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Food and Beverages

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. 

Plans to rehabilitate Nacala rail line on the cards

By: Marcel Chimwala     4th October 2002 Malawi – The World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking funds for a special operation to repair the Nacala rail line to facilitate the speedy transportation of imported food items from the Mozambique port of Nacala to Malawi, which is experiencing an acute food shortage. 

Millers ask government for zero maize duty

4th October 2002 South African millers called on the government yesterday to cut import duty on maize to zero, saying that this would help curb recent sharp rises in domestic food prices. 

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. 

State to seek clarity on rising maize prices

3rd October 2002 Government says it will seek clarification from millers if the price of maize meal goes up by 20% more, as predicted, before the end of the year. 

GM food fight delaying aid shipment

1st October 2002 Divergent views on gene-altered foods are delaying the shipment of food aid to millions of starving southern Africans, a senior official said on Sunday. 

SA mulls indigenous fruit-tree farming plan

27th September 2002 Researchers are investigating the commercial farming of indigenous fruit trees to help improve food security, create jobs and also save South Africa’s natural bio-diversity. 

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. 

EU parliament backs right to reject GM products

26th September 2002 Countries must have the right to reject genetically modified (GM) organisms, members of the European Parliament said on Tuesday. 

Southern Africa seeks GMO advisory body

23rd September 2002 Southern Africa's agriculture ministers want to set up an advisory committee to help them determine the potential effects of genetically modified foods on their populations, an official said last week. 

The right to say 'no' to GM food aid

By: Seeraj Mohamed     20th September 2002 I am offended by people who say that Zambia should accept genetically modified food aid or starve. 

SA mulls indigenous fruit-tree farming plan

20th September 2002 Researchers are investigating the commercial farming of indigenous fruit trees to help improve food security, create jobs and also save South Africa’s natural bio-diversity. 

State to act on food inflation

19th September 2002 South Africa's cabinet said yesterday it had decided that urgent steps were needed to curb the impact of soaring food prices on the country's poor, but it would not resort to food subsidies or price controls. 

SADC needs to take urgent steps to boost next harvest

18th September 2002 Prospects for next year's harvest are bleak unless small-scale farmers receive adequate supplies of seed and fertilizer in time for the planting season, which is just one-month away. 

African scientists slam anti-GM food lobby

4th September 2002 African scientists, attending the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), from over a dozen countries said on Monday it was immoral, unethical and inhuman for some southern African countries to reject genetically modified foods under the pretext that it was unsafe. 

Zambian health minister defends ban on GM food aid

3rd September 2002 Zambia defended its ban on genetically altered food aid on Saturday and said it would take several weeks for a final decision on whether the food was safe for 2,4-million Zambians facing starvation. 

Maize-products firm conquers export market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 African Products was declared the winner of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI)/Standard Bank 2002 Gauteng Exporter of the Year Award, as well as the winner in the large manufacturing category, at a function held in Johannesburg this month. 

Zambia to buy GM-free maize from Kenya, Tanzania

23rd August 2002 Zambia will buy maize from Kenya and Tanzania to help feed millions of people, after rejecting offers of genetically modified (GM) maize aid, Zambian Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde said on Wednesday. 

IMF backs Malawi's plan to import, subsidise food

20th August 2002 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday it backs Malawi's plans to import food and subsidise prices to try to stave off a famine the government has warned could lead to the starvation of three million people. 

Nigeria invites China to boost food production

13th August 2002 Nigeria plans to raise its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 10% through increased agricultural output in the next three years with the aid of Chinese experts invited to develop its water resources. 

Rather pay more, warns engineer

9th August 2002 Consulting engineers render services to a wide variety of disciplines, including specialised fields such as clean room technology, which is applicable to manufacturing and development processes where a clean environment is crucial to the process. 

$40m tin-can plant planned for Morocco

2nd August 2002 Denver trading company Yasmine Enterprises and a consortium of Morocco’s leading food processors are proposing the construction of a modern $40-million can manufacturing plant in Morocco. 

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. 

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. 

Packaging meets stringent hygiene specs

12th July 2002 Durban-based Rohm and Haas supplies the food and beverage industry with a complete range of packaging solutions, that meets stringent international quality and hygiene specifications and that consistently delivers high performance for every application. 

Need for aseptic packaging on the rise

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Every day throughout the world, about 5 000-billion litres of water, milk, juice and other liquid foods are consumed. Packaging firm Tetra Pak has developed packages which protect both the nutritional value and the taste of the packaged product. 

Multimillion-rand vitamins plant opens in Gauteng

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 One of the world’s leading research-based healthcare groups, Roche of Switzerland, has opened a new multimillion-rand plant in Isando, Gauteng. 

EU calls three new food-aid tenders

4th July 2002 The European Commission has published details of three tenders to supply wheat, maize and coarsely-ground maize to Eritrea, Angola and Liberia as food aid. 

UN launches Africa food crisis appeal

3rd July 2002 The United Nations (UN) has made an emergency appeal for $507-million in food aid for six southern African countries threatened by famine. 

Multimillion vitamins plant opens in Gauteng

By: Zonika Botha     27th June 2002 One of the world’s leading research-based healthcare groups, Roche of Switzerland, has opened a new multimillion-rand plant in Isando, Gauteng. 

Southern African famine to top agenda of SADC meeting

14th June 2002 Famine in southern Africa will top the agenda of a ministerial meeting of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be held in Gaborone today and tomorrow. 

Govt to release on food prices in mid-June

3rd June 2002 Government departments investigating the causes of recent food price hikes have postponed the release of the report to mid-June. 

GM food will not solve Africa's woes

By: Seeraj Mohamed     31st May 2002 Ideas for sustainable development for Africa will abound over the next few months as preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development intensifies. 

Pumping solution for food company

26th April 2002 A Johannesburg-based food manufacturer in producing various food condiments and cooking mixtures was having problems decanting very thick tomato pastes from polycans into the mixing vessels while using electric rotary-lobe stainless-steel pumps. 

4m Southern Africans face food shortage

18th April 2002 More than four-million people in southern Africa face serious food shortages due to prolonged dry spells, floods and disruption of farming, the United Nations world food body 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. 

Food outsourcing investment

29th March 2002 Investment holding company focused on services, trading and distribution, Excellerate Holdings has acquired the Alpine and Fruti Flow businesses from Afribrand in a R13,5-million deal. 

Southern Africa faces food crisis

28th March 2002 Much of Southern Africa will face a significant rise in food aid needs in the coming months, compounding shortfalls for 2,6-million people who are already desperately hungry, the United Nations said. 

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