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#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 1 day ago

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

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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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Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

Companies in various countries are investing heavily in creating alternative products that may resemble and taste like beef products. USCA has petitioned the USDA FSIS to exclude products not derived from animals from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'...

19 Feb 2018

Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin
Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin

Steinhoff International's troubles continue to mount. On Thursday, the Cape High Court began to interrogate the controversial lending practices of Capfin, which provided unsecured credit to customers of Pepkor and Ackermans...

By Ann Crotty 16 Feb 2018

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Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

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Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

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Tribunal kicks out Massmart's mall case

The Competition Tribunal has dismissed Massmart's complaint that Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar were taking part in anticompetitive behaviour through exclusive leases with shopping-mall landlords.

By Michelle Gumede 14 Feb 2018

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March
Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will engage industry stakeholders on the Sugary Beverages Levy...

13 Feb 2018

Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'
Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'

A special investigation concludes that nearly two-thirds of dried abalone shipments to Hong Kong are harvested illegally in South Africa...

By Tony Carnie 12 Feb 2018

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Kenya lifts temporary ban on avocado exports

"The temporary ban was a wake-up call for the exporters with the ban having been imposed to stop exporters shipping out immature crop because of high demand in the world market."

7 Feb 2018

Listeriosis outbreak reveals SA's need for a designated food control agency
Listeriosis outbreak reveals SA's need for a designated food control agency

With over 720 laboratory-confirmed cases of food poisoning caused by Listeria in 2017, South Africa is in dire need of a food control agency which can better manage the threat...

31 Jan 2018

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