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Southern African grain stakeholders establishes regional platform

Founded by eight Southern African countries, the formal establishment of a regional network for grain stakeholders took place and stakeholders adopted...

6 Oct 2015 12:36

Symbolic win for Zimbabwean farmers

The auction of a house belonging to the Zimbabwean government offered some comfort - though largely symbolic - to farmers dispossessed of their land...

22 Sep 2015 16:10

SADC Veterinary Committee to upgrade livestock labs

The SADC Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostic Sub-Committee is working on measures aimed at upgrading livestock laboratories to meet international standards...

21 Sep 2015 09:46

Drought, climate change and forestry: the role of science and technology

In July this year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome projected a 17 percent decrease in cereal production across Southern Africa...

By Mandi Smallhorne 25 Aug 2015 07:00

Late rainfall spells low crop yields, says dept

Pretoria - Government has warned that crop yields are estimated to be low for this year, as compared to last year...

3 Jun 2015 14:48

Foreign investor buys stake in Mugabe dairy rival

A foreign investor has snapped up a 27% stake in Zimbabwe's second largest dairy company Dendairy...

By Memory Mataranyika 28 May 2015 09:24

Zimbabwe to import 700,000 tons of corn to avert hunger

HARARE: Zimbabwe will import 700,000 tons of the staple corn to avert hunger after annual crop yields shrunk by nearly half due to poor rains, the national television network reported on Tuesday...

7 May 2015 11:50

Mugabe admits land reform blunder

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has admitted he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland seized from whites under his controversial land reforms...

3 Mar 2015 11:00

Workshop to help SADC countries improve food production

The governments of South Africa and New Zealand will join forces to share their expertise on food safety systems for export with their counterparts in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

1 Sep 2014 07:31

Could Africa become like China?

Africa's changing demographic over the next three-and-a-half decades could transform the continent into the next China, but only if its youthful population is educated and entrepreneurial.

By Jana Marais 19 Aug 2014 11:50

Postive results likely from US-Africa summit says Davies

South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders' Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on his return.

13 Aug 2014 08:27

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley 30 Jul 2014 12:13

Sanlam looking to invest in Africa, South-East Asia

Sanlam says it has R3bn in discretionary capital that is earmarked for growth opportunities mainly in Africa and South-East Asia.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela 6 Jun 2014 11:02

Packaging in SA is always changing shape

If there is one industry where everything is in flux and companies have to re-jig their shapes and formats all the time, it is SA's packaging manufacturers. Apart from constantly changing industry conditions, not least from encroaching rivals, each firm has specific obstacles to get over.

By Mark Allix 2 Jun 2014 09:30

Zimbabwe central bank has 'no tools' to fix economy

Zimbabwe's new central bank chief said the country's economy was weakening and the bank did not have the tools to fix it.

8 May 2014 10:57

SAB seeks African growth via larger maltings plant

The local arm of SABMiller (SAB)‚ South African Breweries' maltings division is looking to supply product to other African countries following its investments to expand capacity‚ according to the unit's general manager Thinus van Schoor.

By Nick Hedley 13 Mar 2014 12:53

Food producers in high-priced certainty

Safe-haven investments do not come much safer than food producers. This has made big-name companies such as AVI and Tiger Brands market favourites and driven up the JSE food producers sector rating to a level last seen 19 years ago.

8 Oct 2013 07:08

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013 09:21

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

16 Sep 2013 08:59

SA's 'cruel' livestock exports under fire

A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will leave the country on Tuesday (10 September) for the island paradise of Mauritius - and the slaughterhouse - despite an outcry over "inhumane" livestock exports.

10 Sep 2013 06:17

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