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Decisive government action and investment vital for continued growth of agricultural sector

17th June 2021 South Africa’s agricultural policy focus hasn’t changed much over the past two decades, but there is urgency for implementation this time around. Inclusive growth, underpinned by greater access to export markets, farmer support, land reform and improved research and development (R&D) and... 

Sasol able to produce green hydrogen within 24 months – CEO   

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2021 Synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol is in a position to be able to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler said on Thursday. Grobler was responding to Absa group industrials research head Christina Steyn, who moderated an SA Tomorrow panel discussion... 

Rolls-Royce announces net zero emissions plans

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Power and propulsion engineering company Rolls-Royce has announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. The company’s actions and the development of new low-carbon technologies will enable the users of such products to, in turn, lower their carbon emissions,... 

Aus miners welcome FTA with UK

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and the UK, saying it will create more opportunities for business-led growth. Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson have agreed on the broad outlines of an Australia-UK FTA, allowing... 

Canada, EU in raw materials pact to cut China reliance

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2021 Canada and the European Union launched a new partnership to secure supply chains for critical minerals and reduce dependence on China in a push for jobs and to counter climate change. “With EU partners, we talked about what we can do to build a cleaner economy for years to come,” Canadian Prime... 

100 start-ups included in WEF's list of 2021 Technology Pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 International organisation the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 15 announced its 2021 Technology Pioneers, with 100 new technology firms included in the cohort for this year. The Technology Pioneers are young and growing technology companies taking on top global concerns with innovative... 

Mpact reports ‘strong’ trading for first five months of 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Trading for the first five months of this year has been strong for paper and packaging manufacturer Mpact, with underlying profit exceeding pre-pandemic comparatives in both the plastics and paper businesses. Group revenue for the period ended May 31, 2021, was R4.8-billion and exceeded the prior... 

John Deere showcases construction, forestry equipment for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2021 Agricultural equipment giant John Deere has introduced its range of construction and forestry equipment to the sub-Saharan African market. Customers across the region can now benefit from the size and scale of the John Deere construction and forestry equipment line-up, including its motor grader... 

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2021 Stellenbosch University (SU) spinoff company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School, in Stellenbosch, with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an electrical performance certificate (EPC). The school... 

IFS completes the acquisition of global Enterprise Service Management provider Axios Systems

10th June 2021 IFS, the global cloud enterprise applications company, announces that it has concluded the acquisition of Axios Systems. The transaction, which was initially announced in March 2021, combines two pioneers of the service management space: IFS, with its leadership in Field Service Management and... 

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