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Intsika AgriMedia is a South African communication and information enterprise, started in 2012 with a focus on agricultural development and growth of food producers. We believe that up-to-date and relevant information is a crucial link to regional food security and rural development. Maximising future food production also requires the involvement of more entrepreneurs, women and young people.
In 2014 Intsika AgriMedia was selected from about four-hundred applications from three countries namely; Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to be part of the Oklahoma State University’s – Entrepreneurial Fellowship Programme – in America. Our focus was on education, communication and media in agricultural development. Through the programme, which was supported by the US Department of State, Intsika AgriMedia has formed various partnerships in Africa and globally.
“The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.” Arthur Keith
The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) is concern by recently tabled Budget Vote by Minister Senzeni Zokwana of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). AFASA is concerned about the reduction of the DAFF budget as this could compromise the government’s goals of boosting the economy and creating jobs. Mr Aggrey Mahanjana, AFASA Secretary General, said the organisation expected the agriculture budget to grow significantly due to the numerous challenges faced by the sector. This, coupled with the...read more
[Commentary] – As hundreds of delegates from around the world and Africa descended on Accra, Ghana for the 12th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Meeting (CAADP Partnership Platform) last week, all in the name of agriculture, the words of Kwame Nkrumah who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president came to mind: “Something in the nature of an economic revolution is required. Our development has been held back for too long by the colonial-type economy. We...read more
South African agriculture received a hail of criticism at the first National Agricultural Marketing Council Symposium (NAMC) held in Pretoria amongst others for a lack of transformation and keeping the status quo for a conglomeration of a few people. Mr Mzwanele Manyi, President of the Progressive Professionals Forum ripped into AgriBEE, describing it as a practice “codified to keep the current practices”. “I hope it fails (AgriBEE). All these charters are a waste of time. Why should there be a standardised code for all farmers? It is time...read more
South Africa reported an estimated 8 992 000 jobs in the formal non-agricultural sector in December 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the results of the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for the fourth quarter of 2015, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said employment increased by 43 000 quarter-on-quarter from 8 949 000 in September 2015 to 8 992 000 in December 2015. According to Lehohla, gains were observed in trade, finance and other business services as well as in community and social...read more
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) announced the launch of a pilot Workplace Mediation service in the Western Cape fruit sector. Workplace mediation is a process to resolve conflict in the workplace that may arise between the employer and employee(s) or between employees. In 2012 the Western Cape was rocked by a wave of farm workers’ strikes and protests. The wage-related protests mostly took place in the towns of De Doorns and Worcester with smaller protests in Ceres, Robertson, Grabouw, Wolseley and...read more
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hereby warns suppliers about a scam whereby fraudulent orders are issued to suppliers on behalf of the DAFF. Here is how the scam works; suppliers are called by people who claim to be DAFF officials and are invited to submit quotations. These fraudsters then call suppliers to inform them that their companies have been appointed to deliver goods and they have to sign and fax the appointment letter back to them as soon as possible because the goods are needed urgently. The fraudsters...read more