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News archive - May-2012

Poor service delivery bad for agribusinesses

Poor service delivery, infrastructure constraints, distrust in government officials and the cost of crime are having an adverse effect on competitiveness in the agribusiness sector. Denene Erasmus reports.

A report has found that 59% of business owners believe their businesses are being negatively affected by bad service delivery in the public sector. Meanwhile, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), competitiveness in the agribusiness sector is being adversely affected not only by poor service delivery, but also by infrastructure constraints, distrust in government officials and the cost of crime.

30.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Noord-suid-korridor goed vir handel, sê Zuma

Die ontsluiting van die noord-suid-korridor kan rompslomp by grensposte uit die weg ruim en grootskaalse inter-Afrika handel aanwakker.

Heelwat vordering is al gemaak met projekte om dié korridor (wat vanaf Durban tot by Dar es Salaam strek) te volbring. Boonop blyk die wil ook daar te wees om dit van Kaapstad tot Kaïro uit te brei.

Pres. Jacob Zuma het op die Beraad van die Afrika-Unie in Ethiopië die vordering met die korridor uitgelig.

Hy het voorgestel dat daar nie net na die ontwikkeling van die vervoerinfrastruktuur van die handelsroete gekyk moet word nie, maar ook hoe dit ’n ontwikkelingsaanslag kan hê.

27.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Farmers short-changed by plastic piping companies for decades

It has emerged that anti-competitive activities within South Africa’s plastic piping industry could have been taking place since the 1960s.

According to the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (SAPPMA), which was not involved in any of the wrongdoing, the SA industry currently produces about 140 000t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) piping annually. This is for, primarily, the country’s water distribution, sewage, mining, building, telecommunications and agricultural sectors with farmers using the pipe for on-farm water distribution.

23.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Farmers warn against land plan

Farmers’ body Agri SA has objected to a controversial proposal calling for the imposition of a right of first refusal on all agricultural land sales by the state.

This emerged at a stakeholders meeting on the land reform green paper in Boksburg on Friday, with Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti saying the proposal had the potential to create havoc on the market as it would put the brakes on speedy land sales.

The right of first refusal was among policy options tabled in a document presented by a committee that looked at how the state could acquire sufficient agricultural land to be distributed to black South Africans to achieve its 30% target by 2014.

09.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Giving the seven billionth person enough to eat

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29.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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SA needs 'investment in agriculture' to keep food affordable

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association. Dr Tobias Doyer, Head of Santam Broker Services North and National Brokers was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

The other members of the Agbiz Executive Committee are Mr Willie du Plessis, Head of Standard Bank Agriculture and Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK Limited. Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz, serves on the Executive Committee as ex officio member.

06.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz/IFAMA Student Case Competition a refreshing addition to congress

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) hosted the Agbiz/IFAMA Agribusiness Student Case Competition during the Agbiz Congress on 5 and 6 June 2012.

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz elects its office bearers

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association.Dr Tobias Doyer, Head of Santam Broker Services North and National Brokers was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz/IFAMA Student Case Competition a refreshing addition to congress

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and International Food and Agribusiness Management

Association (IFAMA) hosted the Agbiz/IFAMA Agribusiness Student Case Competition during the

Agbiz Congress on 5 and 6 June 2012.

16 Top agricultural economics and agribusiness students from major universities across the

country were selected to participate in this initiative, endorsed by IFAMA. Students represented the

University of the Free State (UFS), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), University of Pretoria

(UP), University of Fort Hare (UFH), University of Stellenbosch (US) and the North-West University

(NWU).

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz elects its office bearers

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association. Dr Tobias Doyer, Head of Santam Broker Services North and National Brokers was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

The other members of the Agbiz Executive Committee are Mr Willie du Plessis, Head of Standard Bank Agriculture and Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK Limited. Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz, serves on the Executive Committee as ex officio member.

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Mr Corwyn Botha awarded Agbiz honorary life chairmanship

Well, what can I say? This is a high point in my world. The highest –indeed, my world, the world I know and cherish. To me
the top echelon of agriculture, the agriculture in which I partook, that I lived and enjoyed. My road travelled through these
conferences to here tonight. The road to this new logo here behind me as launched last night and then onward on the
road/way forward to prosperity.
I know the ABC since my first conference in 1976, the then Co-operative board as it was named at the time. Looking around
in this hall, I see no one that was in my first conference with me, unbelievable than I can be so much privileged to be able
to stand here. There were 19 of these conferences over this period. I missed 5, one when I was away abroad and four
others while I was in another industry. Yes, the AGBIZ was transformed over time to what is has now become. Maybe that
was the road that I had to travel to here tonight. Travelled with so many, some that is not anymore also.

05.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural Business Chamber launches new corporate identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the

past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in

1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In

1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name

Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in

2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural Business Chamber defines way forward with new brand identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in 1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In 1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in 2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agricultural Business Chamber defines way forward with new brand identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the

past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in

1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In

1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name

Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in

2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Media Releases

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ABC joins IFAMA as institutional member

ABC has become an institutional member and strategic partner of the International Food and

Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).

IFAMA was formed in 1990 to stimulate strategic thinking across the full spectrum of the food

chain, but today, it serves as an effective worldwide networking organisation in the food and

agribusiness sector. It is known to bring together top executives, academics, policy makers,

students and stakeholders to network and stimulate strategic thinking across the global food, fibre,

fuel, floral and forestry systems.

24.05.2012 / Media Releases

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Sasol Agricultural Trust to play key role in growth

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) has said that the Sasol Agricultural Trust, worth R30 million, launched recently will play a significant role in helping South African agriculture regain its potential for growth.

Over the next three years the trust will provide funds for research and programmes that will benefit the competitiveness of the country’s commercial and emerging farmers. CEO of the chamber, Dr John Purchase, explained that SA agriculture had not grown to its full potential during the past decade.

23.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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High administered prices put investors off

Agribusinesses applauded finance minister, Pravin Gordhan for putting emphasis on reducing the cost of doing business in South Africa during his 2012 budget speech.

Gordhan said that rapid increases in administered prices must be addressed.

But, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber, Gordhan’s words carry little weight, as the increase in the fuel levy (28c/l) and “the remaining burdening regulatory regime” will only cause the cost of doing business to increase further.

09.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Budget praised for reference to agriculture

“I don’t think I’ve heard ‘agriculture’ mentioned so many times in a budget before.”

This was the reaction of Dr John Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber, to the minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan’s, recent budget speech at a media briefing. “The budget had a strong developmental and redistributive focus.”

André Jooste, from the National Agricultural Marketing Council agreed: “The infrastructure budget (of government) will increase by less than the budget on social grants. We’ll need to find ways to address this.”

09.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agriculture sector offers opportunities in Africa

Governments in Africa should consider more favourable agriculture policies to create an enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness to be globally competitive, delegates at the sixth African Economic Forum in Cape Town heard this week.

Agricultural Business Chamber CEO Dr John Purchase said Africa, which spends over $50-billion a year on food imports, required input from both the public and private sectors to increase the continent’s agricultural output.

07.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Sakevertroue op met 25%

Kaapstad. – Landbou-onder­nemings is opnuut optimisties oor hul omstandighede nadat hulle in die laaste kwartaal van verlede jaar nie veel moed gehad het nie.

Die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) en Nywerheidsontwikkelingskorporasie (NOK) se sakevertroue-indeks vir die eerste kwartaal van 2012 het op 64 punte te staan gekom, 25% hoër as in die laaste kwartaal van 2011.

02.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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