Monthly Archives: October 2017

SA food products price inflation slows to 1.3% y/y

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 26th, 2017|

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Food products’ price inflation eased to 1.3% y/y in September 2017, from 1.9% y/y in the previous month. The deceleration was broad-based, with the exception of dairy products which inched up from the previous month. Meat and meat […]

New World Bank book shows value of data in farming interventions

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 26th, 2017|

*This first appeared in Business Day on 26 October 2017.

Strategic interventions should be informed by facts in order to be effective in addressing societal challenges. This rings true to the gender debate in the agricultural sector. Many researchers (myself […]

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    Agbiz response to Minister Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

Agbiz response to Minister Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

by Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Oct 26th, 2017|

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This year’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement comes against the backdrop of low business confidence and low economic growth, with GDP being revised down to 0.7% for 2017 from 1.3% in the previous statement. At the same time, the […]

A 2% increase in diesel price on the cards in November 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 24th, 2017|

South African fuel prices have been on an upward trend since August 2017, mainly driven by an increase in Brent crude oil prices, as well as a relatively weaker domestic currency. Next month, a notable uptick will be on […]

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    Land expropriation without compensation will impact the ordinary citizen

Land expropriation without compensation will impact the ordinary citizen

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Oct 19th, 2017|

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As we move closer and closer to the elective conference of the ruling party in December, South Africa’s focus is firmly set on who will emerge as the new leader of the ruling political party. Whilst the leadership […]