South African citrus industry to add new CBS mitigation measures

18 November 2017 – Spanish agricultural union UNIÓ de Llauradors regards the increased number of CBS interceptions on South African citrus during the latter part of the 2017 season as evidence that the South African industry isn’t taking the pest seriously, a claim the South African industry denies. Read more…


Africa welcomes renewables revolution

17 November 2017 – Africa’s ability to provide electricity to its population has traditionally been judged on the ability of its governments to finance or attract private sector investment into new power plants.Such discussion has generally missed the point. There is no benefit in funding centralised power plants, whether thermal or hydro, without parallel investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure to transport electricity to customers. Read more…


Late rain improves outlook for South African stonefruit

16 November 2017 – The Western Cape is thrilled with the rain that has fallen over the past few days, particularly in the Klein-Karoo and the Overberg regions, with amounts upwards of 40mm for towns like Robertson, Riversdal, Heidelberg and even 80mm in Swellendam. Read more…


Castel Frères leads IWSR’s top 100 wine list

16 November 2017 – Castel Frères has been named the largest still wine brand in the world by the IWSR, the leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market. The list, published in the November issue of the IWSR Magazine, places Castel Frères in the top spot for the second year in a row despite strong volume gains from other brands in the top five. Barefoot and Concha y Toro posted the strongest gains in the top ten, both increasing by more than 1m nine-litre cases. Read more…


Too Much Togetherness? The Downside of Workplace Collaboration

15 November 2017 – The mere mention of keeping up with overflowing email, constant meetings, and time-sucking conference calls makes many of us groan and roll our eyes. How did we all get so busy?  Read more…


UK & EU markets very keen for first South African grapes

14 November 2017 – Grape packing for the new season commenced three weeks ago with seedless white varieties from the Limpopo production area. The first volumes which have left South African shores for “very keen” markets in the UK and the EU, are expected to arrive by week 48. Read more…