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May 29, 2015
JSE-listed Nutritional Holdings says it had made “great strides” towards achieving its medium-term turnaround strategy during the year ended February 28. However, owing to procedural and regulatory constraints, the time taken to finalise the company’s black...
May 29, 2015
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry
Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1,...
May 29, 2015
LOCAL GROWTH The South African paper business continued to progress with higher volumes, pricing and lower logistics and fixed costs
Pulp and paper producer Sappi has increased its net profit for the three months to March 31, by 75% to $56-million, compared with the profit of $32-million recorded in the March 2014 quarter.
May 27, 2015
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Agriprofessionals play a vital role in ensuring that the produce on shop shelves and delivered to outlets across the world, is of a high standard, helping to grow the agriculture sector and build a sustainable economic future, says Western Cape Minister of Economic...
May 27, 2015
Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener segment, which could affect profits. This was according to Frost &...
May 26, 2015
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude told shareholders and analysts on Tuesday that of the company’s land assets, 39% was either in the process of undergoing an environmental-impact assessment, being released from agriculture, had formally submitted a planning...
May 26, 2015
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
South African chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Southern Canned Products (SCP) for an undisclosed amount, complementing its Lake Foods division and its strategy to grow its Food Additives and Ingredients business in South Africa and,...
May 25, 2015
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
Despite a record year, Tongaat Hulett’s starch and cellulose division was impacted by load-shedding during the year ended March 31, CEO Peter Staude said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The starch and glucose operation, which is the only wet-miller in...
May 25, 2015
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May 25, 2015
Following the conclusion of its two-year 'Vision 2015' strategy, JSE-listed Famous Brands would now embark on a five-year strategy set to heighten the competitiveness of the food services business. The group, which recorded its fourteenth consecutive year of growth...
May 22, 2015
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end
Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN)...
May 22, 2015
DBX35 The new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer is designed specifically for emerging markets
Concrete brick, block and paving-making machinery and technology supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) in March launched the new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer, designed specifically for emerging markets in Africa that require high-quality concrete on...
May 22, 2015
M7A2 The new M7A2 chute and automated block-making machine, produces building material such as standard dry-stacked, interlocking blocks, suitable for load-bearing construction, boundary walling and other building purposes
Brick and block making machine manufacturer Hydraform has introduced two new automated block-making machines to the South African building and construction market. The new machines are fully automated making them safer to operate, while also reducing labour...
May 20, 2015
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Five thousand employees in the sugar industry could potentially go on strike, as Uasa and other trade unions involved in negotiations currently under way at the bargaining council declared a dispute on Wednesday morning. Uasa sector manager Gerhard Ueckermann noted...
May 20, 2015
Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare
JSE-listed Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare was quick to come to the defence of struggling Nigerian asset, Dangote Flour Mill (DFM), which was partly responsible for offsetting the company’s solid domestic performance in a tough trading environment. Tiger was currently...
May 19, 2015
JSE-listed Oceana expects to conclude the acquisition of US-based Daybrook Fisheries for about R 4.588-billion by late July, subject to the approval of the requisite majority of Oceana’s shareholders. However, a put premium of R180-million may be paid to the...
May 18, 2015
Reporting an increase of 8% in revenue and 36% in operating profit for the six months ended March 31, JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Monday said its results reflected the progress of its strategic focus of strengthening brands and expanding margins. Revenue for the...
May 18, 2015
JSE-listed Astral Foods on Monday reported an operating profit of R550-million from revenue of R5.755-billion for the unaudited six months to March 31, an increase of 158.4% and 22.4% on the R212-million and R4.699-billion, respectively, of the year-ago period....
May 18, 2015
Barloworld CE Clive Thomson
With new equipment orders stalling and the Russian market still in a slump, Barloworld found its cheer for the six months ended March 31 from a turnaround in its Iberian business and healthy equipment parts and service sales. The equipment, automotive and logistics...
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2015
JSE-listed Sovereign Food Investments on Friday reported headline earnings a share of 103.3c, up 72%, and a 19% increase in revenue to R1.65-billion for the year ended February 28. Sovereign, which was focused on continuing to execute its product mix strategy and...
May 15, 2015
Zambia's maize harvest will fall 21% to 2.6 million tonnes in the current 2014/15 season versus the previous season, its minister of agriculture said on Friday, adding that the country had some surpus for export. Given Lubinda said results of a government crop...
May 15, 2015
Kenya has approved the sale of the government's stakes in five sugar companies and expects to sell 75% stakes in transactions that will be completed in the next 9 to 12 months, the Privatization Commission said on Friday. The five companies are in urgent need of...
May 15, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller is buying London-based modern craft brewer Meantime Brewing Company for an undisclosed amount, giving it an entry point into the fastest-growing segment of the UK beer market. SABMiller explained in a statement on Friday that beer sales at...
May 15, 2015
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PROJECT APPROACH Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity
SSAXSYS JV, a joint venture (JV) between construction group Stefanutti Stocks and enterprise development partner AXSYS Infrastructure has set the completion date for construction at Maydon Wharf, in Durban, in South Africa for December 2016. The contract to start...
May 15, 2015
INCREASED CAPACITY Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage
Global trade, shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Line in March this year signed a new building order with shipping and logistics services supplier China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) Shipyard for seven 3 600 twenty-foot equivalent container vessels. The...
May 15, 2015
HANDLING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS BLT SA is the exclusive distributors for Samson in sub-Saharan Africa – including its Eco-hoppers – offering a technical advisory, parts and maintenance service.
Environmental pollution caused by fugitive dust, is a major challenge in dry bulk handling, therefore, equipment manufacturer Samson’s Eco-hoppers are fitted with a dust control system that reduces the escape of dust during the grab-discharge cycle....
May 14, 2015
Grain SA has reiterated its support for the guidelines for land reform in the National Development Plan (NDP)  – 20% of agricultural land by 2030 on a district basis – but opposes Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s latest proposals. “Grain...
May 14, 2015
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has proposed a budget of R6.383-billion for the 2015/16 financial year, of which R3.7-billion is ring-fenced for transfers of conditional grants and parliamentary grants. Speaking at the second Budget on...
May 14, 2015
Pulp and paper producer Sappi has increased its net profit for the three months to March 31, by 75% to $56-million, compared with the profit of $32-million recorded in the March 2014 quarter.
 
 
 
 
May 13, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller has declared organic, constant currency group net producer revenue (NPR) growth of 5% to $26.288-million for the 12 months to March 31 compared with the $26.719-million reported for the 2014 financial year. "We achieved positive momentum in our...
May 13, 2015
South Africa could import maize from Brazil and Argentina, fellow producers of genetically modified maize, to boost local supplies curbed by drought, a senior government official said on Wednesday. "Where we import maize of GMO origin we would like to import from...
May 13, 2015
The high maize stock levels from last season will cushion the economic impact of this year’s drought in the Free State and North West, but farmers in drought-stricken areas must make new plans for next season, advises Standard Bank Primary Agriculture senior manager...
May 11, 2015
Johannesburg-listed Sovereign Food subsidiary Crown Chickens has moved to buy Tydstroom Abattoir, in Hartebeespoort, from Quantum Foods for R120-million. In an update to shareholders, Sovereign said that, as part of the transaction, a long-term broiler supply...
May 08, 2015
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has allocated R9.379-billion for the 2015/16 financial year, below the R9.574-billion estimated last year by the DRDLR for the period. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said during...
May 08, 2015
McDonald's SA chief marketing officer Daniel Padiachy
Fast food franchise McDonald’s South Africa (SA) is continuing its transparency journey with the launch of knowourfood.co.za, a digital platform, supported by videos, detailing the ingredients used by the company, showcasing suppliers and manufacturing processes....
May 08, 2015
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL Africa boasts one-quarter of the world’s arable land
In the past six to twelve months, there has been an increase in international and South African agriculture-equipment suppliers establishing branches in many sub-Saharan African countries, as opposed to catering for the continent from South Africa, says international...
May 08, 2015
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members
Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation...
May 08, 2015
JOHN THOMSON EMS has introduced a free business matchmaking app to enhance the benefits of attending Indutec
Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organiser of the 2015 South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, says the event promises to attract the largest number of visitors...
May 08, 2015
LOCAL BASE Youfumi is focused on finding ways to grow its market share in Southern Africa
Chinese pipes and valves manufacturer Youfumi Valve and Pipe (Youfumi), which will showcase its products to the Southern African market at the 2015 South Africa Industrial and Technology Fair (Indutec), tells Engineering News that plans to investigate the viability...
 
 
 
 
May 08, 2015
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May 07, 2015
Picture: Nguni SA
To increase the number of black livestock farmers in Gauteng, provincial government on Thursday handed over Nguni cattle to three livestock farmers in Tshwane as part of its Nguni Cattle Project. “This initiative must not be seen in isolation from our strategy to...
May 06, 2015
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The NWK agricultural group has terminated its crop and stock farming activities undertaken by its subsidiaries, NWK Boerdery and Kalahari Beef, as this corporate business model could not succeed in achieving sustainable results. The company, a provider of...
May 06, 2015
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti
With the progress made on the Springbokpan agri-park, in the North West, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti was confident that the national launch of the agri-parks concept would be hosted by the province. Government had identified three...
May 06, 2015
JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett expects its operating profit to decrease by some 12% for the year ended March 31 to about R2.089-billion from the R2.374-billion earned last year. The agricultural and agroprocessing business, focused on sugarcane and maize, explained in a...
 
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