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News archive - March-2015

Land caps at a time of little growth

One of Africa's biggest economies is looking to restrict the amount of land that can be owned by foreign investors, this at a time it is struggling for growth.
- Forbes Africa 

01.04.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Kabinet se ja vir aksieplan met landbou

Die Kabinet het die beleidsaksieplan vir die landbou (APAP) én die vyf jaar- strategiese raamwerk vir die landbou, bosbou en visserye goedgekeur. Hierdie goedkeuring kom te midde van ’n onthulling deur prof. Edith Vries, direkteur-generaal van die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye, dat die volledige inwerkingstelling van die APAP nie verwesenlik kan word nie. Dit is omdat die Nasionale Tesourie die departement se begroting met R158 miljoen besnoei het.
- Landbouweekblad 

20.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Politically based land reform cannot succeed - Agbiz

The land reform process came under intense scrutiny at the 2015 Grain SA congress.  Land reform was doomed to fail if it was based on political gain, said Agbiz chairperson, Schalk Pienaar.

18.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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There’s little space to swing the fiscal cat…

SA’s low growth expectations, crumbling infrastructure and increasing social burden means that minister Nhlanhla Nene must take some brave decisions, says Agbiz economist Lindie Stroebel.

16.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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ASUF gaan voort met planne

Die proses binne die eenheidsforum vir die landbout (ASUF) gaan steeds voort om teen einde Maart sinvolle grondhervormingsvoorstelle aan die Regering voor te lê.

12.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz, banke sit geldplan op tafel

Banke en landbou-ondernemings sal grondhervorming op 'n kommersiële grondslag finansier mits kommersiële boere betrokke is en die Regering ook geld voorsien.

12.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Kabinet keur aksieplan vir landbou goed

Die Kabinet het die beleidsaksieplan vir die landbou (Agricultural Policy Action Plan) (APAP) én die vyfjaar strategiese raamwerk vir Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye goedgekeur.

11.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Grondhervorming: R1 mjd. se hulp belowe as staat sy kant bring

Kommersiële landboufinansiers is bereid om R1 miljard per jaar vir grondhervorming voor te skiet.

09.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Vervoer: Strenger wet vir oorlaaide vragmotors

In die toekoms sal nie alleen die vragmotoronderneming aanspreeklik wees vir ’n oorlaaide vragmotor nie, maar ook die persoon wat die vrag stuur (“aanbieder”), sowel as die een wat dit ontvang (“aanvaarder”). Dié wysigings in die Padverkeerswet (Wet 29 van 1989) is daarop gemik om skade aan paaie te voorkom en veiligheid te verbeter.

06.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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'Voedselsekerheid broos na droogte'

Die eerste weerramp waardeur SA in 22 jaar in die gesig gestaar word, is 'n herinnering aan die broosheid van voedselsekerheid, het Louw Steytler, Graan SA se voorsitter, by Graan SA se kongres gesê.

05.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Grondhervorming: Senzeni Zokwana glo ‘nie genooi’

Senzeni Zokwana, landbouminister, het glo nie ’n uitnodiging na die imbizo oor grondhervorming Donderdag ontvang nie.  Belanghebbendes in die landbou was bitter teleurgesteld dat hy en Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, nie daar was nie.

28.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz comments on Budget Speech 2015

"The 2015 Budget Speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was actually very predictable under the current volatile economic circumstances," says Lindie Stroebel, Agbiz Manager Agribusiness Intelligence.

27.02.2015 / Media Releases

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Workshop tackles road transport legislation and its impact on the economy

At Agbiz’s Grain Logistics Workshop, which took place outside Johannesburg on 11 February 2015, participants discussed solutions for complying with the amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations. 

18.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Food security perspective

The term ‘Food Security’ is often bandied about loosely by politicians, bureaucrats, farmers, businessmen, consumers, and even scientists, without many having a proper understanding of the underlying meaning thereof and  the contributing factors thereto.

16.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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President Zuma's SONA raises concerns for agriculture and agribusiness

In his address President Zuma made considerable reference to Land Reform issues, including the introduction of a 12 000 hectares land ceiling, foreigners to be deprived of owning land in South Africa, the introduction of the Office of the Valuer General to signal the end of the so-called "Willing buyer, willing seller" principle, and the introduction of the 50/50 farmworker equity and  co-management scheme on a pilot basis.

13.02.2015 / Media Releases

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Land Reform 2015

"For some time now it has become clear that 2015 will be absolutely critical in finalizing and implementing a detailed land  reform framework, agreed to by all key role players, that is economically viable and effects sustainable and significant land reform, without compromising food security," says Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO.

30.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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BEE: Business to bite the (silver) bullet?

President Jacob Zuma signed the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Act 46 of 2013 into law in January 2014, while the new Phase 1 and Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice were gazetted in respectively October 2013 and October 2014.

28.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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ESKOM again warns on energy supply system

"This week ESKOM again warned that the country’s electricity supply system was close to the point where load-shedding would be necessary. In a December 2014 NEDLAC meeting with the Minister of Energy, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, it became clear that the situation of on-off load-shedding will manifest itself over at least the next three to four years," says Dr John Purchas, Agbiz CEO.

08.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Grain – A new way forward for grain handling and storage

Agbiz Grain, a new fully-fledged and dedicated desk under the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), was established in November 2014 by the twelve largest commercial grain handling and storage companies in South Africa.

28.11.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Long term outlook for global agricultural markets: Implications for farm prices and profitability

Mike Dwyer,Global Policy Analysis Director, Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA, presented at an Agbiz event: "The Long Term Outlook for Global Agricultural Markets: Implications for Farm Prices and Profitability".

16.09.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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