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Shortage of South African onions


It is not only South African fruit which has suffered at the hands of the weather this year, onion growers have also suffered losses. Rain during planting, rain during harvesting and a bit of hail thrown in for good measure has reduced volumes by around 20-25%.

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Pick n Pay profit up 25% under new CEO


Retailer Pick n Pay snapped three years of profit decline with a 25% rise in full-year profit on Tuesday, a sign that a turnaround plan under its newly appointed chief executive is bearing fruit.

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SARS, Treasury to sign US double tax deal


Johannesburg - The National Treasury and the SA Revenue Service (Sars) are discussing entering into an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with the United States on a foreign tax compliant act, Sars said on Thursday.

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Doctor wins livestock championship


Simmentaler and Simbra breeder from Rietfontein, Dr Obakeng Mfikwe won the prestigious Reserve Grand Championship and Miss Teen awards at the Lichtenburg Agricultural Show in North West recently.

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Warning against land claims scammers


The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has warned against scammers after the recent passing of the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill by the National Council of Provinces.

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Vodacom slashes call rates


Johannesburg - Vodacom on Tuesday put into effect new call termination rates following a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, the cellphone operator said.

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New deal to boost meat supply in South Africa


The Spur Group has announced that it acquired a 30% stake in Bravitz Fine Foods, a start-up operation currently establishing a new world-class meat processing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa that will specialize in processing rib cuts.

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E-toll whistle blower confirms suspicions - Outa


Johannesburg - After receiving information from a source inside the e-toll system, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has lodged a subsidiary complaint with the public protector against the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) for alleged mismanagement of the Gauteng Open Road Tolling scheme.

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Fuel transport levy cut


An inland fuel transport levy which costs consumers an extra 3c/l will be abolished by the department of energy from next month, according to Sapa.

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Govts should stop short-term thinking


Cape Town - The one clear message that has come through at the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town is directed at politicians and the governments they serve: stop short-term thinking and planning.

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Rand firms in line with emerging assets


 Johannesburg - The rand strengthened on Tuesday in line with other emerging market assets on signs that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could ease after Moscow's move to annex the Crimea region.

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Solar systems: fixing future energy costs

Although South Africa’s electricity prices are low by international standards, they are set to increase annually by 8% over five years. Gregor Kuepper, managing director of SolarWorld Africa, believes that solar energy will be crucial to meeting our energy needs.

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Beef up our beef


I came back from my recent trip to Denmark thinking that, on the whole, the Danes do things so very well. Aside from their easy, under-stated chic, one aspect of our look-see trip that impressed me was how well (and often) private industry, government and academia work together.

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Full dams a danger for the Northern Cape


Agri Northern Cape expressed its concern about the high water levels of the Vaal, Gariep and Van der Kloof dams following above-normal rainfall in the catchment area since the beginning of March.

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DA will appeal e-tolls judgment


Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is set to appeal the judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday in the party’s case against what it calls the unconstitutional passing of the E-Tolling Act.

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KZN four appear over farm murder


Durban - Four men appeared in the Richmond Magistrate's Court on Wednesday over the murder of a farmer, his wife and son, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

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Eskom cuts to hit potato industry


The potato industry is bracing for severe production disruptions as Eskom warned of power disruptions scheduled for the week of 9 March. This was according to Potatoes South Africa (PSA) CEO André Jooste.

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Mchunu lends support to agri-village concept


Serious thought and extensive town planning needed to go into the concept of establishing agri-villages on KwaZulu-Natal farms before the first sod was turned, according to Utrecht Farmers’ Association chairperson Gerard Potgieter.

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Fuel price increase

Motorists will have to fork out yet more money for fuel on Wednesday (5 March) as petrol and diesel prices increase again.

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Lion in loo gives tourist the fright of her life


Kgalagadi-Transfrontier Park - It’s always slightly embarrassing when you open a toilet cubicle only to find it occupied already. However, when the occupant greets you with a growl and sharp teeth, there’s really no time for apologies.

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