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It’s a cockfight!

cockfight
by Informante Online - 18 October 2013

Brazilian chicken importers have been given a “penalty card” by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. After concerns over the negative impact on local industry of foreign chickens “flooding” the market, import tariffs on frozen whole chicken have been raised from 27% to 82% – the maximum...

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It’s a cockfight!

cockfight

Brazilian chicken importers have been given a “penalty card” by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. After concerns over the negative impact on local industry of foreign chickens “flooding” the market, import tariffs on frozen whole chicken have been raised from 27% to 82% – the maximum import tariff allowed. But the importers are not ready to submit without a fight. The Association...

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Dear Khulu & Khwezi My father passed away last year without a will. We have tried to managed his estate without the service of an attorney. But we have been counselled to get a third party involved to assist us, for which they will charge a hefty fee. Since the estate is not worth all that much we would like to spend as little as possible and handle the situation ourselves as much as possible. I recently went to see the Master of the High Court and have also spoken to Nedbank. I have been given two different stories and wonder which is correct. We are told that if the estate is worth more...

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