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South Africa | 12 April 2018
Living in fear for South African family stuck on the farming frontline

Perth woman Lisa Thompson Potgieter agonises every day over the safety of her elderly parents — both white farmers — in her native South Africa. But she says the cost of obtaining special parent vi...


South Africa | 5 April 2018
Grace Mugabe's dispute with miners on farm intensifies

A long-running dispute between small-scale miners and former first lady Grace Mugabe erupted last week when scores of them invaded a citrus farm she seized several years ago. Grace Mugabe, previously...


South Africa | 29 March 2018
Confidence and optimism buoy South Africa's agriculture

Despite some of the policy uncertainties such as land reform, the agricultural sector has generally been buoyed by a wave of renewed optimism and agribusiness confidence. In 2017 agricultural expor...


South Africa | 28 March 2018
Drought worries prominent in Western Cape agriculture budget

Cape Town – It is impossible to speak about the budget for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture without mentioning the drought, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said on...


South Africa | 27 March 2018
Fraser Anning claims that South African farmers are at risk of genocide

The Queensland senator Fraser Anning has described people attacking South African farmers as “subhuman” and claimed that events in the country were “the start of a genocide”. Speaking to supporters...


South Africa | 26 March 2018
Hundreds rally in Brisbane to highlight plight of South African farmers

Large crowds of protesters chanting “thank you, Australia” and “thank you, Mr Dutton” marched through Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday in support of the government’s offer to bring persecuted South African fa...


South Africa | 20 March 2018
South Africa: “109 farm attacks have happened in 2018”

AfriForum’s head of security has claimed that 109 farm attacks have already taken place in 2018, 100 days into the calendar year. Ian Cameron was speaking on the same day AfriForum launched their i...


South Africa | 7 March 2018
South African agriculture grows 17.7% after droughts

The South African agricultural economy grew by 17.7percent in 2017, following an extended contraction caused by the El Niño-induced drought in 2015 and 2016, which resulted in failed crops and livesto...


South Africa | 7 March 2018
South African farming 'must absorb' more black agriculture graduates

The agricultural sector plays a strategic role in the economy of South Africa. The sector is dubbed the strongest on the continent, worth about $15-billion (R174-billion) to the annual GDP. This is th...


South Africa | 2 March 2018
Western Cape drought impact on agriculture estimated at R5bn

The agriculture sector in the Western Cape will take an economic knock of more than R5-billion due to the impact of the drought. This is according to the MEC for Economic Opportunities Alan Winde w...


South Africa | 6 February 2018
Dairy farm blows open South Africa’s expanding corruption probe

Two armed security guards man a 10-foot-high steel gate at the entrance to a dairy farm in South Africa’s central Free State province that’s at the heart of a graft scandal embroiling some of Presiden...


South Africa | 22 January 2018
South Africa: Hortgro ‘concerned by irresponsible statements’ about agriculture

As farmers in South Africa’s Western Cape province face tremendous pressure due to the crippling drought, deciduous fruit industry organization Hortgro has sought to clear up misconceptions about wate...


South Africa | 4 January 2018
Rethinking agriculture in South Africa - constraints and opportunities

PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape organised a very valuable and successful conference on Rethinking Agriculture 11-13th October 2016. This response is my personal perspective on papers given...


South Africa | 26 December 2017
South Africa blighted by racially charged farm murders

"They beat him with a pole... and you could hear the bones breaking," said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband's murder in a slow, defiant voice. She refuses to talk about him in the past tense a...


South Africa | 8 December 2017
The state and economic contribution of agriculture in SA

NASTASSIA ARENDSE: I had a conversation with John Hudson, the divisional manager for agriculture at Nedbank on the agricultural scene in South Africa. JOHN HUDSON: I think the short answer is it ...


South Africa | 6 December 2017
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year. Mining and manufacturing also buoyed GDP in the thi...


South Africa | 27 November 2017
Farmer is freed after being trapped under a rock for five days

A farmer who went missing for five days has been found alive under a rock. Louis Strydom was discovered under a large boulder on land near his Omdraai farm near the town of Bethlehem, which is in t...


South Africa | 6 November 2017
SA agriculture sector records 100000 job losses

The South African agriculture sector has reported more than 100,000 job losses countrywide so far this year. The bulk of the cuts have been in the Western Cape. The persistent drought in the pro...


South Africa | 3 November 2017
Are protesters right on South Africa farm murders?

"Genoeg is genoeg." Enough is enough. That was the message on Monday, as (mostly white) activists carried crosses and blocked roads to demand better protection for South Africa's farms, after they ...


South Africa | 31 October 2017
SA agriculture minister urges farmers not to politicise killings

Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana says the #BlackMonday farmers protests were "not an attack on government". Speaking in Durban on Monday at the 3rd Africa-Wide Agricu...


South Africa | 30 October 2017
South Africa: Vehicles blockade to support farm murders protest

A large number of vehicles have completely blocked the R59 near Vereeniging, Gauteng, to protest against the high number of farm murders recently. It has been estimated that 70 farmers have been ki...


South Africa | 26 October 2017
SA agriculture expects job-loss bloodbath, with 50,000 out of work

The Western Cape is facing a jobs bloodbath as 50‚000 workers in the agriculture sector might lose their jobs due to the drought. A rise in prices for some vegetables and fruit may also be on the c...


South Africa | 18 October 2017
South Africa drought could cost agriculture sector R4.9 billion

The Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says around R4.9 billion will be lost in the agriculture sector if the drought continues to linger. Winde says various issues are affecting th...


South Africa | 29 September 2017
South African agriculture industry in 'dire need' of qualified educators

The Agriculture industry is in dire need of qualified educators as the quality and number of teachers who are trained to teach agriculture at school level leaves much to be desired. This is among t...


South Africa | 27 September 2017
Africa's city farmers can feed millions as they earn an income

All across Africa, populations are growing rapidly. Many people are vulnerable to malnutrition, limited healthcare and high rates of unemployment. As a result, people are streaming towards cities hopi...


South Africa | 11 September 2017
'South Africa's agricultural sector slowly bouncing back to full strength'

With the recent fuel price hike, the country falling into the junk status category and many other negative news stories in the media there is finally some good news. Paul Makube, Senior Agricultura...


South Africa | 7 September 2017
South African agriculture makes a comeback, helps lift GDP

The South African agriculture sector was the single largest contributor to GDP growth in the second quarter of 2017, data from Statitstics South Africa (StatsSA) has revealed. The sector reported p...


South Africa | 6 September 2017
Africa's most notorious insects – the bugs that hit agriculture the hardest

The dreaded crop-eating fall armyworm continues to spread across Africa like wildfire. This invasive insect pest, first reported in Africa in early 2016, is in more than 20 African countries including...


South Africa | 5 September 2017
Injured farmer tied up for four hours while attackers ransack his home

A vegetable farmer, whose leg had been broken by attackers, lay tied up for more than four hours on Saturday in the living quarters of one of his workers before he was rescued and taken by helicopter ...


South Africa | 4 September 2017
South Africa's poultry industry is hurting as avian flu worsens

The outbreak of avian influenza in the Western Cape has led to the culling of more than 300 000 chickens in the past two months. According to industry experts, the number of culled chickens will no...



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