The Budget presents a dilemma to the unions. Mboweni himself grappled with the conflicting demands, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
i am an Agriculture and Biofuels Adviser and has qualified as an agricultural economist from the University of the Free State and the University of Pretoria. I have more than 40 years experience in the agricultural industry.
The expropriation of agricultural land without compensation in South Africa, as part of the destructive political and economic ideology of the ANC-government, could very easily and finally degrade its developing country status.
Growth can only be created in a capitalistic economic system, while socialism and communism can only destroy it as proven by almost all the countries in the world years ago.
Very little white maize is produced in the world because it is consumed only in African countries as a staple food, while the other countries produce yellow maize as animal feed
It is very important that the environment should be cared about and used responsibly, but we will never get away from the fact that the profitability still remains the prerequisite for the sustainability of production.
The application of monetary policy by which the governments of many countries in the world intervene in the economy, using legislation in the form of central banks, is not as important and effective as generally accepted.
Although the Public Protector cannot make recommendations about the amendments to the Constitution to change the role of the Reserve Bank, the bigger problem is that the Constitution is prescriptive about the implementation of monetary policy.
Economic growth is the only way our problems can be addressed but it is a tragedy that this socialist and communist government will never understand how economic growth can be created.
The economic prospects for agriculture will not improve in 2017 if the government and specifically the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries don’t get serious about the sustainable commercial production.
There is only one way to help the economy grow and that is to increase the total compound profitability of the whole economy.
The ANC government has just started writing the last chapter on South Africa as a developing country with the public hearings that are held by the independent legislative panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.
Statistics South Africa last week announced a sharp decline of 1,2% in the economic growth of the country, as measured by the change in the gross domestic product (GDP), for the first quarter of this year.
It is the sole responsibility of the government who enforces its destructive socialist and communist economic and agricultural policy on farmers and in the process threatens food security in the country very seriously.
About 4 million tons of maize had to be imported and yellow maize had to be blended with white maize for human consumption which was not very acceptable by the majority of the consumers in the country.
In a video that was recently distributed on the internet, a Kenyan delivered a speech in Uganda about corruption.
South Africa has come to a crossroad. One road leads to a developing country that is characterised by continued economic growth and greater prosperity but which has arrived at a dead end since the new political development in 1994.
The latest production estimate for the total maize harvest this season in South Africa which was release last week is 9,755 million tons with an average yield of 3,7 tons per hectare.
The latest announcements last week by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, have given more clarity over the future land policy of the ANC.
The international community and the big donors who have invested huge amounts of money in Africa over many decades to alleviate hunger and to eradicate poverty were not successful in finding solutions to these problems.
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