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Bearings and conveyor belts on offer

7th March 2003 Specialists in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting, Bearing Man, has a range of corrosion resistant bearings designed for use in industries like food and beverage applications, where frequent washdowns are necessary, says Bearing Man bearings division... 

$10m sugar venture under way in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th February 2003 The Malawian government has embarked on a $10-million smallholder sugar-cane growing extension project at Dwangwa in the central district of Nkhota-kota, which is meant to supply the raw material to a sugar-producing factory for a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar... 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     19th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     17th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

Zim imports threaten Malawi's sugar industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th December 2002 Malawi – Malawi's sole sugar producer and a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar Corporation of Malawi (Sucoma), has asked the Malawian government to put in place measures to check ‘unfair competition’, which Malawi sugar is encountering locally faced with... 

Beekeeping to reduce rural poverty

28th November 2002 Thirty-five communities have become involved in an innovative rural poverty-alleviation project to introduce beekeeping. 

Farmers need to comply with global standards

22nd November 2002 THE imperatives of globalisation and access to foreign markets mean that South African farmers are being forced to comply with international standards, the most important being EurepGAP. 

World Summit budget exceeded by 13%

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held earlier this year might cost the taxpayer more than anticipated. 

GM food in Africa: the debate rages

By: Deborah Spicer     8th November 2002 While some claim that subsistence farmers will be most hurt by genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Monsanto sub-Saharan Africa area director Graham Leslie insists that non-commercial African farmers will be one of the groups that benefits most from GMOs. 

US says Zambia’s GM maize decision is regrettable

1st November 2002 The US said on Wednesday it deeply regretted Zambia's decision not to accept US genetically modified maize to feed millions of Zambians hit by the drought in southern Africa. 

Commercial hemp-farming trials begin this month

By: Deborah Spicer     16th October 2002 The next set of research and incubation trials for commercially-farmed hemp will start at 11 one-or-two-hectare sites in the Eastern Cape and five sites in the Western Cape from about the middle of this month, at the time of the first rains. 

South Africa moves ahead with biotech plans

16th October 2002 An emotive regional debate on the safety of genetically modified food aid has thrown a spotlight on South Africa's stance on biotechnology, exposing a lonely but unwavering policy. 

Funds set aside for ‘backyard’ farming

14th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs has made available R1-million for a Backyard Farming Campaign and challenges the private sector and donor agencies to match it. 

Submersible pump to enable irrigation

11th October 2002 Close-coupled submersible pumps are proving popular with the farming community to pump water out of dams or canals for irrigation. 

Commercial hemp-farming trials begin this month 

By: Deborah Spicer     11th October 2002 The next set of research and incubation trials for commercially-farmed hemp will start at 11 one-or-two-hectare sites in the Eastern Cape and five sites in the Western Cape from about the middle of this month, at the time of the first rains. 

Less downtime with sanitary pump

11th October 2002 East Rand-based Letaba Industrial Pumps markets the US-manufactured Wilden range of pumps. 

Indigenous fruit farms could boost food security

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th October 2002 The ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ITSC) is currently conducting a study into the farming of indigenous fruit trees, as a way of creating food security in South Africa. 

State backs N Cape paprika expansion

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 Paprika spice and oleoresin (paprika oil) manufacturer Nocal is due to have its upgraded and improved oleoresin-processing plant erected in Springbok in the Northern Cape this week. 

KZN plans to offer farm start-up packs

4th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Government plans to issue start-up packs to needy communities, so they can begin growing their own food in response to rocketing prices. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Environmental activism or ecoterrorism?

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2002 A Chilean environmentalist tells Engineering News about his life’s work, and and why he believes privatisation is not neccesarily the answer to a developing country’s economic woes. 

Karoo builds new ostrich abattoir

27th September 2002 The Klein Karoo Cooperative has started construction of its third export-class ostrich abattoir in Swellendam, in the Western Cape. 

Air-conditioning, the ozone layer and sustainable development

27th September 2002 Refrigeration was one of the topics discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     23rd September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision-makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Environmentalists slam SA’s renewable energy plan

23rd September 2002 Environmental groups have slammed government’s recently-released White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development, describing the targets set as ‘pathetic’ and out of step with the stated intent of policy. 

Making the case for biotech in SA

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2002 What information technology (IT) has been to the world over the last 20 years, biotechnology is going to be to the world over the next 20 years. 

Maize-product firm pursues new niches

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th September 2002 Toothpaste, soups, sweets, paper, board, braai briquettes, textiles, beer, spices, beverages, glue, intravenous drips and sweeteners are only a few of the industries currently making use of the products and co-products produced by South Africa’s African Products. 

Instant experts abound

By: Kelvin Kemm     20th September 2002 Well, the main hype of the World Summit on Sustainable Development is now past, but the ripples will continue for some time yet. 

The unofficial guide to the Joburg Summit

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th September 2002 There is a song called The Joburg talking blues. It goes “Jus’ got into Joburg town/people drifting ‘round and around/people seem in such a flash and a flurry”. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Taking the hot air out of ‘sustainable development’

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th September 2002 I was involved in the environmental World Summit on Sustainable Development. In halls and on street corners, people from diverse backgrounds and countries held forth on all sorts of topics. The output ranged from real good sense to total garbage and nonsense. 

First eco-village being built at Ivory Park

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 Construction-materials group Lafarge South Africa has stepped up its involvement in sustainable development with the donation of cement and concrete to the eco-village being built by the City of Johannesburg and the EcoCity Trust at Ivory Park, in Midrand. 

Conventional wisdom on development challenged

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 While most governments and environmental campaigners now agree that the United Nations’ sustainable development approach is sensible, an organisation founded in the US 17 years ago has been working tirelessly to get the world’s leaders to rethink this proposition. 

R20m project completed

6th September 2002 Active in the design and supply of mechanical equipment for seed and grain plants Techmac Technology has completed the commissioning of the new R20 million Pioneer seed maize conditioning plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Business urged to contribute positively to society

By: Riaan de Lange     6th September 2002 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a document titled ‘Business in society: making a positive and responsible contribution’, in which it urges business to voluntary commit to managing its activities in a responsible way. 

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