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Card image 10 May 2021 GroundUp

South Africa’s carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enough

South Africa is the most carbon-intensive G20 economy with the highest coal reliance

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08 May 2021 Food for Mzansi

Jobs Fund: Open high value opportunities to smallholders

Developing a sustainable agriculture sector means growing both the farm and the farmer, writes head of the Jobs Fund Najwah Allie-Edries, the same level of effort put into the crops must also be put into the farmer and their business. Despite the impact of Covid-19, the agriculture sector has...

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Card image 08 May 2021 Daily Maverick

No sign of promised state funding for KZN farmers really gets their goat

An ambitious programme to commercialise and boost indigenous goat production across KwaZulu-Natal is in jeopardy because the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has throttled funding of millions of rands.

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Card image 02 May 2021 Daily Maverick

Eastern Cape drought: Nelson Mandela Bay’s dying dams

The two major dams for the Eastern Cape’s biggest metro, Nelson Mandela Bay, are running dry and with no major rain forecast, the city is facing an unprecedented water crisis.

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Card image 29 April 2021 Daily Maverick

Government must urgently deal with South Africa’s deepening water crisis

South Africa’s water resources are at a critical point. Numerous studies show that by the beginning of the next decade the country will face its biggest water crisis yet — if we don’t act now.

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Card image 29 April 2021 OFM

Rekgonne Community Projects: AFU seizes R249m property

The Free State High Court has granted a seizure order to the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) to seize property of R249 million, which belongs to senior government officials and businesswoman Lenah Mohapi (55).

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Card image 20 April 2021 Daily Maverick

We are in crisis, and it is time for an Agriculture Green New Deal in South Africa (Part One)

Dramatically shifting how agriculture is done will transform South Africa without negatively affecting food value chains. Expropriation without compensation is certainly not the answer. At the same time, land reform must be accelerated for the good of the country. Delays in transformation are causing unrest — and communities have started arming and weaponising their pathos.

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Card image 20 April 2021 Engineering News

South Africa makes progress on geographical indications to support rural, agricultural development

South Africa is making progress on developing legal and regulatory frameworks for geographical indications (GI), which are designations for products that are linked to a region of origin and that have associated qualities. GI has been proven to enable producers to secure better prices for products and helps to ensure fair value is attained by producers and workers, a European Union (EU) and South Africa workshop on GI held by industry organisation the Agricultural Business Council (Agbiz) on April 20 heard.

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Card image 12 April 2021 IOL

KZN government establishes committee to resolve farming tensions

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has established a committee, led by the Cabinet, to address all matters related to the co-existence of farm dwellers and farm owners.

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Card image 07 April 2021 BusinessDay

Agriculture and land reform: How far are we from an integrated and inclusive rural economy?

Progress with land reform as per the NDP has been underestimated and, while still slow, is closer to the 30% target than typically believed

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“Those selling the land of the dead are greedy for money, We grew up knowing that we must respect the dead".
https://www.groundup.org.za/article/graves-desecrated-for-housing-in-pietermaritzburg/

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