Men in Black international

If you were a fan of the original movies of men in black then you might enjoy this new take of the movie, new characters Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tessa Thompson (Creed). Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star as Agent H and Agent M, who employ high-tech weaponry to battle mischievous aliens on Earth. However, the pair also discover a major threat within their own ranks. Genre Fantasy/Sci-fi with a runtime of 2 hours.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish return for the sequel of “The secret life of pets”, this time around Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Genre, Adventure/Comedy with a runtime of 1h 26m.

Apply for agricultural funding in NW

Monday, June 10, 2019

Commercial farmers, entrepreneurs and previously disadvantaged individuals, among others, living in the North West have been encouraged to apply for funding for agricultural projects.

The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in conjunction with the National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development have opened applications for financial aid for agricultural and rural development projects.

The department calls on organised agriculture, including small holder and commercial farmers, entrepreneurs, previously disadvantaged individuals (youth, women and people with disabilities), traditional leaders, schools, churches, and cooperatives in the North West to apply for funding for the 2020/21 financial year. 

The department said the funding of projects aims to realize the National Development Plan’s (NDP) vision 2030 of addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, as well as positively contribute to food security, job creation, and economic growth.

The department has prioritized the programmes to be funded. These include crop/ grain production, livestock production, horticulture production and aquaculture.

Funding consideration is based on commodity value chain (farm-to-fork).

“Applicants should demonstrate appetite to farm and/or run a profitable business, provide proof of access to land and legislative obligations,” the department said.

The applicants may choose to be supported with one and/or combination of the following:

  • On and off farm infrastructure and production inputs;
  • Farmer training (skill development and capacity building;
  • Enterprise business development, marketing and trade;
  • Agro – processing business development support;
  • Land care;
  • Special programmes;
  • Primary animal health care;
  • Expanded public works programme (EPWP); and
  • CRDP (Comprehensive Rural Development Programme) special projects.

“Interested parties can contact departmental Local Area Offices (LAOs) across the province to be assisted with application forms. Closing date for applications is Friday, 28 June 2019. No late, faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.

“Applicants will be given a reference number upon receipt of the application. The Department reserves the right to consider any application. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with the department in line with government prescripts,” the department explained.

For more information, contact Gontse Padi on 018 389 5420. – SAnews.gov.za

Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture report submitted

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture Report will soon be tabled to Cabinet before being released publicly, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

“This report is an important step forward in our quest to right the original sin by developing solutions that are not only uniquely South African but most importantly, build a society in which all may share in the wealth of our land,” President  Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Earlier, the President and his Deputy David Mabuza received the report of the Presidential Advisory Panel. 

The panel was appointed in September 2018 to support the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform, chaired by the Deputy President.

It was set up to advise the IMC on a broad range of policy matters associated with land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure security and agricultural support. 

To support sound policy making, the panel was mandated to review, research and suggest models for government to implement a fair and equitable land reform process that redresses the injustices of the past, increases agricultural output, promotes economic growth and protects food security. 

The panel, which is chaired by Dr Vuyo Mahlathi, was further expected to provide perspectives on land policy in the context of persisting land inequality, unsatisfactory land and agrarian reform and uneven urban land development.

President Ramaphosa went on to thank the Deputy President, the IMC and all advisory panel members for their hard work over an eight-month process, which included hours of consultation with various sectors of society and also very deliberate and sometimes dissenting and difficult engagement among the panel members. – SAnews.gov.za

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