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Agriculture Engineering

Call to meet WSSD commitments

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd September 2004 The international community was yesterday called upon to meet the commitments it made at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), in 2002, and was urged to start delivering development assistance to the African continent. 

Sugar ruling could be sweet for South Africa

By: tom robbins     3rd September 2004 The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) apparent preliminary ruling that some European Union (EU) sugar export subsidies violated trade rules could benefit the South African industry. 

Barloworld in R3,8bn outsourcing deal with Illovo

24th August 2004 Africa’s biggest sugar producer, Illovo Sugar, has transferred the management of its South African sugar operations' warehousing and distribution function to Barloworld Logistics, a leading integrated logistics and supply chain management company. 

Sugar, industrial group unveils rand-beating strategy

By: Zonika Botha     20th August 2004 Sugar and industrial group Tongaat-Hulett has revealed an action plan that could potentially improve its yearly profitability substantially. 

Sugar mills consider renewable-energy options

By: tom robbins     20th August 2004 Prospects for sugar mills to provide renewable energy had improved, as government moved to meet more environment-friendly energy targets and as electricity and fuel demand increased. 

SA to host big African sustainable building event

17th August 2004 A regional conference on sustainable building, which has as its objective the development of an action plan for achieving sustainable building and construction in Africa, will be taking place in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, from September 13 to 18. 

South Africa and China strengthen trade partnership

By: ongezwa manyathi     13th August 2004 The South African and Chinese government have strengthened their trade relations through the signing of the Citrus Protocol. 

Clothing-of-origin labelling proposed

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Proudly South African (SA) will be launching a R2-million media campaign to educate consumers on the new country of origin labels. However, this campaign will only be rolled out once the legislation for clothing-of- origin labelling is passed by Parliament, says the organisation’s CEO,... 

Founding products are still going strong

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Bell Equipment’s range of sugar and forestry products and the tri-wheeler models were the products on which the company was founded 50 years ago this year. 

Resin vessel gets new coating

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Corrosion coatings company Corrocoat’s polyglass VEF material, a vinyl ester/acrylic co-polymer loaded with three-micrometre thick glass flakes, has been used at a sugar refinery, says Corrocoat director Ian Gordge. 

Black South African appointed to nuclear-medicine body

28th May 2004 The head of nuclear medicine at Dr George Mukhari in Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria, Professor Mike Sathekge, has been appointed advisor to the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine. 

Sweet solution with engineered wear-resistant products

28th May 2004 Making use of engineered wear-resistant ceramic solutions will more than likely reduce operating costs for local sugar mills according to Multotec Wear Linings marketing manager Ken Tuckey. 

Overhead solutions promoted

28th May 2004 Overhead sprinkler irrigation remains a popular option for sugarcane growers due to the economic benefits, ease of management and operational reliability, says manufacturer and supplier of above-ground quick-coupling irrigation systems The House of Irrigation. 

Sugar farmers to request funding for rehabilitation

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 The South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers) reports that sugarcane growers have been hit hard by the poor rainfall last season, with production decreasing by 10% to 11%. 

South African sugar gets empowered logistics

28th May 2004 In line with its corporate strategy, Cargo Carriers has put wheels under empowerment by establishing a R4-million empowerment-focused sugarcane transport venture in the southern African sugar belt, called Buhle Betfu Carriers. 

Poor rainfall reduces sugar production

28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that sugar production was 100 000 tons less than its estimated average production of 2,5-million tons in the season ending March 31, 2004, which can be attributed mainly to less-than-average rainfall in the sugar-producing regions. 

The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association

28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Technologists Association (Sasta) reports that it will be hosting its yearly congress in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, from 27 to 30 July. 

Sugar research improves profitability

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 Based at Mount Edgecombe near Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, is the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) Experiment Station, the agricultural research wing of the local sugar industry. 

Two dryers exported to Tanzania

28th May 2004 Kwazulu-Natal sugar processing plant and equipment designer and manufacturer Sugarequip supplied two Sugar Dryers to Tanzania as part of Kagera Sugar’s rehabilitation and upgrade project last month. 

New loader concept introduced

28th May 2004 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is expanding its range of caneloading machines to include an All Terrain Loader (ATL). 

Ethanol plants may assist with SA’s future energy shortages

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Technologists Association (Sasta) reports that the South African sugar industry is investigating the generation of renewable energy in the form of ethanol and electricity from sugarcane, due to the fact that it is fast becoming cost-competitive. 

Gearbox is tailor-made for Mozambican sugar mill

28th May 2004 Sole distributor for Zollern-Dorstener gearboxes in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, Power Drives, will soon supply a diffuser gearbox to a sugar mill in Mozambique. 

Electronics and accessories firm opens office in Durban

28th May 2004 Specialists in cable and wire identification systems and associated products, Grafoplast Wiremarkers South Africa, opened an office Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, in March, this year. 

£2,5m project completed in 10 months

28th May 2004 National consulting engineer Bosch Projects won its second contract in Sudan from the Sudanese Sugar Company. 

SA sugar group studies refinery-efficiency plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th May 2004 As it continues to cut costs and improve competitiveness, sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) is in the middle of a study on ways to improve efficiency at its central refinery at Rossburgh, in Durban. 

Hi-tech farming innovation launched

18th May 2004 A new soil homgenising technology developed in South Africa is to be launched by Soilmix Africa in conjunction with JSE Securities Exchange-listed Afgri. 

Coal-miner in blossoming flower investment

By: candice haase     12th March 2004 Following an investment by Anglo American’s empowerment arm Zimele in chrysanthemum farm Sunbali Flowers, the flower producer anticipates doubling its output to support planned export activity. 

GM food for Africa

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 A recent furore has been sparked over the South African government’s consent to allow testing of Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-resistant wheat. ? 

CSIR is empowering rural communities to sell new grain products

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Product development for the southern African food industry is a focus of the food science and technology programme at the food science and technology programme at CSIR Bio/Chemtek. 

Hydroponics is becoming a more frequent practice

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Set up through begging, borrowing and stealing in 1996, the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (Vopi) of the Agricultural Research Council (Arc) in Roodeplaat, north of Pretoria, now serves as a demonstration unit for courses on hydroponic cultivation.? 

Maize contracts lop R211m off Tongaat's earnings

24th February 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based sugar, starch and aluminium group, Tongaat-Hulett, yesterday announced a sharp fall in earnings for the year ended December 31, 2003, but stated that it could record strong earnings recovery in 2004. 

SA gets sweet on honey

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 A government-funded honey project may be one way of reducing South Africa’s dependence on imported honey, as well as a way of growing South Africa’s exports. 

Using mushrooms to fight poverty

By: Deborah Spicer     31st October 2003 A section-21 company will be established by the end of the 2003/4 financial year to market oyster mushrooms produced by groups involved in a poverty-reducing mushroom-farming project, aimed primarily at poor, rural women and the youth and disabled. 

Socially Responsible Investment Index to become critical financial indicator

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 Early next year, the JSE Securities Exchange will launch its Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index. 

State supports sisal project

By: laurian clemence     28th October 2003 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its community public-private partnership programme (CPPP), has initiated a tender inviting companies or consultants to design a sisal-fibre manufacturing plant in the Madikwe township, about 60 km from Zeerust, in North West province. 

Hoedspruit farmers mull sugar entry

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Shareholding in a sugar project in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, is being discussed at present, following a successful preliminary feasibility study which found that it was economically viable to grow sugar cane and mill it at a proposed sugar mill in the area. 

Tongatt-Hulett reports successes in Moz and Russia

20th August 2003 South African food and aluminium group Tongaat-Hulett said yesterday its sales in Mozambique have exceeded 10 000 t a month, for the first time in July. 

Integrated farming techniques better than GM technology, says group

By: candice haase     15th August 2003 Despite the success of genetically-modified (GM) cotton production in South Africa, it is believed that the effects of GM crops on tackling hunger among African nations has yet to be realised. 

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