Farmers need a smart strategy for profit

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Aug 18th, 2017|

*This column first appeared in Business Day on 17 August 2017 

Whilst the discussion in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been dominated by the record grain harvest, the discussion has been steadily shifting towards weather […]

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    Draft Intellectual Property Policy, phase 1 released for public comment

Draft Intellectual Property Policy, phase 1 released for public comment

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Aug 11th, 2017|

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On Tuesday the 8th of August, the Department of Trade and Industry released phase 1 of the draft Intellectual Property Policy for public comment. Interested and affected parties are afforded until the 9th of October […]

40 000 job cuts recorded in SA agriculture in Q2, 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Aug 7th, 2017|

After cutting 44 000 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, South Africa’s agricultural sector saw a further 40 000 jobs lost in the second quarter – putting the total labour force at 835 […]

SA tractor sales saw a notable uptick in July 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Aug 7th, 2017|

The good performance in the domestic currency in June and early part of July, coupled with expected large domestic grain and oilseed harvest boosted the tractor sales in July 2017. The sales were recorded […]

Post 2020 climate change framework becomes a little clearer

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Aug 3rd, 2017|

On the 27th of July, Agbiz attended a public consultation forum hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on the recommended framework to combat climate change post 2020. The Department has recently published […]