4 May 2018
* Werksmans Legal Brief
The need for land expropriation must be characterised and understood as being foremost about social justice and a constitutional imperative. It is about the majority's anticipation of the reversal of a deliberate, systematic and legislated eradication of a nation's sense of dignity, belonging, culture and history. It is a wound that has festered long enough -  Read more
*This essay first appeared on Business Day on 26 April 2018

This year promises to be a fairly good one for South African consumers, particularly from a food cost perspective. The deceleration in food inflation that was observed in 2017 could again prevail this year as large grain stocks and the expected good harvest in the current production season continue to underpin the market. In 2017, food inflation decelerated to 7.0%, from 10.5% in 2016, thanks to a robust agricultural output. Indeed, the slowdown has continued into 2018 with food price inflation reaching a multi-year low of 3.5% year-on-year (y/y) in March.
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Wandile Sihlobo is Agbiz Head: Economic Research

The South African cattle industry is characterized by dualism - a well-developed commercial sector and an informal sector consisting of many communal subsistence farmers and a growing number of emerging farmers. In 2016, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries estimated the national cattle herd to be about 13.4 million . About 60 percent this herd is owned by the commercial farmers while the emerging and communal farmers account for the remaining 40 percent. Read more on this blogpost

South Africa is in for a fairly good harvest in 2017/18 production season. This was confirmed by the third production forecasts released by the National Crop Estimate Committee this afternoon. All summer crop production estimates were revised up from previous month's levels, with the exception of dry beans. In the same vein, winter crop farmers intend to increase the area plantings this upcoming season. This bodes well for trade and food inflation dynamics, as production volumes of major crops such as maize are set to be well above domestic consumption needs.  Considering the domestic annual maize need of roughly 10.5 million tonnes, at the back of expected 12.8 million tonnes of production, coupled with a carryover stock of 4.1 million tonnes, South Africa could see exports exceeding 2.2 million tonnes in the 2018/19 marketing year which starts on 01 May 2018.  Wandile Sihlobo explains more on the linked article»

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In February 2018, the cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89 billion leading to a positive net trade of R3.736 billion. Agricultural exports were dominated by the table grapes, stone-fruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia. The top five destination markets for agricultural exports were the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the agricultural imports were led by wheat, rice, chicken meat and live cattle originating from China, Germany, Namibia and Brazil.   Sifiso Ntombela, trade economist and Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence provides more information in the linked document»

The road freight strategy plan was approved by cabinet in May 2017  and is part of the Ministerial agreement in the National Development Plan.  The Department of Transport recently held a meeting to discuss the implementation of the road freight strategy.  Mariana Purnell, General Manager of Agbiz Grain attended in order to participate in the discussions around the issues of the "road to rail" drive and how it impacts the grain industry. Click here to read the strategy document»

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