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This year's Global Water Report suggests that, in South Africa, water demand will outstrip supply by as much as 17% by 2030. The report is run from London; its local anchor is the National Business Initiative [refer to www.nbi.org.za]. 

Life is all about our decisions and our deciding who we are. The same applies on a collective level. What can we do about this water scenario? Does this country's temperament have the capacity to change, collaborate, engage when it comes to use of our water resources?

In April 2012, the Agricultural Business Chamber newsletter looked at the country's top imports and exports, for both primary and secondary agriculture. South Africa's trade balance had remained positive (we export more than we import). This report is looked at in the second chapter of the Agri Handbook for South Africa which can be found here.

Allan Savory, thinking out-of-the-box, promotes livestock as the answer to desertification and climate change. "There is only one option left to climatologists and scientists, and that is to do the unthinkable: to use livestock, bunched and moving, as a proxy for former herds and predators, and to mimic nature".
 
It goes counter to traditional thinking, of course, but hear his talk and see what you think.

The Expropriation Bill, 2013, has been gazetted for public comment. Find it on the www.polity.org.za website or click here. It is one of the means, in the year of the centenary of the 1913 Natives Land Act, to rectify South Africa's past.

Ever thought of diversifying into fish farming?

In his article "Farmworker Spring" published by SA The Good News, Christopher Rowbone-Viljoen says:

"One can generally determine the health of an industry by assessing whether the number of players in the industry has grown. In the case of commercial farmers, since 1994, the numbers have declined from 120,000 to 37,000 ... A one-size-fits-all, 51% wage increase is clearly not the answer if government wants to create jobs in an industry that has already shed an estimated 400,000 jobs since 1994.