Cele warns of further food price hikes as drought continues

2016-07-21 22:45

Ongoing drought in South Africa has disrupted food production and threatens to push food prices up, says agriculture deputy minister Bheki Cele.

Expect inflation rise a day before repo rate news

2016-07-20 07:57

Economic data to be released shortly will likely reveal a rise in inflation, according to several economists.

Malawi President Mutharika launches food insecurity response plan

2016-07-14 12:15

Malawi President Peter Mutharika says his government has set aside $50 million to alleviate an impending hunger epidemic that will be felt by many people this year until the next farming season, according to a report.

El Nino-hit southern Africa seeks nearly R39bn in drought aid

2016-07-13 06:57

Southern African countries will start an appeal for $2.7bn (R38.87bn) to cope with the effects of the region’s worst drought in more than three decades.

Let them eat mice, grasshoppers - Mutharika

2016-06-27 13:06

President Peter Mutharika has reportedly told millions of starving Malawians to eat grasshoppers and mice as a means to cope with the current food shortages in the southern African country.

Drought-hit Zim restricts imports to stem dollar outflow

2016-06-22 18:15

Zimbabwe has imposed restrictions on imports of a list of basic goods, mainly from South Africa, to protect local industries and stem an outflow of scarce dollars.

Over 41 million face hunger in Sadc region due to drought

2016-06-16 16:22

More than 41.4 million in the Southern African Development Community are food insecure and about half of them need urgent help after the worst regional drought in 35 years.

State of drought disaster declared in 8 provinces

2016-06-09 20:51

A state of disaster has been declared in eight provinces as a drought continues across the country.

Agriculture, mining weighs economy down

2016-06-09 06:52

The combination of drought and the continuing slow-down in mining have created a strong drag on the economy, an analyst says.

SA drought persists despite May rainfall

2016-05-30 18:21

South Africa's is still suffering the effects of a drought despite increased rainfall in May, leaving dam water levels low and crop supplies scant.


UN appeals for billions for hungry in southern Africa

2016-07-20 10:01

The UN food agency has declared its highest-level emergency in drought-stricken southern Africa and is appealing for R2,9 billion immediately to purchase food and transport it to the region to help millions of hungry people.

Swazi queens on lavish holiday while drought cripples country

2016-07-18 14:12

At least three of King Mswati III of Swaziland’s wives has been on holiday in Orlando, Florida last week – with an entourage of more than 100.

Consumers might see maize shortage this year

2016-07-13 07:07

SA may miss a target to import enough maize this season to meet consumers’ needs, the biggest agricultural lobby group has said.

Bleak news for KZN dams

2016-07-04 13:20

Several KwaZulu-Natal dams could dry up early next year, bulk water supplier Umgeni Water says.

Zim to import 250 000 tons of maize from Mexico

2016-06-24 08:00

Drought-stricken Zimbabwean will import more than 250 000 tons of maize from Mexico to fill the shortfall caused by the severe drought.

Drought: KZN to implement desalination programme

2016-06-21 11:11

As the current drought tightens its grip on the province, provincial government has said they are pushing ahead with a desalination programme for the province.

Water-for-votes allegations denied by ANC KZN

2016-06-12 14:22

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is alleged to be behind a memo calling for taps around Pietermaritzburg to be shut off and water tankers sent in to give the impression it was “delivering”, it has reported.

Why meat prices are rising

2016-06-09 19:12

Steadily rising meat prices have been impacted partly by the drought, with dry weather conditions set to become more regular in the Western Cape, warns MEC Alan Winde.

Malawi raises $63m for relief maize, $237m still needed

2016-05-31 14:12

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has announced that his government has only managed to raise $63 million out of a total amount of $300 million needed for relief maize to feed the country's starving population, a report says.

Tongaat Hulett turns to property as drought cuts profits

2016-05-30 09:22

A severe drought has cut profit from Tongaat Hulett’s sugar operations by 85%, but land development and starch operations helped reduce its overall loss to 18%.

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