Monthly Archives: January 2017

South African grains and oilseeds outlook

by Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya on Jan 30th, 2017|

The outlook for 2017 is promising for the South African grains and oilseeds sector. Assuming that the country receives a normal rainfall pattern throughout the remainder of the season, we believe that South Africa’s maize production could reach at […]

UPDATE: South Africa’s food producer inflation declines slightly

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jan 26th, 2017|

Recent Producer Price Index data shows that food products (producer) inflation fell to 11.1% year-on-year (y/y) in December 2016 from 11.2% y/y in November 2016[1]. This signals a slight easing of price pressures that could be passed on to […]

UPDATE: South Africa’s food inflation accelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jan 19th, 2017|

Recent Consumer Price Index data shows that food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation accelerated to 11.7% year-on-year (y/y) in December 2016 from 11.6% in November 2016[1] (with non-alcoholic beverages aside, food inflation increased to 12% y/y in December 2016 from […]

UPDATE: South African fuel prices set to increase next month

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jan 16th, 2017|

Preliminary estimates from the Central Energy Fund suggest that petrol (95 ULP Inland) and diesel (0.05% Wholesale Inland) prices could increase by 44 cents per litre (c/l) and 38 c/l, respectively, on 01 February 2017. This could bring the […]

Eastern Cape shows agricultural promise

by Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Jan 5th, 2017|

*This was first published in Wandile Sihlobo’s column for Business Day on 5 January 2017.

Last year was a challenging one for the South African agricultural sector, characterised by an El Niño-induced drought. Fortunately, this weather event appears to have […]