Women make their mark in farming
Women make their mark in farming

Young rural women are making a name for themselves. Inga Mdunyelwa, co-owner of the Pondoland Brand Milling plant has won the Eastern Cape Female Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South Africa
How the lack of affordable vegetables is creating a billion-dollar obesity epidemic in South Africa

The Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition's Food Sustainability Index (FSI) 2017 ranks 34 countries across three pillars: sustainable agriculture; nutritional challenges; and food loss and waste. South Africa ranks in the third quartile of the index in 19th place. However, the country has a score of 51 on its ability to address nutritional challenges. The higher the score, the greater the progress the country has made. South Africa's score is lower than a number of countries on the index.

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#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews
#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews

Armed with a Viticulture and Oenology qualification from the University of Stellenbosch, Jéanri Nel was well on her way to becoming a winemaker, until she decided to indulge her love for beer and become a brewer instead.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced for 2018
Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced for 2018

The Pinotage Association in collaboration with Absa has announced its Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners for 2018. The trophy ceremony was held at Cavalli estate outside of Somerset West, which saw a panel of judges comprising Neil Ellis of Neil Ellis Wines (chairman), Samarie Smith, Benguela Cove's Brand and Business Manager, winemaker Francois Haasbroek, wine educator Nomonde Kubheka and Francois Rautenbach, wine buyer for Singita.

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Opportunities for Nigerian oil and gas companies in agriculture
Opportunities for Nigerian oil and gas companies in agriculture

Since the beginning of 2016, when crude oil prices dropped to below $30 per barrel, there has been a significant deal of uncertainty in the oil and gas industry, especially whether crude oil prices may ever return to pre-2014 levels of greater than $100. Although the prices currently average $70 per barrel, the apprehension about its continued sustainability is still palpable.

By Mary Iwelumo and Sonny Nwarisi 3 days ago

#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector
#WomensMonth: Adding glamour and sparkle to the agro-processing sector

Entrepreneur Silvana Dantu is marketing director of African Equations PTY Ltd, together with her business partner Shareen Parker, the producers of Zari Sparkling Grape juice, a local brand which has set out to disrupt the male-dominated agro-processing sector with its sparkling, alcohol-free beverage brand.

By Terry Levin 14 Aug 2018

Increased global consumption of poppy seed
Increased global consumption of poppy seed

According to the report, World: Poppy Seed - Market Report: Analysis and Forecast to 2025, recently published by IndexBox, the global poppy seed market was estimated at 111,000 tonnes in 2016, which was 6% more than in the previous year (2015).

14 Aug 2018

Cybercellar launches subscription service curated by SA wine fundis
Cybercellar launches subscription service curated by SA wine fundis

Online wine retailer Cybercellar has launched a new wine subscription service called Liquid Social, allowing customers to purchase a package of wine which is delivered to them on a monthly or quarterly basis.

14 Aug 2018

Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling
Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling

With South Africa being home to a host of world-class wine brands, newly released expressions can easily go unnoticed because consumers are faced with so many quality options. To pique interest and enhance the consumer experience, brands have therefore been upping the attention given to the development and design of their packaging.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie Botes
#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie Botes

Elmarie Botes is one of the latest members of the Nederburg winemaking team. Having just completed her first harvest, Botes is responsible for the winery's white wine.

By Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the year
Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the year

Kleine Zalze, a family owned and run wine estate is now amongst one of the world's most recognisable wine brands. With a tradition dating back to 1695, its award-winning wines have become known for its distinct South Africa character, boasting full-bodied flavours that reflect the local climate and soil, which have been evaluated and replanted according to specific terroir characteristics.

By Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape
South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season.

By Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

South African land reform debates reflect a tricky balance of power post Jacob Zuma’s rule. GCIS
South Africans differ on land reform. But there needs to be a meeting of minds

President Cyril Ramaphosa's late night announcement that the government was going to push ahead with implementing a decision taken by the African National Congress (ANC) at its national conference last year to expropriate land without compensation has set the cat among the pigeons.

By Roger Southall 13 Aug 2018