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Agriculture Engineering

Sugar giant forecasts rise in output

1st August 2002 Sugar and metals group Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland is forecast to rise to 1,25-million tons in 2002, up 13% on last year, group CEO Peter Staude said during the company's interim results presentation. 

Starving Africa should accept GMO food – US

30th July 2002 Countries facing famine in southern Africa should accept genetically modified (GMO) food or risk death for millions of its people, a top US official has said. 

Joburg summit risks worsening North-South rift

30th July 2002 The Johannesburg Summit, meant to save the planet, is in danger of backfiring by deepening rifts between rich and poor countries. 

Moves to bridge techno divide

30th July 2002 The meeting in Cape Town, in which the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union (EU) seek to meet the challenges of research, science and technology for sustainable development head on, draws to a close today. 

Envoys face more meetings ahead of Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Nations have moved closer to agreement on a plan for eco-friendly development to be adopted at next month's global summit in Johannesburg, and envoys may meet again just before the summit begins, South African officials have revealed. 

African groups want aid, trade from Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Africa needs cash, technological help and trade concessions from rich countries if it is to protect its environment and meet its development goals, pressure groups have said. 

SA mandated to finalise Joburg summit draft

19th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations have narrowed their differences on a blueprint for environmentally-friendly development to be adopted at a global summit in Johannesburg that opens in less than six weeks, UN officials said. 

Minister vows Joburg summit will go ahead

17th July 2002 South Africa has vowed that the Joburg Summit, which it is due to host next month, will certainly go ahead despite the absence of agreement so far on key goals for the global environment. 

Sorghum: biodegradable packaging solution?

By: candice haase     12th July 2002 Research into the film-forming properties of sorghum protein being conducted by the CSIR and the University of Pretoria (UP) began in January this year and is due for completion in December 2005. 

SA, UN press for Joburg summit blueprint

12th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations will gather in New York next week in search of an elusive last-minute accord on a global blueprint for sustainable development, South African and UN officials said earlier this week. 

Annan urges action for Joburg summit

10th July 2002 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged world leaders to draw up action plans to fight poverty and save the environment during a global earth summit in South Africa next month. 

Power utility pays heed to 'triple bottomline'

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South Africa’s State owned power utility has allocated over R52-million this year to its corporate social investment arm, to beef up the third element in its triple bottomline. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

SA highlights fight on poverty for Joburg summit

17th June 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, there is an agreement that poverty eradication should be the central focus of the World Summit on Sustainble Development. 

Sustainable engineering to be crucial to SADC's development

14th June 2002 It is the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (SAICE) belief that the well-being of African commerce and trade is heavily reliant on the availability of well-developed and maintained infrastructure as provided by the built environment professions and industry to face the... 

Sugar giant sweet on Mozambique

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 Diversified group Tongaat-Hulett plans to expand sugar production in Mozambique in order to take advantage of the former Portuguese colony’s increased access to global markets from 2006, when developed countries open up to the world’s poorest countries. 

No decision on Joburg Summit plan

13th June 2002 The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting for the Johannesburg World Summit in Bali was attended by a large number of ministers from both developed and developing countries. By the early hours of the morning of 8 June consensus was not reached on the Draft Plan of Implementation for the... 

Funding for UN summit almost secure

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) has succeeded in securing nearly all of the funding needed to host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4 in Sandton, Gauteng. 

US farm law leaves bitter taste for SA sugar

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2002 The chairperson of the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) Bruce Dunlop, says that while the newly announced US sugar programme, a component of its controversial new farm legislation, is only marginally different from the old programme, Sasa was still disappointed by contents of the new law. 

Americas meet over Johannesburg summit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2002 Ministers of the Environment of the Latin American and Caribbean countries met to discuss joint positions for the Jhb World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) later this year. 

Bumper milling season to sweeten production

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 Mpumalanga-based sugar company Transvaal sugar is to produce about 470 000 t of sugar during the 2002/3 season from its Malelane and Komati mills, reports public affairs manager Riaan Pienaar. 

$140m rehabilitation of Moz sugar mills concluded

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 It is estimated that about $140-million has been invested for the rehabilitation of four sugar mills in Mozambique over the past four years, reports Durban-based sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) MD Bruce Dunlop. 

Sugar group consolidates African assets

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 South Africa’s largest sugar producer the Illovo Sugar group, has completed its rehabilitation of the Maragra sugar mill and agricultural estates in Mozambique, a programme which begun when the company acquired a 50% stake in 1997. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Liberalisation of world sugar market anticipated

31st May 2002 The South African sugar industry, one of the world's leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar, held its opening of the season ceremony last month at the Morewood Memorial Gardens in Umhlali on Kwazulu-Natal's North Coast. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Sweet success for SA sugar research

31st May 2002 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) is the central scientific organisation involved in research work into the manufacturing problems of the South African sugar industry. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

Agricultural trade system a serious problem – Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2002 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin yesterday described trade in agricultural products as one of the most serious problems facing the world trade system. 

Technology raises SA's maize-crop estimate

22nd May 2002 South Africa’s 2001/02 maize crop estimate has risen, for the first time since the initial release of data in February, as sophisticated new methods of measuring take effect, the crop estimates body said. 

Annan highlights key focus areas for Joburg summit

21st May 2002 In a speech delivered by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity were named as key areas for action at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which kicks-off in Johannesburg in August . 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

SA vacuum-pump manufacturer's European, SADC exports on rise

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Johannesburg-based manufacturer of Nash liquid-ring vacuum pumps and compressors Vac-Cent Services has extended its services to the vacuum industry to include a field service to existing customers and potential vacuum users. 

SA's land distribution will be legal

12th April 2002 The South African Government remains committed to correcting the distortions in land ownership through a clear and legal framework, which does not disrupt business, said MEC for agriculture, conservation and environment Mashego Dlamini at the sugar season ceremony in Kwazulu-Natal yesterday. 

Crop forecasting goes hi-tech

5th April 2002 South Africa will use satellite imaging, state-of-the-art computer programmes and personal visits to farms to improve the accuracy of summer crop estimates, agriculture officials said. 

Southern Africa facing big food crisis

4th April 2002 Southern African states, including troubled Zimbabwe, face widespread hunger as imports arrive too slowly in drought-hit areas, a regional food security unit said. 

Potch varsity has role in new nuclear tech

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 The acquisition by the University of Potchefstroom’s design and manufacturing centre of only one of a handful of five-axis computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining centres in South Africa has made possible the university’s involvement in Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor... 

Citrus processor expands material-handling capacity

8th March 2002 Efficient operation of Letaba Citrus Processors' enterprise in Tzaneen has been simplified through its relationship with Criterion Equipment, a local materials-handling supplier, reports manager Trevor Dunlop. 

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