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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
Kenya has agreed to sell a 26% stake in a wines and spirits marketer to South Africa's Distell Group for 860-million shillings ($9.81-million), Kenya's Privatisation Commission said on Friday. The sale of government-owned shares in Kenya Wine Agencies to Distell is...
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 17, 2014
Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining. Congo has 80-million hectares of arable...
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...
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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
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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...
May 08, 2014
Locally-owned African seed companies participating in a programme to offer high-yield crop varieties to smallholder farmers across the continent have collectively become the largest seed producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report released on Thursday...
May 06, 2014
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May 05, 2014
In the run up to a regional International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) workshop for East and Southern Africa, IFAD director Périn Saint Ange has described the role of small-scale African farmers as central to the development of the continent, saying that...
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Bobcat Equipment South Africa is a leading supplier of compact equipment on both a sales and rental platform, to diverse local and cross border market sectors including construction, landscaping, agriculture, grounds’ maintenance, government, utility, industry and...
Apr 25, 2014
EASY AERATION Features of the Aire-O2 Triton aerator include efficient fine bubble aeration and reduced energy consumption
Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipment commissioned a multimillion-rand supply contract for the Darvill wastewater treatment works in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in October last year, says company MD Ryan Beswick....
Apr 25, 2014
DIFFICULT ACQUISITION Waste incinerator purchases are still hampered by frustrations such as incinerator permits
Incinerator and waste management equipment supplier Saubatech aims to this year place more market focus on its Macroblaze waste gas burner, flame traps and incinerators for the sewage treatment works industry, says company marketing manager Andreas Thieme. The...
Apr 25, 2014
CANE SLEW LOADING MADE SIMPLE Operators who have tested the machine are impressed with its visibility and comfort
Heavy equipment manufacturers Bell Equipment and Richards Bay-based Matriarch Equipment will exhibit their new cane slew loader (CSL) at this year’s agricultural and livestock expo Nampo Harvest Day next month in Bothaville, Free State.
Apr 25, 2014
SMOOTH OPERATIONS Farmers cannot afford downtime owing to equipment failure
Southern African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International will showcase its extensive agricultural product line-up at Nampo Harvest Day.
Apr 25, 2014
PROVING PERFORMANCE Three S-tube impeller pumps will be installed at sewage and wastewater plants to test and prove their efficiency
To prove the efficiency of its S-tube impeller fitted in their sewage S range, Denmark-based pumps manufacturer and pump components supplier Grundfos will install three of its S-tube impeller pumps at sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal...
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