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Tracy Hancock

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Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

7th May 2021 To support the distribution of sanitary pads to schoolgirls across South Africa and ensure their continued education, non-profit organisation Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme has recently launched its own locally manufactured range of feminine hygiene products. “It is imperative that... 

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

16th April 2021 While international and local demand for bicycle component manufacturer cSixx Components’ offering is steadily increasing, it has also seen a spike in demand owing to a supply shortage from bigger original equipment manufacturers.   This stemmed from the significant global uptake of cycling... 

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

1st April 2021 Boxed water supplier and/or manufacturer Aquabox is offering South Africans an alternative to single-use plastic when buying water at their local retailer. Boxed using renewable bio-based carton packaging developed in Europe, Aquabox founder Neal McAlpine says before Aquabox was launched... 

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

14th March 2021 Energy company GreenMovement Energy started exporting its Woodies, a solid fuel made from a combination of organic waste materials, to Botswana and Lesotho this year after launching the product in March 2016. “We have also garnered large interest from The European and North American markets,”... 

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

26th February 2021 Benoni-headquartered lead acid battery manufacturer First National Battery is the only local manufacturer of surface motive power (SMP) batteries left in South Africa, says First National Battery SMP national sales manager Eugene Marais. The company produces more than 2.2-million batteries a year... 

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

19th February 2021 To mitigate the theft of dust fallout units deployed in the field, Johannesburg-based dust fallout unit manufacturer Dust Monitoring Services (DMS) has developed South Africa’s first fibreglass single-bucket dust fallout unit with locking brackets. “We received numerous requests for an... 

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

7th February 2021 There has been increased demand for Johannesburg-headquartered brewery South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) non-alcoholic Castle Free beer and this trend has continued despite the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. “Consumers have had the chance to trial Castle Free during the ban on alcohol sales... 

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

22nd January 2021 KwaZulu-Natal-based manufacturer Jim Green Footwear plans to increase its production capacity in line with the establishment of a distribution network in the US, where it has received much praise, says executive director Gareth Crouch. “So far, the feedback and demand has been great. There have... 

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

8th January 2021 Western Cape organic firelighter manufacturer FireFly Biofuel delivered its first international shipment comprising 2 t of its FireSpark Jnr firelighters last year to Australia and is in discussions with European countries, but progress has slowed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Since we do not... 

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

26th November 2020 Monitoring and control technology company Shock Wave Engineering is negotiating rental agreements with local feed suppliers for its Feed Silo Optimiser to eliminate the “headaches” associated with farmers ordering feed too soon and discarding exceed feed unnecessarily, or running out of feed when... 

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