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How long can SA’s farmers last?

How long can SA’s farmers last?

South Africa is not an easy place to farm. Even if you ignore the threat posed by radical land reform, most farmers in this country still have to contend with...
Land reform failure: a strategic plot?

Land reform failure: a strategic plot?

If you have been involved in the farming sector in South Africa for the past decade, you have also probably heard the rumour that state departments are embroiled in a...
DAFF’s 1 000 overpaid employees

DAFF’s 1 000 overpaid employees

The high cost of wages for workers in the public service is one of the major uncomfortable truths that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will have to grapple with as he...
Gloomy SA needs happy farmers

Gloomy SA needs happy farmers

Let’s be honest, living in South Africa can be really depressing, despite our many sunny days, beautiful scenery and generally long-suffering disposition.
Mboweni set to deliver Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

Mboweni set to deliver Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

South Africa’s latest minister of finance, Tito Mboweni, will have the unenviable task of trying to find at least some good news to share with financially exhausted South Africans when...
Farm land

Agri SA president clarifies position on land reform

Dan Kriek, the president of Agri SA, has had to weather some harsh criticism this year from within his own organisation, as well as from outside.
Focus on creating work, not jobs

Focus on creating work, not jobs

The two-day Presidential Jobs Summit is underway in Johannesburg to find answers to South Africa’s overwhelming unemployment crisis.
Fund farmers, not food

Fund farmers, not food

During the early years of the current decade, encouraging progress was made in reducing the number of people across the world who suffer from hunger, but the gains made have...
Land: access vs ownership

Land: access vs ownership

The one crucial point that should not be forgotten by all the organisations and political parties representing, or claiming to represent, the interests of various civil society groupings is the...
Economic slip and unemployment slide

Economic slip and unemployment slide

Sometimes I think that if we could only somehow bottle the eternal optimism of the average South African, the profit we’d make would be enough to solve the country’s economic...
Soil erosion: an overlooked threat

Soil erosion: an overlooked threat

The land debate has been dominating headlines in South Africa since December last year, and in the run-up to the national election in 2019, every politician hoping to win a...
Dawn of the DIY democracy

Dawn of the DIY democracy

On the rare occasions when I manage to escape the city early enough on a Friday to drive the 450km from my office in Johannesburg to the farm where I...

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National Rooibos Day: celebrating one of SA’s favourite exports

National Rooibos Day: celebrating one of SA’s favourite exports

Numerous health benefits have been ascribed to rooibos tea, making it not only a firm favourite among South African tea drinkers, but also across the world.

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