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 […]

SA agricultural economy showing robust growth

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Sep 5th, 2017|

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The second quarter agricultural GDP figures confirm that the sector is eventually out of the woods. Data released this morning showed that the sector grew by 33.6% q/q in the second quarter of 2017, which is significantly higher […]

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    Impressions from the Werksmans Attorneys Land Reform Seminar

Impressions from the Werksmans Attorneys Land Reform Seminar

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Aug 3rd, 2017|

As reported in last week’s newsletter, Agbiz was invited to participate in a seminar on land reform hosted by Werksmans firm of attorneys at their office in Sandton. The session was facilitated by Werksmans’ Director Bulelwa Mabasa whilst presentations […]

2% uptick in fuel price on the cards in August 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Agribusiness Intelligence on Jul 17th, 2017|

After experiencing two consecutive monthly declines, fuel price is set to increase on 02 August 2017. A notable uptick will be on diesel price which could be 2% from the previous month, whereas petrol might only increase by a […]

Dry another day

by Wanda Augustyn, WineLand on Jun 1st, 2017|

Water is intrinsic to economic growth and prosperity and crucial for wine grape producers to grow their vineyards, continue operations and prepare their products.

The current drought and predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape have serious implications for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

South Africa: Lots of grains and oilseeds on the horizon

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Feb 28th, 2017|

South Africa could potentially harvest a bumper crop in the 2016/17 production season. This comes after the Crop Estimate Committee’s first production estimates for summer crops reached 16.21 million tonnes, up by 72% from the previous season[1]. Moreover, this […]

South African agricultural sector remains in recession

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Dec 6th, 2016|

Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data shows that South Africa’s agricultural sector remains in
recession. This is based on a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted annualised rate of -0.3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2016 (see Chart 1).

These […]

Agribusiness Outlook for 2017

by John Purchase, Wandile Sihlobo, Tinashe Kapuya, Mariana Purnell on Nov 25th, 2016|

As predicted, 2016 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the agribusiness environment and farmers alike, Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, said today at a media briefing in Pretoria. Not only did the prevailing drought of the […]