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Aug 29, 2014
Nancy Njeri lugs a sack of fresh coffee berries to a hilltop factory from her small farm, which produces one of Kenya's main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children. "We are toiling hard and the coffee does not give us good returns," she...
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)....
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
 
 
 
 
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
May 14, 2014
Dual-listed Mondi increased its underlying operating profit by 13% year-on-year and 14% quarter-on-quarter to €183-million during the three months ended March 31 the company announced on Wednesday, stating that this performance was in line with management...
May 12, 2014
Ralph Boettger
Paper and packaging group Sappi maintained an improving trend in its operating performance during the three months to March 2014, after bouncing back into the black during the first quarter of the year. The improving operating performance during the second quarter of...
May 09, 2014
SERVICE INVESTMENT KSB Pumps has expanded its facilities to meet growing servicing demand
Valve and pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves Southern Africa (KSB) continues to invest in service equipment and facilities to meet growing demands for workmanship that is able to meet strict local regulations and satisfy international quality standards, says KSB...
 
 
 
 
May 09, 2014
CASTING EXPECTATIONS Steloy Castings expects a 15% growth in the valve-casting sector of the market
To meet the increase in demand in valves and valve-casting manufacturing, specialist foundry group Steloy Castings has invested more than R1-million in new facilities and technologies, which includes the installation of a new cold box core-making machine, states...
May 09, 2014
INCREASED AVAILABILITY Macneil Steel & Valves will stock several valves ranges, including the Vent-O-Mat ranges
While valves and valve components supplier Macneil Steel & Valves (MSV) is currently involved in three significant projects, valued collectively at more than R5-million, in the sewage and water treatment industry, MSV project manager Brian Saverton says the company...
May 09, 2014
LARGE DELIVERY The 1 200 mm Vent-O-Mat Model B nozzle check-valve weighs about 5 t and has a flow range of 800 ℓ/s to 4 500 ℓ/s
Local valves manufacturer Aveng Manufacturing DFC has delivered a nozzle check-valve – the largest yet manufactured by Dynamic Fluid Control – for installation in a pipeline project in a neighbouring State in February, DFC mining and water executive director Pat...
May 09, 2014
ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEURS Local valve designation will stimulate entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry
The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa) has established working groups with several State-owned entities (SOEs) to encourage local valve procurement, says Vamcosa champion Greg Walker. This follows after the instruction note for the...
May 09, 2014
IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY The Powertrap GT10 reduces steam usage in industry heat exchangers
The ability of valves supplier Heaton Valves’ Powertrap GT10 to improve production by removing condensate from steam systems where stall may occur makes it an increasingly popular solution for the petrochemical, food and beverage and motor industries that are...
 
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