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Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 2 hours ago Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Agri SA spent R331m on transformation in 2016/17

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Members of agricultural industry association Agri SA spent R331-million on transformation during the 2016/17 financial year and reached an estimated 108 307 beneficiaries, including 55 000 farmers. This is according to the 2018 Agri SA transformation report, which was released on Tuesday, and is... 

SAB, AB InBev on track with five-year public interest commitment investments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2018 South African Breweries (SAB), together with its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has spent R209-million on Public Interest Commitments (PICs) in 2017, with investments in agriculture, enterprise development and societal benefits programmes in South Africa. With the merger of SAB... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Gupta-owned mines' rehabilitation fund case postponed

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 An urgent court application by the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines to reclaim rehabilitation funds worth over R1.7-billion, has been postponed. The money was seized by the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit. Trustees of the rehabilitation funds controlled... 

Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as eSwatini

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. He announced the change to eSwatini, meaning "land of the Swazis", in the local Swati language at Golden Jubilee celebrations of the fifteeth... 

Gauteng province to streamline approval process for projects to boost investment – MEC

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 The Gauteng provincial government is working at streamlining the process of assessing the environmental impact of projects in order to speed up the approval process for businesses and encourage investment, its member of the executive council for economic development, environment, agriculture and... 

SKF offers lever-action grease coupler

19th April 2018 SKF recently released their lever-action coupler. Developed to optimise grease gun lubricant delivery, this coupler is available in two versions – one for battery-powered grease guns and one for manual grease guns. The lever-action coupler tool improves safety and simplifies the manual... 

Bayer commits to provide innovative vector control solutions to help eradicate malaria by 2040

19th April 2018 Today, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Bayer joins with members of the agriculture industry - BASF, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Syngenta - to pledge its ongoing support to the research, development and supply of innovative vector control solutions,... 

Australia to amend $3.9bn infrastructure fund in bid to develop country's north

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Australia will amend the guidelines for a A$5-billion ($3.9-billion) fund that offers loans to build infrastructure in the country's north so it can offer greater support to a broader range of projects, a government minister said on Wednesday. The changes will aid a bid to develop Australia's... 

DA calls for each sector to have its own minimum wage

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The DA has rejected the idea of a "blanket, universal" minimum wage, calling for each sector to have its own minimum wage instead. DA leader Mmusi Maimane, policy head Gwen Ngwenya and labour spokesperson Michael Bagraim briefed the media on the party's policy outcomes adopted at its seventh... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore is losing billionaire allies to Trump's sanctions

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The reach and power of US sanctions are hemming in the world’s largest commodity trader. In just four months, Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has lost two of his closest business allies as President Donald Trump’s aggressive foreign policy hits home, forcing him to cut ties with billionaires Oleg... 

South Africa's growth recovery at risk from lack of policy clarity – SARB

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 South Africa's recent economic growth turnaround is unlikely to last as 2017's boom fades and the outlook for reform remains murky, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday. The South African economy expanded by a surprising 1% in 2017 as agriculture recovered from a drought the year... 

Gauteng open for business as InvestSA OSS launched

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 Boosting investor confidence is critical to positioning South Africa as a premium destination for foreign direct investment. To assist in achieving this, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, together with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, on Tuesday launched the InvestSA One Stop Shop (OSS) in... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies age 81

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, has died on Monday, a Mandela family spokesperson confirmed. The South African politician and anti-apartheid activist died on Monday, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy was worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The foundation noted that the rise was due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in government space... 

Position available - Engineer-Divisional Technical Servces

28th March 2018 Wildeklawer – one of the most prominent pivot irrigation companies in the country and intensely involved with potato, onion, carrot, beetroot and various grain farming activities is well known as a green haven close to Kimberley.  

Gensource inks second offtake accord with potash major

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2018 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has secured a second potash offtake deal in a week with a hitherto unnamed senior North American agriculture industry player. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Gensource said on Tuesday that the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) contemplates the... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

South Africa mulling privatisation in Ramaphosa reform drive – Treasury chief

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Africa will consider partially privatising struggling State-owned companies as part of wide-ranging reforms set in motion by President Cyril Ramaphosa since he came to power last month, the head of the National Treasury said on Saturday. Dondo Mogajane said South Africa was at the end of a... 

Nigeria needs to boost social spending to sustain growth – Gates

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Nigeria needs to boost investment in social infrastructure to lift its population out of poverty and achieve a higher income status, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Reuters on Thursday. Gates said in an interview that his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $1.6-billion... 

South Africa ready to take over Brics Business Council chairmanship

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2018 Africa is set for a decade of "unbelievable growth and prosperity".  This is according to Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the SA chapter of the Brics Business Council, who will take up the annual rotating chairmanship of the overall Brics Business Council (BBC) at the mid-term meeting which takes... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures as high as 90%... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s physical and social infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Headline: It’s proven: business can save on water purification costs by integrating nature-based solutions

22nd March 2018 There is no doubt that drought experienced in most provinces across South Africa has changed livelihood in various ways, including business and environment itself. The scarcity of water, and indeed its value has been proven to be worth even more than fuel per litre: NO WATER-NO LIFE!  Citizens,... 

Water Shortage Relief

22nd March 2018 Bedrock challenges businesses across South Africa to donate water to Western Cape. Kwa-Zulu Natal, March 14, 2018: Bedrock Group and Durban based NPO, Feedy Needy, recently loaded and delivered 16 000L of bottled water to the Western Cape. There are numerous claims that the Western Cape “Water... 

Talk To The Experts When Sizing Transformers

19th March 2018 A range of factors need to be considered when correctly sizing a transformer for optimal performance in any application, according to Ronaldo Bertoldi, engineering manager at WEG Transformers Africa (WTA). Ranked among the largest manufacturers of transformers in South Africa – and serving a... 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

Waste-to-energy significant to Africa’s energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM says waste-to-energy (WtE) electricity conversion can play a significant role in the future of Africa’s energy mix, providing extra support to fossil-fuel baseload power stations.  

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