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Jul 29, 2015
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Escalating electricity costs, shortage of electricity and a lack of backup power during load-shedding are eating into South African farming profit margins and even threatening the survival of some sectors of the agriculture industry, says Nedbank. As such, the...
Jul 29, 2015
The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) expects the industry’s current growth trend to continue for at least the next five to seven years. South Africa had an estimated 19 000 ha of macadamias, with an additional 1 000 ha being planted every year,...
Jul 28, 2015
Dual-listed packaging and paper group Mondi expects its underlying operating profit for the half-year ended June 30 to be above the €377-million it reported for the first six months of 2014.  In the six months under review, the group recognised a net special item...
Jul 27, 2015
Supermarket chain Pick n Pay has vowed to create 20 jobs every day through a new 20, 20, 20 by 2020 programme that would also see the firm simultaneously cut energy use and reduce waste. The newly launched “war on waste” campaign would target food waste, energy...
Jul 27, 2015
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Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde
The Western Cape provincial government is seeking to increase the value of Halal exports by $31-billion by 2020, through a proposed Halal agroprocessing food park that will allow the province to double its share of the “fast-growing” market. The R1-billion park, if...
Jul 23, 2015
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International packaging and paper group Mondi on Thursday signed a settlement agreement with Department of Rural Development and Land Reform for land claims lodged by the Mkhuzane community for land in the Richmond area and the Nodunga community for land in the...
Jul 22, 2015
The South African macadamia nut industry is in chaos, as up to half the country’s macadamia harvest for 2015 destined for China will now have to find other markets. “That’s very difficult to do overnight,” said Green Farms Nut Company CEO Jill Whyte in a statement on...
Jul 20, 2015
Land will continue to be a major focus area for government in terms of policy formation over the next five, possibly ten, years, political analyst and international adviser Justice Malala says. “There is a barrage of legislation that faces people in agriculture and...
Jul 16, 2015
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Jul 08, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller has appointed Domenic De Lorenzo an executive director and CFO, effective July 23, after the board considered several high-quality internal and external candidates. De Lorenzo had been the acting CFO of the world’s second larger brewing company...
Jul 06, 2015
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South African farmer Cobus van Coller scans the flashing computer screen in the cab of his harvester. As the machine mows down corn stalks, numbers instantly update, giving the precise yield and moisture levels on each part of his field. "This shows you if you're...
Jul 02, 2015
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant
Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration...
Jul 02, 2015
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent...
Jul 02, 2015
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South Africa is set to import more white maize from Zambia to prop up dwindling stocks from a harvest devastated by bad weather, trading and industry sources told Reuters on Thursday. Africa's biggest producer of the crop imported 163 t of white maize from its...
Jul 02, 2015
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi will sell its Enstra mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business, in Springs, to packaging supplier Corruseal Group for an undisclosed amount. The mill would continue to manufacture recycled and lightweight packaging...
Jul 02, 2015
South Africa will import about 50 000 t of white maize from Mexico, an industry source said on Wednesday, in a bid to bulk up waning stocks as a scorching drought curbed domestic output. The first shipment of the maize will arrive in the country in August with five...
Jul 01, 2015
Concerns about the size of South Africa’s maize crop remained relevant, given mixed reports received from the various regions, FNB Agriculture head of marketing and agriculture information Dawie Maree said on Wednesday. In its fifth production forecast, the Crop...
Jun 30, 2015
Ashok Thakur
India’s largest utility vehicle and tractor producer, Mahindra & Mahindra, has established a new business unit specifically focussed on emerging opportunities in Africa. The African business unit will be headed by current Mahindra South Africa (MSA) CEO Ashok Thakur,...
Jun 29, 2015
 
 
 
 
Jun 23, 2015
Gauteng would continue to facilitate job-creating investment in the economy, said Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Tuesday, highlighting that it had secured significant funds for key projects earmarked for the 2015/16...
Jun 23, 2015
Rod Humphris
Despite a tough financial year, marked by weaker performance in its mining division and a flat performance in its chemicals division, owing to a struggling manufacturing sector, JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia achieved a 3% increase in headline earnings a share to...
Jun 22, 2015
South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed...
Jun 22, 2015
Corazza area sales manager for West and North Africa Paolo Valmori
Africa was an important, continuously growing market, presenting opportunities to attract new potential customers, said Italian packaging machine manufacturer Corazza area sales manager for West and North Africa Paolo Valmori. He told Engineering News Online on...
Jun 19, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
In the hope of creating new food processing plants in South Africa and developing existing ones, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will host an Italian business delegation this month, through which to introduce investors to local firms to encourage...
Jun 18, 2015
The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa, says Haver Southern Africa GM Demelza Mulligan. She tells Engineering...
Jun 18, 2015
UTE SCHOEMAN SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share
The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to improve its position in the company’s in-house rankings. The branch, currently listed among the company’s top fifteen branches in terms of contribution to revenue, is aiming to form...
Jun 18, 2015
Martin Mohale
The development of small-scale farming, or so-called communal farming, is on the rise in South Africa, as it provides significant economic benefit and forms one of the key pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). “The debate used to be that there [is] only...
Jun 18, 2015
Following reports on Wednesday that Swiss food and drinks company Nestlé will cut 15% of its workforce in 21 African countries, Nestlé South Africa has clarified that these job cuts do not concern South Africa. Nestlé South Africa said on Thursday that the South...
Jun 17, 2015
An international study commissioned by food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has confirmed the enduring global popularity of milk, observing that its consumption in developing countries is driven chiefly by an understanding of its nutritional...
 
 
 
 
Jun 09, 2015
An agreement between US and South African chicken producers on lifting anti-dumping duties for around 65 000 t of bone-in chicken cuts a year would only be finalised in the next four to six months, the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) said on Monday. “We have to reduce...
Jun 08, 2015
The organisers of the first regional Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa, to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December, have issued a call for innovators to submit entries on game-changing innovations. “This...
Jun 08, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says South Africa’s concession to improve market access for US bone-in chicken cuts would “consolidate” the country’s participation under the reauthorised African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was due to be...
Jun 05, 2015
Despite high economic growth, competitiveness in Africa is stagnating, and even falling in some economies, the African Competitiveness Report has warned. The report, released at the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Cape Town, cautioned that prospects for long-term...
Jun 05, 2015
Businesses in Africa have the opportunity to unlock $350-billion a year in value from new opportunities that focus on sustainability, according to a study undertaken by Accenture and the National Business Initiative (NBI). A report on the study findings advocated a...
Jun 04, 2015
JSE-listed Rolfes has bought out Agricultural Chemicals’ (Agchem’s) minority shareholders for R37.9-million and expects the acquisition to better align its core businesses and strengthen the platform upon which to grow the division and the company. Rolfes said on...
Jun 03, 2015
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
The last minute deal expected to be reached in respect of the new African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) must not undermine economic development and employment sustainability, directly or indirectly, in South Africa’s poultry sector, the Food and Allied Workers...
Jun 03, 2015
Unilever has opened the R511-million expansion at its Indonsa factory, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, making it the company’s largest savoury factory by volume. The multinational consumer goods company explained on Wednesday said the investment increased the factory’s...
Jun 02, 2015
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana
The Water Research Commission (WRC) executive manager of water utilisation in agriculture Dr Gerhard Backeberg is convinced that subsistence fishing can certainly provide improved food security and better livelihoods for many communities, but warns that increasing...
Jun 01, 2015
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The farming and the agrochemical sectors stand to lose billions of rands if glyphosphate is prohibited, after a World Health Organisation finding of possible carcinogenicity. An industry expert at CropLife South Africa, Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, told Fin24 that the loss...
 
 
 
 
May 29, 2015
JSE-listed Nutritional Holdings says it had made “great strides” towards achieving its medium-term turnaround strategy during the year ended February 28. However, owing to procedural and regulatory constraints, the time taken to finalise the company’s black...
May 28, 2015
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry
Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1,...
May 28, 2015
LOCAL GROWTH The South African paper business continued to progress with higher volumes, pricing and lower logistics and fixed costs
Pulp and paper producer Sappi has increased its net profit for the three months to March 31, by 75% to $56-million, compared with the profit of $32-million recorded in the March 2014 quarter.
May 27, 2015
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Agriprofessionals play a vital role in ensuring that the produce on shop shelves and delivered to outlets across the world, is of a high standard, helping to grow the agriculture sector and build a sustainable economic future, says Western Cape Minister of Economic...
May 27, 2015
Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener segment, which could affect profits. This was according to Frost &...
 
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