Red meat prices spiral as EC cattle farmers rebuild herds

(Port Elizabeth) – Prepare to fork out more for your favourite cuts of beef, or go without. This is the word from analysts who predict beef prices will soar beyond 30% this year, as hard-hit livestock farmers battle the effects of a three-year drought while attempting to rebuild their herds.…Read More

Kareedouw pupils get creative as town’s first dedicated library nears completion

(Kareedouw) – On a blistering summer’s day in the small Eastern Cape town of Kareedouw, about 50 pupils from three of the area’s main schools packed into the cramped municipal library. Less than 100m away, builders powered on despite the heat, working at wrapping up a project which has been…Read More

EC farmers brace for new national minimum wage

Agri Eastern Cape has called on drought-hit farmers to review their business finances and brace themselves for the implications of the new national minimum wage, which was announced by President Zuma during his State of the Nation address earlier this month and will come into effect on May 1 next…Read More

SA farmers hope to have bumper maize yields in the bag

SOUTH African maize farmers are set to have their hands full come harvest time, after planting almost a third more hectares this season, according to a report released by the government’s Crop Estimates Committee last week (ed: January 26). The report indicated that 2.549 million hectares had been allocated to…Read More

Rebosis takes steps to support SA education school shoes campaign

South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, Rebosis Property Fund, has taken steps to support education countrywide by providing R200,000 worth of school shoes to underprivileged pupils at the start of the new school year. Distributed nationally via four of its major shopping centres, the school shoes represent the group’s…Read More

R100,000 in school shoes for underprivileged East London pupils

Two of East London’s landmark shopping centres – Mdantsane City and Hemingways Mall – have come together as part of a national campaign to give school shoes to underprivileged children at the start of the new school year. The sister malls, which are owned by South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed…Read More

Acclaimed Mthatha-born developer returns to roots

Acclaimed Mthatha-born businessman Sisa Ngebulana returned home recently to share in the spirit of giving with the disadvantaged rural communities who remain close to his heart. Ngebulana, chairman of the Billion Group, which owns the high-profile BT Ngebs City shopping centre in the town, handed over more than R310 000…Read More

R300m empowerment project to uplift citrus industry

The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape could have significant ramifications for the rollout of similar empowerment deals around the country which until now have experienced very limited success. The difference between the newly launched Ikamva Lethu empowerment…Read More

Green strides for coastal renewable energy project

After connecting to the national energy grid in March last year, the 80 megawatt Kouga Wind Farm outside Oyster Bay has been recognised for its strides in environmental management good practice. The wind farm, which has embarked on a host of sustainable community-orientated projects over the past year, has received…Read More

Architects urged to move beyond ‘greenwashing’

ARCHITECTS and developers need to move beyond “greenwashing” – applying green building principles merely as fashionable gestures – and begin incorporating practical eco-wise solutions which make a lasting ecological difference, industry analysts say. At a recent meeting of architects at South Africa’s acclaimed energy-plus* home, House Rhino at Crossways Farm…Read More