South Africa: Western Cape groups commit to farmer development

8 April 2019 – The South African private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all 11 of the agricultural commodity groups that have been part of the Western Cape department of agriculture’s commodity approach to land reform, signing new MOUs last week. Read more…


The four Brexit scenarios for South African exports

5 April 2019 – Many South Africans consider Brexit to be exclusively a European issue. In fact, the consequences for SA, and other large trading partners of the UK, could be huge. Read more…


Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

1 April 2019 – Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects. Read more…


Redress for land and resource rights violations: a legal empowerment agenda

29 March 2019 – A recent wave of large-scale commercial investments in agriculture, extractive industries and other land-based sectors has compounded the ‘global resource squeeze’ in low- and middle-income countries. Read more…


No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry

26 March 2019 – Britain’s tortuous progress towards leaving the European Union presents an opportunity for South African poultry producers as post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated, according to not-for-profit movement FairPlay. Read more…


WSTA: No deal Brexit will cost wine industry £70m

28 February 2019 – Crashing out of the EU without a deal will generate more than 600,000 additional forms that will cost the wine industry £70 million, ushering in the need for thousands of individual laboratory tests on all wine imports, the WSTA has warned. Read more…


The EIU’s top 10 risks to the global economy 2019

27 February 2019 – The outlook for the global economy is worsening. Slowing growth in key economies such as China and the EU, combined with the impact of the trade war between the US and China, will decelerate global growth in the coming years.


EXCISE DUTY INCREASES – WINE INDUSTRY APPRECIATES GREATER UNDERSTANDING

20 February 2019. During the annual National Budget Speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a 7.4% increase in wine and brandy excise and 9% on sparkling wine. Read more…


19 unpalatable truths about UK wine duty

30 January 2019 – New duty rates from 1 February 2019. Read more…