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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...
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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...
Mar 27, 2015
INCREASED EFFICIENCY The 48 MW TGM multiextraction condensing steam turbine rotor, which is designed to maximise efficiency and power generation capability
Following the successful installation of a steam turbo generator set for packaging and paper group Mondi’s Richards Bay facility, motors,  controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary Zest Energy, on November 14, 2014...
Mar 25, 2015
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Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
The agriculture sector is fast becoming “serious business” for the Western Cape and South Africa, says Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, who envisages a future in which agricultural produce from the Western Cape plays a major role in feeding...
Mar 25, 2015
Representatives of African Union (AU) member States, Parliamentarians, African farmer’s organisations and donor partners have this week met in Johannesburg to discuss how a 2014 declaration to advance agricultural growth on the continent can be translated into...
Mar 25, 2015
South Africa will harvest 9.666-million tonnes of maize in 2015, almost unchanged from a previous forecast as white maize plantings decreased while yields on yellow crop increased, a government agency said on Wednesday. The maize crop will consist of an estimated...
Mar 25, 2015
JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has appointed Trevor Munday its new chairperson, effective on the close of the sugar producer’s annual general meeting (AGM) on July 15. He would succeed Don MacLoed, who would retire as director and chairperson of Illovo at this time.
Mar 25, 2015
The Competition Commission reported on Wednesday that it had approved, without conditions, the intermediate merger whereby Rhodes Food Group (RFG) would acquire 100% of fruit juice product manufacturer and distributor Pacmar for R165-million. RFG explained in January...
Mar 24, 2015
With greater manufacturing and distribution capacities installed, JSE-listed Clover is looking to enter new product categories and aiming for its new value-added products to make up 20% of Clover Industries’ business over the medium term. At a media briefing in...
Mar 20, 2015
While the 2015 South African wine grape harvest showed great promise, and domestic wine sales were at the highest level in 20 years, exports and wine producers’ and cellars’ profitability remained challenging. Speaking at the Wine and Fruit Industry Update, at De...
Mar 20, 2015
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber
In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using...
Mar 20, 2015
VULCAN RUGGED PHONE The Vulcan smartphone has an integrated two-way radio and has a battery which lasts longer than a full day, even if continuously used
Rugged mobile devices and device and application management systems allow for high-technology functions to be deployed in tough environments and remote areas, subsequently improving the performance of people working in these conditions, says mobile device software...
Mar 19, 2015
South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett said its spending on communities in Zimbabwe should count as equity to enable the firm comply with a black economic empowerment law. President Robert Mugabe's government is promoting indigenisation of company ownership,...
Mar 19, 2015
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New farmers are turning the soil to profit in South Africa's old tribal homelands as Pretoria speeds the transfer of land from whites to blacks. Land is an emotive issue in South Africa, with most remaining in white hands 21 years after the end of apartheid despite...
Mar 19, 2015
Sovereign Food Investments expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended February 28, 2015, to be more than 50% higher than the previous corresponding period. The company advised shareholders on Thursday that EPS and...
Mar 19, 2015
Supply chain and logistics leader Imperial Logistics has clinched a significant two-year contract with global frozen foods specialist McCain to transport about 190 000 t/y of frozen vegetables. Imperial Cold Logistics is the lead logistics provider on the contract,...
Mar 17, 2015
JSE-listed Clover has reported significantly improved results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, with the company’s headline earnings increasing by 41.3% to R199.3-million on the back of “much improved” gross and operating margins. To recover the significant...
Mar 17, 2015
JSE-listed Clover remains focused on delivering on its longer-term strategy of exploring new possibilities in category expansions and is also still fully intent on expanding its presence in Africa and on consolidating the industry that it operates in. On Tuesday, in...
Mar 13, 2015
AGCO's Challenger brand
Johannesburg-headquartered Barloworld and Munich-based BayWa are establishing a 50:50 joint venture (JV) for the supply of agricultural equipment in sub-Saharan Africa to take advantage the “significant opportunities” agriculture in Africa has to offer to solution...
Mar 13, 2015
African agribusiness CEOs are very positive about the possibility of expansion into African countries outside their own, with 72.7% indicating that they would pursue such opportunities, finds PwC’s Agribusinesses Insights Survey 2014/2015. “African CEOs identified...
Mar 13, 2015
As part of its ongoing portfolio review, Nestlé South Africa has decided to sell its ice-cream business to UK-based ice-cream manufacturer R&R, but was strongly committed to doing business in South Africa. “The sale of an asset of this nature is not a decision that...
Mar 13, 2015
JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also...
Mar 12, 2015
Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province is hard at work to transform itself into a globally competitive economy and socially integrated destination. “Our vision and dream is to turn Gauteng into a globally competitive and seamlessly integrated city region...
Mar 11, 2015
JSE-listed Sovereign Food, through its wholly owned subsidiary Crown Chickens, entered into an agreement on Monday to buy a broiler farm from Simile Farmers for R36.25-million, including value-added tax, to secure its supply chain. Sovereign, a fully integrated...
Mar 10, 2015
Penny Ntuli of Tetra Pak
Whether it be low availability for formal distribution channels in certain locations, poor infrastructure, low income or a non-milk drinking culture, Africans do not consume nearly as much milk products as Europeans, said food processing and packaging solutions...
Mar 09, 2015
Substantially more plant nutrients will be required in future, with estimates indicating that by 2030 the current demand for fertiliser will grow from 10 kg/ha to 50 kg/ha, Fertiliser Association of Southern Africa (Fertasa) noted in a release on Monday. “The...
Mar 09, 2015
The potential for growth in Africa by bringing consumers into the formal alcohol market is substantial, beer and soft drinks company SABMiller advised shareholders in a statement on Monday. By developing new affordable brands, such as Chibuku Super and Impala, which...
Mar 06, 2015
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