Agbiz response to Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s push for land restitution without compensation

by Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Feb 16th, 2017|

This week Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti told Parliament during the debate on the State of the Nation (SONA) address that a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation is […]

Major employer poised for a better year

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Feb 16th, 2017|

*This column first appeared in Business Day on 16 February 2017

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the broader economy, constituting about 6% of South Africa’s total labour force.  This is double that of the […]

SA’s annual food inflation decelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Feb 15th, 2017|

The recent food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation data suggest that we might have already reached the peak in food inflation and the coming months could show sideways to a downward trend. Data released this […]

SA’s agricultural jobs at record high in Q4, 2016

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Feb 14th, 2017|

Recent employment data shows that the agricultural sector created 4% more jobs in the fourth quarter of 2016 from the previous one – which is 38 000 additional jobs, putting the sector’s total labour […]

Agbiz response to SONA 2017

by John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Feb 10th, 2017|

Against the backdrop of chaotic and unacceptable scenes in Parliament, slow growth and massive unemployment, an increasingly fractious and fractured country, and an agriculture and agribusiness sector recently severely stress-tested by a disaster drought, […]