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Nov 20, 2014
South African Breweries (SAB) would aim to put 5 000 smallholder farmers, to supply its South African operations, into production by 2020, corporate affairs and transformation director Monwabisi Fandeso said on Thursday. He explained that this initiative formed a...
Nov 17, 2014
Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has boosted year-on-year headline earnings from R165.1-million for the previous year to R329.7-million for the 2014 financial year, largely owing to a continued turnaround in the profitability of the group’s poultry division....
Nov 14, 2014
The international sugar price remained depressed over the past year, with high month-on-month volatility, Imara Africa Securities (IAS) said in its 2014 sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Sugar Sector Report, which was released on Friday. IAS stated that, as at the end of...
Nov 14, 2014
Global agribusiness company Syngenta officially unveiled the expansion of its Brits Formulation, Fill & Packaging Plant (FF&P) site in the North West last week, which added an automated herbicide filling line to its sit
Nov 10, 2014
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
The encouraging half-year results for Tongaat Hulett have been attributed to the various improvements in the agriculture and agriprocessing business’s sugar operations at a time when revenue was being negatively affected by lower international sugar prices. For the...
Nov 10, 2014
Pulp and paper producer Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, have increased 25% to $658-million for the year ended September 30, on the back of a strong fourth quarter. Special items included a...
Oct 31, 2014
One tiny Australian wasp is killing another tiny Australian wasp in South Africa’s commercial forests – and it is a good thing. Leptocybe invasa, the bad guy in this story, was first spotted in Eucalyptus trees outside its native Australia in 2000, in Israel, says...
Oct 31, 2014
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already...
Oct 28, 2014
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Oct 16, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Thursday took a hardline stance against the European Union’s (EU’s) threat of a ban on South African citrus fruit by tabling the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The EU had been threatening to refuse entry to...
Oct 10, 2014
The Land of Green Gold: Some History of Natal and Zululand is a book that highlights the history of KwaZulu-Natal and the role of ancient geology in making the province’s coast suitable for sugar cane farming.
Oct 01, 2014
DENNIS JÖNSSON Dairy will become a more globalised business in the next 10 years
Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis...
Sep 30, 2014
Forestry and forest products group York Timber Holdings on Tuesday reported earnings of R49.76-million for the year ended June 30, down 53% from the R106.86-million achieved during the prior year, with the decline mainly the result of reduced sawmill profitability...
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 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
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and Finance (CEEF). Speaking...
Aug 25, 2014
Following the completion of a feasibility study last week, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced plans for the development of a R2-billion aquafarming facility for abalone and finfish on 300 ha of land in Zone 10 of the Coega industrial development...
Aug 22, 2014
Specialist vibrating equipment provider Joest added US-based particle separation and size reduction solutions company Sweco’s full range of equipment to its product range in June, says Joest MD Kim Schoepflin. The full Sweco range comprises Gyramax gyratory sifters,...
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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Solaris plants
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,...
 
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