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South Africa | 5 December 2018
South Africa emerges from recession as farming, manufacturing jump

Farms and factories dragged South Africa out of its first recession in almost a decade, data showed on Tuesday, as the economy grew by more than expected in the third quarter. The positive data is ...


South Africa | 11 October 2018
South Africa's Zulu king, civil rights group to form farming partnership

South Africa’s Zulu king and civil rights group AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust, AfriForum’s CEO said on Tue...


South Africa | 7 October 2018
Eastern Cape farmer fined R1.5m for building illegal dam

The Cockscomb farmer whose large‚ illegal dam sparked safety fears due to leaks‚ has been slapped with a whopping R1.5-million fine – and many others could be in the firing line. The farmer‚ Alasta...


South Africa | 26 September 2018
South Africa farm seizures: Ramaphosa warns UN 'land will be shared by all'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa warned the UN General Assembly his government is set to carry on with its planned land reform, arguing this decision sprouted from Nelson Mandela's vision. S...


South Africa | 12 September 2018
How land-seizure talks have hit SA's farming industry

It’s not just the rand that’s been hurt by the ANC’s plan to change the Constitution to make land expropriation without compensation easier. Confidence indexes and agricultural land prices are slum...


South Africa | 6 September 2018
Black South African farmer urges parliament to drop land seizure plans

Confiscating lands from white farmers for redistribution among the country’s black majority won’t produce the desired result, as it won’t give black farmers access to commercial markets, a black farme...


South Africa | 31 August 2018
South Africa farm seizures: IMF gives ‘full support’ to controversial farm policy

The support from the IMF will be subjected to the way the reform is carried out, according to the IMF's senior resident representative in South Africa Montfort Mlachila. Mr Mlachila specified the m...


South Africa | 30 August 2018
South Africa withdraws white farmland redistribution bill

South Africa has withdrawn its white farmland redistribution bill - six days after Donald Trump warned he was closely studying the situation. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said the bil...


South Africa | 30 August 2018
Trump’s tariffs may kill farming in South Africa sooner than land confiscation

Last week, US President Donald Trump expressed deep concerns over alleged land seizures and “large-scale killing of farmers” in South Africa, and even ordered the secretary of state to closely study t...


South Africa | 26 August 2018
Man set to be 1st to have farm seized in South Africa calls it theft

The owner of the first South African farm lined up to have his land seized without payment or fair compensation blasted the government today saying: 'Whichever way they dress it up it is theft'. Jo...


South Africa | 24 August 2018
President Trump: Is the South African government seizing farmers' land?

Claim: The South African government is seizing land from farmers. Verdict: It's not currently being seized, but the government has said it intends to introduce measures that would lead to the redis...


South Africa | 24 August 2018
South Africa rejects Donald Trump's tweet on farmer killings

South Africa has accused US President Donald Trump of seeking to sow division after his tweet referring to the "large-scale killing of farmers". He said he had asked his secretary of state to look ...


South Africa | 23 August 2018
Land seizure crisis: Bank warns of default over white-farm land grabs

Bosses said the government's new decree on land reform could trigger defaults that would cost the economy £2.2bn if the bank’s rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is an agricultural b...


South Africa | 22 August 2018
South Africa farm seizures 'could become next Zimbabwe', warns expert

Tensions among South Africa’s white farming community are threatening to reach breaking point, particularly since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this year. On July 31, President Cyril Rama...


South Africa | 21 August 2018
South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms

The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targ...


South Africa | 17 August 2018
Does size matter in South African farming?

Seeing that fellow South Africans are talking about farm sizes today, I thought it would be useful to brush up a short essay I wrote a few months back in this subject. In May 2018, I participated...


South Africa | 15 August 2018
Western Cape farmer found guilty of murdering worker

A Lutzville farmer has been found guilty of murdering a farmworker by beating him with a spade, dragging him with a quadbike, and then burying him behind his father's smallholding three years ago. ...


South Africa | 10 August 2018
Eastern Cape farmer under investigation for poisoning of cattle

An Eastern Cape farmer is under investigation for allegedly poisoning 15 cattle belonging to black communal farmers in Adelaide. Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Xolile Nqatha...


South Africa | 8 August 2018
Community wreaks havoc after farmer plans to dig up graveyard to grow mielies

Furious members of the Kranskop community in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have blockaded roads and set fire to crops after discovering that a farmer was planning to dig up tombstones to plant mielies. ...


South Africa | 25 June 2018
Two killed in two separate farm attacks in South Africa

Three people have been killed in three separate farm attacks within a 24-hour period. A renowned Stellenbosch strawberry farmer‚ Jeffrey Zetler‚ 62‚ was stabbed to death in his office on Saturday ...


South Africa | 18 June 2018
South Africa says 'kill the boer' chant targets farmers of all races

Director general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mike Mlengana has come out against the chant "kill the boer, kill the farmer", saying that farmers are people of all races who...


South Africa | 6 June 2018
Asteroid filmed crashing into farm in South Africa

An asteroid has been caught on camera smashing into an area in South Africa near Botswana. The footage was captured by farmer Barend Swanepoel, who spotted the fireball coming down in the evening...


South Africa | 18 May 2018
Huge potential for technology to enhance agriculture in SA, experts say

South Africa's farmers compete in a global village and have to use the latest technology to ensure that decision-making is as effective as possible. These were the views of Nation in Conversation p...


South Africa | 25 April 2018
Western Cape farmers look with hope to the skies as heavy rainfall predicted

Some citrus and wheat farmers in the drought-stricken Western Cape say they are optimistic that winter will bring the solid rainfall they need. This is despite lower rainfall in the last few years....


South Africa | 24 April 2018
Lacklustre season for Western Cape agriculture expected

The Western Cape province needs to receive intense and persistent rainfall for soil moisture to improve, which will, therefore, add momentum to the planting process. This sort of rainfall is precisely...


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...



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