SOUTH AFRICA – South African fast-food franchising company Gold Brands is bringing the UK casual-dining brand Café Rouge to South Africa.
ZAMBIA – As Government lifts the ban on exports of maize, Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) President Jervis Zimba has called for the removal of 10 percent surcharge on exports to enable farmers to benefit from the measure.
SOUTH AFRICA – In a bid to help workers and community members affected by the mass lay-offs at Rainbow Chickens – renamed RCL Foods – in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, the eThekwini Municipality has offered to buy two of the RCL farms to produce free-range indigenous fowls for the local and regional market.
UGANDA – Two ministers in the ministry of Health on Wednesday evening ganged up against the Minister of state for Planning, David Bahati, to defeat a proposal to scrap and reduce taxes on sugar confectioneries and non-alcoholic drinks.
TANZANIA — Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday acknowledged sugar shortage in the country, but assured that the government is determined to handle the scarcity.
ZAMBIA – The construction of a cassava processing plant in North-Western Province at a cost of US$3.5 million will be completed in the third quarter.
ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwean soft drink and alcoholic beverage consumers manufacturers have become choosy as they seek value propositions to survive the country’s current economic difficulties but this has impacted on brewer, Delta Corporation, whose revenues for the year to March have declined 10% to $483 million.
KENYA – Kenya plans to offer purple, green and orthodox tea at its weekly auction to create a one-stop-shop for buyers from around the world, according to the East African Tea Traders Association.