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News archive - January-2012

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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Agribusiness’ Confidence Recovering Steadily

Agribusinesses kicked the first quarter of 2012 off on a positive note

continues. The duration of 2011 was defined by its positive, yet low confidence; mostly due to the inhibiting

impact of the increase in the cost of doing business, which constrained the good expectations for the higher

commodity and farm gate prices.

01.03.2012 / Media Releases

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ABC Comments on the National Budget 2012

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) considers the National Budget 2012, as presented by the Minister of

Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan on 22 February 2012, to be fair and responsible. Given the background of a

deteriorating global economy, there is very little room for error in the local fiscal policy environment and therefore

the rational approach in the budget is applauded. The budget fits rather effectively within the space available to

manoeuvre in. Considering the current account balance, the budget balance and government debt, South Africa is

in a cautious position, yet a much more favourable position than many other developing countries.

23.02.2012 / Media Releases

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Sondetaks gaan hard slaan

Die styging in sogenaamde sondebelasting, veral die 10% styging op bier, kan die landboubedryf hard slaan, meen kenners.

Tydens Absa Agribesigheid se begrotingsbespreking het mnr. Ernst Janovsky, hoofbestuurder, opgemerk: “Van julle se antwoord is dat dit nie saak maak hoeveel dié belasting is nie, julle sal net minder vleis koop. Maar dit is ook sleg vir die landbou.”

23.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbou dankbaar oor hawetariewe

“Dis ’n baie aangename verrassing om te sien dat hulle dié keer waarlik na ons geluister het,” sê mnr. Anton Rabe, uitvoerende direkteur van Hortgro Dienste.

Hy sê die aankondiging dat hawetariewe vir die 2012/’13-boekjaar met 2,76%, en nie die beoogde 18% verhoog is nie, is “uitstekende nuus”.

Rabe sê die koste om langs hawens uit te voer, is reeds baie hoog, en hopelik sal dié besluit Transnet laat besef dat hy “nie kan maak en doen soos hy wil nie”.

15.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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A challenging year ahead for agribusinesses

A fragile international economy, slow economic growth rate, the high cost of doing business in South Africa and political uncertainties will be some of the factors influencing the trading environment for agribusinesses in the coming year.

This was according to the Agricultural Business Chamber’s economic intelligence manager, Lindie Stroebel, who recently published a report on the outlook and expectations for local agribusinesses for 2012.

10.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Port tariff hikes will hurt exports, job growth

Transnet is forging ahead with its decision to implement an 18,06% port tariff increase for the 2012/13 financial year. It has defended the proposed stiff hike, saying it’s necessary to tackle an infrastructure backlog in rail, ports and pipelines.

The increase will, however, have serious repercussions for farmers and comes on the back of soaring electricity and fuel prices. SA’s ports, and especially the container terminals, are already among the most expensive in the world despite their poor productivity record.

03.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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