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    Agbiz response to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech

Agbiz response to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech

by Dr John Purchase on Feb 25th, 2016|

Not in the last two decades has there been as much interest and anticipation in the annual budget speech of the Minister of Finance, as was the case with Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech. Against the background of […]

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 […]

Best wishes from Agbiz for a challenging 2015

by Dr John Purchase on Jan 8th, 2015|

In a rapidly changing world, where modern communication connects billions across the world and creates the potential for unprecedented growth and development, there is also an increasing threat against civil liberties of freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom […]

Profitable partners or partners facing painful problems?

by Derick van der Walt on Jul 9th, 2014|

To share 50% of your worldly possessions with your farm workers, especially those who have been at your side for many years, seems a noble idea.

After all, they have been there for you through the droughts, the floods, that […]

Tina and the ‘turners’?

by Derick van der Walt on May 28th, 2014|

Now that the energetic Tina Joemat-Petterssen has moved on to an even more energetic portfolio, all eyes are on the new kids on the block who will head policy decisions with regard to agriculture in future. Will Senzeni Zokwana, […]

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 […]