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Agriculture News

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

Barloworld Equipment celebrates 90 years in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, Barloworld Equipment turns 90 years old this year – a milestone set in place in 1927 when Charles “Punch” Barlow built a lasting relationship with Caterpillar.  

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

South African timber industry could become net importer amid supply pressures

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 While the short-term outlook for South Africa’s timber industry looks positive, with positive supply and demand figures, the medium term outook for the industry is under pressure owing to a potential looming timber shortage, as the total area under plantation in South Africa is not expanding in... 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

AfDB approves $100m facility for ETG

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $100-million facility to finance agricultural supply chain Export Trading Group’s (ETG’s) soft commodity value chain operations in sub-Saharan Africa. This soft commodity finance facility (SCFF) is one of the core trade finance instruments used... 

Competition Commission sets it sights on alleged collusive behaviour in beef industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Completion Commission on Wednesday morning raided 13 premises belonging to seven meat suppliers in three provinces as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fixing of prices and trading conditions. The search and seizure operations were conducted at Karan Beef, Sparta Foods,... 

Competition Commission sets it sights on alleged collusive behaviour in beef industry

Agribusiness confidence index remains in expansionary territory despite marginal Q2 decline

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Agbiz/ Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by one Index point to 56 points in the second quarter of this year. Despite the slight decline in confidence, the sector remains in expansionary territory. 

Department of Public Works to hand over land to black farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has handed over letters of intent to grant property rights to 30 emerging black farmers in Tafelkop, in Limpopo, with four pieces of land, amounting to 220 ha, having been subdivided into farming plots. The beneficiaries of the land will use the properties... 

Department of Public Works to hand over land to black farmers

Grain SA starts aid initiative to assist farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Grain SA has launched a drought aid project aimed at collecting at least 15 000 t of white or yellow maize from its grain-producing members to be distributed to livestock farmers over three to four months. This follows an initiative launched by a group of farmers in the Hoopstad area to raise... 

Grain SA starts aid initiative to assist farmers

Bell, Kobelco forge Southern African excavator alliance

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Earthmoving equipment dealer Bell Equipment has signed an agreement with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery for the exclusive distribution and support of the Kobelco range of excavators in the Southern African region. Bell will complement its extensive product range by... 

Wine of Origin Cape Town set to hit stores across the world

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Wines produced in the surrounds of Cape Town will now be promoted under a new banner – Wine of Origin Cape Town.    A total of 29 wineries, including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal,... 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Tongaat sugar output in recovery after two-year drought

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2017 After two consecutive years of having been impacted by a severe drought, Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production levels across its regions are starting to recover, with the company now edging closer to its full two-million-ton-a-year capacity. Total sugar production is expected to recover over two... 

Tongaat sugar output in recovery after two-year drought

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’
Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter explains the ‘Map-to-a-Million’ initiative. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Paramotor manufacturer Parajet has started the distribution of the Maverick, Volution 3 and Zenith paramotors as well as the Falco paratrike, in South Africa, all of which can be used for recreational flying as well as many other applications including antipoaching and aerial surveillance in... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market
PARAMOTORS The paramotors using a running start are limited to one person

Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500m – MEC

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500-million. "We’ve seen a decline in the volume of wine grapes harvested, in part due to a lack of irrigation water," Winde said in a statement. 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Tongaat Hulett expects 40% increase in FY profit as prices climb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 Local sugar producer Tongaat Hulett expects its operating profit for the year ended March 31 to rise by 40% to R2.3-billion, owing to improved market prices, more effective import protection dynamics in the countries where it operates and higher prices realised for exports. The various sugar... 

Largest standard tractor unveiled to domestic agriculture industry at Nampo

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 The world’s largest standard production tractor, the Fendt 1000 Vario, has this week been launched to the South African market by US agriculture equipment distributor Agco during agriculture trade fair Nampo, held in Bothaville, in the Free State. In addition to the Fendt 1000 Vario, the German... 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone
AUTOMATIC APPLICATION The equipment requires no electrical supply or labour to operate

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2017 A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing to the increased risk of those preferences being revoked ahead... 

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns
Tutwa Consulting Group MD Peter Draper

High Court rejects Farmers Trust’s appeal in fresh produce competition investigation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th May 2017 The High Court of South Africa has dismissed an application by Farmers Trust to set aside the Competition Commission’s search warrant in an investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing conduct by fresh produce market agents. The failed bid followed a search and seizure operation conducted... 

High Court rejects Farmers Trust’s appeal in fresh produce competition investigation

Fire suppression system to be showcased at Nampo

     12th May 2017 Automatic lubrication system manufacturer Lincoln Lubrication South Africa is showcasing its automated lubrication and Muster II fire suppression systems as well as parts and service solutions at the Nampo Harvest Day show, in the Free State, from May 16 to 19. 

Fire suppression system to be showcased at Nampo
Photo by Bloomberg
SPREADER NIPPLE The grease distribution systems from Lincoln Lubrication uses one or more nipples to spread lubrication equally across a system

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

     12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

Robust pump delivers water  on dry days
Photo by Bloomberg
SOLAR POWER The SolarPAK uses solar power to transport water over long distances

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

     12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Revamped stand to  encourage positive  customer experience
TIG WELDER Customers will be able to use some of the welding equipment from Afrox at the show

Nampo Harvest Day allows company to build relationships

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Owing to the agriculture market becoming more technologically advanced, bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) says attending the Nampo Harvest Day will allow the company to build the necessary relationships within the sector. 

New block-making business trailer at Nampo Harvest Day show

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Block making machine manufacturer Hydraform will be launching the new M9 business on a trailer block making machine at Nampo Harvest Day show to be held from May 16 to 19, in the Free State. Hydraform marketing coordinator Ryno Saayman explains that while the M9 business on a trailer block making... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Minister Senzeni Zokwana and NWU Faculty of Engineering Prof LJ Grobler survey the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Vesco Plastics

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated bearings and manufacturer VescoPlastics will be able to machine custom components faster and easier owing to the introduction of a new 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining centre at its factory in Virginia, Free State. 

Vesco Plastics

Agriculture important for economic growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 The continued growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden. 

Agriculture important  for economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
KUBOTA Kubota machines will be at the Smith Power Equipment stand

Nampo provides ideal platform to penetrate region

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 With aspirations to start distribution of its agriculture products across sub-Saharan Africa, Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer believes the Nampo Harvest Day is an ideal platform to promote its products to the market. 

Nampo provides ideal platform to penetrate region
BALE MAKER Agricultural equipment from Vermeer has been used to create hay bales in the Free State

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

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