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Good news for landowners defending ‘vexatious’ land claims

Good news for landowners defending ‘vexatious’ land claims

South African landowners who previously had to personally foot the bill for legal fees to successfully defend themselves against vexatious or frivolous land claims, will now have the option to request a court to award costs orders against the state or its legal representatives.
Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

Severe drought conditions still dominated large parts of the Northern Cape, and was prevalent in “smaller patches” of the Eastern Cape, according to agricultural meteorologist, Johan van Den Berg.

Avocado export estimate down 13% due to COVID-19

Despite having taken an initial knock in demand on international and local markets as a result of global trade and movement restriction to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South Africa’s avocado growers are now seeing a steady, positive turnaround.

Nguni bull sells for record R310 000 on WhatsApp auction

The livestock auction industry in South Africa has suffered major setbacks during the past six months.

Flower producers suffer losses amid confusion over trade

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a severe impact on the South African horticulture sector, due to confusion about which industries were allowed to resume normal trade. 

Craft brewing may take years to recover from lockdown

It is expected that it will take years for South Africa’s craft distillers and brewers to recover from the nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant prohibition on the sale of alcohol.

Get a free Farmer’s Weekly digital magazine during #lockdown

Farmer’s Weekly has good news for readers who have, during the national lockdown period, been eagerly awaiting the return of the weekly magazine. Even though printing of the magazine had to be further postponed due to the two-week lockdown extension, all readers will now have free access to two digital issues of Farmer’s Weekly magazine. The 1 May issue goes live 24 April and the 8 May issue will be published online on the final day of the lockdown, Thursday, 30 April.
‘Confusion about auctions receiving top level attention’

‘Confusion about auctions receiving top level attention’

The uncertainty about whether livestock auctions may go ahead during the countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is receiving attention at national level.

Covid-19 support for farmers with a turnover of R1m or less

Smallholder and communal farmers with an annual turnover of between R20 000 and R1 million will be able to apply for financial support grants from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) from Wednesday, 8 April.

Spazas, food hawkers with permits, get greenlight to trade

An amendment to South Africa’s lockdown regulations that will allow informal traders with the necessary permits to resume operations was announced by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Thursday.

‘Farmers to make water available during coronavirus crisis’

Farmers with water rights and irrigation boards might have to make water available to government, following steps introduced by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.

‘Shipboard livestock exports aim to advance new farmers’

A potential ban on livestock exports from South Africa by ship would hamstring efforts to grow the country’s developing animal production sector, and will also likely lead to an oversupply of red meat locally.

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