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04 Sep 2018
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A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world’s oldest example of solid cheese. Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins. This 3,200-year-old find is exciting because it shows that the Ancient Egyptian’s shared our love of cheese – to the extent it was given as a funerary offering. But not…
01 Sep 2018
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Large earthquakes remove vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by burying vegetation beneath bodies of water in landslides. Scientists made the discovery while observing large earthquakes triggered along New Zealand's Alpine Fault, which runs almost the entire length of the South Island. The lush vegetation found on the side of the mountains along the fault line draws carbon dioxide in from the atmosphere. During an earthquake, this vegetation is caught up in landslides – and often rapidly buried deep in lakes and ocean basins, taking millions of tonnes of carbon with it. According to the study, this permanently…
24 Aug 2018
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has suggested the heated debate on land expropriation had run its course and opponents of the policy should accept it as the only way to prevent South Africa from sliding into political instability. "This thing is very important.... If you don't want stability then don't transform," Ramaphosa told the National Assembly in response to a supplementary question from Pieter Groenewald from the Freedom Front Plus. Groenewald put it to the president that South African land owners had a greater need still than foreign investors for certainty on the African National Congress (ANC) government's stated plans to change…
22 Aug 2018
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White South African farmers find themselves under the gun as the ruling ANC party prepares plans to sieze farms from whites without compensation. What the ANC is calling "land reform" would be "catastrophic" according to one lobbying group. Even black farmers are saying any plan to take land without compensation would be "unrealistic." Tensions among the country’s white farming community have been rising since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa assumed office earlier this year and committed his African National Congress (ANC) to land expropriation. And ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe sparked panic last week when he said: “You shouldn’t own more…
19 Aug 2018
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ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe says the Constitution must be amended to limit land ownership to 12 000 hectares per farm owner, and white farmers who own more than that should hand over the rest to the state without compensation. Mantashe was speaking to News24 in an exclusive interview on Tuesday in Pretoria. "You shouldn’t own more than 12 000 hectares of land and therefore if you own more, it should be taken without compensation," he said. He is the first ANC leader to give some detail on how exactly the December conference resolution on expropriation of land without compensation could…
16 Aug 2018
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Anyone who attended any of the recent public hearings on the SA government’s proposal to introduce legislation permitting land to be expropriated without compensation would have realised that there are two distinct trains of thought in this country, and never the twain will meet. If ever the unbridgeable abyss between white and black thinking about land, a modern economy and food security was so starkly exposed, these sittings were it. Western logic was set against a strange mixture of racial resentment and at times open hatred, plus a thought process on the use of land which, if unconstrained, would lead…
15 Aug 2018
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Submission to the Parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee Fanie Brink - Independent Agricultural Economist JUNE 2018 FOREWORD The African National Congress (ANC) has taken a resolution to expropriate land without compensation during its 54th Conference in December 2017 at NASREC, Johannesburg. One of the most important aspects of the resolution was the following: ”In determining the mechanisms of implementation, we must ensure that we do not undermine future investment in the economy, or damage agricultural production and food security. Furthermore, our interventions must not cause harm to other sectors of the economy.” 1) The president of South Africa, mr Cyril Ramaphosa,…
14 Aug 2018
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The weekend slide in the rand has caused many to panic, with some analysts attributing it to South African failures, presidential inefficiencies and other local elements. The truth, however, is far more complex. This is according to Bianca Botes, corporate treasury manager at Peregrine Treasury Solutions who said that the first key element to note is that this decline is not confined to South Africa. “Emerging markets as a whole have suffered severe blows due to the sell-off of riskier assets by investors, and there are many factors contributing to this sell-off,” she said. Below she outlined six of the…
09 Aug 2018
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The South African government’s plan to change the constitution to mention land expropriation without compensation could, ironically, end up strengthening the property rights on which investment depends. Pressure to change the Constitution to allow the government to expropriate land without compensation is currently the country’s most contentious issue. Supporters insist that the measure is essential to end racial land ownership patterns which continue to favour whites a quarter century after the end of apartheid. Critics insist that this will threaten property rights and choke off investment. President Cyril Ramaphosa has now announced that the governing African National Congress will support…