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Logistics, supply chains sectors could play crucial role in rebuilding SA economy
Logistics, supply chains sectors could play crucial role in rebuilding SA economyArticle

As much as finding new ways to do business will play a key role in South Africa's economic turnaround strategy, for the country to emerge from the years-long slump exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic it will need to further invest in its cornerstone industries...

4 May 2021

Final call for entries: 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine and Spirits shows
Final call for entries: 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine and Spirits showsArticle

The wine and spirits industries are reminded to submit their respective entries for the 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show by Friday, 23 April...

16 Apr 2021

International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to grow
International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to growArticle

As much as South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the need for South Africans to "buy local" to boost the country's ailing economy, exports remain crucial to the government's turnaround strategy...

Muhammad Ali 14 Apr 2021

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Global coffee market enjoys ongoing growth despite pandemicArticle

According to a new report published by IndexBox, coffee yield figures remained robust in 2020 and coffee bean exports increased, despite the disruption to supply chains caused by the coronavirus restrictions...

13 Apr 2021

What SA consumers can expect from food price inflation this year
What SA consumers can expect from food price inflation this yearArticle

With maize production estimates expected to be adjusted in the coming month with farmers on the ground continuing to express optimism about yield prospects, will likely add downward pressure on maize prices, which bodes well for SA's consumer food price inflation...

Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2021

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SA secures 30-million J&J Covid-19 shotsArticle

South Africa has secured 30-million Johnson and Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines, the first batch of which will will be delivered in April...

30 Mar 2021

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Patel calls for partnerships in manufacturing sectorArticle

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says South Africa must rebuild its manufacturing strength to be able to fully benefit from the opportunities in the BRICS markets...

30 Mar 2021

Agribusiness bodies, dtic engage to discuss agricultural trade market access
Agribusiness bodies, dtic engage to discuss agricultural trade market accessArticle

The expected increase in agricultural output will require export markets, as South Africa's agricultural sector is export-orientated...

25 Mar 2021

South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export markets
South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export marketsArticle

The increase in domestic agricultural output in the recent past and planned expansion in various subsectors in the coming years means that South African policymakers should focus on creating new opportunities in the export market...

Wandile Sihlobo 19 Mar 2021

Kangra coal mine recommences operations
Kangra coal mine recommences operationsArticle

Coal mining company Kangra, which was put on care and maintenance due to Covid-19 lockdowns in the domestic and export markets has resumed operations...

11 Mar 2021

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South Africa's food security conditionsArticle

Increased unemployment, increased crime and land reform discussions among other critical factors, must be closely monitored to maintain South Africa's food security...

Wandile Sihlobo 19 Feb 2021

Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry
Eskom's business investment competition is open for entryArticle

The competition has provided a platform for South African owners of small and medium enterprises to become part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs...

8 Feb 2021

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SA rail boom could signify big win for all industry stakeholdersArticle

Opening up third-party access to South Africa's rail infrastructure would fundamentally change the way freight moves in the country - this would not only grow the size of the rail market for all players but ultimately benefit a range of industries and the entire economy...

2 Feb 2021

Trade and industry minister, Ebrahim Patel
New dawn in African tradeArticle

The transition from 2020 into 2021 was marked by two significant landmarks in global trade...

5 Jan 2021

Gas won't save SA's economy
Gas won't save SA's economyArticle

The potential of recent gas finds has given rise to false claims that gas will generate economic prosperity for the country. The reality is that it will be at least a decade, possibly two, before we see any significant impact...

8 Dec 2020

Africa's untapped opportunity: How Africa's free-trade area could catalyse the agricultural sector's development
Africa's untapped opportunity: How Africa's free-trade area could catalyse the agricultural sector's developmentArticle

The African Continental Free-Trade Area could accelerate the development of sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector and help the continent to become self-sufficient in food production...

Louis van Ravesteyn 2 Dec 2020

Hypermobility 2020: SA's vehicle export programme is under threat
Hypermobility 2020: SA's vehicle export programme is under threatArticle

One of the messages that came out of Messe Frankfurt SA's recent Hypermobility virtual conference was that South Africa's important built-up vehicle export programme is under threat from two major fronts...

24 Nov 2020

Ford SA starts Project Blue Oval, a renewable energy programme
Ford SA starts Project Blue Oval, a renewable energy programmeArticle

Project Blue Oval is a renewable energy programme for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria...

13 Nov 2020

SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provinces
SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provincesArticle

South Africa's primary agricultural employment in the third quarter of the year improved by 1% from the previous quarter to 807,882. This slight quarterly recovery corresponds with the reopening of the economy and certain agricultural commodities during that period...

13 Nov 2020

Sappi announces financial results for fourth quarter and full year
Sappi announces financial results for fourth quarter and full yearArticle

Sappi recently announced its financial results for fourth quarter and full year...

Issued by Sappi 6 Nov 2020

African Pioneer Marine acquires canned pilchards brand Glenryck
African Pioneer Marine acquires canned pilchards brand GlenryckArticle

The Glenryck brand joins the 100% black-owned Pioneer Fishing, under the umbrella of African Pioneer Marine...

18 Sep 2020

Local poultry production shows moderate growth
Local poultry production shows moderate growthArticle

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year...

15 Sep 2020

Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?
Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?Article

In the period between 2015 and 2019, Zimbabwe's maize imports averaged 17% of overall agricultural imports which were valued at US$795m, according to data from Trade Map. But last Zimbabwean government made an important statement aiming to boost its maize production...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 Sep 2020

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SA agriculture sector 1Q20 recovery - where to from here?Article

Despite four consecutive quarters of contraction and ongoing challenges due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa's agriculture sector rebounded by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter...

Casey Delport 28 Jul 2020

SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19
SA leads Africa's maize trade during Covid-19Article

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has brought significant uncertainty to global trade, largely due to disruptions in supply chains and weakening demand...

Casey Delport 29 Jun 2020

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural employment in South AfricaArticle

A key question that consistently arises amid the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on the economy is its effect on employment. We believe there may be some resilience in the agricultural sector compared to other sectors of the economy...

Wandile Sihlobo 23 Jun 2020

Learning from experience: how our universities can turn the international student crisis into an opportunity
Learning from experience: how our universities can turn the international student crisis into an opportunityArticle

The impact of Covid-19 on New Zealand's international education sector can hardly be overstated. Almost overnight, the global travel ban thwarted the plans of thousands of international students. Lecture theatres, halls of residence and private accommodations stood empty...

Rahul Sen and Swati Nagar 22 Jun 2020

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Agribusiness confidence falls to its lowest level since 2009Article

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis is primarily a health shock, but its impact on the economy has been severe and these sentiment results are a reflection of that...

18 Jun 2020

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South Africa must get ready for an inevitable loosening of trade ties with the USArticle

Irrespective of who emerges victorious between the incumbent President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee Joe Biden South Africa needs to start thinking about what it stands to lose - or gain - from the new administration's stance...

Mills Soko 2 Jun 2020

Level 3: Green light for takeaways and booze, but tobacco ban remains
Level 3: Green light for takeaways and booze, but tobacco ban remainsArticle

The ban on cigarettes and related tobacco products will remain in place, but alcohol will be permitted for sale on certain days of the week...

Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2020

SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdown
SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdownArticle

In level four, South Africa has entered a critical time to regain its momentum as one of the world's top wine export regions. The pressure is on bulk wine producers to fulfil current contracts and seal next year's trade agreements while they play catchup with fluctuating exchange rates and a backlog in exports.

8 May 2020

A startup's guide to fighting the Covid-19 crisis
A startup's guide to fighting the Covid-19 crisisArticle

Rather than downing tools and waiting out the lockdown, it is critical that small, medium and microsized enterprises work harder now than ever before...

16 Apr 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on local production of ethanol minimal
Impact of Covid-19 on local production of ethanol minimalArticle

Illovo Sugar South Africa is aware of claims being made of shortages of ethanol in the country by various local market players and has confirmed that there has been no impact from Covid-19 on its local production of ethanol...

30 Mar 2020

Game changer SUV and 4X4 tyre to be released
Game changer SUV and 4X4 tyre to be releasedArticle

With undeniably the most comprehensive range of SUV and 4X4 tyres, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) is bringing you an impressive new product that can literally 'Do More'...

Issued by Sumitomo Dunlop 17 Mar 2020

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SA's agribusiness confidence improves in Q2 2020Article

The survey of the first-quarter data was conducted between the final week of February and the first week of March 2020, which is a period before the spread of COVID-19 intensified across several geographies...

16 Mar 2020

Tracking systems can help farmers combat the outbreak of FMD
Tracking systems can help farmers combat the outbreak of FMDArticle

Establishing a Livestock Identification and Traceability System is of utmost importance, says Agri EC...

28 Feb 2020

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Groundnut import tariffs: A perilous junctionArticle

Owing to various factors, including drought, high-yielding competitive crops and the absence of pricing mechanisms, the local groundnut industry finds itself at a perilous junction. This is a disheartening situation for those who continue to believe in this commodity and those who make a living in the various branches of this industry.

21 Feb 2020

Avocados in Kenya: What's holding back smallholder farmers
Avocados in Kenya: What's holding back smallholder farmersArticle

Smallholder avocado farmers in Kenya face several barriers to participating in export markets...

Mulubrhan Amare 19 Feb 2020

Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progress
Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progressArticle

As air cargo and logistics industry stakeholders prepare to seize new opportunities presented by the new Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement...

18 Feb 2020

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Local wine shines at Russian trade showArticle

South African wine companies are making inroads at the Prodexpo international trade show currently underway in Russia...

12 Feb 2020

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A look at sustainable farming trends in South AfricaArticle

According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security.

Claudi Nortjé 12 Feb 2020

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Repositioning SA's wine industry through premiumisationArticle

Following on from a tough 2018, exports of South African wine continued to struggle in terms of volume. This can be directly related back to the downturn in overall production due to the drought...

17 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: SA wine industry shifting gearsArticle

The South African wine industry is entering a new phase of repositioning, consolidation and reinvestment. Although challenges such as climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures are expected to continue into 2020, it has led to the industry becoming more streamlined, focused and adaptable...

Rico Basson 18 Dec 2019

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do
South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to doArticle

South Africa's urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity...

6 Dec 2019

Understanding small business financing
Understanding small business financingArticle

If you are needing to raise finance for your business, it is best to start by getting to grips with the financing landscape...

Darlene Menzies 2 Dec 2019

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Mines juggle to keep investorsArticle

The minerals sector must juggle furiously to attract its share of global investment. It must earn its social licence in challenging markets while chasing new mineral prospects in unfamiliar regions...

Joe Keenan 15 Nov 2019

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Drought threatens food security and collapse of industryArticle

Agri SA issued severe warnings at their drought press conference held recently. If the extreme drought conditions currently experienced continues, the rural economy could collapse, which can demolish South Africa's entire agricultural industry...

Michelle Verster 14 Nov 2019

Gwede Mantashe, SA minister of minerals and energy
#AOW2019: Mantashe calls for gas investmentArticle

Highlighting the investment opportunities at the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe called on foreign investors to help develop South Africa's fledgling gas industry...

Nicci Botha 6 Nov 2019

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