South Africa

Concern about South Africa’s rising unemployment rate

South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to the highest level since the third quarter of 2017, according to Statistics South Africa.
‘Traditional land ownership must be sorted out’

‘Traditional land ownership must be sorted out’

Confusion about the powers and functions of South Africa’s traditional leaders and government ownership of communal land came to the fore at a recent panel discussion between agricultural role players.
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Combine agri and land departments, says Purchase

To improve service delivery and overall performance by the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Land Reform, President Cyril Ramaphosa should consider merging these two departments, says Dr John...

Traceability system on track, says SA Feedlot Association

Implementing a functional national identification and traceability system for the livestock sector would take about 10 years and cost approximately R200 million, according to Dewald Olivier, executive officer of the...

SA cannot afford ‘ostrich politics’ with land reform

Although land and land reform played a lesser role than expected in the recent election, these matters needed to be resolved urgently, according to Theo Venter, a political analyst from...
‘Many factors impact vegetable price fluctuations’

‘Many factors impact vegetable price fluctuations’

The Fresh Produce Market Trends report released in the first week of May by Absa senior agricultural economist, Wessel Lemmer, indicated that potato volumes increased 102% from the previous week,...
‘Voter apathy does not bode well for SA’s democracy’

‘Voter apathy does not bode well for SA’s democracy’

The most worrying trend in this general election was the poor voter turnout, which was just over 65%, said political risk analyst and associate professor at the Wits Business School,...
51% decline in operating profit for Astral Foods

51% decline in operating profit for Astral Foods

The higher costs of raw ingredients for chicken feed combined with depressed consumer spending during the period 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019, were key factors in the 51%...

Suspects in ‘significant’ stock theft case seek bail

Five suspects were expected to appear in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court for a second time on Friday after being charged with stock theft involving 334 head of cattle estimated at...
More African swine fever outbreaks reported

More African swine fever outbreaks reported

Two more outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) were recently confirmed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
Agricultural machinery sales continue to lose traction

Agricultural machinery sales continue to lose traction

Uncertainty surrounding the prospects for the summer harvests and winter plantings of commodity crops, the outcome of the general election, and the exchange rate of the rand, all placed a...
Nkwinti in hot water over Public Protector’s findings

Nkwinti in hot water over Public Protector’s findings

Gugile Nkwinti, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, reportedly unduly used his influence to secure a R97,6 million farm in Limpopo for a friend and his business partner during his...

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