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Feb 27, 2015
This year, as well as 2016, present significantly difficult seasons for South Africa, as expected poor summer crops will impact negatively on the agriculture sector, with basic food products forecast to be “very expensive” for consumers. South Africa’s maize crop...
Feb 27, 2015
MODULAR DESIGN The small cabin is premade in Rustic Homes’s factory in Elgin, about 70 km south-east of Cape Town
Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market.
Feb 26, 2015
The Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz) has welcomed the identified prioritisation of agriculture, following the 2015 Budget Speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday, but notes that his speech was “vague on what is meant by its support of agriculture”....
Feb 25, 2015
Western Cape winery Audacia Wines, in Stellenbosch, has patented a “ground-breaking” technique using Rooibos and Honeybush wood in the production of wine, beer and cider, which may potentially eliminate the need for sulphur dioxide and other synthetic materials as...
Feb 24, 2015
While Mondi’s revenue for the year ended December 31, at €6.4-billion, remained largely unchanged year-on-year, the international paper and packaging group succeeded in lifting overall profit up 10% to €767-million for the 12 months, leveraging strongly off...
Feb 24, 2015
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) is providing $8.6-million to US-based EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, covering an equity investment by the company in EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa, to contribute to sustainable agricultural development in the Eastern Cape....
Feb 24, 2015
JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation has reported a total asset increase of R1.1-billion to R7.9-billion for the year ended December 31, with investments in the food sector contributing 40% of the company’s intrinsic gross asset value. In its reviewed...
Feb 24, 2015
Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti
Government will "not do anything foolish" over land ownership to scare away foreign investors, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday. Briefing journalists at Parliament on aspects of the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill, set to be processed by...
Feb 20, 2015
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Feb 19, 2015
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Feb 19, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
Zambia Sugar, a majority-held subsidiary of JSE-listed Illovo Sugar, is undertaking an $82-million expansion to increase the production capacity at its Nakambala sugar operations, in the town of Mazabuka, consolidating the company’s position as Africa's...
Feb 17, 2015
The global environment continues to be challenging, notes JSE-listed Distell, which for the six months ended December 31 reports sales volumes of 369-million litres, a 3.7% increase, growing revenue by 10.5% to about R11-billion. In the group’s unaudited results for...
Feb 17, 2015
A South African government proposal to ban foreign nationals from owning land will apply to farms, not residential property, a government minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday. In his State of the Nation address last week, President Jacob Zuma said foreigners...
Feb 16, 2015
Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods is reasonably certain that its headline earnings a share for the first half of the year will increase by at least 120%, or 465c a share, to 851c a share compared with the 386c a share reported for the comparable 2014 period....
Feb 13, 2015
JSE-listed Pioneer Foods reports that trading conditions for the three months ended December 31, 2014, remained challenging within an ever-increasing competitive landscape; however, select categories within the company reflected an uptick in consumer demand. ...
Feb 12, 2015
The next 14 days will determine the fate of South African food prices over the next 12 months as the summer grains, namely maize, sunflower and soya beans, are in a “critical stage”, Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers advised on Thursday. “At this stage rain in the next...
Feb 11, 2015
South African winery Windfall Estates on Wednesday launched its Kibali wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Mouvèdre, with a significant portion of all sales of the wine earmarked for the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation, an independent charitable...
Feb 11, 2015
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi’s first-quarter operating performance has delivered few surprises, with results largely in line with expectations and on par with that of the first three months of the prior fiscal period. The group generated earnings...
Feb 10, 2015
JSE-listed Clover on Tuesday revised its expected half-year earnings upwards, with headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) now expected to be higher-than-expected on the back of firm selling prices. The company’s HEPS for the six months ended...
Feb 10, 2015
JSE-listed packaged goods company Tiger Brands has increased its turnover for the first quarter ended December 31, 2014, to R8.2-billion, a 7% increase compared with the corresponding period of the prior year, despite facing difficult times, which are expected to...
Feb 06, 2015
A determined and aggressive initiative to deal with Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) challenges, including access to rural and agriculture financing, as specified in the Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP), is required to harness the potential that...
Feb 06, 2015
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated
Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems.
Feb 06, 2015
SUPERIOR BASE STOCK Lubrication Engineers’ production facility uses mainly mineral oils for base stock and only synthetic formulas for specialised applications
US-based lubricant specialist Lubrication Engineers is helping heavy industries to register significant savings, owing to the improved energy efficiency and product longevity provided by the company’s advanced series of Pyroshield lubricants.
Feb 05, 2015
With production losses in KwaZulu-Natal expected to reach R574-million, for Canegrowers in the drought-stricken areas of the province, “the loss is great”, Canegrowers Research Department analysis shows. Further, rehabilitation costs of some R274-million were...
Feb 03, 2015
JSE-listed RCL Foods expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the interim period ended December 31 to be between 60c and 80c, a stark increase compared with the EPS and HEPS of 2.3c of the previous comparable period.  The...
Feb 02, 2015
Eastern Trading Company, trading as Dursot Food Corporation, the controlling shareholder of AH-Vest, which produces All Joy products, is in the midst of acquiring equipment through Rossi Catelli to increase the capacity of a newly bought tomato-processing factory. “A...
Feb 02, 2015
Egypt's Al Nouran sugar production facility, a 2.5 billion Egyptian pound ($357-million) project, will begin operations in the last quarter of 2016, the firm's chairperson and CEO Ashraf Mahmoud told Reuters on Sunday. "In the last quarter 2016 we start refining,...
Jan 30, 2015
Food affordability improved in nearly 75% of countries from September to November 2014, largely owing to a 2.8% decline in global food prices, which are forecast to fall further still. This is according to the results of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s)...
Jan 26, 2015
Former South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel
SABMiller chairperson John Manser expects Trevor Manuel’s experience in advising multilateral organisations on emerging market development and sustainability to be a “great asset” to the soft drinks and brewing giant’s board. The JSE-listed company announced on...
Jan 23, 2015
GIRTH GEARS Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills
A flexible range of girth gears, used to assist with the transfer of drive torque from a gear motor to a rotary cylinder, has been developed by drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive.
Jan 21, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller continued to achieve steady, net producer revenue (NPR) growth, despite varied local market performances, during its third quarter ended December 31, 2014, as it benefited from the breadth of its global portfolio of businesses, SABMiller CE Alan...
Jan 19, 2015
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South Africa’s commercial farmers have to start planning for the increased possibility of less-than-ideal climatic conditions by embracing sustainable farming practices, says Nedbank Capital Africa Business head of agricultural commodities Zhann Meyer. In a recent...
Jan 19, 2015
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Sugar producer Illovo Sugar will not open its Umzimkulu mill in the 2015 sugar-milling season to “affect optimum asset utilisation”. “The significantly below-average rainfall experienced in KwaZulu-Natal during the 2014 sugar-milling season, together with severe...
Jan 16, 2015
Johannesburg-based agriculture equipment supplier Addcon Africa Feed and Grain Additives is looking to introduce a new system for ensiling grain and silage in plastic bags at lower capital investments. Known as the farm bagger, which is developed by Germany-based...
Jan 16, 2015
On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version...
Jan 14, 2015
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to start construction of Phase 1 of a R86-million agroprocessing multi-user facility in March at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) in Nelson Mandela Bay. In a statement on Wednesday, the CDC said the...
Jan 14, 2015
Twenty trucks carrying more than 700 t of maize meal procured from emerging South African farmers are scheduled to leave a mill, in Nigel, Gauteng, on Wednesday for Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, to deliver the final consignment of maize meal for hunger relief...
Jan 08, 2015
On a cold and rainy Friday afternoon, Steven Dring is tending his baby carrots in a somewhat unusual setting. The green shoots are in a try of volcanic glass crystals under LED lights - and the tray is in a tunnel 33 metres underneath a busy London street. Dring is...
Jan 07, 2015
Wilde is one of Pacmar's fruit juice brands
Rhodes Food has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of fruit juice product manufacturer and distributor Pacmar for R165-million. The deal is expected to complement its parent company’s, Rhodes Food Group’s (RFG’s), strategy of...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 09, 2014
Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency CEO Thozamile Gwanya
Rural development financier the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) CEO Thozamile Gwanya on Tuesday launched a three-year R100-million agroprocessing programme aimed at benefiting 996 landowners in the rural towns of Bizana and Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape.
Dec 08, 2014
Announcing the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA’S) 2013/14 financial year performance results, ECRDA CEO Thozamile Gwanya said on Monday that a second consecutive unqualified audit opinion was the result of ECRDA’s “determined resolve” to practice...
Nov 28, 2014
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
Nov 28, 2014
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan's (NDP's) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
Nov 28, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José....
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