August 2017

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 05 August 2017 to 11 August 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s sugar industry could take years to recover from the effects of the 2015-16 drought amid reports that the sector is responsible for 85,000 direct and 350,000 indirect job opportunities with export earnings of R2.5bn a year.
• Credit rating agency Standard & Poor (S&P) warns that South Africa’s current negative outlook poses a risk to its sovereign rating which could be lowered in the next twelve months.
• South Africa’s maize harvest for 2017 is estimated around 16 million tonnes, posing a problem to farmers as it will cause the price of maize to fall.
• Chicken prices may rise as avian flu spreads across South Africa amid reports of possible shortages of chicken.
• Unemployment in South Africa remains at a stubborn 14-year high amid reports by Statistics South Africa that 27.7% of the working age population is jobless as a skills deficit, poor confidence levels and a weak economy are making it difficult to put a dent in the jobless rate.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 12 August 2017 to 18 August 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s poor economic growth is pushing the country towards social unrest.
• South Africa’s bird flu crisis deepens amid reports of a possible outbreak in the Western Cape Province.
• South Africa’s agricultural sector losses 84,000 jobs amid growing political and economic uncertainty in the country.
• Stock theft of the rise in SA, with an estimated 25,000 livestock stolen in 2016 as South African Police Service statistics indicate that Free State and Eastern Cape provinces are the most affected.
• Price for chicken meat goes up by 5% as the bird flu crisis deepens in South Africa.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 19 August 2017 to 25 August 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Honey shortage hits South Africa as drought takes its toll.
• South Africa’s credit rating at risk of a downgrade as revenue shortfall could hit R50 billion.
• Institute of Race Relations’ 2017 South Africa Survey shows that less than half of working-age South Africans are employed amid growing economic and political uncertainty in the country.
• Statistics South Africa’s Poverty Trends for 2006 to 2015 reflects that more than 50% of the country’s population is living in poverty.
• Drought in Eastern Cape cripples Macadamia nut farming as South Africa struggles to mitigate the effects of climate change.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 26 August 2017 to 01 September 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• More than 2 million people go to bed hungry in Limpopo amid reports that 51% of South Africans are living in poverty, the majority of whom are African and children.
• 30 000 chickens killed by avian flu in Western Cape as the bird flu crisis deepens in South Africa.
• African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warns that retaining the economic status quo which has left over half of South Africans living in poverty will threaten the country’s peace and stability.
• South Africa’s Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen says that the agricultural sector has been the hardest hit by the drought situation which is still persisting despite rainfall in some parts of the country.
• South Africa’s Automobile Association says that motorists will be hit with a substantial fuel price increase in September, with month-end data pointing towards a price increase of around 61 cents a litre for petrol and 46 cents a litre for diesel.

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