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Unitrans and RCL Celebrates a 20 year relationship

     13th April 2018 Unitrans and RCL Foods are celebrating their more than 20-year relationship. RCL Foods is a leading food producer in South Africa and holds a varied portfolio of prominent and much-loved food brands like Rainbow chicken, Nola mayonnaise and Yum Yum peanut butter. The company’s history spans over... 

Chicken business turnaround boosts RCL’s H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 A strong turnaround in the chicken business, along with good rainfall and lower prices for commodity inputs benefited JSE-listed RCL Foods in the six months ended December 31, contributing to margin recovery across the group’s business units, CEO Miles Daily said on Monday. The group reported a... 

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

By: Reuters     19th December 2017 South Africa, the world's seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said. The winelands are mostly in the coastal Western Cape province which was declared a disaster area in... 

Water declaration signed by WCape provincial and municipal leadership

By: African News Agency      28th June 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, provincial ministers, as well as mayors from across the province, on Wednesday signed a municipal water declaration as part of efforts to secure the region’s water security. The declaration, which was signed in Worcester, was a result of the outcomes of the... 

Western Cape dam levels recover, but only slightly

By: African News Agency      26th June 2017 Dam levels in the Western Cape have seen a slight increase, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday. Dam levels have increase to 22.8 percent, which is still far off the dam levels of 35.4 percent this time last year. 

Construction of Northern Cape wind farm ramping up as first components arrive

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Construction of the Northern Cape-based Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the transportation and arrival of various wind turbine components to its construction site in the Hantam municipality, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein, both in the Northern Cape.  

Engen donation helps boost skills for people with disabilities

     30th March 2017 Engen has donated R2 229 500 to the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD); a donation aimed at creating work opportunities and providing life skills programmes for people with disabilities.   The handover ceremony took place on 29 March 2017 at APD.   APD are a non-profit... 

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town's bid to set aside approvals that would enable the South African National Roads Agency Limited to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in the city. 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited has appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

Wine farm has its ducks in a row

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 About 1 000 Indian runner ducks have been employed by Stellenbosch-based wine farm Vergnoegd Wine Estate to eradicate white dune snails and other insects which inhabit and feed on the vines in the vineyard. According to Vergenoegd winemaker and viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs, the ducks – which... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Fourways Airconditioning is expanding – yet again!

     30th May 2016 The secret of Fourways Airconditioning’s success ever since we started over 15 years ago has always been – we sell service! And ‘service’ in our view means ‘being close to our customers’. That’s why we’re not only situated in metropolitan areas such as Durban, P.E., Cape Town, George and... 

Hot weather, water shortages shrink 2016 wine grape crop by 6.7% y/y

     10th May 2016 Although abnormal heat and water shortages have impacted on the wine grape crop for this year, viticultural consultants VinPro still expect good wines from the 2016 harvest. VinPro, which represents some 3 500 South African wine producers and cellars, on Tuesday revealed that the wine grape crop... 

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein 

By: Samantha Herbst     18th April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, which will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent, announced Khobab and Loeriesfontein... 

Sun International targets massive energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 Sun International is targeting energy savings of at least R30-million across its hotels and casinos through various interventions, from adopting energy efficient lighting to the insulation of geysers and pipes. Energy savings as high as 61% of current energy costs have been identified at four of... 

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

SA schoolgirls build and launch satellite

By: African News Agency      12th January 2016 Supporters and representatives of sponsors joined businesspeople, professors, engineers and scientists – quite possibly including a scattering of cosmonauts and rocket scientists – in Cape Town on Monday to hear 14 South African schoolgirls report back on their successful mission to construct,... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th December 2015 The South African National Roads Authority Limited has applied for leave to appeal against a Western Cape High Court judgment. 

Two Charity Organisations Receive Recycling Bins

     2nd December 2015 POLYCO, the non-profit Polyolefin Recycling Company, has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities in Worcester as part of a Social Responsibility... 

Solid foundation key to running a successful wine farm

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Undertaking a comprehensive soil and climate research project before establishing a wine farm is necessary to limit risk when dealing with the unpredictability of nature, including climate change and soil condition, says Karusa Premium Wines & Craft Brewery winemaker and brew master Jacques... 

Brewery brings beer to wine-prominent area

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Being the first brewery to open in the Western Cape’s Worcester region, at the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve, has benefited local brewery Mountain Brewing Company (MBco) significantly, as it is now able to access an “untouched” natural spring situated 600 m from the brewery, says Klipbokkop... 

Huguenot tunnel north bore project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th October 2015 Owing to safety concerns, construction of the north bore at the Huguenot tunnel has become essential. 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th October 2015 South African National Roads Authority Limited is considering its legal options after losing its fight to proceed with tolling in the Western Cape. 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th September 2015 The initial cost of work undertaken as part of the N1/N2 Winelands toll project will be R10-billion, which will be funded through a user-pays tolling system, Sanral has announced. 

Huguenot Tunnel to be expanded to dual carriageway 

By: Natalie Greve     8th September 2015 A rise in traffic volumes has necessitated the development of a second, northerly bore at the Western Cape’s Huguenot Tunnel to allow for a dual carriageway, South Africa announced during a media briefing at the tunnel on Tuesday. The 4 km tunnel reduced the road travelling distance between Paarl... 

SANRAL proposes Huguenot Tunnel refurbishment and upgrade

     8th September 2015 Construction of the second bore at the Huguenot Tunnel has become essential due to safety concerns and a steady increase in traffic volumes over the years. Speaking at a media briefing at the tunnel today, Mr Tiago Massingue, Project Manager at the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd... 

R227m WC road rehabilitation project under way

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2015 The R227-million rehabilitation of the R298 on the R43 between Worcester and Wyzersdrift, in the Western Cape, has started, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has said. The project, which was expected to be completed towards the end of 2017, would include the widening... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th June 2015 A clash of ideology between Sanral and the Democratic Alliance (DA) about the Winelands toll road project has resulted in their arguing about the impact it will have on the agriculture sector in the Western Cape. 

Global flow control company secures Brazil supply contract

     15th May 2015 Global flow control products and services provider Flowserve announced, in March, that its operation in Brazil has been selected to supply all ball sector control valves, ball valves and butterfly valves for Brazilian paper producer Klabin’s new mill, known as the Puma project, located in the... 

Transnet advances railway safety with new technology

By: Leandi Kolver     7th November 2014 Freight and logistics company Transnet on Friday unveiled its new automated, level-crossing traffic-control mechanism, which would improve railway safety by making it impossible for a vehicle to go through a level crossing when a train was approaching. The system, which had already been installed... 

Public hearings on national minimum wage to kick off in W Cape 

By: Natalie Greve     3rd November 2014 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour is scheduled to start nationwide public hearings on the national minimum wage in Gugulethu and Worcester, in the Western Cape, on November 7 and 8. In a statement, committee chairperson Lumka Yengeni said the national minimum wage was aimed at improving... 

Engen Grape Valley Convenience Centre opens in De Doorns

     19th September 2014 Company Announcement - Engen Grape Valley Convenience Centre in De Doorns opened its doors to the public on Friday, 22 August, offering a diverse range of convenience products and services. The new Engen 1-Plus site is situated on the N1, about 20km outside Worcester. On offer at Engen Grape... 

No e-tolls for Cape Town – Sanral 

By: Sapa     11th August 2014 Cape Town will not have tolled freeways like Gauteng, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Sunday. "Firstly, whereas in Gauteng we went out to borrow money in order to build the road, with Cape Town we will be appointing a concessionaire on a Build, Operate and... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll highway project, South Africa

     1st August 2014 The Western Cape High Court will hear a South African National Roads Authority Limited application on August 4 for information about the proposed N1/N2 Winelands toll highway project. 

Sunlight harvester growing market share 

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Sunlight harvesting systems supplier Light Sculptors reports that its services have been well received by the South African wine industry and food manufacturing industry. Light Sculptors is the first company to focus on developing and selling sunlight harvesting systems for the South African... 

Icasa quality report finds Vodacom tops in WC, KZN

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) quarterly Quality of Service (QoS) monitoring test report has found that telecommunications group Vodacom’s call success rate and retainability performed best in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The authority examined the... 

Railway Safety Regulator Investigates Rustenburg Level Crossing Accident

     24th March 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator dispatched inspectors to the scene of a railway level crossing accident in North West, where a train collided with a car carrying children on Thursday, 20 March 2014. The RSR inspectors visited the scene to establish the root cause of the accident that occurred at the... 

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