A few weeks ago, I made a rather extreme prediction. I predicted the world would be entering a period of greater instability triggered specifically by food price increases. Normally I would wait a little longer before writing a follow up, but things are changing rapidly on the ground.
Over the last week or so, we've seen upticks in instability across much of the emerging world. Protests have er... ››› more
The war in Ukraine threatens further disruptions to already stretched supply chains.
Whilst Ukraine and Russia are small compared to the likes of the US, China and Germany, they are essential suppliers of many raw materials crucial to supply chains down the line.
So exactly which of these commodities will be hardest hit? And does that pose opportunity? Three commodities hit by the Ukraine cr... ››› more
Right now, the agriculture sector is one of the spots of excellence in South Africa, and its being treated very well thanks to a double whammy of record-breaking harvests, and increasing commodity prices.
This is good news for the SA economy.
It means the agricultural sector could employ more people, putting money in the consumers' pocket. It means there are many supporting businesses and ... ››› more
Economic data for January showed some positive signs, but sentiment took another hit after parliament voted to change the constitution regarding land rights. Despite assurances that this should be done on unused land, without affecting food security and focus on the development of new agricultural zones, it introduces another hurdle for new investment.
The market is concerned that it's another... ››› more
During its December conference the ANC vowed that, it would expropriate land and put it in the hands of the people.
The news is full of headlines like:
ANC NEC wants land expropriation 'urgently'
The ANC is making false promises of land expropriation
#Ramaphosa says ruling party is committed to land expropriation
And I can already see the pictures ... ››› more
South Africa's in crisis. This because Eskom has completely failed in the one job it needs to do: The production of electricity! Now, this week's Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town has directed politicians and the governments with one piece of advice: Stop short-term thinking and planning or else. Here's why…
The only way to curb SA’s electricity power generation problem is to think l... ››› more
With National Heritage Day just around the corner, there's no better way to celebrate being South African than opening a bottle of wine from one of our world famous vineyards? And now you can do just that, while still celebrating one of the most iconic figures ever to don a South African passport: Nelson Mandela. It's all thanks to House of Mandela Wines…
September 24 is Heritage Day!
A d... ››› more
Those who've made great fortunes will always tell you the same story: They were in the right place at the right time. Some call that good timing “luck”. But luck can't explain huge returns in a volatile market, when investments aren't safe from one minute to the next. The fact is, the richest investors in the world created their wealth by capitalising on the strongest trends pushing the market... ››› more
Food inflation is likely to rise again as talk of adding a fee to chicken paste imports, which are used to create many cheaper foods, is being bandied around. While this will add further strain to your pocket when you buy groceries, you can make a smart investment move today to ensure a profit from the coming rise in food inflation… The Democratic Alliance says a potential hike on chicken paste ... ››› more
Several groups and organisations have voiced their wishes for what President Jacob Zuma will say in his State of the Nation address tomorrow. Foreign investment is one of the topics Zuma's been focusing on in public talks recently and it's sure to be top of mind in this year's address. As an investor, you can take advantage of the State of the Nation address by trading foreign exchange and profiti... ››› more
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