Drought dries up Illovo’s half-year profits

2015-11-30 09:32

South Africa’s drought, pressure on export prices and reduced demand in Malawi have resulted in Illovo Sugar cutting its half-year profit by nearly 60%.

Budget squeeze for SA agricultural research amid drought

2015-11-29 11:38

The Agricultural Research Council, one of South Africa’s key weapons in the fight against the current drought, has seen its net surplus decline by 300% during 2014/2015.

Expose tractor drivers who rip off emerging farmers - Mpumalanga MEC

2015-11-26 20:21

Emerging farmers in Mpumalanga should name and shame tractor drivers who demand money and diesel from them, the province's agriculture MEC has told participants in the Masibuyele Emasimini agricultural project.

Disaster bill passed in Parliament

2015-11-25 18:23

The disaster management amendment bill has been passed in Parliament with the support of all parties, except the EFF.

Drought continues to push up food prices

2015-11-24 15:41

Food prices are going up, and up due to the drought. This emerged when the Department of Agriculture presented a report to a parliamentary committee.

Drought cuts hydropower, hits Zambia's growth

2015-11-23 16:28

Drought conditions are set to hit economic growth in Zambia, with economists saying this year's figure will be below the 5% projected by the country.

Climate change: Will SA run out of water?

2015-11-23 11:32

Three professors from Wits University predict difficult times ahead for the country in their new book.

So, did the rains help?

2015-11-22 22:52

It is too early to say whether this week’s rains have had any effect on the severe water shortages gripping the country. Government figures regarding water storage levels are updated weekly, and will be remeasured on Tuesday.

SA considers more aid for farmers as drought bites

2015-11-22 09:29

SA may grant emergency aid to farmers in Gauteng province due to a severe drought that is taking a huge toll on agriculture, says a provincial official.

Rate hike puts more pressure on commercial farmers

2015-11-20 21:09

The interest rate increase is expected to put more pressure on commercial farmers, who are already facing rising debt levels due to the weak rand and the drought.


Drought fuels the need to import maize

2015-11-29 18:00

The crippling drought has forced South Africa to become a net importer of maize for the first time in seven years.

Ballito fights drought with recycled water

2015-11-27 08:45

One of the areas north of Durban worst hit by the drought is likely to have a steady water supply all through the festive season, thanks to the use of recycled water.

Expect to pay more for red meat - cattle farmers

2015-11-26 15:45

Mpumalanga red meat producers are dismissing recent reports that meat prices will fall over the festive season.

Drought in numbers - what provinces need

2015-11-24 16:18

The department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has received emergency funding requests from five drought-stricken provinces. News24 breaks down the numbers.

DA hits out at Shembe anti-gay remarks

2015-11-23 22:45

The DA say they are “dismayed" at the alleged remarks made by the Shembe Church leader, Mduduzi Shembe who reportedly said that gays were responsible for the drought crippling the KwaZulu-Natal province.

The 17-year water leak

2015-11-23 12:13

A burst pipe in Howick in KwaZulu-Natal has allegedly been gushing kilolitres of water every day for the last 17 years.

Rain making rituals continue despite uncertainty over Rain Queen

2015-11-23 10:12

There is no connection between the drought in five provinces and the controversies which have left South Africa without a rain queen, a spokesperson for the Royal Modjadji Nation says.

SA scientist using 'resurrection plants' to battle drought

2015-11-22 12:31

As the race to adapt to climate change quickens, a South African scientist is leading global research into developing crops that mimic the extraordinary survival skills of "resurrection plants".

KZN turns to boreholes as drought worsens

2015-11-21 09:30

With the massive drought crippling most of KwaZulu-Natal, emphasis has been placed on borehole systems to save communities without water.

Looking my cattle in the eye and shooting them broke me – farmer

2015-11-20 15:38

Farmer Tolla Faber has cried a lot in his life. But nothing came close to looking his livestock – which he scrimped and saved to buy – in the eye and shooting them.

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.