Monthly Archives: March 2017

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    The great compensation debate; are we moving away from universally accepted human rights culture?

The great compensation debate; are we moving away from universally accepted human rights culture?

by Theo Boshoff, Manager: Legal Intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 9th, 2017|

Amid the recent calls to amend the property clause in the constitution to allow the expropriation of farmland without compensation, one cannot help but wonder whether the original purpose of the provision is not being lost amongst the political […]

SA’s agricultural machinery sales show monthly uptick

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on Mar 7th, 2017|

Recent agricultural machinery sales data show that in February 2017, tractor sales were down by 8% when compared to February 2016 — with 675 units sold. However, this was 41% higher than the previous month’s sales. The combine harvester […]

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    South African agricultural sector remained in recession in Q4, 2016

South African agricultural sector remained in recession in Q4, 2016

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on Mar 7th, 2017|

Although some commodities such as winter grains and prone fruits saw increased activity in the fourth quarter of 2016, South Africa’s agricultural sector remained in recession. This comes after the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data showed a negative growth […]

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    Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves in Q1, 2017

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves in Q1, 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and Agribusiness Research of Agbiz on Mar 6th, 2017|

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improved by 2 Index points in the first quarter of this year to 57.  A reading above 50, indicates expansion in the South African agribusiness activity. Therefore, a 57 Index point suggests that agribusinesses […]

Africa needs to adapt to changing climate

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Mar 2nd, 2017|

*This article first appeared in the Business Day, published on 02 March 2016.

A recent report from the South African Weather Services suggested that an El Niño weather pattern, which is typically associated with hot and dry weather conditions, may […]