Today's Big Stories

Heatwave and veld fires compound effects of drought, says Agri Wes-Cape

Parts of the country are experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history.

South Africa may need to import as much as five million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of the country's requirements.

CEO of Agri Wes-Cape Carl Opperman explained that the heatwave and spate of bush fires intensify the difficulties faced by provincial farmers due to the drought.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The tremendous heatwave and veld fires are quite a concern for us, especially with production of our crops and vines.

Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape

Water is a scarce resource at the moment.

Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape
Read More
South Africa facing a maize crisis - Agbiz

South Africa facing a maize crisis - Agbiz

South Africa has been warned that only half of the land used for maize cultivation has been used due to the worst drought in years.

Worst drought in 30 years may force SA to import 5 million tonnes of maize

Worst drought in 30 years may force SA to import 5 million tonnes of maize

South Africa may need to import as much as five million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of its requirements.

Southern Africa in need of international aid as drought intensifies - AgriSA

Southern Africa in need of international aid as drought intensifies - AgriSA

AgriSA says the drought has had a compounded effect on the SADC region and would require at least R20 billion to alleviate the impact.

'At least R226m earmarked for small-scale farmers hard hit by drought'

'At least R226m earmarked for small-scale farmers hard hit by drought'

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, says small-scale farmers will get 20% of the funds for drought-affected regions.

SA drought drying up profits of Swartland wheat farmers

SA drought drying up profits of Swartland wheat farmers

The Swartland area in the Western Cape has been the hardest hit by a dry spell, with many farmers without crops to harvest at all.

Severe drought in the Western Cape a worry for agriculture sector

Severe drought in the Western Cape a worry for agriculture sector

The Western Cape has had one of the driest winters in years, causing a lot of concern for the farming sector in the province.

Popular articles
Brother of man who died in Kuga opens up on air, discusses lawsuit against Ford

Brother of man who died in Kuga opens up on air, discusses lawsuit against Ford

John Maytham interviews Kaveen Jimmy; who says he has damning evidence against Ford.

Firefighters continue to battle the devastating Vredehoek fire

Firefighters continue to battle the devastating Vredehoek fire

It is reported that some structures were burned down. Residents have been evacuated with the help of police.

Cape Town dam levels could reach 20% by the start of rainy season

Cape Town dam levels could reach 20% by the start of rainy season

Heavy water restrictions will be implemented if high consumption continues.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

Trump bio ‘unlocks extraordinary personality and terrifying political leader’

Trump bio ‘unlocks extraordinary personality and terrifying political leader’

Bruce Whitfield interviews J Brooks Spector, Daily Maverick’s expert on all things American, for his weekly business book review.

3 stocks that’ll boost your wealth this January (by Herenya Capital Advisors)

3 stocks that’ll boost your wealth this January (by Herenya Capital Advisors)

Looking for great investments? Herenya Capital Advisors’ Petri Redelinghuys says you need not look further than these three…

‘3 richest South Africans have wealth equal to the poorest 28 million’ – Oxfam

‘3 richest South Africans have wealth equal to the poorest 28 million’ – Oxfam

The Free Market Foundation's Leon Louw, however, calls Oxfam "OxScam" and says the organisation does not care about poor people.