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An increasing appetite for domestic content and a rising appreciation by foreign filmmakers of South Africa as a filming location should sustain growth in the country’s entertainment industry, with the sector’s expansion set to outpace that of the broader economy in the years ahead.

South Africa is a major producer of maize, which is used to produce both food staples and animal feed for the domestic market, and is also exported. The drought of early 2015 affected production badly, but the outlook is more positive for the crop, which has been increasingly favoured over wheat.

How have sluggish headline growth and a weakened rand affected operational costs?

Worth over $15bn to the national economy, South Africa’s agriculture sector has historically been one of the strongest on the continent. Diversified and increasingly export-oriented, it enjoyed a strong year in 2014, on the back of a healthy maize crop and demand from abroad in particular. While the short-term outlook for 2015 is weaker, thanks...

The issue of land reform is one of the thorniest topics that South Africa faces, with serious social, economic and political implications. The apartheid regime left land concentrated in the hands of the white minority, a situation that has proved difficult to redress fairly and efficiently. Land reform is closely connected to the agricultural...

Has the rapid increase in the inventory of hotels changed the dynamics of the industry?