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DAFF pledges support for a game changing NWU food and energy security project

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project at the North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

South Africa considers strategic grain reserve as possible El Nino looms – Zokwana

By: Reuters     26th April 2017 South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer, hard hit by an El Nino-triggered drought last year, is considering a strategic reserve as a buffer against future shortages, its agriculture minister told Reuters. Neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia have such reserves, but it... 

New Remote Terminal Unit expands scope for telecontrol applications

     25th April 2017 • Simple implementation and monitoring of measurement stations for process data • Cyclically controlled and event-driven transmission of process values • Flexible link to control center and rapid integration in Sinaut plants • Web-based engineering simplifies commissioning The new Remote Terminal... 

See the new 3D software system that revolutionises fluid transfer next month in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Meet Jamie van Schoor who has introduced to Africa PumpSim, which allows engineers to build a pipe and pump network that simulates pressures and flows… all in a virtual world. INDUTEC 2017 will offer visitors the chance to sample first hand an exciting new 3D modelling programme that plans all... 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

Plans unveiled for 300-m-tall Nairobi skyscraper

By: John Muchira     21st April 2017 Real estate company Hass Group has unveiled plans to build what will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Nairobi, Kenya. The $191-million Hass Tower will be built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCECC). It will be 300 m tall and will have 67 storeys. 

South Africa’s space agency to support key Nepad programmes

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and Nepad signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday under which the former will support various programmes of the latter with Earth observation products and services. (Nepad originally stood for New Partnership for Africa’s... 

Mugabe impatient over pace of mining reform

By: Reuters     18th April 2017 Zimbabwe's mining industry needs to be "reorganised" so that it contributes more towards the African country's economy, President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday. Although he did not give details on what form the transformation would take, his government has, in recent years, pressured mining firms... 

World's nutrient-poor farms get a vitamin boost from zinc mines

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2017 Injecting an industrial metal back into the ground could prove a boon for farmers and miners alike. The metal is zinc. Used mostly to reduce corrosion in iron and steel, zinc also is needed in trace amounts to keep humans and plants healthy. Without it in their diets, people are prone to... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

     14th April 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Fire damage to Western Cape agri sector nearly R200m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The Western Cape Department of Agriculture says that, based on questionnaires distributed to farmers in the region, around R192.3-million in fire damage has been reported in the Hessequa and George regions. “We received feedback from 79 farms. The data shows that infrastructure, crops, livestock,... 

Manufacturing output contracts 3.6% y/y in Feb

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing output contracted by 3.6% year-on-year in February. The largest contributors to the decline were the petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastics and food and beverages sectors. 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Rio Tinto delivers on climate targets with big emissions cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered on its climate change targets, with the company having slashed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by more than a quarter since 2008. The global mining group has reduced its GHG emissions intensity by 20.3% from 2008 to 2015, exceeding a 10%... 

BMI forecasts change in commodity demand up to 2050

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Structural macroeconomic and industry shifts will contribute to changing demand patterns for various commodities over the coming decades, says research firm BMI. “We believe demand for commodities such as coal, iron-ore, steel and fertilisers will slow over the years to 2050, while demand for... 

Thebe invests in online auction house

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Thebe Investment Corporation has acquired a majority stake in privately owned auction provider Clear Asset – a move that creates a leading black-owned online auction house.  Clear Asset focuses on the auction of mining, construction, maritime, agriculture and other heavy-duty assets. 

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

Mali ratifies Kigali Amendment on phasing out greenhouse-gas emissions 

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Mali has ratified the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydro-fluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency has announced. “We urge more countries to follow suit in order to protect our climate,”... 

Incledon appoints Craig Rankin as its new Group Managing Director

     3rd April 2017 Quality fluid-conveyance solutions provider Incledon has announced the appointment of Craig Rankin as its new Group Managing Director. Rankin has been Chief Financial Officer at Incledon to date. Incledon is a member of the Distribution and Warehousing Network (DAWN) Group. His career has seen... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Western Cape budgets for drought relief

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The Western Cape government has set aside R797-million for its Department of Agriculture in the 2017/18 financial year. Of this, R47-million was allocated towards drought relief, with a special focus on emerging entrepreneurs. “In 2015, South Africa recorded its lowest rainfall in a calendar year... 

South Africa has real bio-energy potential

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal engineer Crescent Mushwana at the launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria on Friday. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Competition Commission raids fresh produce market agents 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 The Competition Commission on Thursday morning conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of nine fresh produce market agents suspected of involvement in alleged cartel and price-fixing conduct in contravention of the Competition Act. The operation formed part of an investigation... 

Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

Climate change could have devastating effect on citrus crops

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 Climate change could have a drastic effect on South Africa’s citrus crops, as pests, such as the Asian citrus psyllid, which causes the citrus greening disease, emerge in Africa. Speaking at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, on Friday, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)... 

DAFF to assist agricultural sector increase production  

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) plans to boost agricultural production, which was severely affected by the drought in recent years. Addressing delegates at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, Gauteng, on Friday, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

PPI lower than expected this year

     17th March 2017 Growth in agricultural and manufactured food prices continues to lose momentum, which is reflected in South African headline producer price inflation (PPI) slowing to 5.9% year-on-year in January from an upwardly revised 7.1% in December, says multinational bank BNP Paribas. The January figure... 

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential 

     16th March 2017 The vegetable garden on the roof of the Kotze street shelter, in Braamfontein, is part of a pilot project series of urban gardens to improve food security for the more vulnerable people in the city. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Engen’s partnership with Corner Bakery promises Zambians poultry and motion

     16th March 2017 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products began trading in Zambia 20 years ago. With the strategic acquisition of a leading competitor and the subsequent rebranding of the business, Engen was able to fast-track the growth of its service station... 

Parker Hannifin Celebrates 100 Years

     14th March 2017 After a Century of Growth and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Spirit of Founder Art Parker Lives On at This Global Engineering Powerhouse Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on March 13, 1917 and... 

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