May 28, 2017

Lack of strategy hinders agro-processing growth

MEC Oupa Khabane says lack of access to markets by emerging farmers also proving a major setback The Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says its failure to come up with a pointed strategy to promote agro-processing has seen most farm produce leaving the province in a state to be processed elsewhere at the expense of the provincial economy. Free State agriculture and rural development MEC Oupa Khabane told The Weekly in an interview during the first ever Agro-Processing Summit held in Bloemfontein from April 11-12 that the provincial department acknowledged there were a number of factors contributing…

ANC seniors meet cadres

Several senior African National Congress (ANC) officials are today expected to descend on Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the Metsimaholo Local Municipality to address a cadres’ assembly as the ruling party raves up preparations for its crunch national conference in December. Led by former African Union chairperson and presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the high-powered delegation that includes police minister Fikile Mbalula and state security minister David Mahlobo is billed to engage ANC cadres across the spectrum. The assembly will be held at the Sasol Multipurpose Hall and will be open to ANC cadres across the spectrum without much emphasis on…