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Agriculture News

In2Foods launches new agroprocessing facility at OR Tambo SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2019 In2Food Group on Friday officially launched its new R400-million, 22 708 m2 factory, located on 3.5 ha of land on the northern precinct of the OR Tambo International Airport Special Economic Zone. In2Foods CEO Richard Cooper said this was one of the most diverse agroprocessing factories in the... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

Durban set to become garden of eating through urban farming projects

By: African News Agency      4th April 2019 KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural MEC on Thursday launched a programme to encourage urban agriculture – growing food gardens in small, open spaces, including city rooftops and townships. Urban farming is not new and is practised successfully in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg - and... 

A tiny beetle is killing an urban forest and there's no solution

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 A black beetle the size of a sesame seed is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. After arriving from Southeast Asia about four years ago, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has spread a thousand miles across South Africa, from the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, where it... 

South African poultry industry backs Namibia against dumping of chicken from Brazil

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said on Tuesday that it had noted with alarm that the insidious dumping of chicken from Brazil that plagues the local industry has also taken root in Namibia. Izaak Breitenbach, GM of SAPA's broiler division, said that it was increasingly clear that... 

Company leads in advancing sugar technology

29th March 2019 Offering a comprehensive service globally, with over 55 years of experience in the sugar sector, multidisciplinary engineering company Bosch Projects has recently developed the Lamella Clarifier, which uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling. “Our... 

Company leads in advancing  sugar technology
NEW DEVELOPMENTS Bosch projects has developed the Lamella Clarifier, that uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling

Trade and Industry committee attends to industry challenges

29th March 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is well aware that the South African sugar industry is experiencing various challenges as it has been engaging the industry for over a year to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers. Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry... 

Trade and Industry  committee attends to  industry challenges
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LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS The committee acknowledges that factors such as bio-fuels and cogeneration may require legislative changes

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Commitment to transform rural communities

29th March 2019 Sugar producer llovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) is firmly committed to transformation and building sustainable enterprises, especially in rural communities where it operates, says Illovo Sugar SA MD Mamongae Mahlare. “In the 2017 financial year, Illovo SA’s total economic impact on the local... 

Commitment to transform  rural communities
Photo by Creamer Media
SHARING THE SWEETNESS Illovo Sugar South Africa makes an economic impact working with small retailers who sell its products within South Africa

New tech helps mills improve factory control

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 During this year’s sugar season, centralised scientific organisation Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) says South African sugar mills will use its Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) analytical system to improve their sugar production and profits. Through the SMRI-NIRS system installed at... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW TECHNOLOGY Sugar mills can use the SMRI-NIRS system to obtain information that can help to better understand and control factory processes

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing

29th March 2019 Owing to its large footprint in KwaZulu-Natal, vibration-equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products caters to the front-end, back-end and packing processes in the sugar processing plant. The front-end comprises the receiving and processing of raw material, the back-end the extraction of... 

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing
PIETER UYS The vibrating equipment is made out of stainless steel, which decreases the chances of the sugar being contaminated

Egypt seeking to increase trade and investment ties with South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa Sherif Eissa has called for more bilateral trade and investment between his country, as well as closer political cooperation. He was addressing the recent South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Trade... 

Sugar industry job loss claims are premature – Treasury

By: African News Agency      28th March 2019 The South African Canegrowers Association recently claimed that the sugar tax has cost the industry R925-million in the 2018/19 season, while the DA has claimed that over 1000 jobs had already been lost due to the tax. But National Treasury’s Mpho Legote said that any current estimates are... 

South Africa's 2019 maize crop seen down 16% on drought conditions

By: Reuters     25th March 2019 South Africa is likely to harvest 16% less maize in 2019 compared with the previous season after drought delayed plantings, a Reuters poll showed on Monday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its second production forecast for the 2019 crop on Tuesday, is seen... 

South Africa's 2019 maize crop seen down 16% on drought conditions

Company positive in flat construction market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being no capital expenditure on projects in the construction sector, construction equipment supplier SANY GM Barry Owen says the company sees good opportunity to grow the SANY brand in a rather stagnant market. 

Company positive in  flat construction market
BARRY OWEN Over-capacitated construction sector under extreme pressure owing to oversupply

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Bobcat positive ahead of elections

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 While the fragmentation occurring in the mining and construction industries – where major contracts are being awarded to smaller empowered startups without major track records or even assets – is cause for concern, meaningful change is likely to emerge after the national election in May. 

Bobcat positive ahead  of elections
EARTHFORCE Bobcat aims to meet the requirement for quality, lower-cost machines

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being a slowdown in projects for the past few years in the construction industry, power generation equipment developer Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell says the company expects positive growth over the next 12 to 36 months. 

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years
BESPOKE DESIGNS Himoinsa is investing significantly in its generator and lighting tower designs for specific local requirements

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

The BioCycle aims to turn human waste into lubricants, biodiesel 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2019 The BioCycle plans to have completed the design of its first South African commercial scale facility by the end of 2020, to be followed by a global rollout of the technology, says MultiCycle director Marc Lewis. The BioCycle aims to develop commercially viable and scalable processes for the... 

The BioCycle aims to turn human waste into lubricants, biodiesel

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2019 A new currency regime in Zimbabwe robbed Bell Equipment of a record financial year, giving the company a R87.4-million “ankle-tap that went straight to the bottom line”, said CEO Leon Goosen on Monday. “It happened right at the end of the year. It’s incredibly sad.” 

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year

Agribusiness confidence index rises to 46 in the first quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 The Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index has improved by four points to 46 in the first quarter of this year. This follows a decline in the last quarter of 2018 to 42, which was the index’s lowest level since 2009.  

Convicted fraudster seeks to stop parliamentary processes aimed at removing him as Icasa chair

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 Fraud and money-laundering convict Rubben Mohlaloga will not only be fighting to stay out of prison but to also remain chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last month but currently on bail pending an appeal of his... 

China a potential market for South African avos as other markets mull import bans

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2019 The South African avocado market faces the threat of a possible ban in future, particularly in the UK, which is reportedly getting rid of avocados on ethical grounds, says economist Gilberto Biacuana. The UK is the second most important market for South Africa’s avocado exports, which means that... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) was in full support of the policy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to strengthen the country’s relations with the rest of Africa. “As a business community, we will endorse our Government’s role in Africa,” affirmed FEI African Cooperation... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa
Photo by Egyptian Petrochemical Company
An Egyptian petrochemical plant

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Movement calls for Brazilian chicken import ban

By: Thabi Madiba     15th March 2019 Following the recall by a Brazilian producer of more than 450 t of chicken because of potential salmonella contamination last month, nonprofit trade advocacy movement FairPlay founder Francois Baird says the South African government has to ban Brazilian chicken imports until all producers can... 

Movement calls for Brazilian chicken import ban
Photo by Bloomberg
CHICKEN FOOT CHICKEN BASE Brazil now accounts for more than 60% of South Africa’s chicken imports, while local producers claim imports are not necessary at all

TymeBank goes live in Pick n Pay and Boxer stores

15th March 2019 Last month, South Africa’s first fully licensed digital bank TymeBank went live in 500 stores of supermarket chain store Pick n Pay and discount supermarket Boxer in preparation for its formal launch. This followed a successful soft launch in December when the bank went live in 20 Pick n Pay and... 

TymeBank goes live  in Pick n Pay and Boxer stores
CUSTOMER CARE A TymeBank customer will be able to earn Smart Shopper points anywhere when they use their TymeBank card to make a purchase.

SA farmers turning to technology to boost yields and financial resilience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 Amid a challenging economic climate in South Africa, as well as prevailing drought in some provinces, emerging and commercial farmers have become price-conscious and focused on optimising operations to remain competitive, says Afgri Equipment branch manager Riaan Muller. Industry body Agri SA’s... 

SA farmers turning to technology to boost yields and financial resilience

South Africa sugar tax to cut industry revenues, prompt reform – USDA

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 South Africa's sugar tax could slash industry revenues and prompt restructuring of the country's sugar sector, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report published on Wednesday. The tax, introduced last April, has slashed the beverage sector's use of sugar by 30%, the USDA attache... 

Ten worst South African performers tell tale of battling economy

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 It’s not even the end of the first quarter and already there’s a plethora of once-significant South African companies that have either collapsed or had their share prices hit the wall. The likes of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, tech provider EOH Holdings, Blue Label Telecoms and Aspen Pharmacare... 

Shares in Tongaat fall to lowest level since 1993

By: Reuters     11th March 2019 Shares in Tongaat Hulett fell more than 14% early on Monday, after its announcement last week that it had appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to review past accounting practices. The sugar producer, which flagged last month that it would fall to a full-year loss, traded at its lowest level since... 

African seed companies outperform international peers

By: Nadine James     7th March 2019 Two African seed companies top the 2019 Access to Seeds Index for Eastern and Southern Africa, owing to their playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity, the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation reported on Thursday. The foundation’s newly released research stated that... 

York expects lower H1 earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 JSE-listed York Timber expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) to decrease to between 19.4c and 20.7c for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the 28c reported for the six months ended December 31, 2017. The company attributed the lower... 

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