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World News: South Africa
South Africa | 23 February 2015
Man gets 80 years for cattle theft

The Mokopane Regional Court sentenced a man to 80 years imprisonment for cattle theft, Netwerk24 reported on Monday. Tinus Groenewald, 37, from the East Rand stole about R2 million worth of cattle ...


South Africa | 18 February 2015
South Africa foreigner limit applies to farmland, Minister says

South Africa’s proposed laws to restrict foreigners from owning land will apply to farms and exclude residential property, Rural Development and Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti said. “We’re ta...


South Africa | 16 February 2015
South Africa land bill shock for foreign investors

South Africa ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma tossed another surprise aimed at foreign investors with the new proposed land bill law. Zuma is set to introduce a land b...


South Africa | 11 February 2015
Unemployment dips as agriculture, construction add jobs

The unemployment rate declined to a one-year low of 24.3 percent in the fourth quarter as the agriculture and construction industries added jobs. The jobless rate fell from 25.4 percent in the prev...


South Africa | 29 September 2014
KZN farmers still desperate for rain

Farmers around KwaZulu-Natal are hoping fervently that the rain that has fallen in parts of the province since Saturday night will spell the end of a period of drought that is threatening to ruin many...


South Africa | 24 July 2014
State eager to pass five land bills this year

Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on with the process by introducing five pieces of dra...


South Africa | 21 July 2014
End to VAT concession has farmers bleating

Proposals by the Treasury to scrap the value added tax (VAT) concession of a zero rating on goods and services bought by farmers for production purposes will raise input costs 14%. The sector spend...


South Africa | 27 June 2014
Zuma urges women to take up agriculture

South African President Jacob Zuma says women should be involved in mainstream agricultural activities so that they can make a more meaningful contribution towards economic growth. According to a stat...


South Africa | 1 April 2014
Government abandons communal farmers

In a move that is likely to anger villagers the government has with immediate effect scrapped the free agricultural inputs handouts that were being issued to poor communal farmers, a minister has said...


South Africa | 20 January 2014
Drought kills livestock in North West and Northern Cape

Hundreds of livestock continue to die in the drought-stricken provinces of North West and the Northern Cape. Government aid to affected farmers seems to be inadequate and farmers in the Western Ca...


South Africa | 13 January 2014
Food giants warn of higher prices

The spectre of food price increases looms ever larger, with Tiger Brands declaring it will soon be compelled to pass on higher costs to consumers. The food producer, which owns popular brands such ...


South Africa | 17 December 2013
200km quest for missing cattle all in vain

A young girl’s 200km quest to find her mother’s nine missing cattle came to nothing when the alleged stock thief, whom she eventually tracked down with little help from the police, had his name cleare...


South Africa | 10 December 2013
African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’

Agriculture is at a crossroads in Africa — including South Africa — with decisions taken by governments on a spate of investments in the sector having potentially serious repercussions on millions of ...


South Africa | 18 November 2013
E Cape farmers welcome the rain

Farmers in the Eastern Cape are overjoyed with the significant rain that has fallen over most of the province. More than 50 millimetres was measured at places. Agri Eastern Cape president, Ernest P...


South Africa | 9 October 2013
Wheat falls most in a week

Wheat futures traded in South Africa fell the most in a week after reaching the highest price since July 8 in yesterday’s session. Wheat for delivery in December, the most active contract, dropped ...


South Africa | 7 October 2013
Poultry producers feel the pinch

Higher import tariffs on chicken, including a tax of 82% on whole birds, will increase retail prices 12% on average. But even this won’t suffice to help local poultry producers, industry players sa...


South Africa | 2 October 2013
Climate change threat to maize farmers

Climate change poses a major threat to South Africa's maize production and food security, says the Agricultural Research Council. Farmers who relied on rain to grow the staple food crop could expec...


South Africa | 9 September 2013
South Africa's 'cruel' livestock export under fire

A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will on Tuesday leave South Africa for the island paradise of Mauritius -- and the slaughterhouse -- despite an outcry over "inhumane" livestock e...


South Africa | 7 August 2013
South African wheat declines

South African wheat futures fell for a second day after prices slid in the US on speculation farmers will sow a larger crop as rains and cool weather boost harvest prospects. Wheat for delivery in ...


South Africa | 26 July 2013
SA’s land reform programme in focus

A review of South Africa’s land reform programme in 2012 concluded that there was no viable small-farmer path to development that could enable the millions of households residing in communal areas and...


South Africa | 24 June 2013
Poultry market ripe for competition probe, says official

The Competition Commission says the poultry sector in South Africa may be a "good candidate" for a market inquiry — one similar to that the commission is about to embark on in the private healthcare s...


South Africa | 30 May 2013
54,000 agriculture jobs created

A total of 54,000 new jobs were created in the agriculture sector in the first three months of the year, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday. Opening debate in the Nationa...


South Africa | 27 May 2013
SA farmers involved in big cat smuggling

South African lion breeders are allegedly part of an illegal network that smuggles lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock local farms, The Times reported on Monday. The newspaper reported tha...


South Africa | 10 May 2013
New $25 mln fund launched to grow African agriculture

A mango project in Burkina Faso exporting to Europe will receive the first grant from a new $25 million agriculture fund launched on Thursday that is designed to connect small farmers to international...


South Africa | 9 May 2013
USAID to Announce Agriculture Fast Track Fund At Grow Africa Investment Forum

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will join African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooper...


South Africa | 7 May 2013
South Africa: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Meets Her German Counterpart

South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson held a bilateral meeting with the German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ms Ilse Aigner,...


South Africa | 25 April 2013
South Africa: Agriculture Offers Real Growth Potential

Although structural impediments such as poor logistics render the search for new avenues of deeper intra-African trade challenging' there is an immediate and compelling growth potential in the trade o...


South Africa | 23 April 2013
SA Government: North West Agriculture and Rural Development rolls out vaccination of domestic animals

The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has in its bid to commemorate April as Animal Health month, intensified the provision of Primary Animal Health Care services among the Pr...


South Africa | 22 April 2013
South African farmers team up with predecessors

RECLAIMING land seized during white minority rule was a dream come true for black families in the South African farming town of Malelane. But the community had no farming experience, equipment, money ...


South Africa | 17 April 2013
Warning for agriculture minister

Durban - Members of parliament have finally run out of patience with Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her poorly performing department. That was the warning fr...