Monthly Archives: August 2014

Agbiz elects its office bearers

by Jennifer Roets on Aug 29th, 2014|

Agbiz re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association. Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK Limited was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

The other members of the Agbiz Executive Committee are Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director at […]

Skills shortage: Agribusinesses can make a difference

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 29th, 2014|

“There rests a responsibility on agribusinesses, large farming operations, commodity organisations, trusts and investors to partner with universities to relieve the shortage of skilled people in the sector. Without skilled people there cannot be a prosperous agricultural sector,” so […]

Don’t underestimate your ability to influence land reform policy

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 29th, 2014|

Although there is certainly cause for concern regarding the direction or lack of it pertaining to government policies on land reform, the agricultural sector should not underestimate its ability to influence legislation in terms of these policies, said Annelize […]

Why is the SA private sector shy to invest?

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 28th, 2014|

A brief empirical survey of key macro variables, conducted by, inter alia, the University of Stellenbosch, was done to investigate why the private sector is not investing.

The main reasons for the lack of investment, highlighted by the private […]

What are agriculture’s investment possibilities?

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 28th, 2014|

Current and expected agricultural investment possibilities were scrutinised in a panel discussion at the Agbiz congress held in Somerset West last week.

Elaine Alexander, recently appointed Deputy Director-General: Economic Development, Trade and Marketing at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry […]

The future: Theo Venter believes it’s not all bad news

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 28th, 2014|

Pravin Gordhan is already making an impact on local government; Jacob Zuma, in his second (and last) term, may be more focussed; the EFF will remain the village idiot of South African politics, but will determine the political agenda; […]

Land reform: Industry must show united front

by Derick van der Walt on Aug 28th, 2014|

The minister of land reform and rural development, Gugile Nkwinti’s proposal of 50% shareholding in farms by farm workers, underlines the urgency to find solutions for land reform. The uncertainty has resulted in new lows in business confidence. Black […]