September 2017

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 02 September 2017 to 08 September 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Absa Purchasing Managers Index shows that South African factories are still under pressure with no relief in sight amid slow growth.
• Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says corporate anti-competitive behaviour, including price-fixing, is ruining the lives of the poor South Africans.
• South African National Taxi Council to increase taxi fares, following the announcement that petrol will increase by 67 cents per litre.
• South Africa’s agribusiness confidence plunge in the third quarter 2017 as the persistent drought in the Western Cape and low demand for maize exports weighed on sentiment.
• South Africa exits recession with 2.5% GDP growth but socio-political and economic concerns remain.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 09 September 2017 to 15 September 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• South Africa’s manufacturing production shrank 1.4% year-on-year in July, dragged lower by a decline in the production of petroleum and steel amid slow growth in the country.
• President Jacob Zuma says the youth and the ANC Youth League must spearhead land reform in South Africa.
• Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba warns that South Africa is in danger of missing its 1.3% growth target this year due to the poor performance of major sectors of the economy that will likely restrain tax revenues.
• Fishing communities protest to register their growing frustrations with the slow pace of transformation in the industry, claiming that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ recent fishing quota allocations favoured large companies at the expense of new entrants.
• Western Cape drought takes its toll amid reports that fruit shortages and a price surge is imminent in South Africa.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 16 September 2017 to 22 September 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Western Cape farmers expect further decrease in production as the drought crisis deepens amid growing concerns that this will lead to fruit and other agricultural produce shortages and a sharp increase in prices.
• Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) says fuel prices are expected to reach their highest in three years next month, hitting farmers hard.
• Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) confirms the presence of foot-and-mouth disease detected in Limpopo amid a deepening bird flu crisis in South Africa.
• World Bank slashes South Africa’s economic growth outlook for this year to 0.6%, from 1.1% amid reports that South Africa’s second quarter growth of 2.5 percent would be insufficient to restore positive per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the year.
• Poultry prices surge as flu spreads to more chicken farms in South Africa.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 23 September 2017 to 29 September 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says fast-tracking the allocation of fishing rights to communities can alleviate rampant poaching that is affecting the stock levels of fish species in the country’s oceans amid slow transformation in South Africa’s fishing industry.
• Struggling South African consumers feeling very vulnerable financially according to the Momentum Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index amid increasing socio-political and economic uncertainty in the country.
• City of Johannesburg to launch task team to probe illegal land invasions as the agrarian reform debate rages on in South Africa.
• Meat World caught up in a sell-by date scandal, bringing the issue of food quality into sharp focus in South Africa.
• South Africa falls 14 places in the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Index as the strength of its institutions and of its financial markets has eroded.

acrobat WEEKLY MONITOR – Food & Water Security in South Africa – 30 September 2017 to 06 October 2017
Author: Augustus Consulting
Key Emerging Trends, Themes and Issues
• Black First Land First (BLF) warns that whites must return the land back to the black majority or they will take it back as the agrarian reform debate intensifies in South Africa.
• Cabinet approves the Land Survey Amendment Bill for public comment amid a deepening land crisis in South Africa.
• Two million birds dead in Western Cape’s worst bird flu outbreak as South Africa struggles to contain the growing problem of the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
• Pressure piles on South African household finances as their net wealth decreased in the second quarter of 2017 to levels last seen in 2014 amid deepening poverty, rising unemployment and a surge in fuel prices.
• South African Poultry Association (Sapa) says that the industry may never recover from the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu currently gripping South Africa that has already resulted in 4 million birds being culled and R800 million in losses for affected farms amid growing fears of job losses.

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