Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has berated farmers over their failure to engage in plans to transform. Addressing the Progressive Business Forum’s breakfast briefing with business at the ANC national conference in Nasrec on Monday, Zulu said although the agricultural sector was important for the economy’s growth — as it continued to show continued resilience while other industries declined — it was still controlled by the "same old white males". The sector was credited as the main driver of the country’s GDP growth of 2% in the third quarter of 2017.

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