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Govt could curb imports in favour of more 100% local goodsArticle

Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the department is in talks with the DTIC to designate more products under the 100% local content category to support SMMEs...

11 hours ago

Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swells
Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swellsArticle

Sudan is struggling to provide hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen to Covid-19 patients hit by a third wave of infections that is straining the country's patchy healthcare system beyond what it can cope with...

Khalid Abdelaziz 1 day ago

DEVAC Infrasfuture conference addresses challenges facing the African sector
DEVAC Infrasfuture conference addresses challenges facing the African sectorArticle

The annual DEVAC Infrasfuture conference and expo was held earlier this month, looking at how the delivery process in the infrastructure sector be fast-tracked...

2 days ago

Trucks loaded with goods had been waiting for weeks to cross the Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana borders at Elubo/Noe. © Franck Kuwonu/Africa Renewal
Africans urged to trade more with each otherArticle

African countries continue to trade more with the outside world than among themselves, according to findings of the UN Economic Commission for Africa assessment report...

7 May 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remain
Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remainArticle

Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity, but the region isn't out of the woods yet...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 May 2021

Investing in Nigeria: Discipline is key
Investing in Nigeria: Discipline is keyArticle

The end of quarter one 2021 marks one year since markets bottomed following the Covid-19 global outbreak...

Rami Hajjar 5 May 2021

Why Ghana doesn't get the full value of its cocoa beans - and how this could change
Why Ghana doesn't get the full value of its cocoa beans - and how this could changeArticle

The importance of raw cocoa beans to Ghana's foreign exchange earnings is derailing the development of a viable chocolate industry...

Sophie Van Huellen 3 May 2021

SA's trade surplus grows to R52.77bn in March
SA's trade surplus grows to R52.77bn in MarchArticle

South Africa recorded its largest trade surplus on record in March, data showed on Friday, with sales of commodities and minerals rising sharply as global demand driven by the economic recovery from the coronavirus continued...

Mfuneko Toyana 3 May 2021

Global citrus market holds strong despite Covid crisis
Global citrus market holds strong despite Covid crisisArticle

The production of major types of citrus fruits, except that of lemons and limes, grew in 2020 thanks to good weather conditions in most producing regions...

3 May 2021

Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reported
Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reportedArticle

Although no new outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported since the previously confirmed cases, South Africa's poultry and ostrich industries remain under national high alert with strict biosecurity measures in place...

30 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

Samsung device is a telephone, not a machine - tariff ruling
Samsung device is a telephone, not a machine - tariff rulingArticle

The Pretoria High Court recently had to decide whether the Samsung Galaxy S7 should be classified under the "machine" tariff or remain under its "telephone" tariff determination...

Keketso Kgomosotho, overseen by Virusha Subban 23 Apr 2021

Recovery perceived in industrial, retail markets - Q1 2021 FNB Property Broker Survey
Recovery perceived in industrial, retail markets - Q1 2021 FNB Property Broker SurveyArticle

In this report, we discuss the first quarter 2021 results of the rental market component of our FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey...

John Loos 20 Apr 2021

International Zinc Association looks to re-galvanise local zinc industry
International Zinc Association looks to re-galvanise local zinc industryArticle

The R100bn Infrastructure Fund is good news for the Africa desk of the International Zinc Association (IZA), according to its head Simon Norton...

19 Apr 2021

FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market
FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single marketArticle

Increased agricultural trade between African countries can drive sustainable development and play a pivotal role in the transformation of our food systems...

16 Apr 2021

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Why you should expect more Suez-like supply chain disruptions and shortages at your local grocery storeArticle

When the Ever Given container ship choked off traffic in the Suez Canal for almost a week in late March 2021, it made headlines around the world...

Nada R. Sanders 12 Apr 2021

Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyed
Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyedArticle

Government's renewed vigour to eliminate illegal tobacco imports and exports will be demonstrated on Friday when a multi-department operation will see 12 million cigarettes being destroyed...

8 Apr 2021

Global food prices rise for 10th consecutive month
Global food prices rise for 10th consecutive monthArticle

Vegetable oils drive FAO's Food Price Index higher in March while cereal quotations dip...

8 Apr 2021

Suzuki sets a new sales month record
Suzuki sets a new sales month recordArticle

Suzuki Auto South Africa has just ended its best dealer and overall sales month on record...

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

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

How to communicate and do business with government: DTIC focus
How to communicate and do business with government: DTIC focusArticle

Before you're able to take the plunge into international markets, you'll need to work with the government to ensure your product is ready and your paperwork is compliant...

Jessie Taylor, Issued by Topco Media 1 Apr 2021

There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimates
There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimatesArticle

South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee mildly lifted its forecast for 2020/21 summer grain and oilseeds production from last month by 1% to 18,7 million tonnes...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Mar 2021

Virtual Next21 expo to spotlight export-ready SA design
Virtual Next21 expo to spotlight export-ready SA designArticle

The Next21 virtual trade exhibition will see 23 small South African craft and design brands have their creations showcased to a global audience of importers, retailers and decorators...

23 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

Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainability
Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainabilityArticle

According to Carshif Talip, expertise leader, Urban Planning and Land Infrastructure at Zutari, a 'smart city' is much more than a city that is digitally enabled and brimming with technology...

18 Mar 2021

To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in Lesotho
To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in LesothoArticle

Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on food security. They can reduce yield, increase food prices, trigger changes in consumption and lead to unstable supply...

Friederike Otto and Jasper Verschuur 16 Mar 2021

Mr Price Group to buy Yuppiechef
Mr Price Group to buy YuppiechefArticle

Mr Price has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of privately-owned homeware retailer Yuppiechef...

15 Mar 2021

A new way of processing cowpeas brings affordable nutrition to children
A new way of processing cowpeas brings affordable nutrition to childrenArticle

Indigenous foods such as cowpeas can improve people's nutrition and help them cope with the hunger brought about by the effects of Covid-19 on foreign food imports...

Nokuthula Vilakati 15 Mar 2021

African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA too
African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA tooArticle

In 2020 alone, amidst a pandemic, South Africa exported US$10,2bn worth of agricultural products, the second largest on record. One market that has consistently been important to South Africa is the African continent, which on average, accounts for 40% of South Africa's agricultural exports...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Mar 2021

How Cabo Verde indigenous beans could boost food security
How Cabo Verde indigenous beans could boost food securityArticle

Indigenous beans could enhance food security in Cabo Verde which depends on food imports...

Anyse Sofia Fernandes Pereira Essoh 11 Mar 2021

Another recession unlikely for now, but we still need to take our medicine to achieve sustainable growth
Another recession unlikely for now, but we still need to take our medicine to achieve sustainable growthArticle

The GDP print for the fourth quarter of 2020 has come in better than expected, seeing markets respond positively in terms of rand strength and bond yields...

Maarten Ackerman 11 Mar 2021

GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan Africa
GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

This despite an overall decline in global food security...

5 Mar 2021

Global food price index rises for 9th consecutive month
Global food price index rises for 9th consecutive monthArticle

The early estimate for 2021's wheat output is positive but 45 countries are in need of external assistance for food...

4 Mar 2021

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The human cost of Chinese cotton: how does it impact SA?Article

A recent report detailed how ethnic minority labourers in the Xinjiang region in China - which produces 20% of the world's cotton - are forced to pick cotton by hand through state-mandated schemes...

1 Mar 2021

How to avoid buying, reselling and losing credibility to counterfeit goods
How to avoid buying, reselling and losing credibility to counterfeit goodsArticle

The internet has become a major enabler in the sale of online counterfeit products, ensuring anonymity and providing counterfeiters with access to a global market...

Jarred West 23 Feb 2021

Renier de Wit, managing director, Gaia Fund Managers and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd.
SA's backbone industries and 12J investmentArticle

The country's economy contracted 6.1% in real terms in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to data from Statistics SA...

Renier de Wit 19 Feb 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

Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry
Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industryArticle

South Africa's quest to retool its poultry industry depends on increased soybean availability, a crucial ingredient in poultry feed manufacture...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Feb 2021

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccinesArticle

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

Andy Gray 11 Feb 2021

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Safeguard procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines against corruptionArticle

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa is viewed with more than a little scepticism...

2 Feb 2021

Cotton: A golden opportunity for South Africa?
Cotton: A golden opportunity for South Africa?Article

Cotton is considered one of the world's greatest poverty alleviating crops, with 150 million people worldwide relying on it for income...

Cobus de Bruyn 27 Jan 2021

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Garlic exports a golden opportunity for Zim farmersArticle

Zimbabwean garlic farmers have been urged to increase exports riding on the growth of the global market, which has expanded to US$2,48bn from US$500m in the past two decades...

19 Jan 2021

The Real Housewives of Durban now coming first and exclusive to Showmax
The Real Housewives of Durban now coming first and exclusive to ShowmaxArticle

The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) will now launch first and exclusive to Showmax rather than 1Magic on 29 January 2021, with new episodes following every Friday...

Issued by Showmax 19 Jan 2021

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Tridge report looks at an eventful year for agri industryArticle

The report includes information on the impact of Covid-19 on various agri markets...

Ursula Human 12 Jan 2021

A market place in Ghana’s capital Accra. Developing countries like Ghana risk being left behind in the race to secure Covid-19 vaccines. Christian Thompson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

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