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Apr 24, 2015
Clover South Africa’s acquisition of Pretoria-based Ayrshire milk processor Nkunzi Milkway’s fresh dairy business has been approved, with conditions, after initially being denied last year, the Competition Tribunal announced on Thursday. The Competition Commission...
Apr 24, 2015
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
Increasing the export of local products was a key priority, noted Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, with events such as the South African Cheese Festival playing a vital role in this regard. Winde will officially open the 2015 festival in...
Apr 23, 2015
The Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform commended the progress made by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights to make sure that claimant’s needs and concerns were...
Apr 23, 2015
SA Canegrowers has welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the sugar industry and the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR); however, it highlights that gazetting claims that take a year to settle will lead to uncertainty and...
Apr 23, 2015
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JSE-listed Pioneer Foods advised shareholders on Thursday that it had agreed to acquire a 50% shareholding in Futurelife Health Products, for an undisclosed purchase consideration, to enter into the functional foods category. Pioneer explained that the scientifically...
Apr 22, 2015
Branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries, operating in South Africa and other selected African countries, has successfully listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), following approval from the NSX for a secondary listing. Clover nonexecutive...
Apr 22, 2015
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
Small businesses in the agroprocessing and oil and gas sectors have until May 22 to apply for a share of the Western Cape government’s new R6.6-million Cape Capital Fund, which was devised to support businesses in Project Khulisa’s priority sectors. The fund, managed...
Apr 22, 2015
African sugar producers will have to focus on growing regional markets before the European Union (EU) dismantles production quotas from 2017, Nigeria's agriculture minister said on Tuesday. The EU has been a net importer under its protected sugar regime, but the EU...
Apr 21, 2015
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Apr 21, 2015
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Apr 16, 2015
Tru-Cape MD Roelf Pienaar
South Africa’s largest distributor of apples and pears Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing on Thursday officially launched a more than 4 000 m2 depot in City Deep, Johannesburg, to service sub-Saharan Africa. “As apples and pears are not grown to the North of our borders, City...
Apr 16, 2015
Land Bank Insurance (LBIC), a subsidiary of the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank), has partnered with AgriSeker Onderskrywing to leverage synergies with the Land Bank to enhance the insurance product offering to the agricultural...
Apr 16, 2015
JSE-listed beer and soft drinks business SABMiller on Thursday reported 4% growth in group net producer revenue (NPR) and a 1% increase in total beverage volume for the full year ended March 31. SABMiller CE Alan Clark said the company’s topline performance was...
Apr 15, 2015
JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has forecast more difficult trading conditions for the 2015/16 financial year in a statement advising shareholders of decreased earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended March 31. The company expected...
Apr 15, 2015
The Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) has approved the secondary listing of JSE-listed Clover with effect from April 22 under share code CLN. Clover CEO Johann Vorster advised shareholders on Wednesday that the NSX listing would broaden Clover’s investor base by enabling...
Apr 14, 2015
Safmarine MD Dirk Hoffmann
International shipping business Safmarine, a member of the Maersk group, has come out in support of ceasing citrus exports to Spain, with MD Dirk Hoffmann noting that it was a sign of solidarity and that the decision would, in the long term, benefit the company as it...
Apr 14, 2015
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Apr 13, 2015
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The Agri Sector Unity Forum (ASUF) has requested an engagement with Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti following its submission of a consensus document on land reform. "It is in the best interest of all South Africans, both present and...
Apr 10, 2015
South Africa’s agriculture sector is at a significant crossroads, facing numerous challenges and increasing limitations, including depleted soils and overextracted and polluted water reserves, highlights Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa’s (WWF-SA) 2015 Farming...
Apr 10, 2015
Global container refrigeration machinery supplier Daikin Reefer launched its new Active CA device, last month, which is a fast-working, simple and highly reliable unit that creates a controlled atmosphere (CA) inside refrigerated containers transporting perishable...
 
 
 
 
Apr 07, 2015
Nedbank’s Capital division and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have launched a $50-million working capital finance and warehouse scheme to help commodity traders and processors in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) import agricultural commodities and export cash...
Apr 03, 2015
Power tools manufacturer Bosch will launch the GSB 162-2 RE professional impact drill, featuring a 1500 W high-performance motor with a high overload capacity for hard applications, in the first quarter of this year, says Bosch industrial power tools senior brand...
Apr 02, 2015
Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde
The Western Cape is partnering with Malaysia to spark the development of a halal food hub in South Africa, a move that has been declared “excellent” for the development of the province’s agriprocessing sector by Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan...
Apr 02, 2015
All conditions precedent have been met with regard to the R165-million acquisition of Pacmar by Rhodes Food, making the acquisition unconditional, JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group (RFG) advised shareholders on Thursday. As a reslut, Rhodes Food, RFG’s wholly owned...
Apr 01, 2015
Paper and packaging group Mpact has concluded a broad-based black-economic empowerment (BBBEE) deal that will see a purpose-formed trust subscribing for 10% of the ordinary issued shares in group subsidiary Mpact Operations, which holds its South African businesses....
Apr 01, 2015
Following the conclusion of the first drought mitigation dialogue this month, North West Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development will compile a report based on the presentations and the engagements of the day for North West Premier Supra...
Apr 01, 2015
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies
The revival of agriculture and the agroprocessing value chain was key for radical economic transformation in South Africa, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies this week, stressing that much more value was created in agroprocessing than in agriculture. The...
Mar 31, 2015
McDonald's CEO Greg Solomon
Fast-food franchise McDonald’s South Africa is looking to export its locally manufactured products to the Middle East on a trial basis in an endeavor to be a contingency market for the Middle East, CEO Greg Solomon told Engineering News Online in an exclusive...
Mar 30, 2015
The construction of an additional three on-site ponds, a commercial-scale hatchery and preprocessing line, with a combined valued of R23.5-million, has started in Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, and is said to justify the establishment of a processing facility in...
Mar 27, 2015
The agricultural sector has a key role to play in a green economy, which incorporates both an environmental and social dimension, notes Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher and/or leader of the Agricultural Green Economy Project Dr...
 
 
 
 
Mar 27, 2015
Government continues to stress the importance of the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving...
Mar 27, 2015
GAVIN DALGLEISH About 90% of Illovo Sugar Group’s energy requirement is produced through renewable energy
JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s $82-million construction project at its subsidiary Zambia Sugar’s Nakambala sugar plant will give momentum to the further development of Zambian smallholder cane farmers, as well as provide employment opportunities for local...
Mar 27, 2015
African sugar production is expected to rise to 12-million tonnes in 2014/15 from 11.5-million tonnes in 2013/14, as a result of expansions in Ethiopia and Sudan, says the International Sugar Journal’s (ISJ’s) 2015 World Sugar Outlook. The report attributes the rise...
Mar 27, 2015
PARTICIPATION INCREASE The South African Fruit and Wine Industry Confronting Climate Change initiative focuses on supporting emerging farmers to calculate their carbon footprint
In addition to registering significant growth in the number of wine cellars calculating their carbon emissions, the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Confronting Climate Change (CCC) initiative has, over the past year, noted increased interest from other...
Mar 27, 2015
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009
In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after...
Mar 27, 2015
AERZEN DELTA BLOWER GENERATION 5 Demand for this roots blower has been high, despite economic challenges
As South Africa’s sugar production industry faces several challenges, owing to an increase in imports and the subsequent negative impact on domestic sales, local machinery supplier Airgas Compressors says that its Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots blower...
Mar 27, 2015
GLOBAL GROWTH FORECAST The eleventh Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference provided a platform for critical debate on the sugar market's immediate and longer-term outlook
Discussions at the eleventh yearly Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference – which took place from January 31 to February 3 in Dubai – focused on the 2015 to 2020 industry outlook, trader debates and refining updates, says global energy, petrochemicals, metals and...
Mar 27, 2015
RECYCLING REWARDS One tonne of recovered paper saves three cubic metres of landfill space, reducing costs for municipalities
In an effort to replace the old N-level courses previously offered by former further education and training colleges, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in partnership with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) sector education and...
Mar 27, 2015
JSE-listed packaging company Mpact’s basic underlying earnings a share, for the year ended December 31, increased by 15.3% to 269.2c, while revenue increased by 11.9% year-on-year to R8.6-billion, owing to a drop in the oil price, capital expenditure investments and...
Mar 27, 2015
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES There is no guarantee that an EPR tax will feed money back into developing the paper and packaging sector
Currently the paper industry is largely responsible for its own collections of recyclable paper needed as a raw material. Owing to transport and labour costs, collection  is an expensive exercise, a situation manufacturers can do little to improve, says Paper...
 
 
 
 
Mar 27, 2015
GROWTH PROJECTION The paper industry’s energy-saving initiatives are paying off amidst South Africa's stagnant economy
While the South African economy has been relatively stagnant over the past two years and is not expected to grow much this year – with 2% being an optimistic upward growth projection – the pulp and paper industry is “doing  well under extremely difficult...
Mar 27, 2015
INDUSTRY SUPPORT Canegrowers represents about 23 866 private sugar cane growers, many of whom run small family-owned farms
The provisional recoverable value price of sugar from cane delivered in January 2015 for the 2014/15 season increased to R3 359.21/t, after a R1.18 increase in December 2014, according to the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers). Canegrowers...
Mar 27, 2015
Skyriders technicians use ropes to abseil down into confined spaces as a means of moving from point A to point B.
Rope access specialist Skyriders completed hard-to-reach inspection and repair work on time and within budget early last year for South African pulp and paper producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News....
Mar 27, 2015
EMPOWERMENT Peaceful Ndlovu is Tongaat Hulett's youngest black economic empowerment land reform growers
JSE-listed agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has formed a partnership with the Umfolozi Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in KwaZulu-Natal. This resulted in four of the college’s engineering students being placed at the Felixton mill to...
Mar 27, 2015
NOODSBERG MILL Prior to the installation of the new weighing system, many of Illovo Sugar’s rail cars were underfilled to prevent excess train weight exceeding the legal rail freight limit, set by Transnet Rail, which was costly for Illovo Sugar
Static and dynamic weighing technology specialist Cardinal Weighbridge Company South Africa (CWCSA) has replaced the underperforming train weighing system at JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Illovo Sugar Noodsberg project...
 
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