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News archive - September-2012

Sektorale kode AgriSEB plafon kan verander

Die sektorale kode vir swart bemagtiging in die landbou (AgriSEB) is afgehandel en van krag, maar die plafon vir vrygestelde en kwalifiserende ondernemings kan moontlik nog verander.

Die AgriSEB-raamwerk is in 2004 van stapel gestuur. Die handves is ná ’n proses van konsultasie in Maart 2008 bekend gestel. ’n Raad is toe aangestel om onder meer die sektorale kodes vir AgriSEB op te stel en die toepassing van die handves te monitor. Een van die groot kwessies destyds was of ’n plafon ingestel moet word om sommige boere van die kode uit te sluit.

25.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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AgriBEE sector code official

The AgriBEE Sector Code became effective last month but the sector was still unclear on what it meant for farmers and agribusinesses. To download this article, click here.

Call for an imporved agri-investment climate

South Africa’s Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz) urged government to implement the recommendations of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation’s 2012 ‘State of Food and Agriculture’ report.

The report called for new investment strategies clearly articulating the investment needed by governments, farmers, co-operatives and agribusinesses in each country’s agricultural sector. AgBiz’s CEO, Dr John Purchase, said that SA had many positives, including macro-economic stability, generally good governance in the public and private sectors, and effective market institutions and arrangements, which benefited investment growth in the country’s agricultural sector.

18.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Farm pay hike may spark job losses

THE National Development Plan, endorsed by the ANC last month, projects that agriculture has the potential to create a million jobs by 2030 but with the ongoing strikes the sector is expected to lose more than 200,000 jobs within three years.

The strike by Western Cape farm workers resumed this week with demands for a daily wage of R150 compared to the current government-determined minimum of R69.

13.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Highs and lows on the economic front

Increase input and political influence will put a damper on the relief provided by high commodity price in 2013. Briennne van der Walt, managing executive of Absa AgriBusiness, said that 2013 will be a good year for a agriculture, as global commodity prices would hold due to sustained  demand. To download this article, click here.

SA investor image up in flames as Cape burns

THE Western Cape farm strike took a dramatic turn on Thursday as the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it had "exhausted its social and political capital" in trying to find a solution to the upheaval, and that the protests were now effectively "out of its hands".

Less than 10% of farm workers in the province, thousands of whom have embarked on violent action in support of their demand that their wages be doubled to R150 a day, belong to unions.

As with the strikes that swept the mining sector last year, organised labour has found itself wrong-footed in its attempts to negotiate on behalf of the workers and end the violence.

11.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Quo vadis South African agriculture?

The National Development Plan (Vision 2030) presents a way forward for agriculture, recognising the importance of commercial and smallholder farming and advocating a pragmatic, engaged approach, explains John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz.

South African agriculture again finds itself at a particularly challenging crossroads. While certain sectors and value chains may be in distress and declining (the wheat sector springs to mind), South African agriculture, from an economic perspective, has performed relatively well since the previous major crossroads of deregulation and liberalisation in the mid-1990s.

08.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Make sure of demand, aquaculture project warned

TRADE and Industry Minister Rob Davies needs to ensure that there is a potential growth market for the fish products that will be produced by fish farming initiatives launched at the weekend, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday.

This appeal by Agbiz follows the launch of the aquaculture development and enhancement programme announced on Sunday by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The programme aims to promote investment in fish production and to support infrastructure development in an aquaculture industry through active farmer support and management programmes.

11.12.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF) response to Minister of Labour and COSATU/FAWU press statements

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF), as representative of all major agricultural unions, has noted the statement of clarification by the Minister of Labour, Minister Mildred Oliphant, on the farm worker sectoral determination, as well as noted with concern the responses by COSATU and FAWU.

ASUF again emphasizes its commitment to engage all relevant parties to address the labour unrest and demands with the necessary urgency and responsibility, while working within the prescribed legal and regulatory framework.

ASUF Media Statement»
COSATU & FAWU media reports»
Minister of Labour’s statement»

Minister of Labour’s statement

In the last few months, South Africa has had to contend with a wave of strikes – legal and illegal – in different sectors. Sadly, one of the defining features of these strikes has been the unacceptable and unjustifiable level of violence.

Let me take this opportunity first and foremost and condemn violence in any industrial action. Violence has no place in our society whose foundation as a democracy is based on intensive social dialogue. Nothing yet has proven to work better than the ability to negotiate and reach consensus.

Besides, violence helps neither the strikers nor the employer. Workers would still have to go back to the same workplace they thrash. In fact, even the legitimacy of the strike is called into question when violence is involved.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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COSATU & FAWU media reports

Cape Town - Failure to meet a deadline for a review of the sectoral determination

for agriculture could result in a repeat of violent strikes, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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ASUF Media Statement

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF), as representative of all major agricultural unions, has noted the

statement of clarification by the Minister of Labour, Minister Mildred Oliphant, on the farm worker

sectoral determination, as well as noted with concern the responses by COSATU and FAWU. ASUF

again emphasizes its commitment to engage all relevant parties to address the labour unrest and

demands with the necessary urgency and responsibility, while working within the prescribed legal

and regulatory framework.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO, announced as National Agriculturalist of the Year

Many South African agriculturalists can boast that they are leaders when it comes to either

genetics or economics or policy creation. However, only a few have distinguished

themselves in all of these areas. Dr John Luscombe Purchase (53) is one of these rare jewels

and that is why he deserves to be the Agricultural Writers SA's Agriculturalist of the Year

for 2012. To download this article, click here.

12.11.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Plans to make insurance accessible to small holder farmers

Making crop and livestock insurance accessible to small holder farmers could improve this sectors sustainability.

 

26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Fewsnet Price Bulletin Novemeber 2012

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

 

26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Confidence levels in agribusinesses increases

CONFIDENCE levels in the agricultural business sector have increased by 6% in the third quarter despite the political euphoria towards the Mangaung congress of the African National Congress and the Marikana shooting, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) released on Monday.

The Lonmin wildcat strike in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, attracted international attention in August following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, strikers, non-striking workers and union representatives, which resulted in the deaths of about 50 people and the injury of an additional 78 workers. In addition to the Lonmin strikers, there has since been a wave of wildcat strikes across the South African mining sector that seem not to have affected Agribusiness decision makers who have come up slightly more confident with the environment of doing business in the country.

22.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Dr John Purchase acknowledged for outstanding achievements in agriculture

Farmers and Agriculturists acknowledged for outstanding achievements in agriculture
Boere en landboukundiges ontvang erkenning vir uitstaande prestasies in die landbou
News release by the Agricultural Writers SA North on the regional awards for the Farmer, New entrant into
commercial agriculture and Agriculturalist of the Year, 2012
Sponsored by: Monsanto and ABSA.

 

19.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Centenary Bursary 2013

The Agricultural Business Chamber, Agbiz has called for applications for its annual bursary of R25 000.

It is available to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management, at any recognised South African university.

 

 

18.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz backs World Food Day

THE Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) on Friday supported the declaration by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) that Tuesday October 16 be dedicated to World Food Day to highlight the challenges of more than 800-million people facing chronic food shortages.

With the theme "Agricultural co-operatives — key to feeding the world", Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, called on all South Africans not just to celebrate this World Food Day, but also to become more involved in the agro-food industry, which has a significant role in ensuring food security in the country.

12.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz supports World Food Day

The Food and Agricultural Oranization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 16 October 2012 as World Food Day, with the theme “Agricultural Cooperatives – Key to feeding the world”.

11.10.2012 / Media Releases

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