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Drought, rising temperatures, and extreme weather pose risks to Lesotho

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The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is a place of stark beauty; deep canyons, majestic highlands, vertiginous hillsides, alpine grasslands, sun and sky. Although no bigger than Belgium, it is a critical watershed, giving rise to the headwaters – the ‘white gold’ – that feed two of the major river systems of southern Africa, the Senqu (Orange) and uThukela.

But, living in this mountainland comes with more than its fair share of rigours, and small-scale farmers like Mrs Maitumeleng Mabaleka struggle to survive. Land degradation and climate change have upended traditional agricultural practices for her and many others like her who struggle to make a living or grow enough food to feed their children and build a better future.

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural employment in South Africa

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A key question that consistently arises amid the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy is its effect on employment. We believe there may be some resilience in the agricultural sector compared to other sectors of the economy.

Resilience fuelled by two factors

First, the sector was largely operational even during the strict Level 5 lockdown, except for a few subsectors such as the wine, tobacco, wool and floriculture industries, amongst others. These subsectors subsequently opened with the move to Level 4 and 3, except for the tobacco industry – while harvest and fieldwork are permitted, sales remain prohibited.

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Agri SA welcomes gov’s extended drought relief

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Industry association Agri South Africa (Agri SA) has welcomed an announcement by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana DlaminiZuma that the drought relief available for farmers will be extended for a further month.

The industry made this request to the Minister earlier, as a result of the summer rainfall season having passed without sufficient rain in most of the regions afflicted by devastating drought conditions in the country.

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South Africa Extends Drought State of Disaster by a Month

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South Africa has extended the national state of disaster it declared for a drought that’s been going on for more than seven years in some parts of the country.

The state of disaster that was initially announced for three months on March 4 has been extended to July 4, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a notice in the Government Gazette. This is “taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing mitigation measures undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster,” she said.

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