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Agriculture Engineering

Technology policy must answer Africa’s call

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Building the Nation 

The proof of engineered food is in the eating

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Tech Track 

SA losing out on its big flower potential

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Already an insignificant R450-million turnover industry against the backdrop of its resources, South Africa’s flower sector is now being overtaken by its counterparts in other African countries in important export markets while imports into South Africa are blossoming. 

Genetic-modification debate rages on

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agricultural engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

Year 2000 upgrade is finally in the can

By: System Author     16th July 1999 One of the largest manufacturers of tin-plate cans for the South African food-canning industry, Foodcan, of Bryanston, Gauteng, a subsidiary of the Nampak group, has taken steps to streamline and upgrade its production facilities nationwide as part of a multimillion-rand Year 2000 initiative. As... 

Second factory follows hot on heels of first

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s first commercial cassava starch plant has been operating successfully in the Northern Province for the past six months following its official opening in January. Reported to be one of the few commercial cassava-starch operations in Africa, the R28-million plant, which is... 

Swazi sugar-mill expansion

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation is in the throes of the Simunye expansion project to increase the mill’s capacity to 400 t of cane an hour. As part of this expansion the company has decided to increase and improve the mixed juice screening process by removing the old static... 

Lack of unity drags out export councils

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s unco-operative culture is dragging out the process of forming export councils in the textiles, clothing, chemical products, plastics, furniture and food product industries. Capital Equipment Export Council (CEEC) manager Sybil Rhomberg tells Engineering News that the only... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Upcoming trade mission from United Kingdom

By: System Author     21st May 1999 BRITISH industry continues to find South Africa a valuable market. This is illustrated by the fact that the UK’s North East Development Agency (Neda), previously known as the Northern Development Company (NDC), with the support of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has organised... 

Spinach still packs a punch

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE production of spinach using home-based hydroponics can make a substantial contribution towards the economic upliftment of urban communities, a study commissioned by the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council has found. The study also considers the growing of green peppers, spinach and tomatoes... 

Genetic modification may hold the key to Africa’s food-production dilemma

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Within the next five to ten years, 95% of South Africa’s processed foods will be derived from genetically-modified sources. Far from rejecting this trend, however, South Africans should embrace the idea of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), if only for the simple reason of all the good... 

Black empowerment needed for growth

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Black economic empowerment is imperative for sustainable economic growth in South Africa, which is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, said African Harvest executive chairperson Mashudu Ramano at the South Africa Republic of China Chamber of Economic Relations annual general... 

Move into the electrode boiler segment

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has established an electrode boiler division following its acquisition of the Steamcor patent, designs and technology and the right to use the company name. The new division will be headed by Jan Malan, former MD of Steamcor and a 30-year... 

Teflon finds increasing favour as bushing material

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Contrary to common belief, teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) is not only used for covering frying pans to ensure a non-stick surface, but is widely used as a bushing material in various industries. The aircraft, automotive, chemical, civil engineering, dairy, electrical, electronic,... 

Company comes clean

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE use of conventional diesel-heated high-pressure cleaners in the food and food-processing industry has always been problematic due to exhaust-gas emissions caused by the fuel-combustion-type burners. However, the presence of fat, grease, oil and other sticky, difficult-to-remove substances... 

Mining technology muscles in on food industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A modular screen traditionally used in all facets of the mining industry is to be provided with added muscle once the adaptation for a food-industry application is completed. “We are busy investigating the possibility for the screen to be used on a mussel farm in Saldanha, Western... 

South Africa faces milk-products surplus

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South Africa’s dairy industry has had to reduce the flow of milk from producers to the consumer market due to a surplus, causing an uncommonly-high stock of milk products. The present milk surplus started about two years ago when there was, in fact, a shortage of milk products in the... 

Demand for organically-produced food

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Consumer demand for organically-produced food is on the rise, and provides new market opportunities for farmers and businesses around the world, reports the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Under the right circumstances, the market returns from organic agriculture can... 

Flexible belt range

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A RANGE of Uni-Chain flexible modular plastic belts and accessories that meet stringent international specifications required by the food and beverage industry is distributed by Bearing Man’s belting division. The belting has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and from the US... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

32 km tubing for soya-milk plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 TECHNOLOGY from South Africa, Germany and Denmark combined in the supply of tubing and fittings, plate heat-exchangers and valves for Denel’s new soya-milk project at Potchefstroom, North West Province, with the largest tubing order ever placed in South Africa’s food and beverage... 

Food waste turned into compost supply

By: System Author     12th March 1999 FOOD waste from canteens and restaurants is a large potential source of clean, odourless compost. New aerobic accelerators from Sweden, requiring a little electrical power and sawdust additive, are now available in user-operated units. The converters render a product that feels and smells like... 

World-class food-service delivery firm

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Making strides in changing the face of contract catering in this country, and meeting diners’ demands for world-class quality, service and standards, is leading food-service group, Compass Southern Africa, with its innovative approach to food-service delivery. “It is our aim to become... 

Poultry-products processor takes wing

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Continuing to prove its expertise in the meat-processing market, Marcam Solutions has announced that Cuddy International Corporation has purchased its Protean solution. Cuddy International is a London-based processor that supplies poultry products to many of the world’s leading fast-food... 

Pipeline-residue recovery system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 DESIGNED to eliminate problems occurring in pipeline use – such as non-recovery of all the product, and the effluent created when this is discharged into drains – is the Magnasphere product-recovery system from Soliflo. Approved by Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association,... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

Meat industry trade fair

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE first-ever International Trade Fair for the Meat Industries of Africa (Ifma), incorporating the International Meat Exhibition (Imex), scheduled for Johannesburg in June, is already attracting considerable international interest. Delegates from more than 20 countries are expected to attend a... 

R100m Potch soya plant on stream in February

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A SOYA bean processing plant believed to be the first of its kind in the world is due to go into production in February on a greenfield site in Potchefstroom (Engineering News May 22, 1998). It is owned by Specialised Protein Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Denel. The Potchefstroom plant, under a... 

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