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.

Conflict over water and coal amid SA drought

2016-05-30 07:51

Facing one of the worst droughts in memory, SA's leaders have doubled down on their support of the water-intensive coal industry, explains Keith Schneider.

Massmart to open 13 new stores in 2016 despite tough conditions

2016-05-26 10:41

Massmart says it will open 13 stores in 2016, despite tough economic trading conditions caused by high inflation and low economic growth in South Africa.

Proposed 'water tax' unfair - ratepayers' association

2016-05-19 18:13

Civil society organisations have criticised government’s move to make the public pay one-third of an acid mine drainage clean-up project in Gauteng.

Angus McIntosh: No end in sight – Govt’s hatred for farmers fuels food insecurity

2016-05-16 07:55

An agriculture expert laments government's "underlying hatred towards farmers both black and white", and says not a single policy is in place to aid farmers.


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%.

Malawi hunts for 1m tons of maize imports

2016-05-26 11:25

Drought-hit Malawi is currently hunting for one million tonnes of maize imports from its neighbours and Europe, an official has said.

Drought inspires KZN farmer to lend a helping hand

2016-05-24 09:06

A Nottingham Road farmer and his son have donated 800 bales of hay to farmers suffering from the crippling drought in Hluhlwe.

Some drought-hit farmers in Western Cape to be 'left in the lurch'

2016-05-18 13:15

Not all farmers in the drought-stricken West Coast and Central Karoo districts of the Western Cape can be assisted with feeding their livestock, a provincial committee has heard.

Africa’s #1 challenge: corruption. But words sans deeds lets evil flourish.

2016-05-13 12:40

Fighting corruption in Africa needs exposure as well as concerted action and follow-through, says an analyst writing from the WEF's African regional meeting.

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