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Illegal dumping threatens Philippi aquifer

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 34 minutes ago Illegal sand mining, along with dumping in and around the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) poses a huge risk of contamination to the underground Cape Aquifer, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned. At a briefing by the Environment Law Enforcement Unit in the Western Cape Provincial... 

Poultry industry and government to set up task team for bird flu – Zokwana

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 46 minutes ago Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana on Tuesday agreed to set up a task team consisting of representatives from the poultry industry and government to work on scientifically-based considerations regarding vaccination of chickens. Zokwana revealed this in a statement... 

Rezoning plan approved for Jan Karski coking coal project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd August 2017 The Jan Karski coking coal project has cleared another hurdle with the Polish Agriculture Ministry approving the rezoning of 56 ha of agricultural land for industrial use, which will allow for the construction of a mine. The approved spatial development plan is considered a “significant”... 

Opinion: Turning the chicken war into a trade war

     18th August 2017 In this opinion article, XA director Donald Mackay questions why legitimate legal processes are being overlooked in the dispute over European Union chicken imports. Mackay acknowledges that his consultancy is not a disinterested party in the matter. I read the recent fiery opinion piece by... 

Ferguson calls on NT govt to reconsider fracking stance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th August 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Northern Territory government to reconsider its stance on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying an onshore gas industry in the region could deliver new sources of stable, long-term revenue for the Territory... 

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Sustainable partnerships needed to ensure Africa’s food security

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 New approaches and sustainable partnerships are required to ensure food security for Africa’s rapidly urbanising population, says financial services provider Absa senior agricultural economist Wessel Lemmer. According to a January 2017 report by The Sustainable Development Goals Centre for... 

Western Cape confirms presence of H5N8 bird flu

By: Reuters     15th August 2017 South Africa's Western Cape has detected type H5N8 bird flu on two ostrich farms, the province's agriculture department said on Tuesday. The virus is highly pathogenic in birds but considered unlikely to infect humans. 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

On-The-Air (11/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 Technology has been configured that will unleash another mining boom when implemented by the struggling mining industry; A massive 40% of the gold ore in South Africa’s rich gold basin is wastefully left behind because of outdated mining methods; and If platinum ore could be pre-sorted using... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Equipment drives farming sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Forward-thinking livestock farmers who are willing to embrace the use of new equipment in their operations will forge a way forward amid the economic and ecological hardships facing South Africa’s agricultural industry, says Johannesburg-based industrial equipment provider Vermeer Equipment... 

Small farms an economical option in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 While many medium-sized farms have been unable to weather the challenges facing the South African agricultural industry and have consequently been absorbed by larger commercial farms, smaller farmers are proving that it is possible to generate a sustainable income from a modest operation through... 

Stakeholder support integral to urban farming in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 While the appetite for urban farming exists in South Africa, more needs to be done to motivate stakeholders from both the private and public sectors to play a role in creating and growing successful projects that can be translated into sustainable investments, say engineering and infrastructure... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Tanzania Q1 growth slows to 5.7%

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 Tanzanian growth slowed to 5.7% in the first quarter of this year, hurt by slower-than-expected performance of construction, transport, agriculture and the financial services sectors, the statistics office said on Thursday. Growth in the same period of 2016 was 6.8%. 

Informal economy not enough to handle Africa's workforce explosion

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 Unemployment in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy, is running at more than 14% and climbing; in South Africa, the second largest economy, it is over 27%. For youth in both places, it is far more. This may seem bad enough, but according to International Monetary Fund calculations the... 

City published harbour bylaw for public comment

     4th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has made its draft Harbour bylaw available for public comment, proposing to reverse the long-running systematic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW).  

LYC bearing range available from ISO Bearings in September

     4th August 2017 With changes in South Africa’s economic landscape forcing many companies to increase their prices to meet their bottom line goals, bearings supplier ISO Bearings has remained undeterred, continuing to provide flexible pricing solutions that assist its customers in meeting business objectives. The... 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

Trusted-trader accreditation project aims to streamline SADC customs processes

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 A project by trade organisation the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) aims to improve regional trade and lower value-chain costs by deploying a trusted trader-accreditation system, says C-BRTA CEO Sipho Khumalo. The C-BRTA operator compliance accreditation scheme aims to incentivise... 

Variance rates measured in eight metropolitan municipalities

     4th August 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has compared the level of rates and taxes levied in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities of the country which reveals some variance in the cents in the rand rate across the main property types. 

Africa urged to focus on industrialisation to boost economic growth

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2017 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region must diversify away from its reliance on commodities for economic growth and prioritise industrial development, SADC regional standardisation president Dr Eve Gadzikwa said on Wednesday. “Industrialisation can contribute to transformation... 

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

Reserve Bank governor warns of deeper recession

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago warned on Tuesday that the country’s economic recession could deepen unless there was policy certainty on mining and agriculture, the two sectors that contributed to growth in the first quarter. “At the moment these two sectors are facing... 

Agriculture a significant growth area for Africa

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2017 Agriculture is the largest economic growth sector for Africa, New Partnership for Africa's Development business foundation CEO Lynette Chen said at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation Week on Monday. She pointed out that less than 10% of arable land in Africa was... 

Tourism to add 300 000 jobs by 2026

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2017 With South African tourism providing entry into Africa, especially through business tourism opportunities, the sector deserves more support and recognition, says Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, who spoke at the second Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference on Friday. “The prospects for... 

Africa urged to focus on attracting more FDI

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2017 Improving the quality of life for people in Africa is a key goal of the African Development Bank and this will require the continent to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI). Addressing delegates at the second Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference, in Midrand, on Friday, University... 

NSW planning commission highlights concerns about Kepco coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th July 2017 The New South Wales Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) has raised concerns around the proposed 6.5-million-tonne-a-year Bylong coal project being developed by Korea’s Kepco. In its review of the proposed project, which will consist of two opencut mines with an expected mine life of around... 

AfDB in $2bn project finance pact

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen their partnership at country level and jointly contribute to $2-billion over the next three years to finance projects in agriculture, food security, renewable energy, small... 

Desalination will ensure enough water for farming 

By: Kelvin Kemm     28th July 2017 Some good news of the past few days has been that South Africa will once again be exporting maize. The reason is that we had good rains over the maize growing areas.  During 2015 and 2016, South Africa imported maize because of drought conditions. This year, the national Crop Estimation Committee... 

Technology, digital solutions part of Botswana firm’s microfinance arsenal as it expands across Africa 

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 Botswana-based microfinance company Letshego Holdings, which operates in 11 African countries, aims to use technology and digital solutions to affect economic redress in Africa and provide financial inclusion for the continent’s most underserved markets. Letshego MD Chris Low explains that the... 

UP researchers join fight against avian flu

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2017 With four South African farms having been hit by the current bird flu outbreak, University of Pretoria (UP) researchers have joined the poultry industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to contain the highly pathogenic avian influenza, or H5N8 variant of bird flu.... 

DPI Trading to exhibit at SABI Congress 2017 in Somerset West

     25th July 2017 DPI Trading, which is able to partner with irrigation engineers to promote its extensive product range and value-add support services, will exhibit at the South African Irrigation Institute (SABI) Congress 2017 from 1 to 3 August at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West in the Western Cape.... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

FNB economists welcome interest rates cut

By: African News Agency      21st July 2017 Economists on Friday welcomed the decreased interest rates, saying that it would have a positive impact on many sectors of the economy, including agriculture, investment, and franchising. This comes after the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) announced on Thursday, that the Monetary Policy... 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

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