Boks-voer-vir-‘n-Boer-projek se aanlynwinkel vir veevoerskenkings bring hoop Chrizal-Lize Muller via www.ofm.co.za

Boks-voer-vir-‘n-Boer-projek se aanlynwinkel vir veevoerskenkings bring hoop Chrizal-Lize Muller via www.ofm.co.za

Die projek Boks-vir-‘n-Boervrou, wat vroeër van stapel gestuur is om hulp aan vroue op plase in droogtegeteisterde dele van die land te verleen, het ‘n boervrou van Mpumalanga geïnspireer om haar eie projek te begin.

Elria Steinberg, ‘n boervrou van hul plaas  tussen Hendrina en Carolina in Mpumalanga, se projek Boks-voer-vir-‘n-Boer, fokus op die boer self. Steinberg was vir baie lank verantwoordelik vir die administrasie van hul boerdery, maar het ‘n jaar gelede dié taak aan haar skoonseun oorgegee. Dit is toé dat sy besluit het om haar inisiatief ‘n werklikheid te maak.  Sy het op ‘n aanlynwinkel besluit,  waar geld aan boere in die Noord-Kaap waar die droogte steeds sy tol eis, geskenk kan word. Dit is in die formaat van verskillende veevoerpakkette waarvan daar gekies kan word.  OFM-nuus se Christal-Lize Muller het met haar gepraat.

Steinberg sê die projek Boks-vir-‘n-Boervrou het in haar begin groei, en sy wou ‘n verskil maak.  Sy het die moontlikhede ondersoek hoe sy die fokus na die boer self kan verskuif.  Sy het aan haarself afgevra wat pak ‘n mens vir ‘n skaapboer in ‘n boks? Veral die boere wat in die droogtetoestande swaartrek ten opsigte van hul veekuddes, omdat hulle  vir die afgelope vyf jaar nie reën gehad het nie.

Skakel na Boks-voer-vir-‘n-Boer webtuiste – https://boks-voer-vir-n-boer.myshopify.com/

All the information you need about the Covid-19 virus Department of Health

All the information you need about the Covid-19 virus Department of Health

Click HERE for more information on the Covid-19 virus.

What is COVID-19?
Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans.

On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

Who is most at risk?
Currently, travellers to areas where there is an ongoing sustained transmission of COVID-19 including Mainland China (all provinces), Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran are at greatest risk of infection.

Furthermore, the elderly, individuals with co-morbidities and healthcare workers have been found to be at a higher risk of death.

How is it transmitted?
While the first cases probably involved exposure to an animal source, the virus now seems to be spreading from person-to-person.

The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How is COVID-19 treated?
Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

How can you prevent infection?
The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What we are doing in South Africa?
Fever screenings are in place at international airports. If there is a suspected case, procedures are in place for case isolation as well as rapid specimen collection and transport so that the diagnosis can quickly be made. Suspected cases will be managed at designated hospitals with isolation facilities. Protocols are in place for follow up of case contacts to ensure that the virus does not spread.

Project Hope – Hiking in the Northern Karoo to save the farmers from the drought Read more: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/project-hope

Project Hope – Hiking in the Northern Karoo to save the farmers from the drought Read more: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/project-hope

Personal message – Annatjie Hibbert

Radio Pulpit Visioton and Agri Noord Kaap for the farmers.

We are a group of people that will be hiking 21-27th March in the Northern Karoo.  We want to use the opportunity to give back to the community and want to raise funds towards the drought.  We want to contribute to the affected households, farms and animals.  We want to ensure that we help our farmers to never lose Hope and show that we care.  We want to achieve our target by the 27th March 2020.

Reaching my target would mean that we will touch many lives of farmers in the Karoo and save and feed the animals. We will contribute to save our farms in the Northern Karoo. Radio Pulpit touches so many lives daily.  It will give the community back their respect and Hope.

20% of the funds will go towards Radio Pulpit
40% of the funds will go towards the Farmers families
40% of the funds will go towards feeding the animals

 

Concessions Available To Farmers During A Drought Old Mutual | Monica Moodley - Legal Manager

Concessions Available To Farmers During A Drought Old Mutual | Monica Moodley - Legal Manager

South Africa experiences various climates and rainfall patterns. The rainfall patterns differ from area to area. The current status of our country is that water resources are very limited and the present drought which is caused by extremely poor rainfall has further placed water resources under pressure.

The changing weather pattern which includes the change in rain periods is affecting the agricultural sector in a detrimental manner. The limited availability of water, due to the drought, has placed pressure on farmers, as they rely hugely on this resource for the success of their business.

Many livestock farmers in a drought-affected area face serious challenges, in that there is a lack of grazing pastures. This forces them to sell their livestock due to the drought. If a drought does not end before the end of the tax year, the problem of lack of grazing land still exists, thus the farmer would not be able to purchase replacement stock. This in effect would mean that, due to the sale of livestock, the farmer will have a bigger revenue than normal and since he could not purchase the replacement stock, he would not be able to deduct such expense, resulting in the income becoming taxable at a higher rate.

Paragraph 13 of the First Schedule to the Income Tax Act provides tax concessions to farmers who have been forced to sell livestock due to a drought. The cost of replacement livestock can be claimed as a deduction against the forced sale income. If a farmer has not purchased replacement livestock in the year of the forced sale, then the farmer must submit his income tax return without taking the deduction into account. When new livestock is purchased he will provide proof of such transaction to the Commissioner. The original assessment will then be reviewed and the farmer may be granted a refund or a credit.

Paragraph 13A provides that if there is a forced sale of livestock, due to a drought, the farmer also has an option to transfer the full proceeds or portion of the proceeds to the Land and Agricultural Bank of South Africa. If such transfer is effected within 3 months of such sale, the proceeds will not be included in his gross income in that year.

Many farmers are experiencing financial burdens that can be attributed to the drought. This relief that is available under provision 13 and 13A of the First Schedule can prove to be very beneficial to farmers, relieving a portion of their tax burden.

To find out more, speak to Andre Oberholzer via email, aoberholzer@oldmutualpfa.com, or contact your financial adviser or click here.

Disclaimer
The material is not intended and does not constitute financial or any other advice. It is recommended that you speak to an accredited broker or financial adviser to consider all your options and draw up a plan to achieve your financial goals.

[PARAGRAPH 13 AND 13A OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT PROVIDES FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR FARMERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSS DURING A DROUGHT.]

LANDBOU-PODCAST: Agri Noord-Kaap reik uit na plaaswerkers OFM

LANDBOU-PODCAST: Agri Noord-Kaap reik uit na plaaswerkers OFM

Agri Noord-KaapAgri Noord-Kaap se president, Nicol Jansen, het die aankondiging dat dié provinsie deur die regering as ‘n rampgebied verklaar is, met ope arms verwelkom.
 
Jansen het aan OFM se Martin van der Merwe op die Big Breakfast-program gesê dit is verblydende nuus, sienende daar al vir ‘n geruime tyd gepoog word om die rampverklaring ‘n werklikheid in die Noord-Kaap te maak. Jansen sê dit gaan daartoe lei dat die landboubedryf nou aanspraak op regeringshulp kan maak.

Jansen hoop egter nie die verlede herhaal homself nie met betrekking tot dié rampverklaring waartydens die…

Agri Northern Cape

Dam levels increase drastically in parts of SA, more rain needed elsewhere OFM - Christal-Lize Muller

Dam levels increase drastically in parts of SA, more rain needed elsewhere OFM - Christal-Lize Muller

The dire water situation in the drought-stricken regions of the country has improved slightly with rising dam levels because of widespread rain in some areas.

This includes parts of the Free State, North West, Limpopo, coastal areas in the Eastern Cape and large parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Sputnik Ratau, the spokesperson of the Department of Water and Sanitation, says in general dam levels in North West improved with 4%, while levels in Limpopo improved drastically from 49.1% to 58,4%. He says although rain brought some relief in drought-stricken areas in the Northern Cape, dam levels continue to downslide in this province and dropped from 75.3% to 72%. Dam levels in the Western Cape plummeted from 69.3% to 67.3%. He says despite an increase in dam levels in some provinces – these levels are…

Agri Northern Cape