The dignity of the commission has been held up by Zondo's personal approach to the process. Even the most reluctant witness could not gather the rudeness to withdraw, writes Ralph Mathekga.
With a startup investment of R35,000, fast-breeding rabbits could be a great way to get into farming, an economist says.
Two suspects found in possession of stolen livestock in the back seat of their car appeared in the Stilfontein Magistrates Court in the North West on Monday.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says the incubation periods prompted by the detection of foot and mouth disease have lapsed without any new cases detected.
About half a dozen farmers, who keep livestock at their RDP houses in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, are clashing with their neighbours over the presence of the animals.
Livestock thieves are well aware that if they are caught with unbranded stolen livestock, there is little chance of being convicted.
A national drought is leaving the primary agriculture sector, which contributes 2.5% to GDP, in dire straits. Economists expect the effect to quickly trickle down.
Agriculture in SA is recovering, with declines due only to natural phenomena like drought and disease.
MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development William Bulwane has said the provincial department donated a grand total of 178 head of cattle in one decade, valued at R815 200. In one instance, a cow was donated for the funeral of a government worker who is still alive.
SA lost over R1bn in a single year to livestock theft. But a local company says it has found the answer in an e-collar and app.
SA's foot and mouth disease outbreak is under control, with no new cases in seven weeks. Trade is resuming and an application to have the country's FMD-free status reinstated is being prepared, says the DAFF.
South Africa’s livestock farmers are preparing for more losses after the driest year on record already cut herds, fueling food prices even further.
The drought and other weather conditions should present an opportunity to create efficiency in the agriculture sector, says Standard Bank’s Head of Agribusiness SA, Nico Groenewald.
It was believed that certain steroids and other drugs quickly degrade in waterways, but a drug widely utilised in cattle does not fully break down.
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