12 October 2018

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) will do a  presentation to the Parliamentary Porffolio Committee on Energy regarding the draft integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) next week on Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Please note that the presentation is deliberately high-level, but should capture all the key issues. The more detailed submission on the draft IRP2018 for the Department of Energy will be circulated at a later stage. Please click here to peruse.

In 2017, the global political risk landscape was turbulent, and is
likely to remain so over the next
12 months. Marsh's Political Risk
Map 2018, based on BMI Research
findings, highlights changes
during the past 12 months and
looks ahead to continuing risks and new concerns. Click here to view.
After experiencing a double-digit decline in August 2018 due to delayed harvest, amongst other factors, South African tractor sales recovered by 11% y/y in September 2018, with 612 units sold (Figure 1). This somewhat signals farmers' readiness for the 2018/19 summer crop production season which commenced this month, although planting activity hasn't progressed much thus far. Broadly speaking, this is an encouraging reading as we continue to monitor the investment path in the South African agricultural sector following a slowdown in the Agribusiness Confidence Index in the third quarter due to continued uncertainty underpinned by the current land policy reform proposal, amongst other issues.  Click here to read the complete article by Wandile Sihlobo.
FAO Report
As Ben Cousins recently argued in Business Day, agriculture can be an important contributor to the creation of jobs in SA through a well-executed land reform programme. But then we need to do it right and learn from South Africa's history, which has a lot to offer. Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz head of Agribusiness Research and Prof. Johann Kirsten, professor at Stellenbosch University and director of the Bureau for Economic Research, provide more insight in an article written for and first published in Business Day. Click here for the complete article.
Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz head of Agribusiness Research, recently met up with an old schoolmate, Nikkie Korsten, who was in town for a conference. Nikkie is a doctoral candidate at Stellenbosch University and they discussed current trends in the South African Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) and the impact it has on both the South African economy and society. He found the subject remarkably interesting and relevant and asked her to write down a few thoughts to share with you. Click here to read Wandile Sihlobo's blogpost. 
On October 5, Zimbabwe's finance minister, Mthuli Ncube, told Reuters News that his country was likely to produce 1.9 million tonnes of maize in 2018/19 production season, up by 12% from last year. Wandile Sihlobo, head of Agribusiness Research at Agbiz, and agricultural economist Dr Tinashe Kapuya provide insight in an article written for and first published on Fin24. Click here to read the article.
While circumstances and the timing of Nhlanhla Nene's resignation are regrettable, business welcomes the appointment of Tito Mboweni as the new Finance Minister. Mboweni comes with a long track record in government and brings with him the necessary credibility among social partners, as well as the expertise to provide steady leadership in National Treasury. Please click here to read the full media statement.
ABS Biotrade SA has published the calls for applications for grant funding and Expression of Interest for Skills Development in the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times. Please see the links to all the documentation (application forms and scorecards) below. Applications are open for South Africa (70%) and the region (30%).
Grant funding applications (closing date for applications on 31 October), downloads available until 19 October. Skills Development Expression of Interest (closing date for applications on 12 December, downloads available until 30 November.
Click here for another edition of The Bottom Line Newsletter for the latest news from Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).
Following the success of the previous Agbiz Information Sessions, two half-day information sessions for members and other role players are planned for 1 November in Pretoria and 15 November in Paarl. The sessions will focus on current challenges in the policy and legislation environment, as well as developments and opportunities in the agribusiness sector.
Registration for Pretoria Information Day opens 13 October 2018. Secure your seat before 22 October. www.agbiz.co.za.
1 November 2018: Leriba Lodge, Centurion @ 08:30
15 November 2018: d'Olyfboom Family Estate, Paarl @ 08:30
For more information, contact Karen Grobler at karen@agbiz.co.za  

Second International Conference for Food Safety and Security
St George's Hotel, Pretoria
15-17 October 2018 | St George Hotel | Pretoria

World Food Day Commemoration
As part of October Food Security Month activities, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana and the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde will observe World Food Day on 16 October 2018. World Food Day is commemorated annually on 16 October to create public awareness of the world food shortage and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Theme: "Our actions are our future. # A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is possible".
16 October 2018 | NG Church Hall |  Brandwacht, Western Cape
08:00 for 08:30
RSVP: Rony Moremi on RincertM@daff.gov.za/ 073 347 0391 by 12 October 2018

Government Supply Chain Management Challenges, Latest Trends and Effective Strategies to Improve Operational Success
24-26 October 2018   |  Holiday Inn Hotel |  Pretoria

AFMA Symposium
Theme: Local is 'lekker'
30 October 2018 | CSIR International Convention Centre |  Pretoria
More information

Energy Food Water Nexus for South Africa
What specific concern does your industry hold in terms of the sustainability of Water in SA? The south African National Energy Association (SANEA) is inviting you to participate in its Conversation Exchange Forum to discuss issues related to the energy food water nexus for South Africa.
31 October-1 November 2018 | Johannesburg

African Agri Investment Indaba and Agri Trade Congress Africa
27-28 November 2018 | CTICC  | Cape Town

First Bi-annual International Soy for Human Health Conference 2019
11-13 March 2019 | St George Hotel | Pretoria

CGA Citrus Summit  
1 2-14 March 2019 | Boardwalk Hotel | Port Elizabeth

Skills Development Summit
12-13 March 2019   | CSIR International Convention Centre | Pretoria
Contact: Gordon Campbell 
Tel: 021 680 7155 / 073 540 9854
Email: gordon.campbell@capemedia.co.za

Global Cherry Summit 2019
25 April 2019  | Monticello Conference Center | San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile

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