Agri SA media

  • SONA 2024: AgriSA echoes sentiments shared on public-private partnerships
    by Thea Liebenberg on February 9, 2024 at 10:16 am

    AgriSA, representing South Africa's agricultural sector, acknowledges President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, which underscored the pivotal role agriculture plays in the nation's economy. As the backbone of South Africa's economic landscape, agriculture serves as a catalyst for growth, job creation, and food security.

  • Minimum wage increase: blessing or burden?
    by Thea Liebenberg on February 3, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi announced the new minimum wage in the Government Gazette on Friday. The national minimum wage, including for farmworkers, has been hiked to R27,58 per hour from 1 March 2024. That is an increase of 8,5% compared to the minimum wage of R25,42 per hour until the end of February. The increase is 2,5 percentage points higher than the average inflation rate for 2023, which […]

  • National Agro-meteorological Committee (NAC) Advisory on the2023/24 summer season
    by Nel Coetzee on October 6, 2023 at 11:20 am

    The veld and livestock are in reasonable to poor condition in most areas. Land preparations are underway for summer crops. Above normal rainfall is anticipated during early summer in most summer rainfall areas. However, towards mid-summer rainfall is expected to be below normal in the central and western parts of the country. Above normal rainfall is anticipated for the north eastern parts of the country during […]

  • Christo van der Rheede retires after eight years at Agri SA
    by Nel Coetzee on September 29, 2023 at 11:46 am

    As Agri SA prepares for the retirement of chief executive officer, Christo van der Rheede, incoming chief executive officer Johann Kotze has come on board full-time to continue to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Christo will remain at the helm of affairs until Agri SA’s upcoming congress on 12 and 13 October 2023, whereafter he will officially hand over to the new chief executive officer.

  • SENWES DONATES TO AGRI SA'S DISASTER RELIEF FUND FOR FIRES
    by Thea Liebenberg on September 7, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Senwes announced today, in the wake of the recent devastating fires in the North West, Free State, and Northern Cape, that it is donating half a million rand to Agri SA's Disaster Relief Fund to provide relief to those in need.

  • Agri SA Disaster Relief foundation calls for assistance in the wake of devastating fires
    by Thea Liebenberg on September 6, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Agri SA is deeply concerned about the devastating impact of ongoing fire outbreaks in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape provinces. The fires have affected an area of over 400 000 hectares, resulting in the loss of grazing and various livestock, such as sheep, cattle and wildlife that either burnt to death or had to be euthanised.

  • 2023 winter and spring seasons Statemens
    by Nel Coetzee on August 30, 2023 at 9:34 am

    In June, the south and south-western areas of the country received above-normal rainfall while most of the central and northern regions received below-normal rainfall (Figure 1). July received a mixture of normal to below-normal rainfall in most parts of the country (Figure 2). However, some eastern parts of the country as well as southern Free State and parts of the Eastern Cape received above normal rainfall. […]

  • Agri SA welcomes the launch of the vital Agro Energy Fund
    by Thea Liebenberg on August 29, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Agri SA welcomes today’s launch of the Agro Energy Fund by the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza. The fund was first announced by Minister Didiza in the budget vote delivered in May 2023.

  • Seasonal Climate Watch - September 2023 to January 2024
    by Nel Coetzee on August 28, 2023 at 9:21 am

    The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in an El Niño state and according to the latest predictions is expected to persist through most of the summer months. ENSO’s typical impact on Southern Africa is in favour for generally drier and warmer conditions during the summer seasons from October to March. Current global forecasts indicate a great deal of uncertainty for the typical drier conditions that […]

  • Rapid increase of the national minimum wage is throttling agricultural sector growth
    by Thea Liebenberg on August 16, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Agri SA will be making a submission to Parliament which demonstrates the negative impact of the national minimum wage on the growth and sustainability of the agricultural sector. Unless the increases of the minimum wage in the agricultural sector are aligned with inflation, there is a real risk of the agricultural sector contracting with devastating effects for employment in the sector.

  • Rural safety benefits from Agri Securitas Trust Fund
    by Thea Liebenberg on August 14, 2023 at 11:00 am

    The board of the Agri Securitas trust fund is pleased to announce the disbursement of R1,9 million to 29 farmer associations and provincial affiliations to help fund rural safety projects around the country. “The Trust Fund joins forces with farming communities through local farmer associations to make them safer. The safety of rural communities is one of the central pillars in creating prosperous rural […]

  • Seasonal Climate Watch -August to December 2023
    by Nel Coetzee on August 2, 2023 at 9:20 am

    The multi-model rainfall forecast indicates above-normal rainfall for most of the country during early spring (Aug-Sep-Oct) with below-normal rainfall predicted over the western parts during mid-spring (Sep-Oct-Nov) and late-spring (Oct-Nov-Dec). Minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to be mostly above-normal countrywide for the forecast period.

  • Agri SA submits objections on racialised water use licence regulations
    by Thea Liebenberg on July 31, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Agri SA has submitted its comments on the proposed Water Use Licence Applications, Amendment and Appeals Regulations that were published on 19 May 2023. The draft regulations proposed that certain enterprises applying for water use licences to take or store water would in the future have to allocate shares of up to 75% to black South Africans in order for such water use licences to be granted. Given the legal and […]

  • Agri SA provides financial assistance in precedent-setting land claim case
    by Thea Liebenberg on July 17, 2023 at 8:42 am

    The board of Directors at Agri SA has taken the decision to provide financial support to the appellant in the Moladora Trust v Mereki and Others Case (“Moladora case”). The case is expected to set an important precedent with far-reaching implications for private property rights in South Africa and the scope of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (“ESTA”).

  • President must deploy the SANDF to secure major routes amidst truck attacks
    by Thea Liebenberg on July 12, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Agri SA is deeply concerned about the violent criminal attacks on trucks in South Africa, particularly those in KwaZulu- Natal and Mpumalanga in recent days. In addition to the threat these activities pose to lives, they are a direct assault on the South African economy and a significant risk to food security.

  • Seasonal Climate Watch - May 2023
    by Nel Coetzee on June 20, 2023 at 10:44 am

    The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in a Neutral state, and forecasts indicate that it will likely move into a weak El Niño state during late winter and early spring and eventually strengthen into a strong El Niño state for the remainder of the summer season. Caution is advised though, ENSO predictions during this time are less skilful than at other times of the year. It is advised that the ENSO […]

  • Agri SA meets with DWS on draft water use license regulations
    by Thea Liebenberg on June 15, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Today, the leadership of Agri SA held a constructive meeting with officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to discuss the recently published Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for Water Use License Applications and Amendments.

  • Agri SA appoints new Chief Executive Officer
    by Thea Liebenberg on June 15, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Agri SA is pleased to announce the appointment of Johann Kotzé as their new Chief Executive Officer. Jaco Minnaar, Agri SA President, congratulated Kotzé and expressed his excitement over the new phase ahead.

  • Proposed water licensing regulations requiring up to 75% black South African shareholding place tenuous food security at further risk
    by Thea Liebenberg on June 1, 2023 at 9:17 am

    The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) recently published draft revised Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for Water Use Licence Applications and Amendments for comment. According to the draft regulations, certain enterprises applying for water use licenses to take or store water, will in the future have to allocate shares of up to 75% to black South Africans in order for such water use licenses […]

  • Cele needs to act to ensure rural safety and South Africa’s food security
    by Thea Liebenberg on May 23, 2023 at 8:42 am

    As Minister Bheki Cele delivers his budget vote on policing today, it is imperative that the Department of Police’s budget includes meaningful resource allocation towards the implementation of the Rural Safety Strategy.