May 2017

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 06 May to 12 May 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says that land must be returned to its rightful owners as the land reform debate rages on in the country.
• North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo wants specialised unit to deal with racism on farms amid growing racial tensions and violence in South Africa’s farming areas.
• Violent protests surge in South Africa amid growing socio-economic and political uncertainty in the country.
• The 2017 Sanlam Benchmark Survey shows that almost 73% of professional, middle class South Africans are experiencing financial stress as families struggle to put food on the table.
• South Africa’s tractor sales edge lower in April amid slow economic growth in the country.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 13 May to 19 May 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Fall armyworm outbreak in Eastern Cape as South Africa struggles to contain the growing menace to the agricultural sector.
• South Africa deteriorates on the Fund for Peace ranking of the world’s most fragile states amid growing socio-economic and political problems in the country.
• South Africa’s Astral Foods feels the effects of the new brine regulations as its poultry sales volume declines by 10.5% and its group operating profit declines by 50.6% to R212 million on the back of a paltry 0.5% revenue growth to R5.7 billion.
• South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Director General, Mike Mlengana says land grabs were not the solution to the country’s contentious land issue.
• Grain SA expects a surplus of 3.5 million tons of maize and aims to export all of it to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan as the South African government expresses concern about the surplus being sold off, with the possibility of a return this year of the El Nino weather pattern and amid reports that the South African government plans to establish a strategic grain reserve as a drought mitigation strategy.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 20 May to 26 May 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says his department is working on transforming the Land Claims Commission into a Chapter Nine institution as the land crisis deepens.
• Some analysts argue that General Motors’ announcement that it will stop operating in South Africa is a clear indication that car manufacturers have lost confidence in the country’s economic outlook amid growing socio-political uncertainty.
• South Africa’s Parliament expresses deep concern about the slow pace of land reform amid growing concerns about the impact of the stalling agrarian reform process on the country’s food security in the medium and long-term.
• Biggest land occupation in Cape Town in recent years is taking place as South Africa’s unresolved land question takes centre-stage in the country.
• Investors seek clarity on ANC policies amid slow growth and increasing political uncertainty in South Africa.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 27 May to 02 June 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Black First Land First Movement (BLF) intensifies its land expropriation programme as South Africa’s land crisis deepens.
• South African economists expect economic growth to average around 1% for 2017 as the country’s political and social woes mount.
• South Africa’s land reform process threatened by claimants who prefer cash to land, amid reports that the almost 40‚000 claims lodged in the KwaZulu-Natal province between 2014 and 2016 shows that claimants prefer cash to land.
• South Africa’s farm workers’ ill-health and stress could threaten food security.
• South Africa has fallen down in the ranking of the world’s most competitive countries, reflecting the country’s lack of sustainable growth as well as high levels of structural unemployment.

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