Jul 14, 2008
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From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon O'Donnell.
Making headlines today:
The newly launched Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP), which currently focuses on manufacturing and tourism, could in the long-term evolve into a tool to support the agriculture industry, a top government official said on Friday.
Department of Trade and Industry Director-General Tshediso Matona, speaking at the food summit organised by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment to seek ways to deal with rising prices, said that the EIP could assist in creating investment in rural infrastructure to support agriculture processing.
Matona also said that reviewing agricultural trade and tariff policies and amending the Competition Act, could also be valuable responses made by government to mitigate the food crisis.
He repeated that with food and fuel prices in a "danger zone" there was a need for 10-billion dollars to provide food and cash handouts for the world's poorest.
Soaring oil and food prices have fuelled inflation across the globe at the same time as economies slow, posing a sharp dilemma for policymakers.
Its new Cerro Corona mine in Peru, scheduled to start shipping gold and copper in concentrate by early September, will produce 350 000 oounces a year of gold equivalent, and there is room to grow this significantly.
Head of South American operations Juan Luis Kruger said at a visit to the mine that the operation was "one small piece in a much larger puzzle" of Gold Fields' strategy for growing its Latin American profile.
Algeria invites bids for oil/gas exploration
In political news:
The ANC defends Gwede Mantashe's remarks on judges
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