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Conference demonstrates company’s commitment to clients

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Alternative building solutions developer Hydraform International held a two-day conference on its business development plan for existing and prospective clients at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, in Boksburg, last month. Themed ‘Hydraform: Committed to your Journey’, the... 

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

Mozambique steel  plant acquired by South African manufacturer
APPROVED ACQUISITION Cementing the deal are Capital Africa Steel CEO Edwin Hewitt, LionSteel CEO David Scheepers and LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse

Pneumatics firm says new SA office will serve as African springboard

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Pneumatics technology company SMC Pneumatics launched its South African head office in Midrand on April 21, thereby extending its ability to service global markets. The company states that its new South African office will serve to expand the company’s future prospects of expansion into Africa. 

Pneumatics firm says new SA office will serve as African springboard
HEAD OFFICE SMC Pneumatics’ new South African head office in Midrand

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Thursday signed an agreement with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) to boost business opportunities and transfer skills between India and Africa. The two organisations would work together to boost... 

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The European Union (EU) has announced plans to partially relax citrus black spot (CBS) regulations on fruit exported from South Africa from June 1. The European Commission decided earlier this month that South African citrus exports destined exclusively for industrial processing into juice would... 

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

By: Tracy Hancock     16th May 2016 JSE-listed Astral Foods stated on Monday that the decrease in headline earnings from R387-million for the previous year's first six months to R299-million for the period under review was attributable to lower profits from the poultry division following mainly drought-related increases in feed... 

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

Swaziland bans cheaper SA maize imports amid worsening drought

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 The Swaziland government is enforcing a ban on buying and importing cheaper maize from South Africa amid worsening drought conditions in that country, the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) said on Wednesday. In a statement the SSN said the ban could not have come at a worse time as the drought... 

Swaziland bans cheaper SA maize imports amid worsening drought

South Africa needs to be more wary of upcoming ratings reviews

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 While a general sigh of relief and commendations circled industry and government following South Africa’s avoidance of a downgrade by ratings agency Moody’s on Friday, BNP Paribas Securities market economist Jeffrey Schultz warned that pressure from fellow ratings firm Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s)... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016
JACOB QUICK CONNECT CLAMP Roff Industries says the use of the JQC clamp halves installation time and reduces labour costs and downtime

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Extrusion technology manufacturer CFAM Technologies will return to Nampo this year to exhibit its cost-saving food- and feed-processing technologies. CFAM director and North West University (NWU) Faculty of Engineering dean Professor LJ Grobler says the company will showcase its range of twin... 

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo
THE FUTURE OF FEED CFAM Technologies believes that their twin-screw extruders produce higher quality feed

Data protection must be compatible with global flows – Unctad

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2016 Outdated, incompatible or missing national and regional legal frameworks to protect data in the digital economy will become problematic for the future integration of developing countries into the global economy, and threaten the benefits they could derive from cross-border e-commerce, says The... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Power Products (GPP) – which has been supplying equipment to the agricultural industry for several years –  will for the first time, showcase its comprehensive and affordable product range at the Nampo Harvest Day event, held from May 17 to 20. “As... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles  at Nampo 2016
RATO FERTILISER PUMP One of the many products that Goscor Power Products will have on display

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier MultiOne SA is looking to impress agriculture stakeholders by showcasing and demonstrating its top of the line range of agricultural loaders and its agricultural specific attachments at Nampo Harvest Day 2016. The company notes that Nampo – one of the largest... 

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo
CREAM OF THE CROP MultiOne SA believes its 10 Series mini loader offers performance and capabilities far beyond anything currently available

Manufacturer to focus on drought relief initiative

     6th May 2016 At this year’s Nampo (or National Maize Producers Organisation) Harvest Day, components manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be focusing on its  ‘Feed a Farmer/Voer ‘n Boer’ initiative, in addition to exhibiting its extensive range of agricultural components. BMG agricultural manager Carlo... 

Manufacturer to  focus on drought  relief initiative
A HELPING HAND The Feed a Farmer initiative by BMG helps sustain farmers that have been badly affected by the drought

Software company to showcase farm management system

     6th May 2016 Specialised software developer DFM Software Solutions has developed a range of end-user applications (apps) for the agricultural market, and will be displaying these apps at Nampo 2016. DFM notes that with the burden of rising costs and the drop in market-related incomes, many farmers are seeking... 

Software company to showcase  farm management system
MB4000 FARM MANAGEMENT PACKAGE DFM Software Solutions most comprehensive application helps users compile reports on planting details, irrigation, production and more

Supplier to unveil new brand identity at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) will be unveiling its new brand identity to the agricultural sector at this year’s NAMPO (National Maize Producers’ Organisation) Harvest Day expo organised by Grain SA. 

Supplier to unveil  new brand identity  at Nampo 2016
NEW LOOK FOR NAMPO The new Bearings International brand includes a streamlined logo and new corporate livery

Tyrexpo Africa introduces new knowledge exchange platforms

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 To tap into opportunities of the South African automotive industry transforming itself into a global engine for the manufacturing and export of vehicles and components, the tyres, automotive repairs and maintenance and accessories exhibition Tyrexpo Africa introduced three new business segments... 

DTI invites companies to participate in West Africa trade mission

By: Anine Kilian     29th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited companies to participate in a trade and investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria from August 8 to 12.   Companies in the agriculture and agroprocessing sectors, built environment professionals, automotive and automotive components, energy,... 

DTI invites companies to participate in West Africa trade mission
Photo by Duane Dawes
Mzwandile Masina

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th April 2016 One of the key messages to emerge ahead of the review of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating is that the country needs to outline the practical actions it will take to reignite growth, which has more or less petered out in recent years, with few expecting the economy to expand by better than... 

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

Company prepared for civil projects decrease
NO GROWING PAINS Chryso SA CEO Norman Seymore explains his company's continued growth despite depressed market conditions

Outdoor element enhances exhibition

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 This year marks the first indoor/outdoor expo at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – ranked first among construction stakeholders for its relevant and strategic content, according to a 2015 survey – which will be held from May 9 to 11 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in... 

Outdoor element enhances exhibition
AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION & TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO Where Africa's concrete, cement and Construction industries meet

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 State-owned company the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) is partnering with the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in a municipal property development project valued at R12-billion, which aims to enhance the use of municipal-owned land within the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s)... 

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment
PARTNERSHIP DEAL Helen Botes and Neil Gopal shake hands at the announcement of the property development programme

Quality of cement imports questionable, says industry body

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Cement and concrete advisory body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie is concerned about the quality and metrology of cement imports. He explains that all cement has to be certified by a body approved by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS)  as being compliant with... 

Quality of cement  imports questionable,  says industry body
BRYAN PERRIE The Concrete Institute MD says sample tests have shown that some cement imports are of an inferior quality.

South African power solutions firm expands into Namibia

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 South African power solution and data centre specialist Master Power Technologies last month opened a branch in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of its growth strategy in Africa. The new office complements the Master Power branches successfully operating in Kitwe and Lusaka, in Zambia, as well as in... 

South Africa committed to win-win trade with Iran, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      25th April 2016 South Africa is a reliable partner committed to an equitable economic partnership with Iran on a win-win basis, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. South Africa had categorically condemned the imposition of unilateral sanctions against Iran and applauded the recent lifting of many of these... 

South Africa committed to win-win trade with Iran, says Zuma
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

US poultry a win for South African consumers – council

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 "We are thrilled to be back in the South African market after about 17 years," Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) told Fin24 during his visit to Cape Town this week. About 17 years ago the USAPEEC was put out of the SA market due to a complaint of dumping by... 

US poultry a win for South African consumers – council

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

SA defence company partners Saudi Arabian counterpart in new factory

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

Botswana companies fail to reap benefits from Agoa

By: African News Agency      21st April 2016 Only two out of the 13 Botswana companies that signed to take up preferential trade opportunities with the United States through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act at its inception in 2000 have prospered through the trade deal, the government has announced. Addressing delegates at a US... 

Botswana companies fail to reap benefits from Agoa

DTI industrialisation goal boosted by R57bn in private-sector investment

By: Ilan Solomons     20th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leveraging R57.1-billion in private-sector investment, through various incentive schemes, to support local industrialisation efforts, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who delivered his Budget Vote on Wednesday. The Minister noted that... 

DTI industrialisation goal boosted by R57bn in private-sector investment

Denel to sign two landmark agreements with Malaysia counterparts

By: Samantha Herbst     20th April 2016  State-owned defence industrial group Denel will be signing two landmark agreements with counterparts in the Malaysian industry during this week’s Defence Asia Exhibition – DSA2016 – in Kuala Lumpur.   The agreements formed part of the offset arrangements contained in the 2012 contract to supply... 

Denel to sign two landmark agreements with Malaysia counterparts
Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who attended the... 

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON The Northern Cape hosts 100% of the CSP and 65% of the solar PV capacity procured in the REIPPPP bid windows

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

Trade conditions in negative territory for fifth consecutive month – Sacci

By: Samantha Herbst     14th April 2016 Current drought conditions, rising prices and the uncertain political situation in South Africa have contributed to shrinking trade margins and other seasonal factors impeding local business, causing trade conditions in March to remain in negative territory for the fifth consecutive month,... 

Trade conditions in negative territory for fifth consecutive month – Sacci

Indonesia grants South Africa ‘Country of Recognition’ status for horticultural products

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2016 South Africa this week further opened up the export potential of the country’s deciduous fruit to Indonesia after the Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency granted South Africa “Country of Recognition” status for the food safety control system blanketing various horticultural products. The... 

Indonesia grants South Africa ‘Country of Recognition’ status for horticultural products

CIPC, Nedbank partner to ease registration process for small businesses  

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2016 Nedbank, together with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the Department of Trade and Industry, on Tuesday launched the fully automated CIPC Online Web portal, allowing business owners to register a business and open a business bank account in one process. The service... 

CIPC, Nedbank partner to ease registration process for small businesses
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role
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