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    South African maize imports: Should we prepare for the worse times?

South African maize imports: Should we prepare for the worse times?

by Wandile Sihlobo: Head of Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence and Tinashe Kapuya: Head of International Trade and Investment Intelligence on May 8th, 2016|

South Africa is traditionally a net exporter of maize. However the ongoing drought has led to some significant changes – South Africa is now a net importer of maize for the first time since the 2007/08 season. In fact, […]

Will southern Africa cope with the current drought?

by Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence, Agbiz on Jan 21st, 2016|

The beginning of 2016 saw heightened concerns around the erratic rainfall distribution, with all previous maize projections being revised downwards to “severe” and “disaster” scenarios. Many fear that southern Africa may be on the brink of the worst drought […]

The mealie, the ballot-box and Marie Antoinette

by Derick van der Walt on Apr 6th, 2014|

That Marie Antoinette’s head eventually landed on the chopping block in 1789, because an angry mass stormed the Bastille on empty stomachs, is regarded by historians more as fiction than fact. Throughout history, however, governments learnt the hard way […]