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World News: South Africa
South Africa | 21 January 2016
Drought devastates agriculture and could cost SA R2bn in trade losses

The extreme and persistent drought has led to national agricultural production declining by more than 42%, an analysis by the Western Cape provincial government has revealed. Western Cape economic ...


South Africa | 15 January 2016
Farmers battling drought owe South Africa banks $7.5bn

Farmers have their highest-ever debt with South African banks of more than 125 billion rand ($7.5 billion) at a time when a drought, caused by the lowest rainfall on record, is withering cornfields an...


South Africa | 11 January 2016
Drought leads to failed crops, water shortages

The main street of this dusty South African town is lined with empty buckets, marking each residents' place in line as they wait for their daily water ration to be brought in by unreliable trucks. ...


South Africa | 8 January 2016
Drought kills thousands of livestock

Farmers in Limpopo continue to live in fear they may lose more livestock as the persistent drought continues, with at least 5,000 animals having been killed, according to preliminary figures by the pr...


South Africa | 22 December 2015
Angry residents attack suspected cattle thief

Angry villagers on the outskirts of Limpopo allegedly set alight a car belonging to a suspected cattle thief on Sunday evening. This comes after an alleged livestock syndicate kingpin was caught wh...


South Africa | 3 December 2015
South Africa’s farmers grapple with drought

Scientists say that South Africa’s most severe dry spell in more than 30 years is linked to climate change. The drought is causing water shortages across the country, hitting farmers especially hard.


South Africa | 30 November 2015
Farmers fear drought relief funding won't be enough

An Umsinga farmer is at his wits end as the drought ravages KwaZulu-Natal. Umsinga is one of the worst-affected areas in the province’s Midlands. Harrison Zondi has been farming in the Umsinga d...


South Africa | 18 November 2015
Farmers bear brunt of South Africa’s severe drought

Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is ...


South Africa | 17 November 2015
Cattle dying in South Africa as drought deepens

In the middle of a desiccated lake bed in South Africa's North West province, a seven-month-old calf is too weak to get up. It is doomed to die from thirst and hunger. A devastating drought is clai...


South Africa | 11 November 2015
If you don't feel positive, you should stop - wheat farmer

You have to feel positive as a farmer, otherwise you should stop. So said 53-year-old Hugo de Waal, owner of a wheat farm in Eendekuil on the West Coast. He and other farmers in the area are wor...


South Africa | 9 November 2015
Drought hits SA wheat farmers hard

Some Western Cape farmers despair a mounting water crisis is drying up their profits. Several Swartland residents have labelled this dry season as their worst since 1952. Agri-Wes Cape expects t...


South Africa | 4 November 2015
South African livestock farmers urged to sell herds facing drought

South African cattle, sheep and goat farmers were urged by the government on Tuesday to cut the size of their herds as drought conditions scorch grazing land. The forced sale of cattle will hit far...


South Africa | 16 October 2015
South Africa close to agreeing final terms for U.S. poultry imports

South Africa is close to signing an agreement to allow 65,000 tonnes of poultry imports from the United States, a special envoy for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) said on Wednesday, sea...


South Africa | 7 October 2015
South Africa poultry industry says brining rules to hurt profits

South African poultry producers said new restrictions on brine-injected chicken portions will hurt the industry and be hard to enforce. Individual cuts of chicken can be composed of just 15 percent...


South Africa | 5 October 2015
Major changes for producers of poultry meat

The long anticipated amendments to the poultry meat regulations regarding control over sales were published in the Government Gazette on Friday after it had been approved by Minister of Agriculture, F...


South Africa | 6 April 2015
Land cap is grim reaper stalking SA's farm sector

Agriculture is the goose that laid South Africa's golden egg. But it seems few people care about its slow demise, other than the farmers. Agriculture still contributes about R84-billion (about 3%) ...


South Africa | 23 February 2015
Man gets 80 years for cattle theft

The Mokopane Regional Court sentenced a man to 80 years imprisonment for cattle theft, Netwerk24 reported on Monday. Tinus Groenewald, 37, from the East Rand stole about R2 million worth of cattle ...


South Africa | 18 February 2015
South Africa foreigner limit applies to farmland, Minister says

South Africa’s proposed laws to restrict foreigners from owning land will apply to farms and exclude residential property, Rural Development and Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti said. “We’re ta...


South Africa | 16 February 2015
South Africa land bill shock for foreign investors

South Africa ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma tossed another surprise aimed at foreign investors with the new proposed land bill law. Zuma is set to introduce a land b...


South Africa | 11 February 2015
Unemployment dips as agriculture, construction add jobs

The unemployment rate declined to a one-year low of 24.3 percent in the fourth quarter as the agriculture and construction industries added jobs. The jobless rate fell from 25.4 percent in the prev...


South Africa | 29 September 2014
KZN farmers still desperate for rain

Farmers around KwaZulu-Natal are hoping fervently that the rain that has fallen in parts of the province since Saturday night will spell the end of a period of drought that is threatening to ruin many...


South Africa | 24 July 2014
State eager to pass five land bills this year

Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on with the process by introducing five pieces of dra...


South Africa | 21 July 2014
End to VAT concession has farmers bleating

Proposals by the Treasury to scrap the value added tax (VAT) concession of a zero rating on goods and services bought by farmers for production purposes will raise input costs 14%. The sector spend...


South Africa | 27 June 2014
Zuma urges women to take up agriculture

South African President Jacob Zuma says women should be involved in mainstream agricultural activities so that they can make a more meaningful contribution towards economic growth. According to a stat...


South Africa | 1 April 2014
Government abandons communal farmers

In a move that is likely to anger villagers the government has with immediate effect scrapped the free agricultural inputs handouts that were being issued to poor communal farmers, a minister has said...


South Africa | 20 January 2014
Drought kills livestock in North West and Northern Cape

Hundreds of livestock continue to die in the drought-stricken provinces of North West and the Northern Cape. Government aid to affected farmers seems to be inadequate and farmers in the Western Ca...


South Africa | 13 January 2014
Food giants warn of higher prices

The spectre of food price increases looms ever larger, with Tiger Brands declaring it will soon be compelled to pass on higher costs to consumers. The food producer, which owns popular brands such ...


South Africa | 17 December 2013
200km quest for missing cattle all in vain

A young girl’s 200km quest to find her mother’s nine missing cattle came to nothing when the alleged stock thief, whom she eventually tracked down with little help from the police, had his name cleare...


South Africa | 10 December 2013
African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’

Agriculture is at a crossroads in Africa — including South Africa — with decisions taken by governments on a spate of investments in the sector having potentially serious repercussions on millions of ...


South Africa | 18 November 2013
E Cape farmers welcome the rain

Farmers in the Eastern Cape are overjoyed with the significant rain that has fallen over most of the province. More than 50 millimetres was measured at places. Agri Eastern Cape president, Ernest P...