February / Februarie 2015

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Veiligheid

 

Labour

Increase in minimum wage for farm workers announced

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced an increase in the minimum wage of farm workers with effect from 1 March 2015. In terms of the new adjustments, farm workers will earn a minimum wage of R2 606,78 per month; a weekly minimum wage of R601,61; a daily rate of R120,32; and an hourly rate of R13,37.  The increase is based on the lowest quintile of the CPI for November 2014, which was 6,2%, plus 1,5%, amounting to 7,7%.  The Minister of Labour had in 2013 announced the formula to be used to calculate annual wage adjustments. (Elize van der Westhuizen, Senior Manager Labour Relations.)

Grondhervorming

 

 

Inputs

Load shedding

Agri SA is represented in the Energy Task Team of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Business has been working with Government to find solutions to the current electricity supply constraint.  Eskom needs space (3 000 MW lower demand) to allow them to try and catch up on the maintenance back log.  The maintenance back log has resulted in a situation where there is currently 11 000 MW of unplanned outages, which puts the system under severe pressure.
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Grondhervorming

 

Kommunikasie

Agri SA en AgTag bring inligting in jou hand

‘n Samewerkingsooreenkoms tussen Agri SA en BigDoor, ‘n bekende reklamemaatskappy in die landbousektor, is pas goedgekeur waardeur Agri SA toegang tot die AgTag-toepassing op slimfone kan bekom om inligting beskikbaar te stel. Die algemene tendens is dat boere, soos die algemene publiek, toenemend nie gedrukte formaat leesstof verkies nie. Tog het hulle meestal ‘n slimfoon byderhand en AgTag, die inligtingstoepassing wat gratis op slimfone en tablette afgelaai kan word, bied die leser vinnige toegang tot relevante wetenskaplike artikels, nuus en aktualiteitsartikels. Hierbenewens bied die toepassing ook toegang tot videomateriaal en klankinsette. Lees meer
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Dieselterugbetalingstelsel

 

Finansies

Landbouhandelsforum

Die Landbouhandelsforum onder leiding van die Direktoraat: Internasionale Handelsverhoudinge van die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye (DAFF) se eerste vergadering vir 2015 het verlede week plaasgevind. Die forum, ‘n drieparty vennootskap tussen die regering, arbeid en die landbou-industrie handel met handelsaangeleenthede wat direk op die landbou en landboubesighede van toepassing is.
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Ramphulp

 

Climate

Overview of climatic conditions in the provinces and weather outlook for 2015

Kosie van Zyl of Agri SA gives an owerview of wat the climate is going to be like this year.
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Joernalistiek

 

Financing

Workshop attended by regional stakeholders on the accelerate inclusive rural and agricultural financing programme in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Agri SA was part of the South African delegation to attend the above workshop during 28 to 30 January 2015, held at OR Tambo airport. The workshop was also attended by delegates of Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, and Seychelles. Read more

Beleidskomitee

 

 

Inputs

Media release by Operation Khanyisa on 8 January 2015: Electricity thief who operated in the agri sector receives seven years jail sentence

A man found guilty of providing electricity theft services to farmers across a number of provinces in South Africa has been sentenced to seven years in prison by the Lydenburg Magistrate Court.Mondo Viljoen, who was found guilty in absentia in October 2014 on 28 charges related to electricity theft, was later apprehended and sentenced on 6 January after evading arrest since he was found guilty. Read more

 

RSG Landbou  

Communication

Agri SA mediaverklarings / AGRI SA MEDIA RELEASES

29 Januarie/January 2015
Grondplafonne ‘n politieke dagdroom
LAND CEILINGS A POLITICAL DAYDREAM

15 Januarie/January 2015
Landelike veiligheid: ‘n Kommerwekkende begin vir 2015
RURAL SAFETY:  A DISTURBING START TO 2015

 
RSG Landbou

Agri SA is verantwoordelik vir die Maandag-inset op die RSG Landbouprogram Hieronder is ‘n link waar daar na onderhoude wat gevoer is geluister kan word. Die onderhoud(e) word in ‘n MP3-formaat aangebied.
• 26 Januarie 2015: Dawie Maree – Elektrisiteit en landbou 
• 19 Januarie 2015:  019 Hans van der Merwe – Plaasaanvalle: Agri SA se siening
• 12 Januarie 2015: Dr Theo de Jager – Pan African Farmers Organisation
• 05 Januarie 2015:  Hans van der Merwe – Agri SA 2014 en Nuwejaar

Ander onderhoude
Mnr. Hans van der Merwe was Maandag, 2 Februarie 2015 ‘n gas op die program Dagbreek, om grondsake te bespreek. Hieronder ‘n skakel na dié onderhoud.
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