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Card image 15 July 2021 The drinks business

Nearly half of black-owned wine businesses in South Africa ‘won’t survive the next year’

Nearly half of black-owned wine brands in South Africa believe their businesses won’t be able to survive the next year due to ongoing alcohol bans in the country, according to a Vinpro survey.

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Card image 09 July 2021 Mail & Guardian

Black-owned wine businesses struggling the most to survive alcohol ban, says Vinpro

The industry is hoping the government will scrap the latest ban on alcohol during the next national address on the Covid-19 pandemic, expected on Sunday

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Card image 14 June 2021 Daily Maverick

Big game parks vs big farming: A battle for the ages on the Klaserie River

On a small plot of land outside Hoedspruit, a fight has been brewing that goes to the very heart of South Africa’s environmental legislation. One of the country’s largest citrus exporters is taking on 15 of the biggest brands in nature conservation, with the provincial authorities so far favouring the former. If the final battle is lost, say the conservationists, it will be open season on the region’s ecological treasures.

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Card image 15 June 2021 SowetanLive

State donates livestock and machinery to four farms

Sixty-two black commercial farmers were identified across the country to benefit from the programme. They lease land reform farms from the department.

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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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