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South African poultry group calls for probe of forced labour in Brazil

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 South Africa's poultry industry body has asked the government to investigate allegations of forced labour in the sector in Brazil, the world's largest poultry exporter. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said it had asked its government to seek "urgent comment" after a report said... 

Omnia files contempt of court case at Foskor over contentious phosphoric acid pricing

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Diversified chemicals producer Omnia has filed a contempt of court case against phosphates and phosphoric acid producer Foskor over the alleged breaching of a court order by the Competition Tribunal 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March
OCEAN ASSISTANCE The City of Cape Town awarded six companies the construction and commissioning of six desalination plants on November 7 as part of the solution to the water crisis

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 The downside of unreliable plant hire equipment is two-fold; for the end-user, unplanned downtime translates into project delays, while for the plant hire company, faulty gear translates to foregone profits and a tarnished reputation, says George-based equipment distributor Carlu Tractors.  

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB
POWER LIFTING With a 1.6 t breakout force, the Kubota L45 has a lifting capacity of 1 t at a maximum lifting height of 2.8 m

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price
Photo by Victor Moolman
DEDICATED TO SUGAR CANE Large parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, about 360 000 ha, are dedicated to growing sugar cane

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 Studying and understanding ocean science is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations (UN) and to sustain the health of the world’s oceans, according to Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson, who unpacked the key... 

Ocean science key to supporting sustainable ocean health
Department of Environmental Affairs oceans research director Ashley Johnson

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed a declaration of intent to develop a new bilateral research programme focused on the oceans economy. The intent for the development of the programme, called the South Africa-Norway... 

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme
DST International Cooperation and Resources deputy-director-general Daan du Toit and Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Namibia Trine Skymoen

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Municipalities to  reduce emissions  by diverting waste
WASTE-DIVERSION STRATEGY The strategy entails waste disposal and the beneficial use for business development

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments
STEVE MCKEOWN Companies that have a global footprint are more committed to assessing their impact on the environment

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

Crookes Brothers profits down on lower sugar cane revenue

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Agricultural firm Crookes Brothers said on Wednesday its after-tax profit decreased by 70.5% to R26.4 million in the six months ended September 2017, driven down by a decline in sugar cane revenue in the aftermath of drought. Crookes however said it expected results for the full year to March... 

Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the mining segment started to show signs of improvement. Profit after tax increased by 27% to... 

Land Bank a key driver in transforming agri sector in South Africa

By: African News Agency      22nd November 2017 South Africa’s State-owned financial institution the Land Bank has a number of key deliverables, but one of the most important is to help transform the sector by assisting emerging and smallholder farmers. The Land Bank is one of the key institutions at the Africa Agri Investment Indaba 2017... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018
FDT AFRICA 2018 The aim of fdt Africa 2018 is to consolidate the existing target groups of exhibitors and visitors

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

     17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed
SAB PROGRAMME The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought
DROUGHT EFFECTS As a result of the drought, the Western Cape has received 30% less rainfall than the amount needed at this stage

DCD success in winemaking opens new markets

     17th November 2017 Having proven that its Disruptor technology is more than suitable for the winemaking and beer sectors, South African biotechnology company Green Cell Technologies (GCT), states that it has turned its attention to the lucrative fruit sugar concentrates market. 

DCD success in  winemaking opens new markets
LESS SUGAR Consumers are more informed about the effect of foodstuffs they consume and the growing demand for less sugary products

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery opened its Dockside Ale House in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, last month. 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened
GLOBAL STYLES Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer

Tank cleaning ensures quality batch, every time

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although tank cleaning is considered a ‘necessary evil’ for any producer in the wine, brewery and beverage industry, South Africa-based industrial nozzle, pump and filter supplier Spray Nozzle says tank cleaning is required between batches to ensure that a reliable, uncontaminated, high-quality... 

Tank cleaning ensures  quality batch, every time
SPECIALIST PRODUCT The HydroClaw nozzle is a specialist nozzle which is best suited for the cleaning of tanks with high solids content

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

Shipments of SA sugar resume after storm-related repairs to terminal

By: Victor Moolman     17th November 2017 A shipment of 31 000 t of bulk raw sugar was dispatched to London, in the UK, from Durban’s Maydon Wharf, in South Africa, earlier this month. This shipment aboard the cargo ship Centurius marks the third export of sugar to a European Union (EU) country after the instatement of the new Southern... 

Shipments of SA sugar resume after  storm-related repairs to terminal
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET EXPORTS Sugar is being exported to the European Union, China and Japan

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications
BENTOFIX X The carrier geotextile of the Bentofix X is coated with an additional, low-permeability polyethylene layer

Tongaat Hulett lifts H1 earnings by 5%

By: Anine Kilian     13th November 2017 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett’s headline earnings grew by nearly 5% year-on-year to R661-million for the six months ended September 30. Diluted headline earnings a share rose to 573.8c a share during the half year, compared with 546.7c in the prior comparable period. 

Local bearings company experiences growth in food production sector

     10th November 2017 Local bearings distributor Bearings International (BI) has experienced rapid growth in the food production industry. The company says food production security is important, especially given how harsh and dynamic an environment the South African agricultural industry operates in at present.... 

Standard Bank creates R1.8bn debt funding model for South African agricultural sector

By: African News Agency      6th November 2017 Standard Bank on Monday announced the creation of a new R1.8-billion debt funding model for the South African agricultural sector. Standard Bank will go into partnership with agribusiness, Transvaal Wattle Growers Co-operative Limited (TWK), and the Land Bank. 

Mobile fly farm creator wins GCIP-SA competition

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2017 Organic waste innovation Mobile Fly Farm creator Bandile Dlabantu has been announced the winner of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme – South Africa (GCIP-SA). Mobile Fly Farms use black soldier fly larvae to convert organic waste into animal feed, enabling emerging farmers to organically... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

We should avoid radical rhetoric and policies on land – AgriSA

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 AgriSA believes progress is being made in the land reform debate in South Africa and that the country should steer away from radical rhetoric and policies. These were the views of Dan Kriek, the president of AgriSA during the launch of its national land audit on Tuesday. 

We should avoid radical rhetoric and policies on land – AgriSA

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Family-owned businesses outperform peers, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 Family-owned companies have outperformed broader equity markets in every region and sector, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI’s) ‘The CS Family 1000’ report, which reviews the investment case for family-owned companies. The financial performance of family-owned companies... 

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for  bridge-widening project
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure

Brown appoints executives at Denel, Safcol and Alexkor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has appointed Zwelakhe Ntshepe group CEO of Denel. He joined Denel 21 years ago and most recently served as acting group CEO. 

Brown appoints executives at Denel, Safcol and Alexkor
Photo by Duane Daws
Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province's vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. "The impact on the economy is worse for the... 

NWK appoints new CFO

     24th October 2017 Agricultural products and services provider NWK has appointed Pieter Kleingeld CFO, effective November 1. He joined NWK as group manager for asset management and risk services in 2015. 

Department of agriculture to help farmers stop the spread of bird flu

By: News24Wire      24th October 2017 A total of 92 locations have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed. The department said in a statement that affected birds are divided into distinct categories, namely, commercial... 

Illovo secures Treasury approval for land development project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The National Treasury Jobs Fund has approved Illovo Sugar South Africa’s project to develop a further 3 000 ha of small-scale grower cane land on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The project will result in the creation of 1 188 new jobs and the training of 1 630 people. 

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