November 2017

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 04 November 2017 to 10 November 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s agricultural sector loses 109 000 jobs, of which about 84% were in the Western Cape amid reports of low agribusiness confidence levels in the country.
• ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says the he will return the land to its rightful owners as the unresolved land issue takes centre stage in South African politics.
• Black South African families struggle to put food on the table as the economic crisis deepens.
• Standard Bank, in partnership with the Transvaal Wattle Growers Co-operative Limited (TWK) and the Land Bank, creates a R1.8 billion debt funding model for South Africa’s agricultural sector.
• South Africa’s business and consumer confidence levels continue to fall amid growing socio-political uncertainty, slow growth and decline in the country’s investment sector.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 11 November 2017 to 17 November 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa faces egg and chicken shortages as the bird flu crisis deepens.
• South Africa’s agrarian reform failing to give the land back to the majority.
• Child-support grants essential for poverty alleviation and poor household food security in South Africa.
• South African banks prepare for the worst ahead of possible ratings downgrades amid slow growth and rising socio-political uncertainty in the country.
• Hefty fuel price hikes loom in South Africa amid a weakening domestic economy.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 18 November 2017 to 24 November 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• EFF leader, Julius Malema, reiterates the need for land reform in South Africa as the agrarian debate intensifies.
• Fuel hike looms in December amid reports that it will deepen consumer indebtedness and increase poor household food insecurity levels.
• South African food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods’ profit plunges as drought takes its toll.
• Overberg Asset Management’s report indicate that that despite global favourable conditions, and South Africa’s institutional strength, political uncertainty will make for a challenging outlook.
• South Africa’s consumer price inflation eased to 4.8% for October, down from 5.1% reported for September 2017 amid reports that on average, prices increased by 0.3% between September 2017 and October 2017.

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