South Africa facing possible fuel price hikes in December

South Africa could be set for a significant hike in fuel prices by the end of November. According to unaudited mid-month fuel price data by the Central Energy Fund, both petrol and diesel are set for a sharp increase. Petrol is forecasted to increase by approximately...

China opens door for smallholders

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the entry and exit animal inspection and quarantine with Chinese Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and...

Budget allocation too tight for radical transformation

The budget allocation to agriculture, rural development and land reform shows little evidence in support to the message of radical socio-economic transformation from both the State of the Nation Address and the recent budget speech by Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin...

Rhino onslaught unabated

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2014 stands at 558, with 157 people having been arrested in this regard. The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa. Since January this year (until July...

Growth and poverty paradox

According to findings of a new report on economic growth and income inequality in Southern Africa, the region is grappling with high levels of inequality. Findings of a study by the Economic Commission for Africa - ECA Southern Africa, indicate a region with high...

Agriculture ‘sidelined’

Africa’s food import bill is reportedly worth U$D 35 billion every year (excluding fish). The continent is losing billions to illegal and shadowy practices in fishing and forestry. If the central aim of growth is to improve lives and eradicate poverty, then...

Kenya pork value-chain opportunities

Dr. Christine Mburugu-Mosoti The pork industry in Kenya and Africa continues to expand, creating new products and end-users, as well as providing numerous economic opportunities. However, Africa continues to remain a net importer of pork. In 2012, an estimated U$D 295...

Journey to a million jobs…

South African President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation address, reiterated what is already in the country's National Development Plan, the creation of one million jobs through agriculture by 2030. The state aims to achieve this among others through a focus...

Poultry imports ‘hurting’ SA

According to Sol Motsepe, Senior Executive at the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), poultry import volumes have not changed significantly after the tariff increases on imported chicken from Brazil in September 2013 and that these threatened the continued...

Farmers working together to bring land reform solutions for Free State

A farmer commercialization program in the Free State which derives from a private-public partnership between AFASA Free State, Sernick Group and Jobs Fund is set to create more than 1 500 permanent jobs while turning 50 emerging livestock farmers into a fully-fledged...

What is a ‘mass extinction’ and are we in one now?

For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of new species is that species extinctions have also always been part of the evolutionary life cycle. But...

Fund for entrepreneurs developing their businesses

A total of 100 000 young entrepreneurs will take their businesses to new heights with funding through the Small Business and Innovation Fund (SBIF). “The fund targets under-serviced Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the early stages of the business...

What is a ‘mass extinction’ and are we in one now?

For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of new species is that species extinctions have also always been part of the evolutionary life cycle. But...

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Fund for entrepreneurs developing their businesses

A total of 100 000 young entrepreneurs will take their businesses to new heights with funding through the Small Business and Innovation Fund (SBIF). “The fund targets under-serviced Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the early stages of the business...

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Ramaphosa hails New Development Bank progress

President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the progress made by the New Development Bank (NDB) since its inception in 2015. “It has been five years since we signed the Articles of the New Development Bank at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, thus establishing the first...

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BRICS Business Council promotes economic growth

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the BRICS Business Council promotes economic growth, especially through intra-BRICS trade. The President said the council has identified a number of projects in infrastructure development, agriculture, renewable energy, agro-processing,...

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Developing future-fit smallholder farmers

Without struggle there is no progress... Agricultural development in South Africa has been a gigantic struggle; one that has left many aspiring farmers in the dust and not to the promised land. Despite the noble efforts of a multitude of stakeholders and millions of...

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SMME fund to help innovative start-ups

Science and Technology Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says progress has been made towards the establishment of a five-year R5 billion SMME fund aimed at helping innovators commercialise their products. “I am pleased to report that progress has been made towards...

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