Any hope for better economic growth in the short term would have to be in industries less affected by the energy crisis, said the minister.
The success of our education is less about passes, but more about how many can participate in the economy, writes Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Economist Kevin Lings highlights agricultural disappointments in an extract from his book 'The Missing Piece: Solving South Africa's Economic Puzzle'.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe faced farmers' questions about land reform, food security, labour unrest and agricultural policy inconsistencies.
The philanthropist says the rise of the continent will depend on whether its leaders are open to learning from each other, and from their own people.
The Crop Estimates Committee's forecast expects 2014's maize harvest to be the largest in over three decades.
The numbers speak for themselves: Africa's smallholder farmers can be agriculture's game changers of the 21st century.
SA farmers are "mechanising" to avoid labour legislation, such as higher minimum wages for farmworkers, and land claims, say reports.
The price of maize has slumped in expectation of a bumper crop and the biggest in over three decades.
Giving half of SA's commercial farms over to workers may be beyond the state's wherewithal.
The state-run Grain Marketing Board, designed to promote food security, is being blamed for exacerbating Zimbabwe's chronic food shortages.
Adcorp has put in an offer to buy 100% of Labour Solutions Australia, saying the final consideration would depend on the company's earnings.
New public-private partnerships can ensure African agriculture reaches its rich potential to increase food production and drive prosperity.
The US agriculture department has met with Agriculture Deputy Minister Pieter Mulder to discuss trade opportunities with sub-Saharan Africa.
Greater political stability and a push by countries for food self-sufficiency has made the continent attractive for international equipment makers.
South Africa may run out of yellow maize if exports of the grain rise further, a stock firm specialising in agricultural futures has said.
On a recent visit to Japan, Jay Naidoo was struck by the success of smallholder farming, and left convinced it could solve Africa’s hunger crisis.
Community members allege that a new mine is destroying a wetland, threatening their livelihoods, and is operating illegally.