January 2017

acrobat  WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 1 January to 13 January 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s drought crisis deepens as North West and KwaZulu-Natal farmers battle the persistent drought.
• South Africa’s poultry industry in crisis amid drought and surge in low-cost chicken imports.
• Food prices in South Africa projected to drop as rainfall patterns become more favourable.
• President Jacob Zuma calls for a more aggressive approach to South Africa’s land reform process as the land crisis deepens.
• The current rains in South Africa raises the possibility that South Africa might export maize again.

acrobat  WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 13 January to 20 January 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Western Cape fires devastate farming amid drought.
• South Africa Poultry industry crisis deepens amid influx of cheap chicken quarters amid
reports that Rainbow Chicken alone will cut 1 350 jobs at the end January.
• Department of Trade and Industry responds to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema demand to impose a 50% tariff on imported chicken to safeguard the domestic poultry industry against dumping from overseas producers, and to protect local jobs.
• Water is still scarce as drought crisis deepens in South Africa with dam levels around the
country standing at an average of 50.7%.; with Vaal Dam 52.8% full while Cape Town dams levels sit at 44.3%, with residents using too much water – 59 million litres more than the city’s daily quota.
• Water scarcity takes heavy toll on Mpumalanga pupils amid escalation in illegal pipe
connections in the province.

acrobat  WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 21 January to 27 January 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Retrenchments in South Africa’s mining industry on the rise amid slow economic growth.
• South Africa’s poultry importers argue that they deserve more support from all stakeholders as the crisis in the domestic chicken industry deepens.
• Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini faces R248m claim and an interdict as concerns rise on the possible disruption of the social grant disbursement to South Africa’s poor households.
• South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and the poultry industry hold crisis meeting as the domestic chicken industry faces collapse.
• Inflation hit South African households hard as food prices soar.

acrobat  WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 28 January to 3 February 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Consumers hit by petrol price increase of 29 cents per litre from 1 February.
• South Africa’s economy is struggling with rising inflation and stagnant economic growth.
• South Africa’s government announces measure to curb job losses in the ailing poultry sector.
• Hunger levels soar in South Africa as drought bites.
• Stats SA announces changes to Consumer Price Index basket, giving more weight to food items amid food price surge.

 

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