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R15m being spent ahead of R2bn project decision

21st October 2005 The world’s leading chemical-cellulose producer, Sappi Saiccor, will start adjudicating all major bids for contracts to build its new R2-billion production-line extension at the end of November. 

Beyond Rooibos

14th October 2005 SA's biodiversity positions it uniquely for commercial spinoffs 

Currency counter-attack

14th October 2005 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell’s recent launch of a R36-million tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) production line at its Richards Bay plant was part of a broader strategy to counter the negative effects of currency fluctuations. 

Sacking it to plastic

14th October 2005 Paper-and-pulp group Sappi has completed a R400-million rebuild of its Tugela kraft mill, aimed at producing stronger sack paper that will increase the company’s market share. 


16th September 2005 Farmers would have to pay operational and maintenance costs for water supplied by government irrigation schemes, but not original capital costs, as subsidies were phased out.?Water Research Commission (WRC) director Gerhard Backeberg said this at a recent press conference in Durban. 

N2 take two

26th August 2005 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed new consultants to perform an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) on the proposed Wild Coast N2 toll road. 

R2bn beachfront projects on the cards

19th August 2005 The Hibiscus Coast Municipality has significant beachfront development plans that include a small-craft harbour to link the Port Shepstone central business district (CBD) to the beachfront. 

Relative openness and size puts South Africa at a disadvantage

12th August 2005 The relatively open Chinese economy has more to gain than South Africa from a potential bilateral free-trade agreement between the two countries. 

Telco prices crimp call-centre growth

5th August 2005 Call-centre forum KZNonSource CE William Goldstone says Telkom’s ‘extremely high’ fixed-line telephone costs are inhibiting government’s job-creation plans. 

R10bn inefficiency leak

29th July 2005 Inefficient logistics are costing the country’s economy approximately $10-billion a year, according to president-elect of the South African Association of Food Science and Technology Anthos Yannakou. 

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