9 September 2016
Reminder:  Agbiz/IDC Confidence Index questionnaire

This week we sent Agbiz members and other stakeholers a questionnaire, asking for their input for  the Agbiz/IDC Confidence Index - Quarter 3 . If you have already completed and submitted the questionnaire, thank you for your valuable input. If not, please complete the linked online questionnaire and submit your responses before/on  Wednesday, 14 September 2016. For  assistance, please contact Wandile Sihlobo on e-mail: wandile@agbiz.co.za
Policy and legislation
NPC submit Water Security situation to Parliament

Water This past week the National Planning Commission (NPC) submitted to the Water and  Sanitation Portfolio Committee in Parliament on South Africa's Water Security situation. South Africa's water security situation is at significant risk. Please click on SA Water Security to peruse submission. 
Economic and agribusiness intelligence
What does Brexit mean for South Africa?

This week, Agbiz, Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Tutwa Consulting Group, and with support of the Rand Merchant Bank held a workshop under the theme, "What does Brexit mean for South Africa". Amongst representatives that attended the workshop was the British High Commission representatives, IDC, SACU, the dti, FNB and Standard Bank.

The presentations explored Brexit's implications on South Africa and global economies, UK-SA trade relations and SA-UK agricultural trade. South Africa has significant economic relations with the UK and the rest of EU and that was clearly outlined in the presentations. Therefore, it is important to start outlining a path for engagement for South African businesses, so that they can maintain and even increase their market share and participation in the UK and the EU at large. This workshop was a start of many sessions to come and Agbiz will be fully involved throughout these developments.  
The presentations can be accessed on this link:
Brexit implications for UK-SA i.t.o agricultural trade (Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist)
South African agricultural sector remains in recession

The second quarter of 2016 real GDP figures released by Statistics South Africa showed that overall economic growth was well above market expectations of 2.6% quarter-on-quarter (q/q). The economy grew by a seasonally adjusted annualised rate of 3.3% q/q, following contraction of 1.2% q/q in the first quarter of the year. Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz, exchanges his views in the linked article»
Commentaries on agri-commodities 

Daily commentaries on agricultural commodity markets and macro-economic trends are available on the Agbiz website  www.agbiz.co.za
Weekly key events in the South African agricultural markets are consolidated in a RSA Agricultural Commodities Weekly Wrap.    The latest wrap is available on the Agbiz website  www.agbiz.co.za
Agribusiness Centenary Bursary - Apply now
Agbiz is making available an annual bursary to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management related fields. The application deadline is 9 December 2016.  More information»
Industry news
BVG launches weather derivatives 

BVG has launched a new company called WeatherInDe to market and sell weather derivatives. The growing need for customised weather derivatives has revolutionised the weather derivative market worldwide. Customers no longer have to adapt to standardised contracts traded on the exchanges, but can instead customise the contracts to suit their needs and risk appetite.   Read more»
- www.daff.gov.za

Water and Sanitation imposed water restrictions in the Orange River

- London School of Economics (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk)
News around the web
The International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
- IFAMA's official journal

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa's Green Revolution
- www.bizcommunity.com
Upcoming Events
Food & Drink Technology Africa
14 - 15 September 2016 |  Gallagher Estate, Midrand
Tropentag I nternational Conference on Research in Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development
18 - 21 September 2016 |  Vienna, Austria
AMT Agri-Outlook Conference
28 September 2016 | CSIR Convention Centre | Pretoria
International Conference on Research Infrastructure
3-5 October 2016 | Cape Town
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Agri 5 Commodities Workshop
5 - 6 October 2016 | Bloemfontein
Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference
10 - 12 October 2016 | Dar es Salaam | Tanzania
Members of AGBIZ can register for the conference here using the code AGBIZ1 and will save 15% off the final delegate rate.   The brochure with details of all the sessions and the expert speaker panel can now be viewed here .   More information»
Africa Agri Investment Indaba
28 - 30 November 2016 | Cape Town International Convention Center
Water & Climate Congress
22 - 24 March 2016
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