dispute-related clashes in the province.

R8 billion hunting industry wants to polish its reputation

The international hunting industry has suffered bad press due to the controversial hunting of big game species by celebrities.

Leaking borders to blame for fruit fly outbreak in Limpopo

Limpopo farmers are blaming uncontrolled border movements for the recent outbreak of the invader fruit fly, Bactrocera invadens (BI).

Woolies buys Nam beef

Namibia beef processor Meatco has closed a deal with Woolworths to sell free-range certified beef from its Oshakati abattoir in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA).

Taking the bull by the horns

There’s not much one can do about escalating administered prices. Or is there? Robyn Joubert reports.

Tensions mount over mining activities on sensitive wetland

Mining giant Exxaro Resources has responded to allegations that it has drained sensitive wetlands at its mining operations at Leeuwpan coal mine, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, saying their mining activities complied with mining and environmental legislation.

Land clashes in KZN appear to be on the rise

The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union has blamed provincial land departments’ lack of decisive action and clear communication on land issues as a significant reason for increasing land dispute-related clashes in the province.

R100 farm price not to be taken at face value

A transaction where a 36 hectare KwaZulu-Natal farm was sold for R100 was merely a legal formality to expedite development on a 5 ha section of the originally 41 ha property.

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