agribusiness

Agribusiness Outlook for 2018

by Dr John Purchase, Wandile Sihlobo, Sifiso Ntombela, Theo Boshoff, Mariana Purnell on Dec 4th, 2017|

“Over the past couple of years, Agbiz has indicated that South Africa had reached a decisive T-junction on its road into the future and that critical decisions were necessary to place the country on a sustainable growth and development […]

High Level Panel (HLP) releases Report on Assessment of Key Legislation

by Dr John Purchase and Theo Boshoff on Dec 1st, 2017|

High Level Panel (HLP) releases Report on Assessment of Key Legislation

Over the past 21 months, the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, which has been chaired by formerPresident Kgalema Motlanthe, has […]

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    Was Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa before its land reform programme?

Was Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa before its land reform programme?

by Wandile Sihlobo (Agbiz agri economist) and Sifiso Ntombela (Agbiz trade economist) on Nov 29th, 2017|

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There is a commonly held view that Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of Africa, although the specific timeframe is unclear.

This vague narrative gives an impression that Zimbabwe lost its “breadbasket” status during former President Robert Mugabe’s tenure. […]

SA food price inflation decelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Food inflation slowed to 5.3% y/y in October 2017, from 5.4% y/y in the previous month. This is the lowest level in 23-months, thanks to lower agricultural commodity prices. Most food product price inflation remain at relatively lower levels, […]

Prospects for agriculture in the upcoming WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference

by Sifiso Ntombela, Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Trade Ministers from the WTO’s 164-member countries will convene in Beunos Aires, Argentina from 10 to 13 December 2017 for the 11th Ministerial Conference, which is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. The last (10th) WTO Ministerial Conference […]

National Minimum Wage Bill headed to Parliament

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Nov 23rd, 2017|

Last week Friday (the 17th of November) the Minister of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill and its accompanying amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). These Bills followed a somewhat a-typical route as it was […]

Global sunflower seed production declines

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Nov 16th, 2017|

After experiencing an uptick in sunflower seed production in the 2016/17 season, the world is set to harvest a relatively smaller crop in the 2017/18 production season. The most recent estimates from SUNSEEDMAN, a Turkish based consulting group, suggests […]

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    Next month fuel prices could reach the highest level in three years

Next month fuel prices could reach the highest level in three years

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Sep 21st, 2017|

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On 4 October 2017, fuel prices could increase for a third consecutive month and reach the highest level in three years. The prices of diesel and petrol could each increase by 3% from the previous month, partly […]

SA food inflation falls to the lowest level in 21 months

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Sep 21st, 2017|

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Food inflation decelerated to 5.7% y/y in August 2017, from 6.8% y/y in the previous month. This is the lowest levels since November 2015 – thanks to good summer rain, which led to a higher agricultural output. While […]

Farmers need a smart strategy for profit

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Aug 18th, 2017|

*This column first appeared in Business Day on 17 August 2017 

Whilst the discussion in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been dominated by the record grain harvest, the discussion has been steadily shifting towards weather related issues and production strategies. […]