Monthly Archives: March 2017

UPDATE: SA’s wheat import tariff revised down

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 31st, 2017|

South Africa’s wheat import tariff has been revised down to R1 190.19 per tonne, which is a 25% decline from the rate of R1 591.40 per tonne. This new duty was calculated on the 09 February 2017 following an […]

Regulation of Landholdings Bill released for public comment

by Theo Boshoff, Manager: Legal intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

On Friday, the 17th of March the Regulation of Landholdings Bill was officially published in the Government Gazette for public comment. The Bill seeks to establish upper thresholds for various categories of agricultural landholdings in each district, also known […]

SA needs to grow maize export markets

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

*This column, written by Wandile Sihlobo, was first publish in Business Day on Thursday, 30 March 2017

South Africa will regain its status as a net exporter of maize in the 2017/18 marketing year, starting on the first of May […]

SA’s annual food producer price inflation falls

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

Food producers are seeing an easing of price pressures due to relatively low agricultural commodity prices. Data released this morning showed that South Africa’s food producer price inflation slowed to 9% y/y in February 2017 from 10.6% in January […]

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    Expropriation of land “with” or “without” compensation: Why the latter is not an option

Expropriation of land “with” or “without” compensation: Why the latter is not an option

by Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International trade and investment intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

* This article first appeared in the Farmers Weekly magazine, dated 31 March 2017.

There is a broad consensus that a Zimbabwe-style land reform process will be grossly counter-productive in South Africa. But after two decades of frustration over the […]

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    South Africa could harvest the second biggest maize crop on record

South Africa could harvest the second biggest maize crop on record

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 28th, 2017|

South Africa is set to harvest the second biggest maize crop on record. This comes after the National Crop Estimate Committee revised up its forecast by 3% from the previous one to 14.32 million tonnes. Thus, making this season’s […]

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    Codifying the ‘just and equitable’ principle for compensation: Can you fit a square peg in a round hole?

Codifying the ‘just and equitable’ principle for compensation: Can you fit a square peg in a round hole?

by Theo Boshoff, Manager: Legal Intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 16th, 2017|

On Sunday, the 12th of March 2017, the African National Congress (ANC) released a series of discussion documents in preparation for their 5th National Policy Conference due to take place midway through this year. Role-players in the agro-food value […]

SA’s logistics amongst the best in the world

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on Mar 16th, 2017|

South Africa’s logistics are comparatively more efficient than most industrialising countries. This is according to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index which ranked South Africa at number 20 out of 160 countries surveyed, with Germany leading the world. With […]

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    Clear course of action needed for youth participation in farming

Clear course of action needed for youth participation in farming

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on Mar 16th, 2017|

Many see the agricultural sector seen as the epicentre of growth and development across the African continent, and therefore it has to attract young talent in order to maximise its potential. However, some agricultural leaders and policy makers have […]

Land reform clarity will help advance the agriculture sector

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on Mar 16th, 2017|

Informed debate and decision making is required to address the issue of land reform and protection of property, since the land issue could have serious implications, not just on the agriculture sector but on our entire socio-economic spectrum.  One […]