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Avian Influenza outbreak confirmed on Ekurhuleni farm
Avian Influenza outbreak confirmed on Ekurhuleni farmArticle

"The samples from this farm that were sent to the laboratory tested positive for the H5 strain of avian influenza. It must be said that this farm was also part of the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in 2017."

13 Apr 2021

Minister engages farmers on evictions
Minister engages farmers on evictionsArticle

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, together with the Mpumalanga MEC of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Mandla Msibi has met with farmers and farmer organisations to discuss farm lease agreements, among other issues...

12 Apr 2021

Expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master plan
Expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master planArticle

"The debate over amending section 25 has gone beyond the realm of agriculture as various other stakeholders have engaged with parliament."

Wandile Sihlobo 9 Apr 2021

Expropriation Bill: What you need to know...
Expropriation Bill: What you need to know...Article

In 2019, the Parliamentary Advisory Panel on Land Reform advised that the Expropriation Act of 1975 was unconstitutional and in conflict with section 25 of the Constitution...

Bulelwa Mabasa and Thomas Karberg 31 Mar 2021

Creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in agriculture
Creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in agricultureArticle

Access to finance, land and markets remain key barriers for women entrepreneurs in agriculture. When devising policy, governments should be mindful of these obstacles and deliberate about supporting women in agriculture...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 30 Mar 2021

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Land reform: Look closer at subdivisions, adequate farm sizes, says researcherArticle

"The process of land redistribution can be made more successful if more attention is given to providing benefiting emerging farmers with farms that are of an adequate and manageable size."

30 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

Government needs to remove restrictive regulations to allow the agricultural sector to grow
Government needs to remove restrictive regulations to allow the agricultural sector to growArticle

South Africa's economic recovery relies to a large extent on creating a more enabling business environment and putting the right structural economic reforms in place.

Ian van Niekerk 16 Mar 2021

Department warns farmers of citrus disease
Department warns farmers of citrus diseaseArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Wednesday warned citrus farmers about the Asian Citrus Greening disease, which poses a serious threat to the citrus industry.

10 Mar 2021

Land Court Bill aims to improve claims process
Land Court Bill aims to improve claims processArticle

Justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola says the Land Court Bill will ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims...

1 Mar 2021

Cabinet approves four bills
Cabinet approves four billsArticle

Cabinet has approved the Land Court Bill and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill of 2021, among others...

26 Feb 2021

Vumelana Advisory Fund welcomes R9.3bn allocation to land restitution claims
Vumelana Advisory Fund welcomes R9.3bn allocation to land restitution claimsArticle

The Vumelana Advisory Fund has welcomed the R9.3bn allocated over the next three years to finalise 1,409 land restitution claims...

26 Feb 2021

Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recovery
Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recoveryArticle

In the National Budget Review for 2021, it was revealed that government's recovery plan focuses on raising the economy's long-term growth rate by supporting...

Unathi Mhlatyana 25 Feb 2021

Mixed responses from agri industry following Sona
Mixed responses from agri industry following SonaArticle

For the agricultural industry, there were mixed responses to the State of the Nation Address (Sona). Organised agriculture responded with both positive and negative remarks following the speech on 11 February. Many organisations lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for highlighting the importance of agriculture in driving economic growth and job creation.

Ursula Human 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

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President Mnangagwa claimed Zimbabwe was open for business. What's gone wrongArticle

In November 2017 Zimbabwe's military replaced Robert Mugabe as head of state with his long-time confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa. He declared Zimbabwe "open for business", linking foreign relations with economic policy...

Henning Melber & Roger Southall 1 Feb 2021

Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workers
Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workersArticle

"Farm workers are an integral part of a successful agricultural sector, and their safety and better working conditions should be prioritised."

29 Jan 2021

Reflecting on land reform: Milestones achieved and the work that lies ahead
Reflecting on land reform: Milestones achieved and the work that lies aheadArticle

2020 marked exactly 368 years since the displacement of indigenous people from their land following the colonisation of the country...

Peter Setou 28 Jan 2021

How to replace a lost or destroyed title deed...
How to replace a lost or destroyed title deed...Article

A title deed is a document that serves as proof of legal ownership over a property, and is important for the transfer of property. Regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937 sets out the process that needs to be followed when one has lost or destroyed a title deed or mortgage bond...

Leigh-Anne Kriel 25 Jan 2021

Farmers reminded to vaccinate animals against Rift Valley Fever
Farmers reminded to vaccinate animals against Rift Valley FeverArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has reminded owners of cattle, sheep and goats to vaccinate their animals against Rift Valley Fever (RVF).

22 Jan 2021

Land reform: Importance of exploring, understanding various models to fast-track pace in 2021
Land reform: Importance of exploring, understanding various models to fast-track pace in 2021Article

The Vumelana Advisory Fund believes the various models on how land reform can be administered should be explored and adapted to the programme as SA plans to fast-track its pace...

14 Jan 2021

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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

How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agriculture
How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agricultureArticle

As African economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights...

Michael Aliber and Wandile Sihlobo 15 Dec 2020

New citrus export levy sees R1bn invested into sector
New citrus export levy sees R1bn invested into sectorArticle

The new levy represents a 120% increase from the previous levy and will translate into an estimated R1bn investment by local citrus growers into the sector over the next four years. The levy will continue to be administered by the The Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa...

11 Dec 2020

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Liquor traders called to adhere to Covid-19 regulationsArticle

Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Nomalungelo Gina has made a clarion call to liquor traders to adhere to Covid-19 regulations in order to arrest the second wave of the pandemic...

8 Dec 2020

Cabinet approves Land Donations Policy for implementation
Cabinet approves Land Donations Policy for implementationArticle

Cabinet has approved the Land Donations Policy, which aims to accelerate land donations as one of the ways to respond to the slow pace of land reform...

4 Dec 2020

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Shoots of realism emerging for land reformArticle

It may be a bit of a cliché, but if there is a silver lining to be found in the post-Covid economic situation it is the following; policymakers and the industry must put aside ideological differences and adopt a more practical approach to land reform, agricultural development and other economic policies...

Theo Boshoff 4 Dec 2020

Land tenure rights bill moves to NCOP
Land tenure rights bill moves to NCOPArticle

The National Assembly has passed the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment (Ultra) Bill...

2 Dec 2020

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Mabuza calls for patience in land reform processArticle

Deputy President David Mabuza has called on rural communities and emerging farmers to exercise restraint and not occupy land that has been advertised for land reform purposes.

27 Nov 2020

Industry experts explore land reform perspectives
Industry experts explore land reform perspectivesArticle

In light of the ongoing debate around land reform, and with this week's anticipated submission of the Parliamentary Review Committee's report on findings from the public hearings relating to the amendment of section 25, the Vumelana Advisory Fund hosted industry experts for a discussion on current issues impacting land reform...

25 Nov 2020

City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurity
City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurityArticle

While food insecurity in South Africa is commonly framed as a rural problem, food insecurity is increasingly concentrated in urban areas...

Mologadi Makwela 11 Nov 2020

Expropriation Bill will create a clear framework, says Didiza
Expropriation Bill will create a clear framework, says DidizaArticle

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Minister Thoko Didiza says she is pleased the Expropriation Bill has been tabled in Parliament...

11 Nov 2020

Committee adopts report on land tenure rights bill
Committee adopts report on land tenure rights billArticle

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (National Assembly) has adopted the Report on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment (ULTRA) Bill...

4 Nov 2020

SA needs a food policy and more collaboration
SA needs a food policy and more collaborationArticle

Saying South Africa is food secure when more than 14 million people go hungry each day, and more than a quarter of children under the age of five are stunted, shows a gross misunderstanding of what food security entails...

Hugo Lochner 3 Nov 2020

Government offers farmers support through input vouchers
Government offers farmers support through input vouchersArticle

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza says as part of government's economic stimulus package, the department will provide input vouchers to subsistence farmers to retain jobs...

30 Oct 2020

Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform plan
Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform planArticle

The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor...

Ben Cousins 27 Oct 2020

New biosecurity initiative to pay dividends to cattle farmers
New biosecurity initiative to pay dividends to cattle farmersArticle

Calls to protect SA's R81bn livestock industry sees launch of first comprehensive, three-tiered animal health and biosecurity initiative...

22 Oct 2020

Positive growth from SA's agriculture sector despite economic crisis
Positive growth from SA's agriculture sector despite economic crisisArticle

In the midst of an unprecedented economic and health crisis one sector in our economy has outshone the rest. The agricultural sector expanded by almost 28% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2019 and 15.1% in the second quarter.

19 Oct 2020

Sappi Forests acknowledges International Day of Rural Women
Sappi Forests acknowledges International Day of Rural WomenArticle

With around 4,000 women employed directly or indirectly by Sappi Forests nationwide - through its own personnel in its nurseries, and sub-contracted to its harvesting and silviculture contractors - the company is very aware of the crucial role that rural women play in the agricultural labour force...

Issued by Sappi 15 Oct 2020

Expropriation Bill submitted to Parliament
Expropriation Bill submitted to ParliamentArticle

The Expropriation Bill 2020 has been submitted to Parliament for introduction...

12 Oct 2020

Government plan to release land for farmers a step in the right direction
Government plan to release land for farmers a step in the right directionArticle

Availing government land is one step of contributing to the growth of agricultural fortunes and job creation...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Oct 2020

Food provenance platform set to boost SA beef supply chain
Food provenance platform set to boost SA beef supply chainArticle

BeefLedger SA lifts the veil on its blockchain security and payments platform...

Issued by YehBaby Digital 7 Oct 2020

Support needed to help land reform beneficiary communities in tourism
Support needed to help land reform beneficiary communities in tourismArticle

There is an opportunity to speed up the recovery of the sector if government can speed up its very slow approval processes and put in place measures to ensure that land reform beneficiaries, especially in the tourism sector...

1 Oct 2020

South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability
South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainabilityArticle

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform...

23 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

Citrus industry gets green light to export to the Philippines
Citrus industry gets green light to export to the PhilippinesArticle

Following eleven years of negotiation, the South African citrus industry has been given the go-ahead to export to the Philippines after signing a work plan between the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry...

10 Sep 2020

R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmers
R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmersArticle

The fund will be made available to existing Land Bank smallholder farmers; this includes the banks farmers who are serviced through the bank's intermediary partners...

7 Sep 2020

ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit fly
ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit flyArticle

A coordinated project by the Agricultural Research Council, F3 Fruit Fly Free has been initiated to establish and maintain fruit fruit production areas free or under low prevalence of this pest in Southern Africa...

4 Sep 2020

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