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World Bank makes $100m in financing available for African climate research

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2023 The World Bank will make $100-million available to the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR) through the bank’s International Development Association (IDA) as part of additional finance to accelerate climate research for Africa. World Bank agriculture and food global... 

Nedbank announces R10m Green Economy Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2023 At the Nedbank Green Indaba, held on November 30, Nedbank Corporate Social Investment executive head Poovi Pillay announced that the bank had set up its Green Economy Fund with initial capital of R10-million. He explained that the fund is intended to provide funding for up to 100 start-ups in the... 

Dutoit Group family business celebrates 130 years of fresh produce

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2023 Agricultural investment company Dutoit Group is celebrating its 130th anniversary. The group was started in 1893 by Gysbertus du Toit planting the first fruit trees on Kromfontein Farm, in the Western Cape, and has become one of the largest family-owned fresh produce businesses in South Africa.... 

RCL Foods, SASA launch court bid to defer Tongaat business rescue plan vote

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2023 JSE-listed food manufacturer RCL Foods and sugar industry organisation the South African Sugar Association (SASA) on December 5 launched urgent applications at the Durban High Court to prevent the planned meeting of creditors of troubled agriculture and sugarcane company Tongaat Hulett on... 

Court rules Tongaat, Gledhow must pay R1.5bn in sugar industry agreement fees

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2023 Durban High Court judge Rashid Vahed on December 4 ruled that the Sugar Industry Agreement creates statutory, not contractual, obligations that are not overridden by the business rescue process under the Companies Act. Vahed was hearing sugar miller Tongaat Hulett's application to suspend its... 

Sugarcane fields

EIB, Bank of Kigali to develop €100m fund for climate fund adaptation for farmers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2023 The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Bank of Kigali on December 2 confirmed that they are developing a new targeted sustainable agriculture financing initiative, the first climate resilience business finance scheme in Rwanda and largest ever EIB support for private sector investment in... 

Tongaat BRPs publish proposed rescue plans

By: Darren Parker     30th November 2023 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of sugar company Tongaat Hulett have published updated business rescue plans for the company and its subsidiaries, Voermol Feeds and Tongaat Hulett Sugar SA, focusing on two business rescue plan proposals. Following the publication of THL’s business rescue... 

AMIE warns of higher poultry prices

By: Schalk Burger     28th November 2023 Industry organisation the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of Southern Africa (AMIE) has warned that poultry prices may increase over the festive season and into the new year owing to the poultry shortages caused by the highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, outbreak and the... 

Bureau Veritas goes off-grid at lab in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2023 Global testing, inspection and certification body Bureau Veritas has installed a solar power plant at its AgriFood Laboratory, in Cape Town, to enable operations to continue without reliance on the national electricity grid. This development allows the lab to operate at full capacity all day... 

Citrus exports lower than forecast as headwinds persist

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2023 Southern African citrus growers packed 165.1-million cartons for delivery to global markets during the 2023 export season – an increase of about 800 000 cartons year-on-year but 500 000 cartons lower than forecast at the start of the season. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA)... 

Oranges packed in a box

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175 years 

22nd November 2023 Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson gave media and guests a tour of its Gauteng product centre, as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations. 

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175th years
Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175th years

Astral posts R621m loss on the back of bird flu, loadshedding crises

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2023 JSE-listed integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has posted a loss of R621-million for the financial year ended September 30, owing to detrimental impacts from loadshedding and avian influenza. The group’s operating profit decreased by 143% compared with an operating profit of R1.4-billion... 

Dept says bird flu under control, egg supply improving

By: Reuters     15th November 2023 South Africa's worst bird flu outbreak is now under control and egg supplies are improving, the department of agriculture said on Wednesday. The country has been battling an outbreak of a high-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a bird flu which spreads rapidly in an infected flock causing a high... 

TWK posts lower earnings amid global market pressures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2023 Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Agri has posted lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R620-million from continuing operations, marking a 7.1% year-on-year decrease for the financial year ended August 31. The group generated Ebitda of... 

A farm and grain

Doyer to head up Grain SA from January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2023 Industry body Grain South Africa (Grain SA) has appointed Dr Tobias Doyer as its new CEO, effective January 8. Doyer brings a wealth of expertise and capability to the Grain SA group of entities, with a proven record of driving growth, strategy and innovation in the agricultural, insurance and... 

Dr Tobias Doyer
Dr Tobias Doyer

Transnet, deciduous fruit industry cooperating to improve export season logistics performance

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2023 State-owned Transnet and its subsidiary organisations are engaging weekly with various fruit industry organisations, namely Hortgro, the South African Table Grape Industry and the Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum, at a strategic and operational level to exchange information on expected fruit flows... 

Govt partners with milk body to advance development goals in dairy industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2023 The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with industry body Milk South Africa (Milk SA) to advance development goals in the industry. South Africa has one of the most efficient and... 

Milk bottles

South African company highlighting satellite constellation project to support African farmers

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th November 2023 South African space infrastructure company SCS Space, based in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is highlighting its SCS-Agrisense project at the 2023 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week and Ministerial Summit, being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. SCS-Agrisense is aimed... 

SCS Space CEO Dr Sias Mostert
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
SCS Space CEO Dr Sias Mostert

Company opens high-tech warehouse in Cameroon

3rd November 2023 Integrated logistics company A.P Moller–Maersk, commonly referred to as Maersk, opened the doors to a brand-new and technology-driven warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon in September. Situated within the Douala Port Zone, Maersk’s new facility is the ideal site for the... 

Warehouse shelves with boxes on them
SUPPLYING THE NATION The new Maersk facility in Douala, Cameroon, will be used predominantly for the storage and redistribution of fast-moving consumable goods

Losing Agoa status would mean losing competitive edge in wine pricing – Basson

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2023 Industry body South Africa Wine (SA Wine) has emphasised the importance of South Africa’s trade relationship with the US under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) trade regime, particularly since R798-million of wine exports were made to the US last year. South Africa exports R10.5-billion... 

Wine rack

Tongaat Hulett publishes unaudited 2022 results in interest of transparency

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2023 Troubled JSE-listed agriculture and agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has, following requests from shareholders and engagement with the JSE, released the unaudited and unreviewed financial information for the year ended March 31, 2022, in the interest of transparency. "While Tongaat Hulett’s... 

Citrus association urges that R100bn Transnet bailout be granted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2023 The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to prioritise Transnet’s financial recovery in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement he presents on November 1. While other stakeholders such as North West University Business School... 

Oranges
Oranges

SA Canegrowers again calls for rethink of sugar tax as MTBPS looms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2023 Industry body SA Canegrowers has once again called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to not table an increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, in the upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). This is in response to a tabling of the increase in the Draft Rates and... 

CSIR launches enterprise to commercialise first set of 18 technologies 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2023 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched its intellectual property (IP) commercialisation enterprise CSIR C-Cubed (CSIR C3) with a portfolio of 18 technologies and it is looking for business partners, entrepreneurs and investors to help it commercialise them and have... 

Dr Thulani Dlamini
CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini discusses the council's new IP commercialisation enterprise. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sapa estimates R3bn loss to poultry industry after 7.5m birds culled  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2023 In an update presented to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on October 20, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has estimated that 30% of the South African poultry industry has been impacted on by the latest outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian... 

Chicken

Two major international agencies launch joint ‘Atoms4Food’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2023 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched, in Rome, in Italy, on Wednesday, their flagship Atoms4Food initiative. This will increase the use of nuclear technologies to strengthen global food security. The IAEA and FAO... 

IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi and FAO director-general Qu Dongyu
IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi and FAO director-general Qu Dongyu

Ideal winter conditions and above-average rainfall promise good 2024 wine grape harvest season

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2023 Wine grape producers are positive that the season on hand holds great promise. Ideal winter conditions and above-average rainfall across all cultivation regions set the scene for a promising 2024 harvest, according to harvest predictions compiled by the industry bodies Vinpro and the South... 

Glasses with wine

BII, ILX Management to co-fund $500m of sustainable development

By: Bloomberg     16th October 2023 British International Investment (BII) and the Netherlands-based ILX Management plan to co-fund as much as $500-million in debt of sustainable development projects across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The money will be invested in renewable energy, infrastructure, financial services,... 

Wacker Neuson celebrates 175 years as it pursues sub-Saharan Africa growth

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2023 Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson has turned around the performance of its business in South Africa and is expanding its presence in Southern Africa in pursuit of sub-Saharan Africa growth, Wacker Neuson Southern Africa MD Dennis Vietze has... 

Equipment sold by Wacker Neuson

Woolworths lauded for its SDG successes at sustainability awards

By: Darren Parker     6th October 2023 Retailer Woolworths took home the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champion award, which recognises the organisation with the most comprehensive and impactful overall contribution towards the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, at the inaugural Beyond Awards in Johannesburg on... 

Winners of the SAB Beyond Awards for 2023, along with Small Business Development Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
In attendance at the awards ceremony were (from left to right) master of ceremonies Sifiso Skenjani; Sustainability Project of the Year Award winner Camille O’ Sullivan, on behalf of Tweak Carbon; African Trailblazer Award winner TOMA-Now founder Dr Jaisheila Rajput; Small Business Development Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams; Sustainability Report Of the Year Award winner Raveshni Maharaj, on behalf of Sun International; and Sustainable Development Goals Champion Award winner Feroz Koor, on behalf of Woolworths.

South Africa mulls trade options as bird flu hits poultry supply

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2023 South Africa’s government is assessing trade measures and the possibility of vaccination to ease shortages of poultry products and contain the spread of avian flu in the country. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza will start work on improving the efficiency of... 

Chickens in cages

South African food inflation continued its downward trend in August

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd October 2023 Food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to simply as food inflation) in South Africa continued to decelerate in August, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported, in its latest Food Inflation Brief.  Y-o-y food... 

Agri SA confirms Kotze to take over from Van der Rheede soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2023 Industry body Agri SA has announced that incoming CEO Johann Kotze will take the reins of the organisation following Christo van der Rheede’s retirement, effective October 13. Kotze has already come on board full-time to ensure a smooth leadership transition.  

Outgoing Agri SA executive director Christo van der Rheede
Outgoing Agri SA executive director Christo van der Rheede

Report outlines uses of AI in healthcare, education, financial systems and agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2023 A report, titled 'South Africa and Artificial Intelligence' published by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School and Microsoft South Africa has highlighted possible current uses for artificial intelligence (AI) systems to make a positive impact on... 

A tablet used by a healthcare provider

Soaring sugar prices hit African nations the hardest

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2023 Skyrocketing sugar prices are hitting some of Africa’s poorest nations particularly hard, forcing families and restaurants to forgo use of the ingredient that is core to local diets. Disappointing harvests from some of the world’s biggest producers have pushed wholesale prices near the highest in... 

White sugar on a table

RCL Foods culls 410 000 chickens amid bird flu outbreak

By: Reuters     28th September 2023 RCL Foods said on Thursday its poultry unit Rainbow has culled 410 000 chickens due to the country's worst outbreak of avian flu, heightening fears of chicken meat and egg shortages. The outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), a bird flu which spreads rapidly in an infected flock... 

Eggs and bird flu test tubes

Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa due to bird flu

By: Reuters     27th September 2023 Namibia has suspended imports of live poultry, birds and poultry products from South Africa following the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the neighbouring country. The suspension is in effect until further notice, the agriculture ministry said in a statement released on... 

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