IMF sees sub-Saharan Africa growth near two-decade low in 2016

2016-05-03 09:35

The IMF says economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will likely slow this year to its weakest in nearly two decades, hurt by a slump in commodity prices and drought.

Shoprite warns food price doomsayers

2016-04-25 09:59

Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson has cautioned against those pushing unnecessary price increases “fuelled by the frenzy emanating from recent reports about spiralling costs”.

SA imports maize to cover drought shortfall

2016-04-22 14:44

The department of agriculture has imported 1 732 million tons of yellow and 72 000 tons of white maize to cover shortfalls caused by the drought, says Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

SA locks onto coal despite water risks

2016-04-22 06:46

Demand and prices steadily slip, causing economic and political turbulence.

KZN dam levels continue to dip - Umgeni Water

2016-04-21 10:34

A week of searing heat in KwaZulu-Natal has done little to alleviate the province's water woes, with service provider Umgeni Water saying dam levels continue to dip.

How maize prices can hurt the ANC at the poll

2016-04-19 22:30

With drought pushing up the cost of white maize and other food staples, pressures on households will inevitably lead to increased political pressure, says an analyst.

SA maize industry undeterred by R16.6bn drought need

2016-04-15 16:28

Maize farmers are confident they will increase investment despite the worst drought in 100 years and state policies that created uncertainty over their land.

No Malawian has died of hunger, Mutharika insists

2016-04-14 12:54

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has maintained that no citizen in his country has died as a result of hunger, as the southern African nation continues to face serious food shortages.

While 2016 will only get worse, 2017 brings hope in SA

2016-04-13 14:52

South African consumers are in for tough economic times in 2016 due to the drought and the effect of an imminent ratings downgrade, but 2017 could offer some relief.

Drought fuels meat prices, farmers fear the worst

2016-04-12 13:18

South Africa’s livestock farmers are preparing for more losses after the driest year on record already cut herds, fueling food prices even further.


Night-time water cuts hit Durban

2016-04-25 11:22

The eThekwini municipality has instituted night-time water cuts in Durban to ease pressure on KwaZulu-Natal’s dams during the drought.

Govt warns against profiteering as food prices jump

2016-04-22 16:42

Businesses suspected of profiteering from a drought by raising the prices of staples such as bread will face the wrath of competition authorities.

Stray lions kill at least 100 cattle in Zimbabwe

2016-04-22 12:02

Stray lions in south-eastern Zimbabwe have mowed down at least 100 cattle since January, sending local residents into panic mode, a report says.

SA expects jump in maize imports due to drought

2016-04-21 17:18

Drought-hit South Africa will significantly increase imports in the next season when 2.4 million tonnes of yellow maize and 1.9 million tonnes of white maize will be shipped.

SA cuts maize output estimate for 3rd time

2016-04-20 13:58

South Africa may lower its estimate for corn production this season for a third time to the lowest since 2006 because of damage from the worst drought in over a decade.

El Niño's belly blow to Africa

2016-04-18 09:39

As Africa faces more regular droughts, politicians need to consider what dire food insecurity will mean to life on the continent, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Declare national disaster for drought now - DA

2016-04-14 21:07

The government should declare the drought a national disaster and increase social grants to cover rising food prices to avert a potential catastrophe for millions of people, the DA says.

Malawi declares state of emergency over drought

2016-04-13 22:05

Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages caused by a severe drought.

Namibia to secure white maize from South Africa

2016-04-13 12:19

Namibian maize producers have joined their counterparts in South Africa for an annual conference to discuss solutions to the ongoing maize shortage.

Uranium, fossil energy development defies water scarcity

2016-04-12 06:57

Renewable energy flourishes while South Africa leadership pursues risky, costly conventional fuels path.

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