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Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA's vital food sector
Newly launched Food Franchise Forum to represent SA's vital food sector

The Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) has announced the establishment of a Food Franchise Forum representing the majority of the household names in the casual dining and quick service restaurants sector...

18 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

16 Jul 2018

Informal traders march over By-law amendments
Informal traders march over By-law amendments

Hundreds of informal traders marched to the City Hall in Durban on Friday over new regulations they say will deprive them from earning a living...

By Nomfundo Xolo 6 Jul 2018

SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth
SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth

The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by President Ramaphosa on 1 July, at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania, is considered a significant step towards increased intra-African trade...

3 Jul 2018

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AfCFTA will foster partnerships among e-commerce firms: Jumia CEO

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent, and impact Nigeria's growing economy significantly, believes the CEO of Jumia Nigeria...

27 Jun 2018

Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves
Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves

The Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) is currently working on two projects to boost retail access of locally manufactured goods. These projects entail a feasibility study on establishing a Barcode Centre...

By Edgar Brandt 22 Jun 2018

Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business
Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business

For businesses around the world, including Africa, the implementation of the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is particularly pertinent...

21 Jun 2018

New system for liquor licence
New system for liquor licence

The newly developed online renewal Case Management System (CSM) will see ease the process of liquor licence applications and renewals, said the National Liquor Authority...

21 Jun 2018

Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives
Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives

France recently passed an amendment to its Agriculture Bill. It prohibits any product that is largely based on non-animal ingredients from being labelled like a traditional animal product...

By Malte B. Rödl 1 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade
Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

Chasing zero: What will it take to improve food safety standards in SA?
Chasing zero: What will it take to improve food safety standards in SA?

The recent Listeria outbreak has resulted in consumers not just questioning food safety standards, but insisting on a zero-tolerance approach to bacterial contamination...

14 May 2018

New data protection guidelines for Africa launched
New data protection guidelines for Africa launched

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission launched new personal data protection guidelines for Africa at the Africa Internet Summit held in Dakar, Senegal this week...

10 May 2018

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Better governance can enhance an inclusive and just food system in South Africa

By understanding and working with different levels and spheres of government on, for example, land use, informal retailers and other food security issues, De Visser hopes to promote a more inclusive and just food system in South Africa...

By Mologadi Makwela 4 May 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business
VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business

Given the challenging economic environment, many have dreaded the recent one percentage point increase of VAT in South Africa...

24 Apr 2018

Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business
Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business

We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety-related incidents, both in South Africa and globally. Re-establishing trust in the food safety industry is more necessary than ever...

By Roy Kirby 11 Apr 2018

Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke
Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke

The increase in excise tax on tobacco products above the inflation rate, announced in the Budget Speech in February, was erroneously lauded by tobacco control lobbyists...

11 Apr 2018

Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?
Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

The influx of investment into lab-grown meats and the projected price drop have buttressed claims that synthetic meat products will be on sale within three years. Growing meat is a very different process from breeding and slaughtering animals...

By Hope Johnson 3 Apr 2018

Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations
Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats...

By Michael Acott 22 Mar 2018

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations
Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products...

By Tanusree Jain 8 Mar 2018

Nomfundo Dlamini, Tank Research founder.
Marketing is key in medicines distribution in Africa

The media is a key platform for dissemination of information around medications on the continent in Africa, where virtual spaza shops for drugs proliferate...

By Nomfundo Dlamini 8 Mar 2018

A chicken in every pot for Astral Foods
A chicken in every pot for Astral Foods

Astral Foods, the big bird of the JSE's poultry sector, seems set to wing its way to bumper profits in the half-year to March. The upbeat Astral trading statement confirms a vibrant trend in the local poultry sector...

By Marc Hasenfuss 7 Mar 2018

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FAWU to protest job losses in sugar and poultry industries

FAWU will be marching in Pretoria and Cape Town to protest the loss of jobs through illicit trade practices and inappropriate government policies to prevent these job losses...

5 Mar 2018

Change in VAT has retailers scrambling
Change in VAT has retailers scrambling

A month before higher value added tax (VAT) rates take effect, retailers are scrambling to adjust their systems and ensure compliance...

By Nick Hedley 5 Mar 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Mar 2018

Cabinet considers VAT relief
Cabinet considers VAT relief

The Cabinet is considering expanding the list of foodstuffs zero-rated for value-added tax (VAT) in a bid to mitigate the effect on poor people of the increase of one percentage point in the rate provided for in the February budget...

2 Mar 2018

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal businesses in townships
Gauteng to clamp down on illegal businesses in townships

The Gauteng provincial government has announced the introduction of a drive to shut down illegally operating foreign-owned businesses in townships...

27 Feb 2018

Government wants liquor ads ban
Government wants liquor ads ban

The Department of Health is seeking a ban on alcohol advertising in the controversial Liquor Amendment Bill now with the Cabinet...

By Linda Ensor 26 Feb 2018

SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA
SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA

SIZA was thoroughly reviewed against SAI Platform's Farm Sustainability Assessment 2.0. The result was a maximum Gold level of equivalence (100% essential, 100% basic and 100% advanced)...

23 Feb 2018

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