Largest white maize shipment from Mexico arrives

Yesterday saw the arrival in South Africa of the largest shipment of white maize for the season from Mexico, report online sources. “We have received 56 019 tonnes of white maize from Mexico, the largest shipment for the 2016/17 marketing season so far,” said Agricultural Business Chamber senior agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo, quoted by Bloomberg. “The shipment would go a long way to helping South Africa meet its demand for white maize,” he said. The marketing season started at the beginning of April this year and will end on April 30 next year, according to the online news provider. White […]

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Self-belief is the biggest ingredient for success

A successful entrepreneurial journey starts with a determined vision, a little bit of self-belief and faith in your own ability. According to Erina van Schalkwyk, owner of GEL Supply Chain and entrant of the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, this is the winning recipe for a thriving business and fruitful entrepreneurial adventure. Erina and her husband, Gert, have had an exciting journey in the logistics sector over the last few years, and even more so recently with the opening of new successful businesses in 2015. Inspired to support her family after her father’s unexpected […]

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Truck ban will hurt consumers

Consumers will bear the brunt if the Department of Transport passes a law banning heavy trucks from roads during certain hours, the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said on Monday. The new regulations state that goods vehicles exceeding 9 000kg cannot use public roads between 06:00 and 09:00 and between 17:00 and 20:00 from Monday to Friday. In April, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced the move in response to the rising road death toll and the department said the intended regulations would be published for public comment and discussion later in 2015. The change will incur costs for […]

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The ripple effect of SA’s maize crop shock

The ripple effect of SA’s maize crop. AGRICULTURAL NEWS – South Africa’s maize crop, the smallest in eight years, will probably fuel inflation in the months to come as the price of maize increases. Jaco Visser spoke to economists as well as an agribusiness about the outlook for food prices, inflation and interest rates. The first harvest estimate for South Africa’s maize and other summer grains points to a vastly smaller crop, potentially leading to food-price inflation that is likely to fuel overall inflation. This will hit the poorest consumers hardest. White maize is a staple food in South Africa, […]

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Consignor/Consignee Road Freight Legislation and Overloading

It has been widely recognised and the principle accepted, both by the freight transport industry and the law enforcement authorities, that there is a need, in certain cases, to extend the responsibility of heavy vehicle overloading to the consignor and consignee, who may also benefit from the overloading of freight vehicles. A precedent has already been set with the new dangerous goods legislation. The NDoT prepared draft consignor/consignee legislation during 2000, which was revised during 2003. It was published in October 2014 as legislation and became effective on 31 Jan 2015 How Regulations 330 A,B,C and D are likely to […]

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