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Sep 19, 2014
Innovation and science solutions company DuPont has committed to invest R62-million in its research and development (R&D) hub in Delmas, in Mpumalanga, by 2017. The R&D hub was established by DuPont’s commercial and research business DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred and is...
Sep 19, 2014
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications
Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system.
Sep 18, 2014
JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday announced that its chairperson Don MacLeod would retire with effect from the close of the company’s one-hundredth annual general meeting on July 15, 2015. The Illovo board thanked MacLeod, who had been a board member since 1983,...
Sep 17, 2014
Ian Donald and Sullivan O’Carroll
Nestlé South Africa announced plans on Wednesday to invest a further R2-billion over the coming five years to grow its domestic manufacturing base, which would increasingly be used as a platform to supply into fast-growing sub-Saharan African markets. The Swiss food...
Sep 12, 2014
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique
Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its...
Sep 10, 2014
Kenya's Mumias Sugar warned on Wednesday that projected losses for the year to June 2014 would be bigger than the previous year's pretax loss of 2.24-billion shillings ($25.3-million). "The company wishes to report that the projected loss for the year ended June 30,...
Sep 05, 2014
JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Friday announced that it would now proceed with long-term plans to unbundle from its portfolio Quantum Foods and list it as separate entity on the JSE by October 6. Pioneer initiated the restructure of its portfolio a year ago and had...
Sep 05, 2014
FARMING KNOWLEDGE Knowledge and information flows improve farming, land use diversification and more robust agricultural value chains
The World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture initiative is helping to develop support for small-hold farmers and larger farmers along existing infrastructure corridors in Africa to stimulate efficient agricultural value chains to support growth in local...
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
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Aug 25, 2014
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Aug 19, 2014
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture on Tuesday launched a dedicated research fund, with an allocation of R3-million for the current financial year, aimed at boosting exports and bolstering land reform in relation to the province’s alternative crops....
Aug 18, 2014
Agriculture-focused lending institution, the Land Bank, planned to announce its new CEO by early September, chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane said on Monday. The State-owned bank had been searching for a successor to Phakamani Hadebe after he announced in March last year...
Aug 18, 2014
JSE-listed RCL Foods now expects to report a loss a share and a headline loss a share of between 45c and 50c for the 2014 financial year, compared with earnings a share of 4.5c and headline earnings a share of 4.8c in the previous financial year. This was a slight...
Aug 08, 2014
MAINTENANCE-FREE SKF’s Agri Hub (top) and Agri Hub 1 maintenance-free bearings were on display at this year’s Nampo agricultural trade show
Technology supplier SKF South Africa displayed its agricultural solutions for the first time at its own stand at this year’s Nampo agricultural trade show, which was held in Bothaville, in the Free State, from May 13 to 16. SKF agriculture key accounts manager Charl...
Aug 08, 2014
WACKER NEUSON 1150 WHEEL LOADER The Wacker Neuson 1150 wheel loader makes light work of applications requiring an overload height of more than 3 m
Global construction equipment and compact machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson plans to further expand its stand at next year’s Nampo agricultural trade show, which will be located in the middle of the new expanded area, close to the southern gate. Wacker Neuson was...
Aug 08, 2014
AFRICA’S FIRST SEEDCARE INSTITUTE Syngenta’s Wayne van Rensburg (far right) addresses the media and stakeholders during a walk-through visit at the new Syngenta Seedcare Institute, in Brits
Sustainable agriculture company Syngenta’s Africa Middle East Seedcare Institute, in Brits, focuses on new application technology, ensuring that seed treatments provide an effective way of placing crop protection products directly onto the seeds, Syngenta seed care...
Aug 08, 2014
SWEET SCIENCE WSP completed a water use quantification project for a major sugar producer in May
Multidisciplinary engineering and design consulting firm WSP Africa’s environment and energy business unit completed a water use quantification project in May, which assessed the use and management of water at each of the agricultural and industrial operations of a...
Aug 06, 2014
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South African Airways (SAA) and US aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced on Wednesday the latest development in their partnership (launched in October last year) to establish a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa. The two groups have...
Jul 26, 2014
The head of economics and trade at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Pretoria has acknowledged South Africa’s trade negotiators won important concessions in the long-running Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) trade talks. But he says it was South...
Jul 18, 2014
The long-running and highly contested Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between seven Southern African countries and the European Union (EU) have been concluded, with South Africa insisting that the new deal preserves coherence within the Southern...
 
 
 
 
Jul 17, 2014
The new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has geared the department's 2014/15 budget towards the implementation of programmes set to make a “significant dent” in unemployment through the creation of one-million jobs by 2030. Delivering the...
Jul 16, 2014
Sugar producer Illovo’s overall group production was expected to increase marginally for 2014 to 1.85-million tons, as market conditions remained difficult, Illovo chairperson Don MacLeod said on Wednesday. He told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting...
Jul 11, 2014
Financial services firm Barclays Africa local subsidiary Absa provided a R8.2-million loan and South African retail giant Massmart provided a 10 000 t-a-year offtake agreement that enabled a new maize miller to enter the South African market. The new miller, Lethabo...
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
ILLUMINATED RANGE The new DLP trunking range combines current distribution and LED illumination
Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa has extended its digital light processing (DLP) cable trunking range to include new illuminated, low-energy consumption mini-trunking, plinths, trunking and columns. “The new multifunction illuminated DLP range is used...
Jul 04, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 04, 2014
HERMAN BLIGNAUT Noncompliance with meat labelling regulations can be costly for companies
There is concern among suppliers and retailers that they might be open to possible charges of noncompliance, as a result of uncertainty over the interpretation of the new meat-labelling regulations. South Africa’s meat-labelling regulations came into effect in May...
Jul 04, 2014
MEANS OF PROTECTION Waterblocking is achieved by filling the free space within cables with materials that prevent water spreading
As the penetration of water or the existence of moisture in cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables is an “unacceptable problem” associated with the life span of certain cables, especially under the influence of high electrical stresses, longitudinal waterblocking is...
Jul 04, 2014
CABLE COMPANION Wireless solutions allow for rapid and affordable deployment for data transfer
The cabling industry is significantly important in terms of long-term benefits for and the economic growth of South Africa, as it delivers more data transfer capacity through cable roll-out than wireless technology, which should, however, be regarded as complementary...
Jun 27, 2014
JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings on Friday reported a loss of R2.8-million and headline losses a share of R2.36 for the year ended March 31. These results compared favourably to the 2013 reporting period, of nine-months up to March 31, when the company incurred a loss of...
 
 
 
 
Jun 18, 2014
Researchers are forecasting that many African consumers will radically transform their diets over the next few decades, moving increasingly to more processed food. Demand for processed food in Africa is expected to increase seven times over the next 25 years,...
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Paper and packaging group Sappi has sold its Nijmegen mill, in the Netherlands, to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation. In September last year, the group announced that it had generated a loss in its European activities as a result of the...
Jun 13, 2014
NECCESARY UPGRADE Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community
The estimated R140-million upgrades to Mogale City local municipality’s Condale substation, in Gauteng, are on track and due for completion in early 2015, consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV says. The Condale substation, which is the only main infeed...
Jun 06, 2014
May 30, 2014
The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) has awarded grants valued at $1.35-million for the development of two high-value agriculture projects in Mozambique. The projects – EcoFarm Sugar Cane Production and Odebrecht Integrated Poultry Production – were selected owing...
May 30, 2014
Germany-based global specialist lubricant company Fuchs acquired mining and heavy equipment lubricant company Lubritene and food and animal feeds manufacturing lubricant company Lubrasa earlier this month to expand into the Southern African and industrial markets,...
May 30, 2014
Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to...
May 28, 2014
The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) hoped the strike in the sugar sector, which moved into its second day on Wednesday, would send a signal to employers to come to the negotiating table. Enoch Dlomo, the union's national sugar sector organiser, said it was too...
May 26, 2014
Sugar producer Illovo Sugar increased its headline earnings a share by 4.3% to 194c during the year ended March 31, while operating profit remained flat at R1.89-billion, impacted by low-priced imported sugar and an unfavourable fair value adjustment, the company...
 
 
 
 
May 26, 2014
Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude says he is “encouraged” by the Zimbabwe government’s swift response to the recent illegal land invasions of its sugar cane estates in Chiredzi, which earlier this month saw “hundreds” of local...
May 23, 2014
DEMONSTRATOR An Embraer E195 of Azul (not photographed on the biofuels demonstration flight)
Two of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, Embraer of Brazil and Boeing of the US, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a joint sustainable aviation biofuels research centre. This will be situated in the Technological Park...
May 21, 2014
South African consumer goods group Tiger Brands has “underestimated” the challenge of operating in Nigeria, where it now plans to mothball flour mills to turn around the performance of Dangote Flour Mills (DFM). The group last week reported that it would write off...
May 19, 2014
Trade union Uasa was balloting its members to gauge their support for strike action in the sugar industry, following the declaration of a wage dispute in the Sugar Bargaining Council, Uasa spokesperson Andre Venter said on Monday. He said after conciliation failed a...
May 16, 2014
 
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