“Agri SA strongly condemns all murders of South Africans but especially the murder of farmers and police officers who must ensure that citizens have enough food to eat and can live in safety,” says Uys van der Westhuijzen, chairman of the organisation’s centre of excellence for rural safety.
Agri SA submitted its commentary on the Expropriation Bill electronically to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure on 22 February 2021, says Annelize Crosby, head of the organisation’s Land Affairs. This was mandated by all the organisation’s affiliates.
Agri SA is looking forward to the minister of finance, Tito Mboweni’s National Budget Speech on February 24. The balance between government income (tax revenue) and expenditure is at the heart of the government budget, says Kulani Siweya, Agri SA head of economics. “Rating agencies and financial market role players will want to see a […]
The immediate equalisation and increase in wages for farmworkers would be unsustainable for the agricultural sector. This was made clear by Agri SA through its inputs submitted to the department of employment and labour.
President Ramaphosa will have to spell out the role of the commercial sector very clearly in his State-of-the-Nation address this week. He should also highlight the factors that undermine this sector’s contribution to the economy and the country’s progress in general.
As COVID-19 maintains its strong grip on the world, food markets will need to remain at the center of attention. This is not only because of the many adverse effects on livelihoods at local levels, but also rising international prices of most food commodities.
“We don’t need more or any new plans to curb rural crime – just implement the Rural Safety Strategy that was launched in 2019,” said Uys van der Westhuijzen, chair of Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Rural Safety.