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Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Former Land Bank CEO convicted of fraud

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 The specialised commercial crimes court in Pretoria has convicted former Land Bank CEO Philemon Radichaba Mohlahlane and three others of defrauding the bank of at least R6 million in a case dating back to 2012. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, said... 

On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Shaw Controls ISO certified  

     18th January 2018 Motor control centre manufacturer Shaw Controls, a Zest WEG group company, is now a proud ISO 9000:2015 certified local manufacturing facility. Shannon de Ryhove has the story. 

What the Amended B-BBEE codes mean for your industry

     17th January 2018 Amended B-BBEE Sector Codes and What they Mean for your Industry   The Department of Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies recently announced amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes.   While these amendments have been long awaited and look to constantly improve... 

Harvest to expand Arapua fertiliser capacity

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Brazil-focused fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals is planning a significant expansion at its Arapua fertiliser project, with the addition of four knife mills and associated infrastructure that will push production capacity above the 320 000 t/y level. The LSE Aim-listed company announced on... 

Treading Carefully On N2 Contract To Preserve Mangrove Forests

     15th January 2018 In one of the largest permit applications to go through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in recent years, Concor Infrastructure has worked with specialist consultants to reduce its environmental footprint on the N2 national freeway contract north of Mtunzini in... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said. With three quarters of Canadian exports... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Centerra finally receives Turkish pastureland permit

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has received the Turkish pastureland permit for its Öksüt growth project, paving the way for the project’s future development. The Toronto-based company advised on Thursday that its Turkish subsidiary Öksüt Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret (Omas) took receipt of... 

Opic executive VP tours Togo to see thermal power plant

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 US government agency Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) VP David Bohigian met with Togolese Prime Minister Komi Klassou on Wednesday to tour the Opic-supported Lomé thermal power plant, which has tripled the country's energy supply.   US-based ContourGlobal built the plant in Togo... 

Nutrien gains on first trading day as Agrium, PotashCorp complete merger

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of freshly minted fertiliser producer, distributor and retailer Nutrien gained nearly 6% on Tuesday – its first trading day following closure of the transaction on New Year’s day. The ‘merger of equals’ has created a new top-tiered fertiliser company with a total market... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Volunteers restore, relaunch iconic Apple Express tourism train 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 A group of Port Elizabeth-based railway enthusiasts has painstakingly restored and successfully relaunched the iconic Apple Express tourist steam train. The two-foot narrow gauge steam train made its maiden trip at 09:00 on December 26, carrying fare-paying passengers between the city’s Kings... 

Ericsson Mobility Report: 17 million 5G subscriptions in the Middle East and north Africa by 2023

     15th December 2017 According to the latest regional appendix to the latest Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) Mobility Report, the first 5G subscriptions in the Middle East and north Africa region are expected during the period 2020 to 2022, reaching around 17 million subscriptions by 2023. 

Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stark warning on climate change at a meeting in Paris, urging political and business leaders to launch an urgent new phase in the fight against global warming. "We are losing the battle," Macron said at Tuesday's " One Planet " summit.  "We must all... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels' 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

South African poultry group calls for probe of forced labour in Brazil

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 South Africa's poultry industry body has asked the government to investigate allegations of forced labour in the sector in Brazil, the world's largest poultry exporter. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said it had asked its government to seek "urgent comment" after a report said... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Wuhlf Equipment

     8th December 2017 Started in 2005, South African heavy-duty equipment manufacturer, supplier and importer Wuhlf Equipment has supplied more than 2 000 pieces of equipment over the years. The company operates from its facility in Wallmansthal, Pretoria, where it will manufacture its recently launched 70 kW... 

BBBEE Case Study – from Level 8 to Level 1

     7th December 2017 Since the New BBBEE codes have been used to assess companies on their scorecard, many are unfortunately finding themselves either non-compliant or at very low levels i.e Level 7 or 8.  This arises mainly due to limited pro-active addressing of the amended requirements within the company’s... 

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) on Thursday in Pretoria and stressed the importance of using the economy to develop young scientists. The SFSA was being held under the theme ‘Igniting Conversations About Science’. 

Wuhlf ready to fill orders for its Africa-tough TLB

     4th December 2017 The new locally manufactured 70 kW 4 x 4 Skerpioen tractor loader backhoe (TLB) will provide businesses in Africa with an affordable, low-tech solution that is robust enough to withstand the harsh operating environment synonymous with the continent. After developing the machine for the past two... 

No opencut mining at Drayton South, but underground allowed

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The New South Wales government on Friday announced that it would amend policies to ban opencut coal mining in the Hunter Valley, where a heated battle between horse stud owners and major miner Anglo American has been raging over the Drayton South coal project. The New South Wales government,... 

CSIR’s new antenna concept promises savings for wireless sensor networks

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the recent CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International... 

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

DTI part of the reason for SA’s jobs dearth

     1st December 2017 Editor – A request to the public to support engineers addressing Parliament on mass job creation 

Precast concrete industry drives sustainable employment and skills development in construction

     29th November 2017 Leading participants in the precast concrete industry are creating sustainable employment opportunities, while contributing towards skills development in the South African construction sector. This stands out as a major industry milestone for Willie de Jager, managing director of Corestruc, a... 

Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the mining segment started to show signs of improvement. Profit after tax increased by 27% to... 

Western Cape dam levels drop in spite of recent rain

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 After all the rain, and even hail in some parts of the Western Cape last week, average dam levels went down, not up – falling from 34.66% full to 34.49%, the Western Cape government said on Monday. James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

Packaging trade show boosts business in the Western Cape

     24th November 2017 Taking place at the CTICC from 24-26 October, Propak Cape attracted thousands of visitors keen to find out about latest technologies and innovations in packaging and related industries. The Western Cape is home to a large agro-processing industry and is an important export province for... 

New antenna concept from CSIR promises savings for wireless sensor networks 

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute has developed a novel concept to extend the power consumption of fixed wireless sensor networks. This was unveiled at the CSIR Licensing & Ventures Dragons Den event at the CSIR International Convention... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

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