South Africa, and in particular provinces such as Gauteng, Free State and others, are reeling under the third wave of Covid-19 infections. The infection rate has grown by an alarming rate throughout South Africa, especially now during the winter months.
1. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 9 319 on 12 June from 2 585 on 16 May and a 2021 low of 437 on 6 April but remains well below the peak of 21 980 on 8 January. 2. Final sales, which is GDP minus the change in inventories, soared by 14,2% […]
Agri SA welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa to amend Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, lifting the NERSA licencing threshold for embedded generation projects from 1MW to 100MW. This move opens a significant door for private electricity generation and to happen on a more affordable scale.
“Agri SA’s opposition to certain aspects of the bill, especially the definition of ‘expropriation’, which opens the door to all sorts of limitations on property rights without compensation being payable (indirect expropriation) and sub-sections 12(3) and (4), which provide for zero compensation, was communicated clearly and repeatedly,” says Annelize Crosby, head of land and legal […]
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released the quarter one (Q1) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for 2021, showing that the economy accelerated at an annualised rate of 4,6% (1,1% quarterly). This is better than the 2,5%-3% expected by many economists.
“The murder on Sunday morning of John Viedge of the farm Highlands, outside Nqanarhu (Maclear), is condemned in the strongest terms. This murder once again highlights the vulnerability of the farming community and the cowardice of criminals, who will even resort to murder to achieve their objectives,” says Uys van der Westhuijzen, chair of Agri […]
Today, 31 May 2021, is the deadline for the Ad Hoc committee tasked with the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution to complete their work. The ANC had at the last minute, proposed further amendments to section 25.
The Minister of Police’s draft proposals for amending the Firearms Control Act and excluding self-defence as a valid reason for owning a firearm, are irresponsible and irrational, says Uys van der Westhuijzen, chair of Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Rural Safety. “Agri SA strongly opposes these amendments.”
Agri SA welcomes the acknowledgement by Minister Thoko Didiza of the critical role of commercial agriculture in securing food for all South Africans and other parts of the world. The close collaboration between the Ministry and the agricultural sector as well as the timely interventions by the Minister herself was of great help during 2020 […]