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Why South Africa’s wine farms are on their knees

With the ongoing curfew and ban on alcohol sales, the South African wine industry is experiencing seriously challenging times. Malu Lambert offers an on-the-ground report.

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The long walk to water in KwaZulu-Natal villages

“We as rural women don’t exist for the government”

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Microsoft pumps R40m into agriculture

Microsoft South Africa has announced an investment of up to R40-million in South Africa’s agriculture sector, one of the country’s critical industries driving growth and job creation. The investment is aimed at driving sustainability in the sector for smallholder farmers, who form an important part of the agricultural workforce in the country. More than 2-million […]

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Role players meet to discuss alcohol ban’s impact on wine industry

The industry body Vinpro, Agri Western Cape, the agricultural interest group Saai and Western Cape wine producers met last week to discuss the impact of the second ban on alcohol sales on the wine industry.

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30 July 2020 Food for Mzansi

5 due in court today for Hartswater triple farm murder

5 men are due in court today after the “unscrupulous and barbaric” murders of Breggie, Danie and Elzabie Brand from the Northern Cape. Meanwhile, more than 7 800 people are demanding justice for slain KZN farmer Zakiyyah Ahmedjan Ismail.

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Agri Western Cape backs effort to challenge ban on sale of alcohol

The farmer's body has met with wine industry representative, Vinpro, the Southern African Agri Initiative and local wine producers last week to discuss the impact of the ban.

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Concerns over wine sector jobs growing as lockdown alcohol sale ban continues

Vinpro said that in addition to scores of people that had already been laid off from work as a result of COVID-19 regulations, an estimated 18,000 more jobs could be lost.

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Northern Cape family farm murders: Law must come down hard on accused, says Mandela

Parliament's land reform committee chairperson Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela has condemned the "callous and inhumane" attacks on farmers.

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Wine cellars cancel 2021 grape purchases due to liquor ban

The recent decision by government to reinstate the ban on domestic alcohol sales under Level 3 of the lockdown regulations to contain the COVID-19 pandemic will result in an even larger surplus of wine in South Africa.

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Grapes of wrath: South Africa could lose 90% of its wine producers due to Covid-19 ban, expert warns

South Africa's wine producers continue to be battered by the ban on alcohol sales but the balancing saving the economy and people's lives has been tough for government

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Green revolution is locking African farmers into a system that is not designed for their benefit, but for Northern multinational corporations. https://theecologist.org/2020/aug/14/gates-failing-green-revolution-africa

Allegations of corrupt land deals in Okahandja. Resident calls for a probe by the Anti Corruption Commission https://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=93685&page=read

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Zim weighs using land as security for the $3.5bn bond meant to compensate white farmers https://www.news24.com/fin24/Economy/Africa/zim-weighs-using-land-as-security-for-the-35bn-bond-meant-to-compensate-white-farmers-20200813 via @fin24

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