March 2017

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 4 March to 10 March 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• President Jacob Zuma calls on black parties in Parliament to unite in pursuit of a two-thirds majority required to make changes to the Constitution to make provision for land expropriation without compensation in South Africa.
• South Africa’s political volatility emerges as a key risk to the country’s economic outlook.
• Confidence in South Africa’s agricultural sector improves in first quarter according to according to a survey conducted by the Agricultural Business Chamber and the Industrial Development Corporation.
• South Africa’s social grants to be paid through new Cash Paymaster Services contract with Sassa according to the Social Development Department.
• Land reform policy uncertainty in South Africa is negatively affecting agricultural sector investment in the country.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 11 March to 17 March 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Imposing increased tariffs on imported poultry products is not the only solution to protecting the South African poultry industry.
• ANC proposes a watered‐down approach to land reform, despite President Jacob Zuma’s recent call for land expropriation without compensation to be prioritised.
• South Africa’s business leaders delaying business expansion and putting off investments due to increasing economic and political uncertainty in the country.
• S&P Global reiterates concerns over South Africa’s weak economic growth, political tensions and policy reform.
• South Africa’s manufacturing sector continues to under-perform amid slow economic growth.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 18 March to 24 March 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• EFF argues that human rights in South Africa will always be incomplete without land as the agrarian reform debates rages on.
• AgriSA announces that the Agricultural Land Holdings Bill which could ban foreign nationals from buying agricultural land would be too expensive and difficult to implement if signed into law.
• Chicken prices increase by 6% as the drought takes its toll in South Africa.
• South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma softens his tone on land reform as the land debate gains traction in the country.
• South Africa’s consumer inflation eases to 6.3% although concerns remain about the meat prices due to the impact of the drought.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 25 March to 31 March 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Oxfam says that South Africa’s drought has exposed serious inadequacies in the planning and management of the country’s water resources.
• Department of Rural Development and Land Reform says it will soon be establishing a new Land Commission in order to register all land ownership in South Africa.
• Statistician General Pali Lehohla says that South Africa is struggling to find a solution to the swelling unemployment rate, especially among the younger generation.
• South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee announces that the country might reap the largest harvest of the grain in 36 years as rains improved yields and boosted the crop’s size by 83 percent from last year.
• South African workers take-home pay for last month declined 0.8 percent due to nominal
salary terms growth for the period being lower than the month’s inflation rate of 6.3 percent.

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