Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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South Africa's trade surplus widened in November as the value of imports of equipment components and chemical products decreased.
China’s exports and imports shrank more than expected in September, as existing US tariffs and the ongoing slowdown in global trade combined to undercut demand.
Late in August, we learned that the Zambian government had placed a price cap on maize, and justified its actions by noting its concerns over rising maize prices, says Wandile Sihlobo.
"France charges us a lot for the wine. And yet we charge them very little for French wine. You know what? It's not fair. We'll do something about it."
Making milk just for butter is not viable, and between Banting and a drought, that means the butter market in South Africa is out of kilter.
In China - a grower of nearly half the world’s legal hemp - the sales of textile fibre made from the plant’s stalk - totalled US$1.2bn in 2017, says Wandile Sihlobo.
Wool is one of SA's most important commodities, and a major trade partner has suspended imports, says Wandile Sihlobo.
In 2018, SA’s agricultural exports grew by 7% y/y to $10.6bn, a record since 2001, plus a a 21% y/y increase in SA's agricultural trade balance to a record $3.9bn, says Wandile Sihlobo.
As a consumer you will now only be limited to three purchases before requiring an import code in order to buy any more goods internationally.
The International Trade Administration Commission of SA seeks submissions on whether it would be in the public interest “to impose safeguard measures on screws".
Astral Foods' earnings plummeted by 55% during the 2019 financial year as its poultry division took a knock.
Competition authorities are allowing SAB to take over distribution of Guinness in South Africa, with a proviso that if sales hit a secret limit, it must be made locally. But that would require rather a lot of Guinness to be drunk in SA.
If the law is passed, the US could remove Hong Kong's special commercial status, potentially exposing it to tariffs on Chinese goods.
Asian and European stocks rebounded on Friday after Trump received a "beautiful letter" from China's president and called for cooperation on a trade deal.
The farm where an outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in North West Province, near Zeerust, has been quarantined, says the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia was in SA this week, and seemingly had an interesting engagement with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. says Wandile Sihlobo.
We're producing, well, peanuts, says Wandile Sihlobo.
SA's trade surplus for 2018 so far is still significantly lower than last year’s figures, despite a marked improvement for the month of August.
It is possible that US President Donald Trump would use a weak dollar rather than tariffs to push American competitiveness – which is easier than a trade war.
They aren't big or rich, as export markets go, but the two neighbouring countries have a huge appetite for South African rusks.
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