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Gauteng promotes trade potential, investment attractiveness

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago The Gauteng City Region (GCR) is continuing its efforts to grow trade and investment in South Africa’s most populous province and stimulate national economic growth. “The GCR is strategically located on the African continent, this makes it a key investment destination for the rest of the world... 

Monsanto opens revamped plant breeding centre 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 1 hour 45 minutes ago Sustainable agriculture company Monsanto on Friday opened its R15-million renovated breeding centre, in Petit, near Benoni. The breeding centre is located on a 300 ha maize farm and hosts new offices, which are more than double the size of the original office, and an audiovisual boardroom that... 

AfDB highlights importance of water security in supporting African growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th September 2016 Water is central to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) states senior adviser on inclusive and green growth to the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Professor Kevin Urama. Speaking at the beginning of this month at World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden, the... 

Agricultural WTO market access permits

By: Riaan de Lange     30th September 2016 As I do every year, in this article I reflect on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' (DAFF's) notification of the applications for market access permits in terms of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement, which was published in the Government Gazette of September 16. This... 

Eskom, IDC to collaborate on validating use of vegetable oils in utility transformers

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement at a technical workshop at the Eskom Academy of Learning, in Midrand, to complete feasibility studies to enable the adoption and use of natural esters, or vegetable oils, as... 

National Treasury developing contingency plans for possible Brexit effects on S Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2016 The National Treasury is busy discussing the possible impact on the South African economy of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), known as “Brexit” for short. At the moment, it is not at all clear what the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU will look like. The UK is... 

Kenya to pick contractor for minerals survey by December – Minister

By: Reuters     28th September 2016 Kenya will appoint a company by December to conduct a year-long airborne survey to map its mineral deposits to attract mining explorers to the nascent sector, Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu said on Wednesday. Kazungu said the ministry has initial funding of three-billion shillings... 

Engen joins forces with SAVTEC to give first engines a second life

     28th September 2016 Engen’s long heritage within the Agricultural sector is built upon a tradition of quality that has seen the company consistently recognised as the preferred fuels and lubricants brand for farmers in South Africa. Combining this decades long association with its drive to develop the technical... 

South Africa to export pigeon peas, pork, mango to India

By: SANews, SA government news service     27th September 2016 As part of ongoing efforts by member States to improve intra-Brics trade, South Africa has been granted an opportunity to export pigeon peas also known as cajanus cajan, pork, mango and persimmons to India. India for its part has expressed an interest to import pickled sheep skins from South... 

OceanaGold's shares hit on Philippine audit outcome

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2016 Shares in Melbourne-headquartered OceanaGold fell 8% on Tuesday before trading was halted, after the Philippine government’s nationwide environmental mine audit recommended the suspension of the company’s flagship Didipio gold and copper mine on the island of Luzon. The environmental check-up,... 

AfDB aims to lend Nigeria $4.1bn for power and farming

By: Reuters     27th September 2016 The African Development Bank is looking to provide a total of $4.1-billion to Nigeria over 2016 and 2017, its president said on Monday, as Africa's biggest economy seeks to bridge its budget deficit and improve weak infrastructure. Akinwumi Adesina said the funds would be used to develop the... 

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd September 2016 The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure that small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in townships have... 

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

Emerging economies to drive global speciality chemicals growth

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2016 The consumption of speciality chemicals globally is expected to increase by 5% between 2015 and 2019, driven primarily by emerging markets, says Frost & Sullivan Chemicals Materials and Food Industry analyst Constance Nyambayo. Countries that have traditionally been at the forefront of the... 

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro 

     21st September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro recently pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture.  

Sugar tax to leave secondary industries desolate – association

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) has called on the National Treasury to reconsider its intention to introduce a tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) by April next year, saying that, not only will it have an adverse effect on the beverages industry, but also widespread ramifications... 

Rolfes’ Bragan acquisition leads to major profit increase  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2016 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Group’s acquisition of Bragan Chemicals – an importer and distributor of speciality products in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries –helped the company achieve a 91% increase in headline earnings, from R41-million to R79-million,... 

Agribusiness confidence index experiences uptick in Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 After remaining below 50 index points for five consecutive quarters, the Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index recovered significantly by 13 index points to 60 in the third quarter of this year. This is the highest reading since the third quarter of 2014. An... 

DTI partially reopens manufacturing incentive after months of inactivity

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has announced the partial reopening of the popular Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), the Department of Trade an Industry’s (DTI’s) flagship cross-industry incentive scheme, which has been suspended since October 2015, owing to... 

On-The-Air (16/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro this week pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture; Anglo American Platinum has taken another firm step towards establishing the fuel cell as a new clean force in transport and electricity generation; The... 

Commodities may end 2016 with whimper after first-half rally

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2016 For commodities, 2016 started with a bang. If history is any guide, it will end with a whimper. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, tracking returns for 22 components, is heading for a third-quarter slump after posting consecutive gains in the first two periods. Since the data begins in 1991, that’s... 

Nuclear-powered desalination a possible solution to SA’s water woes

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th September 2016 People in the area falling under the Kouga municipality are becoming worried that the drought is continuing. This area is in the Eastern Cape and stretches inland from around Jeffrey’s Bay, St Francis Bay and Oyster Bay. It is a rich agricultural area and the prime dairy producing area of the... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

Govt to review National Landcare Programme

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th September 2016 The federal government has announced a review of its delivery arrangements for the National Landcare Progamme to ensure it is effective and continues to target natural resource management priorities. The government is investing A$1-billion over four years to support better natural resource... 

Bayer clinches Monsanto with improved $66bn bid

By: Reuters     14th September 2016 German drugs and crop chemicals company Bayer has won over US seeds firm Monsanto with an improved takeover offer of $66-billion including debt, ending months of wrangling after increasing its bid for a third time. The $128 a share deal announced on Wednesday, up from Bayer's previous offer of... 

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2016 The vast tracts of land and abundant water supply held by mining companies around their mines should be used for community development through agriculture. “We sit on land, vast land. We sit on water resources, where because of new legislative requirements, we have to make sure that we put in... 

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

Agri SA calls on government to provide drought assistance to farmers

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for emergency assistance from government, either as State guarantees or direct assistance through the structures of the Land Bank, agribusinesses or special purpose vehicles, to assist farmers affected by the ongoing drought. In a statement... 

PotashCorp, Agrium to merge, creating $36bn company

By: Reuters     12th September 2016 Canada's Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan agreed to merge to create the world's largest fertiliser company and navigate a severe industry slump, assuming the deal can first overcome close regulatory scrutiny. PotashCorp shareholders will own 52% of the new company, with Agrium... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     9th September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town on Thursday. The Future Water... 

800-plus exhibitors to showcase their products, services at Electra Mining 2016

By: Ilan Solomons     9th September 2016 It has become increasingly important for mining equipment and service providers to attend trade shows to benefit from increased marketing opportunities amid the difficult operating conditions in the global mining industry, says Electra Mining Africa 2016 show organiser Specialised Exhibitions... 

Old Mutual to increase agriculture, real estate investment through Nigerian partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 Asset management group Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIG) plans to expand its commercial real estate and agriculture footprints in Africa through a partnership with wealth fund the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The partnership, signed in Abuja, Nigeria, last month, will allow... 

$35bn in pledges to Africa’s green revolution

By: African News Agency      8th September 2016 Heads of State and leaders of global organisations and companies dug deep on Wednesday to support the transformation of agriculture in Africa with pledges of more than $35-billion in additional funding. Strive Masiyiwa, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, told a gala dinner... 

KwaZulu-Natal Growth Coalition bemoans political, economic uncertainty

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2016 Government needs to provide strong leadership, political and economic certainty and a return to the values of post-1994 South Africa if it is to partner with business to unlock growth opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal. This was the strong message from businessperson and KwaZulu-Natal Growth... 

NCPC-SA confident industry will meet carbon emissions reduction targets

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2016 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has, through its industrial energy efficiency project, assisted industry to reduce its carbon emissions by two-million tons since 2011, allowing it to confidently commit to meeting the industry target of a 6% reduction by 2020,... 

Big bet on agriculture pays off for African nations

By: African News Agency      6th September 2016 A decade of paying intense attention to farming has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, according to a report released by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at the UN’s African headquarters on Tuesday. Analysis of AGRA’s 2016 African... 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

     6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

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