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AlphaCode awards R2m to fintech startups
AlphaCode awards R2m to fintech startupsArticle

South Africa's best up and coming fintech startups sweated it out at a virtual demo day when they had just five minutes each to convince a panel of judges that they should be part of the second phase of the AlphaCode Incubate programme...

14 May 2021

Nine in 10 farmers still struggling with lockdown
Nine in 10 farmers still struggling with lockdownArticle

An online emerging farmers' summit has revealed that, despite overall favourable agricultural and weather conditions, including good rainfall, 87% of small growers in South Africa have not managed to recover from last year's hard lockdown...

12 May 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Travis Coppin of Food Lover's Market
#BehindtheBrandManager: Travis Coppin of Food Lover's MarketArticle

Managing executive for marketing and buying Travis Coppin fills us in on the Food Lover's brand strategy, and what it takes to survive and thrive in the competitive grocery retail business...

Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Apr 2021

Farming hygiene practices can help protect agricultural value chain
Farming hygiene practices can help protect agricultural value chainArticle

Farming hygiene practices can help protect agricultural value chain

29 Apr 2021

The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilience
The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilienceArticle

Potatoes SA shares Limpopo Province potato farmer Johan Holtzhausen's story as he details how he had contracted Covid-19 and at the same time faced challenges that his business went through due to Covid-19...

28 Apr 2021

Food Lover’s Market CEO Brian Coppin with TVMA founder Mmabatho Portia Morudi
The Village Market Africa triumphs in Food Lover's Seeds of Change initiativeArticle

The Village Market Africa is the winner of Food Lover's Market's Seeds of Change Supplier Development Partnership, launched to create an opportunity for social enterprises to join the retailer's supplier network...

28 Apr 2021

SA avocado sector expected to see uptick in exports
SA avocado sector expected to see uptick in exportsArticle

"Between 45 and 50% of South Africa's avocados are exported; 10 to 12% are processed into oil and guacamole, and the rest are sold locally. About 95% of South African avocado exports are to Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia."

26 Apr 2021

KZN couple continues family tradition supplying first-grade fresh produce
KZN couple continues family tradition supplying first-grade fresh produceArticle

Two pensioners from KwaZulu-Natal have continued their family tradition of farming in the La Mercy region...

7 Apr 2021

Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemic
Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemicArticle

Called #WhenHopeWhispers, the campaign aims to highlight the indomitable spirit and contributions of various stakeholders from the potato industry before culminating in an inaugural State of the Potato Industry Address on 5 May 2021...

6 Apr 2021

PMA, United Fresh to create new global trade association
PMA, United Fresh to create new global trade associationArticle

The new association will enhance member services, increase advocacy before government and the public, help members grow their businesses and drive consumption of fresh produce and demand for floral products...

1 Apr 2021

Agri SA and partners assist communities in need
Agri SA and partners assist communities in needArticle

Agri SA launches its 2021 Surplus Food Aid Campaign today, Wednesday, 31 March. The campaign includes a total of R110,000 in donations and an estimated 30 tonnes of fresh produce...

29 Mar 2021

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Massmart planning to sell Cambridge Food, Rhino and MassfreshArticle

Massmart plans to sell the Cambridge Food, Rhino and Massfresh chains in a bid to "reduce exposure to non-core assets"...

8 Mar 2021

#EcommerceDay2021: Scaling township grocery delivery with Jessica Boonstra
#EcommerceDay2021: Scaling township grocery delivery with Jessica BoonstraArticle

Jessica Boonstra chats to Bizcommunity about starting and scaling Yebo Fresh, and the misconceptions that cloud SA's lucrative township retail economy...

Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2021

We're mastering circularity - beyond the beverage industry!
We're mastering circularity - beyond the beverage industry!Article

Mpact Versapak receives the prestigious Petco award for launching a 100% post-consumer recycled PET food punnet...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 2 Mar 2021

Gamtoos River Valley buckling under drought as Kouga Dam drops below 7%
Gamtoos River Valley buckling under drought as Kouga Dam drops below 7%Article

Farmers to the south of the country are grappling with an unprecedented crisis as the Kouga Dam, dropping below 7%, looks set to run dry for the first time ever...

26 Feb 2021

10th Annual Social Innovation Awards winners announced
10th Annual Social Innovation Awards winners announcedArticle

Meat Naturally and Agricool Finance were awarded joint first place in the 10th Annual Social Innovation Awards, while Leafline Washable Sanitary Wear scooped first place in the Disability Empowerment Awards...

10 Feb 2021

Covid-19: Grim start to year for once bustling Gatesville market
Covid-19: Grim start to year for once bustling Gatesville marketArticle

Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown started in March 2020, few people come to a street that used to overflow with footsteps and chatter. And the informal traders are left without shoppers...

Ashraf Hendricks 5 Feb 2021

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Probe into excessive prices of garlic and gingerArticle

The NCC has launched an investigation into allegations of price gouging relating to garlic and ginger...

4 Feb 2021

Food Lover's on the lookout for social enterprises to join supplier network
Food Lover's on the lookout for social enterprises to join supplier networkArticle

Food Lover's Market has launched its Seeds Of Change Supplier Development Partnership to create opportunities for social enterprises to join the fresh produce retailer's network as a supplier...

3 Feb 2021

10 fintech startups revealed for AlphaCode's R10m support programme
10 fintech startups revealed for AlphaCode's R10m support programmeArticle

The AlphaCode Incubate programme provides funding, guidance from performance coaches and a panel of advisory experts, access to AlphaCode's co-working space, and opportunities to apply for further early-stage investment...

1 Feb 2021

Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some US stores
Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some US storesArticle

Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, as Americans shift their spending online...

Melissa Fares 28 Jan 2021

Why smart packaging can be a valuable brand differentiator
Why smart packaging can be a valuable brand differentiatorArticle

The new era of smart packaging, and consequently products, will connect, improve and transform industries and shape new consumer expectations...

Robert Lockyer 21 Jan 2021

Vaccine delays reveal unexpected weak link in supply chains: A shortage of workers
Vaccine delays reveal unexpected weak link in supply chains: A shortage of workersArticle

The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the Covid-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic...

Anna Nagurney 11 Jan 2021

Public-private partnership grows Kenya's agriculture fortunes in a tough year
Public-private partnership grows Kenya's agriculture fortunes in a tough yearArticle

Kenya's agriculture has beaten the odds of a difficult 2020 to end on a high, having registered one of the best growth trajectories across key segments in a long time...

Nelson Maina 28 Dec 2020

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Now is the time to relook approaches to addressing the land issueArticle

As the year draws to a close, it is worthwhile to reflect on one of the biggest highlights of 2020 in land reform.

18 Dec 2020

Optimising meal kit delivery services in the digital age
Optimising meal kit delivery services in the digital ageArticle

Meal kit services may be the easiest way to get food on the table, but the supply chain behind this business model is complex and time-pressured...

10 Dec 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: Fatman and The Croods: A New Age
#OnTheBigScreen: Fatman and The Croods: A New AgeArticle

Films entering the South African box office, this week, include Fatman and The Croods: A New Age...

Daniel Dercksen 4 Dec 2020

The value of partnerships in a competitive environment and strained economy
The value of partnerships in a competitive environment and strained economyArticle

Over the past seven months, we have seen the South African economy suffer a major contraction. The Covid-19 pandemic put further pressure on an economy that was already ailing...

Khathutshelo Mufamadi 30 Nov 2020

Informal traders urged to apply for grant
Informal traders urged to apply for grantArticle

The Department of Small Business Development and Nedbank have called on informal fruit and vegetable traders who were negatively affected by the pandemic to apply for funding...

23 Nov 2020

How email enabled NetFlorist to pivot and drive innovation during lockdown
How email enabled NetFlorist to pivot and drive innovation during lockdownArticle

A highly customised email campaign boosted visibility and online sales of new service despite a difficult economic environment...

Issued by Everlytic 17 Nov 2020

Challenger Type: The People's Champion
Challenger Type: The People's ChampionArticle

Standing up for those who have historically been excluded to create meaningful, sustainable change...

Issued by eatbigfish 6 Nov 2020

From East to West: What the new Covid-19 consumer behaviour across Kenya and Nigeria means for brands on the continent
From East to West: What the new Covid-19 consumer behaviour across Kenya and Nigeria means for brands on the continentArticle

Kantar's Covid-19 tribes, an offshoot from wave six of the global Barometer study into how the pandemic affected consumer behaviour, attitudes and expectations across 60+ markets including Kenya and Nigeria, reveals what marketers need to consider to better reach consumers in these sub-Saharan markets...

Issued by Kantar 28 Oct 2020

Here's how community gardens can solve our food security crisis
Here's how community gardens can solve our food security crisisArticle

The fact that the World Food Programme is the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize not only celebrates the work they do feeding hundreds of millions of hungry people globally, but draws attention to the plight of the starving...

Michael Rudolph 23 Oct 2020

#2020AfricaBrandSummit: Taking emerging commercial farmers seriously - the battle royale of growing food value chains
#2020AfricaBrandSummit: Taking emerging commercial farmers seriously - the battle royale of growing food value chainsArticle

This year's Africa Brand Summit event, which took place between 5 and 8 October as a hybrid event, saw CEO of Green Terrace, Mbali Nwoko, share her thoughts around food value chains and what key challenges emerging commercial farmers are facing...

Robin Fredericks 15 Oct 2020

New local food delivery app Pekkish SA launches
New local food delivery app Pekkish SA launchesArticle

Pekkish SA is a new local food market app that aims to connect Cape Town residents to the nearest home kitchen business...

12 Oct 2020

Thinking outside the box: How one local business tripled its turnover in lockdown
Thinking outside the box: How one local business tripled its turnover in lockdownArticle

As one of the beneficiaries of Tractor Outdoor's SME Advertising Fund, Foodbox stocks a wide variety of fresh, locally-sourced produce, which includes everyday staples such as meats, cheese, dairy and vegetables...

Issued by Tractor Outdoor 12 Oct 2020

Jeremy Loops talks headlining a virtual concert & working with Ed Sheeran
Jeremy Loops talks headlining a virtual concert & working with Ed SheeranArticle

After months away from centre stage due to the nationwide lockdown, Jeremy Loops is excited. He was doing what everyone else was, he says: "Probably too much Netflix and a few home workouts for the first weeks." But come Sunday 11 October at 5pm, he will head music app Joox Big Live performance...

Nadim Nyker 8 Oct 2020

Tshegofatso Phetlhe, art director at M&C Saatchi; Ann Nurock, senior partner: Relationship Audits and Management; Hellen Ndebele of Everlytic, Thalissa Pillay, NetFlorist marketing manager; Riaan Wolmarans, head of digital: media at Arena Holdings and Timothy Spira, global head of digital content at Investec.
#IABInsightSeries: Marketing partnerships in the digital economyArticle

The IAB SA discussed marketing partnerships in the digital economy, and shared insights on those relationships that enable brands to beat the benchmark in digital in its next webinar that was held on Thursday, 8 October...

Juanita Pienaar 5 Oct 2020

FoodForward SA launches additional depot in KwaZulu-Natal
FoodForward SA launches additional depot in KwaZulu-NatalArticle

According to the United Nations, South Africa's rural population, currently at just over 33%, will decline to 20% of the total population by 2050. While this seems like a step in the right direction, says FoodForward SA MD Andy du Plessis, even more people moving to already saturated urban areas with limited job opportunities will have a negative impact on vulnerable rural communities too.

17 Sep 2020

8 foodie and adventure activities in the Constantia Valley
8 foodie and adventure activities in the Constantia ValleyArticle

Set against the densely forested eastern sides of the Table Mountain range and sloping down into a valley of vineyards, Constantia offers plenty of reasons to plan a holiday break or getaway around this locale...

16 Sep 2020

Surplus food: The key to boosting household food security
Surplus food: The key to boosting household food securityArticle

Government needs to legislate labelling that supports the diversion of surplus food; the food value chain needs to find efficient ways to divert and deliver it; and civil society needs to put pressure on the system to ensure that their fellow countrymen are adequately fed and nourished...

John Hudson 8 Sep 2020

Tongaat Hulett celebrates women in sugar cane farming
Tongaat Hulett celebrates women in sugar cane farmingArticle

Ranging from owner and farmer manager to junior farm assistant, Tongaat Hulett is celebrating three inspiring KwaZulu-Natal women in agriculture this Women's Month who are involved in sugar cane farming...

21 Aug 2020

Image credit: FoodForward
FLM campaign dents SA's deepening hunger crisisArticle

Food Lover's Market's fourth annual Hunger Month campaign raised funds equating to 1,030,888 meals, exceeding the fresh produce retailer's 1 million meal target for 2020...

Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Aug 2020

Pandemic highlights the importance of dietetics
Pandemic highlights the importance of dieteticsArticle

As diabetes emerges, worldwide, as a top co-morbidity of Covid-19, there's an increasing focus for many of us on our family eating habits and how we can make smart, sustainable improvements to support immunity and overall health through food...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 28 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: How Liberty Two Degrees is helping co-create a better tomorrow
#BizUnity: How Liberty Two Degrees is helping co-create a better tomorrowArticle

To help restart the economy and pay it forward, Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) launched its #CreateTomorrow campaign...

Sindy Peters 27 Jul 2020

67,000 meals for Mandela Day
67,000 meals for Mandela DayGallery

It took 61 volunteers, 376 hours, 100 social entrepreneur stations feeding more than 67,000 meals, plus bags of warmth to make Mandela Day a huge success for ChangeMakersHub.

22 Jul 2020

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State of the agricultural sector in South Africa' economyArticle

The sector increased by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter due to higher production of animal products, horticulture and field crops amid favourable weather conditions...

Paul Makube 21 Jul 2020

Philippi's urban agri project gets R40m investment boost
Philippi's urban agri project gets R40m investment boostArticle

"The purpose of the project is to revitalise small and medium-business urban farming, offer training, and increase job opportunities in Philippi."

20 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: Goedgedacht pivots to allay Covid-19 pressure in Swartland
#BizUnity: Goedgedacht pivots to allay Covid-19 pressure in SwartlandArticle

Results from the recently released National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (NIDS-CRAM) Survey reveal an exploding hunger crisis in South Africa...

Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2020

Report examines food price drivers and discrepancies during pandemic
Report examines food price drivers and discrepancies during pandemicArticle

The Competition Commission said that of the 1,600 complaints received under the excessive pricing and consumer protection regulations by the end of June, 19% related to basic food products...

17 Jul 2020

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