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News archive - July-2011

Africa Lead partners with ABC

AFRICA LEAD is a USAID-funded project focused on building capacity for agricultural

development in a number of African countries* across the continent. AFRICA LEAD is offering

an opportunity for South African companies to participate in their “Agribusiness Leadership

Program”. By matching private sector hosts from more technically advanced economies (like

South Africa) with participants from enterprises that need technical skills upgrades, the

Agribusiness Leadership Program supports skills transfer to facilitate a greater commercial

model of agricultural production and value addition in Africa.

02.08.2011 / Media Releases


ABC participates in meeting with Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Minister Gungile Nkwinti

The ABC leadership was invited to a meeting between the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and commercial farmers. After the meeting was opened, Minister Nkwinti presented the audience with his views on the various Land Reform models. He specified that assisting land reform beneficiaries and emerging farmers cannot be done by government alone, hence this important engagement.

The Minister emphasised the benefit of interacting with farmers and role players to enable government’s ability to achieve land reform targets. “Closing the gap through talking solves many problems”. The Minister urged for better communication, especially between beneficiaries and neighbouring commercial farmers. However, he depicted that the beneficiaries should ask for assistance. “Dit het niks te doen met kleur nie”, the Minster said, when he said black and white farmers should de-racialize the rural economy and stand together to speak with one voice, and defend with one voice their property and farming interests.

28.07.2011 / Media Releases


Africa investor Agribusiness Investment Awards 2011 shortlist announced

Johannesburg, South Africa; 20 July 2011: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced the shortlist for the 2011 Ai Agribusiness Awards, which reward organisations, companies and personalities driving transactions and improving the continent’s agribusiness investment climate.

The Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards will formally recognise the importance agribusiness investment has on economic development across the continent. The Awards reward achievements across the main agribusiness and finance sectors in Africa. Last year’s Award winners included: African Export-Import Bank; African Development Bank; Nestlé; Presidential Initiative for Banana Industrial Development (PIBID); Silk Invest and ABSA, amongst others.

21.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Nkwinti betrek boere

Boere gaan die eerste keer ’n sê hê in nuwe beleid oor grondkwessies. Hul betrokkenheid

daarby gaan hul oorlewing bepaal, het dr. Theo de Jager, ondervoorsitter van Agri SA, in

Pretoria gesê ná ’n werksessie met mnr. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister van Landelike

Ontwikkeling en Grondhervorming.

De Jager sê dié boodskap moet nou dringender as vantevore by boere tuisgebring word en

gesoute onderhandelaars gaan nodig wees.

08.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Nuwe denke 'verfrissend'

Die debat oor grondhervorming in Suid-Afrika het ’n nuwe vlak betree. Vir die eerste keer

is daar planne om kommersiële boere by besluitneming oor grondkwessies te betrek. Dit is

’n welcome verandering in die Regering se denke oor grondhervorming.

Die jongste ontwikkeling spruit voort uit ’n werksessie tussen mnr. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister

van Landelike Ontwikkeling en Grondhervorming, en die georganiseerde landbou. Nkwinti

het ná die werksessie gesê dit was die eerste stap van sy department se interaksie met

kommersiële landbouers.

08.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Land reform minister Nkwinti set to sign long-awaited green paper today

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says he will sign off today on the long-awaited green paper on land reform which proposes radical changes to land ownership.

Nkwinti said he would submit the document to a cabinet committee next week, after which it would probably serve before the cabinet for approval.

He said there had been “no changes” to the green paper leaked to Independent Newspapers last year.

07.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news


LBK ook teen nasionalisering

Die Landboubesigheidskamer het in sy elektroniese nuusbrief gesê hoewel hy met kommer kennis geneem het van uitlatings oor die nasionalisering van plase, banke en myne, dit belangrik is om te beklemtoon dat 'n opemark-ekonomie steeds die amptelike beleid van die regering van die dag is. Die regerende party het dit die afgelope week weer bevestig.

27.06.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Regering steun steeds vrye mark

Die nasionalisering van plase is nié die amptelike standpunt van die Suid-Afrikaanse Regering nie en mnr. Julius Malema se uitsprake moet binne dié konteks gesien word.

Die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) het dié punt oorgedra in sy weeklikse nuusbrief.


Malema het tydens die ANC-jeugliga se onlangse kongres aangedring dat plase, banke en myne genasionaliseer moet word. Dié kommentaar het skokgolwe deur die sakewêreld gestuur.

23.06.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Kredietwet kan landbou knou

Die herfinasiering van  ‘n een-mansaak(soo  ‘n boerdery) wat  ‘n  rampspoedige jaar beleef het, is onwetting ingevolge die Nasionale Kredietwet(Wet 34 van 2005).Dit kom neer op roeke-lose lenery.

13.06.2011 / Agbiz in the news


ABC hosts high level US delegation

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) was pleased to host a high-level delegation from

the United States (US) on 7 June 2011. The US delegation was led by Mr Jose Fernandez,

Assistant Secretary of State, Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs; US Department of State;

and consisted of Mr Jack Bobo, Foreign Affairs Officer; Mr Ross Kreamer, Minister-Counselor

of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS), and a number of

other US Officials from the US Embassy in Pretoria. The ABC was represented by Mr Schalk

Pienaar, Chairman of the ABC and MD of Suidwes Landbou, Ms Elaine Alexander, CEO of

South African Table Grape Industry (SATGI), Mr Ronald Ramabulana, CEO of the National

Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Mr William Malan, Deputy Head of Absa

Agribusiness (all ABC Board members), and Prof Vaughan Hattingh of Citrus Research

International, together with ABC officials.

07.06.2011 / Media Releases


Farmers don't bank on Land Bank

Cape Town  - Commercial banks currently contribute 75% towards agricultural financing in South Africa,  while the Land Bank’s 30% share in 2000 has fallen to 8%.

These figures on agricultural financing came to light in a debate on the subject initiated by the Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC).

The debate follows Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s request for a further urgent look into agricultural financing, and especially development finance.

06.06.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Ontluikende boere se behoeftes onbekend

Landboufinansiers verstaan nie die behoeftes van klein-en op-komende boere genoeng nie,sê dr.Tobias Doyer,hoofbestuur-der van Santam Landbou.

29.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news


ABC Centenary Bursary funding student for further studies in the field of agribusiness

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) has strengthened its existing links with South African

Universities through the introduction of the Centenary Bursary for a student registered for a

Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management at any

recognised SA university.

The Centenary Bursary has been launched in honour of those ABC members who recently

celebrated their Centenary, i.e. NWK, Suidwes Landbou, Senwes and NTK. The bursary is

intended to inspire students to contribute towards a positive agribusiness sector in South Africa,

through the knowledge gained by their studies.

27.05.2011 / Media Releases


ABC’s expectations, based on the Monetary Policy Review, May 2011

The ABC attended the Monetary Policy Forum on Tuesday, 24 May 2011, at the Reserve Bank. Governor

Gill Marcus and the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) members presented the Monetary Policy Review

for May 2011, released on the day.

A lot of speculation regarding the possible increase in interest rates has lately been going on amongst

decision makers and in the media. The MPC presented their views (as per the Review document),

identified some important aspects they base their decisions on and provided just enough to say much, but

reveal nothing – leaving one to “read between the lines” towards expected changes in monetary policy.

The MPC perceive the global economic recovery to be on track, taking in consideration the number of

vulnerabilities continuing to characterise the global economy. Global inflation risks have also increased,

particularly in emerging market economies. Many emerging market economies have recently tightened

their monetary policies (with other words increased their interest rates) in response. The domestic

growth prognosis has also improved, even though growth remains below potential.

27.05.2011 / Media Releases


From the “highs” in 2008, to the “lows” in 2009 and again the “highs” in 2011

Agribusinesses in South Africa have had positive business confidence for a year now; peaking since the beginning

of 2011. According to the results from the ABC/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index, agribusinesses’ confidence

increased to 62.7 index points in the second quarter of 2011. It is a mere 1% higher than the first quarter of 2011

and 12% higher than the same quarter of the previous year.

Last year this time (second quarter of 2010), the ABC/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index reached 55,7 index

points - it was the first time to be in positive territory (being above the neutral level of 50 basis points) since the

third quarter of 2008.

27.05.2011 / Media Releases


Duur krag, brandstof sny poste in landbousektor.

Hennie Duvenhage, Kaapstad

Die hoër koste van elektrisiteit en brandstof plaas die winsmarges van sommige

landboumaatskappye só onder druk dat die getal werkgeleenthede in die landbousakesektor


Dít blyk uit die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) en Nywerheidsontwikkelingskorporasie

(NOK) se vertrouensindeks vir die landbousakesektor.

26.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Food prices: Slim pickings

Food prices worldwide have been rocketing. SA, though shielded to

some extent, is now heading the global route. Shannon Sherry looks

at what is driving prices and who benefits along the value chain.

06.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Staat besef dalk nou eers wat landbou hehels

Dit is duidelik in die landboubegroting dat sterker vennootskappe tussen die staat en die private sektor sal verseker dat die landbou tot sy reg kan kom.

06.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news


'Staat sloer te lank met uitbetalings'

Die Regering slover met die be-skikbaarstelling van geld vir landboufinansiering.

06.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Rolspelers wil finansiering saam takel

Verteenwoordigers van die private sektor en die Regering gaan saam planne beraam om struikelblokke in ontwikkelingsfinansiering sinvolt te oorkom.

29.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


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