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South Africa's neighbours ban poultry imports after bird flu outbreak

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on Tuesday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu. South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms. South Africa and... 

Omnia FY17 results pinched by tough economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported a drop in headline earnings a share to 881c for the year ended March 31, from 944c in the prior financial year, owing to a tough economic environment. This resulted in an 8% drop in its profit before tax, to R856-million. 

Omnia profit drops against tough economic backdrop

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 South African diversified chemicals maker Omnia Holdings' full-year profit dropped 7% as a tough economic environment hit its mining and chemicals divisions, the company said on Tuesday. Headline earnings per share (EPS), the main profit measure in South Africa that strips out certain one-off... 

NAMC appoints new board members

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minster Senzeni Zokwana has appointed ten new members to the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). The new NAMC board includes agribusiness specialists and entrepreneurs Sindile Faku, Fezeka Mkile, Happy Mohane, Boikanyo Mokgatle, Nonie Mokose, Diale... 

Fashion holds significant opportunity for Africa’s small businesses

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2017 Leveraging Africa’s textiles and clothing industry, interspersed with the fashion industry, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) new Fashionomics platform has the potential to create more jobs, stimulate the development of small businesses and generate millions in economic contributions over... 

Western Cape dam levels recover, but only slightly

By: African News Agency      26th June 2017 Dam levels in the Western Cape have seen a slight increase, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday. Dam levels have increase to 22.8 percent, which is still far off the dam levels of 35.4 percent this time last year. 

Kaap Agri lists on JSE

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2017 Agricultural retailer Kaap Agri has listed on the JSE’s main board. “Listing on the JSE helps make Kaap Agri visible to a wider investor audience, which will draw in additional liquidity. The listing will also provide a platform for Kaap Agri to use its script for accretive merger and acquisition... 

South Africa imposes countrywide ban of sale of live hens to contain avian flu

By: Reuters     26th June 2017 South Africa has placed a general ban on the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to control an outbreak of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu, but no humans have been affected, the government said on Monday. Exports of processed poultry products, live chickens and fresh produce... 

Workers at South Africa's Illovo sugar farms to strike over pay

By: Reuters     26th June 2017 Around 1 000 workers at sugar producer Illovo are set to go on strike over wages and other benefits after talks with employers broke down, the trade union representing the staff said on Sunday. "The Food and Allied Workers Union and employers from eight Illovo farms in Kwa-Zulu Natal province... 

Bobcat Equipment South Africa to grow rental, aftermarket offering

     23rd June 2017 Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group, will leverage its main complementary brands to drive growth in the rental and aftermarket segments, according to incoming Managing Director Barry Owen. With close over 100 machines on rental in the Johannesburg area alone, Owen highlights... 

Highly pathogenic avian influenza isolated on South African farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2017 A farm near Villiers is being quarantined and some 28 000 birds are being culled after a highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 type – the first in South Africa – was found on the Vaal river property. The Mpumalanga Veterinary Authority is on site assisting with quarantine implementation,... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Syspro, Prophix team up to tackle lucrative African growth markets

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Homegrown enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider Syspro and Canada-based corporate performance management (CPM) multinational Prophix Software have entered into a global partnership to provide a broad range of services to their combined set of clients in growth markets, particularly... 

Maile’s 2017 budget to focus on jobs

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2017 Gauteng will continue its focus on intervening decisively to resolve the bottlenecks facing various industry sectors to save and create jobs at a time when the unemployment rate in the province remains high. Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Thursday... 

Airborne Drones’ top recommendations for using drones to improve your business

     21st June 2017 The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by... 

One billion rand boost for the agriculture production sector to be revealed during South Africa’s premier food expo

     21st June 2017 Trade & Industry Minister Rob Davies will reveal full details of the new dti Agro-processing Support Scheme at a special presentation at Africa’s Big 7 next week The Department of Trade & Industry (dti) has chosen Africa’s premier food and beverage event to announce its one billion boost for... 

Continent-wide digital skills development initiative aims to train half a million young Africans in one week

     20th June 2017 The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training.   Inaugurated in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social... 

Brazilian agency providing remote sensing training for African countries

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE – National Institute for Space Research) has been providing training for Earth observation (EO) specialists from African and other countries (in Asia and Latin America), under its Capacitree programme, which is a capacity-building project... 

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. 

Expanding drone market holds big investment and job potential

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 Large market value and a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from agriculture, mining, transport and logistics, to filmmaking are being disrupted by remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as drones, according to professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

South Africa might not reach 2017 growth projection – Gigaba

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Owing to poor economic developments in recent months, including three ratings downgrades, South Africa may not realise its expected 2017 growth projection of 1.3%, according to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, who spoke at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday. Ratings agency Fitch this month... 

10 ways to use drones to improve your business

     15th June 2017 The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by... 

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... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

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... 

Tanzania signs $154m contract with Chinese firm to expand main port

By: Reuters     12th June 2017 Tanzania's government signed a $154-million contract on Saturday with the state-run China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand the main port in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transform the country... 

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... 

Bids sought for construction and rehab of Malawi water supply schemes

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th June 2017 Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is inviting bids for the construction and rehabilitation of gravity-fed water supply schemes in Rumphi district, in the Northern Region, and in Nkhotakota district, in the Central Region. The assignment will be financed by the... 

Reducing inequality through inclusive agro-allied industrialisation

     9th June 2017 Much has been said regarding the level of poverty in Africa. But why are we poor? We are poor mainly because of the increasing risk of self-reinforcing poverty conditions in rural economies, which have manifested themselves in the wide gap between the urban and rural economies in African... 

Chamber of Mines not lulled by 12.8% growth in mining sector in Q1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Positive international macroeconomic trends over the last few months should have had a greater positive outcome for the local mining sector than the 12.8% improvement recorded in the first quarter, as reported in Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA’s) latest gross domestic product (GDP)... 

South African economy enters recession as Q1 GDP contracts 0.7% 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.7% in the first quarter of the year, pushing the country in a technical recession. This followed on the 0.3% contraction in GDP in the fourth quarter of last year. 

Mining, industrial and agricultural trade show supports diversification

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 Although Zambia is the largest copper producer in Africa and seventh largest globally, in recent years the copper sector has been hit hard by falling commodity prices. This has driven a need to diversify the country’s economy. Solid growth is forecast for Zambia’s mining between 2017 and 2021,... 

Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2017 With South Africa facing even more dire water shortages than expected, the need for desalination is vital and should be at the forefront of government plans, according to local water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton. “Desalination is a critical component. It is... 

SKF extends market reach with appointment of new Automotive Distributor

     5th June 2017 SKF South Africa’s appointment of Torre Parts and Components (Pty) Ltd as the official Automotive Distributor for South and Southern Africa follows the recent acquisition by Torre Parts and Components of Top Class Automotive (Pty) Ltd. “SKF pledges continued support of both Top Class Automotive... 

New close-coupled pump from KSB

     5th June 2017 KSB Pumps and Valves recently added the new generation Etabloc close-coupled pump range to its line-up of efficient water pumps.  The newly enhanced series comprises 43 pump sizes, which can be driven by either 2-pole or 4-pole motors. With further additions to the selection chart, the pump size... 

SAB puts youth entrepreneurship in the spotlight as it announces SAB Kickstart finalists

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 South African Breweries (SAB) has announced the ten finalists for the 2016 class of its youth entrepreneurship programme, SAB KickStart Boost.   Up to R3.1-million in business support and funding has been awarded between the finalists.    SAB KickStart Boost provides established businesses... 

Trump 'has a point' on China's cheap aluminium, Glencore CEO says

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 Donald Trump “has a point” in criticising China’s trade in aluminium and steel as cheap power has effectively been a subsidy to Chinese producers, said Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg. Trump should be pragmatic in dealing with China, given that it imports a lot of US goods, said Glasenberg... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

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