Fig exports from South Africa steadily on the rise

The South African fig export industry, barely a decade old, is expanding, with domestic demand also showing improvement as a result of the so-called “foodie” culture. It is a difficult fruit to export because it spoils easily: it needs to be picked at the optimal time (at 85 to 90% ripeness for export) and requires […]

South African table grape season well on track

South Africa’s table grape producers in the Orange River region have finished picking, as have growers in the northern provinces. In the Western Cape growers have finished picking their white varieties and are focusing on their red and black varieties. Read more …

Social media’s disappointing numbers game

Businesses are pouring resources into social media content – but is it worth it? Social media is a peculiar beast. Marketers have somehow been divided into those “who get it” and those who are sceptical. Read more…

The 2017 Index of Economic Freedom

Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2017, the principles of economic freedom that have fueled this monumental progress are once again measured in the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual […]

Why it’s hard to control the Fall armyworm in Southern Africa

The native range of the Fall armyworm – Spodoptera frugiperda – is in South and North America. But it’s rapidly spreading across southern Africa. This follows the first reports of its arrival on the African continent in Nigeria in January 2016. Within a year it spread, reaching South Africa by January 2017. Understanding how armyworms […]

Swartland Municipality issues statement on sandmining

The Swartland Municipality has issued a statement on the granting of two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg, insisting that sandmining is “an important aspect of economic development in the Western Cape”. A petition launched by the Protect the Paardeberg coalition on 16 February has so far been signed by more than 2,300 people. The Protect […]

“Phenomenal growth” in South African blueberry industry

The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest. It has been bolstered by a similar (if earlier) growth spurt in Australia, where many of the new cultivars used in the South […]