• Agbiz calls on government to push beyond current efforts to ensure that the impending suspension of South Africa’s duty-free quota-free access of agricultural products is avoided.
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    Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

by Dr John Purchase and Mr Tinashe Kapuya on Nov 6th, 2015|

On the 5th November 2015, President Obama informed Congress of the intention to suspend the application of duty-free treatment to all AGOA-eligible agricultural products from South Africa (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/05/letter-president-suspension-application-duty-free-treatment-all-agoa). While this unfortunate development was not entirely unexpected, it is nonetheless […]

Practical finance plan may put land reform on track

by Derick van der Walt (Freelance for Agbiz) on Mar 31st, 2015|

Agbiz and The Banking Association South Africa (The Banking Association) model to finance land reform is currently in the spotlight. Will this be the answer to the many complex issues surrounding the financing of land reform in South […]

President Zuma’s SONA raises concerns for agriculture and agribusiness

by Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Feb 13th, 2015|

Last night President Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) amid much turmoil in Parliament, but more importantly also amid a country grappling with many challenges, issues and frustrations. In his address President Zuma made considerable reference […]

Don’t underestimate the value of union dialogue

by Derick van der Walt on Sep 4th, 2014|

“The De Doorns unrest taught many farm owners the value of dealing with the organised voice of workers. You should accept and recognise the fact that trade unions serve a purpose. They provide a structure for dialogue and they […]

Current socio-economic policy will condemn South Africa to an inadequate growth rate

by Derick van der Walt on Sep 4th, 2014|

Agbiz is concerned that current socio-economic policy will condemn South Africa to a GDP growth rate of around 2 to 3 percent per annum over the next couple of years. This is totally inadequate, said Schalk Pienaar, chairman of […]

Collective bargaining creates an optimum playing field

by Derick van der Walt on Sep 4th, 2014|

It is highly unlikely that individual agribusinesses have the means in terms of time, financial resources, location and intellectual capital to pursue their vital interests and concerns with government, industry and international role-players. It will be difficult for them […]

BUSA concerned about economic challenges and land reform proposals

by Derick van der Walt on Sep 4th, 2014|

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) is concerned about the state of the economy. Another downgrade will put severe strain on the economy, due to reduced investor confidence and an increase in borrowing costs, said Cas Coovadia, CEO of Busa, […]

BEE compliant – it is the right thing to do

Sep 4th, 2014|

Does the BEE environment provide for transformation in the business environment? This question was put under the spotlight during a panel discussion at the Agbiz congress in Somerset West last week. Participants agreed that, even though there were problems […]

A new look for BUSA

by Derick van der Walt on Sep 4th, 2014|

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) went through tough times but the organisation has been restructured and strengthened and is now looking forward to playing a meaningful role in South African society, said Cas Coovadia, CEO of Busa, at the […]

Agbiz elects its office bearers

by Jennifer Roets on Aug 29th, 2014|

Agbiz re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association. Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK Limited was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

The other members of the Agbiz Executive Committee are Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director at […]