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Card image 22 May 2020 DispatchLive

Department donates cattle to Peddie farmers

Red meat farmers in the Eastern Cape received a much-needed boost when the provincial department of rural development and agrarian reform donated 40 high quality beef heifers cattle to their businesses in Peddie on Thursday. In the 2019/20 financial year, the department, collaborated with the University of Fort Hare Nguni Cattle Development Trust (UFH-NCDT) and delivered various cattle breeds, 71 bulls and 505 heifers and livestock traceability package to 20 farms from a budget of R13 million...

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Card image 21 May 2020 Engineering News

Tongaat Hulett partnership with jobs fund continues to deliver significant benefits to rural communities

A partnership between Tongaat Hulett and The Jobs Fund to accelerate socio-economic transformation in rural communities, which began in 2014, has proven its worth with more than 5 800 people still benefitting from the project. The initiative, which created more than 3 000 jobs in Northern KwaZulu-Natal – an area of significant unemployment and poverty – has delivered significant on-going benefits to thousands of people who would otherwise have limited sources of income. About R82-million has been distributed directly to beneficiaries in the past four production seasons – a significant amount given that it excludes the wage earnings generated by the project.

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Card image 20 May 2020 Daily Maverick

National lockdown tightens its grip on game reserves and their staff

Game reserves rely on income generated by local and international tourists, but with lockdown restrictions, those funding streams are no more. Communities bordering the reserves have also found themselves in a precarious position.

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Card image 11 May 2020 Daily Maverick

South African game-farming industry on the ‘brink of collapse’

South Africa’s experiment in ‘wildlife privatisation’ is under threat from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures to contain it. The once-thriving game-farming industry is in serious trouble because its main sources of revenue — hunting, game viewing and sales — have been under lockdown. It is an economic meltdown that could also create an animal welfare crisis.

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Card image 17 May 2020 Times Live

Eastern cape Premier mulls ‘ban’ on traditional funeralsl

Funerals with fewer than 50 mourners have been allowed under disaster management regulations, but the axe could be about to fall.

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Card image 15 May 2020 Farmer’s Weekly

Lockdown alcohol ban may derail 2020 barley season

Extremely dry weather conditions across South Africa’s barley production regions this season have resulted in plantings being delayed, according to Grain SA economist, Ikageng Maluleke.

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Card image 15 May 2020 News 24

SA wine producers ‘fearful and frustrated’, losing R300 million per week

South African wine producers are said to be "fearful and frustrated" due to the ban on alcohol sales during lockdown.

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Card image 14 May 2020 Daily Maverick

Eastern Cape water activists free after lockdown arrest — and they vow to continue the fight

The National Prosecuting Authority has withdrawn all charges against 10 Eastern Cape activists for violating lockdown regulations when they had a meeting to discuss dire water problems in their communities. Despite a dramatic intervention by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, more than 50 communities countrywide have reported that they remain without clean water and struggle to wash their hands.

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Card image 13 May 2020 Farmer’s Weekly

Flower producers suffer losses amid confusion over trade

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a severe impact on the South African horticulture sector, due to confusion about which industries were allowed to resume normal trade.

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Card image 14 May 2020 SowetanLive

Roaring trade as villagers cash in on umhlonyane as Covid-19 ‘cure’

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a new business venture to some villagers in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

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Inflationary pressures and droughts affecting livestock farmers in Midlands @ZiLAN2015

(JUST IN) The National Assembly's Programme Committee resolves to suspend the process to amend section 25 of the constitution to give effect to land expropriation without compensation pending certainty on #Covid_19SA regulations that can allow public participation. #sabcnews

There have been billions disbursed to assist with the tough times #COVID19 has exacerbated in SA. Where have they gone? There has been corruption reported on the dissemination of food parcels and selling of essential worker/travel permits.

This is a matter of transparency.

Dr Thula Sizwe Dlamini and Watson Vuyo Matsa are co-founders of eSusFarm Africa. eSusFarm® is an agri-fintech that specialises in tracking and providing advanced agricultural statistical data to smallholder farmers and the entire agri-value chain.

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