In the news today: SA agri in dire straights, foreign investment drought, and Facebook taps into consumers


Billions needed to alleviate drought

Agriculture South Africa (AgriSA) says at least R20 billion will be needed to alleviate the drought impact among the country’s farmers. AgriSA is hoping that government will allocate at least R5 billion of that at the next Budget and the rest be sourced from commercial interests.  READ MORE

Cybersecurity tops priority list, again

This year cybersecurity will be the main issue vexing global business, firms say, and it will become more critically important as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off and our world becomes ever more mobile and connected.  READ MORE

SA assets abroad outweigh foreign investment

The value of South African assets abroad outstripped foreign investment into the country for the first time on record — thanks to the rand’s slump.  READ MORE

More power to Facebook consumerism

Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and ‘bots’ in Facebook Messenger for shopping, booking travel, and more.  READ MORE

The health food trap

People tend to overeat when they’re consuming food that’s been labelled ‘healthy’, undermining their own efforts to improve their diet, a study found.  READ MORE