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Outlook for local fruit industry positive

5th August 2011 While South Africa has experienced a challenging season, over the medium- to long-term, the fruit industry has a positive outlook, says fruit producer organisation Hortgro Services product manager Jacques du Preez. 

Developing innovative solutions a key function of agricultural engineers

5th August 2011 Agricultural engineers, scientists and experts must apply good ideas and solutions gained through research and development to solve problems facing rural farming in South Africa, leveraging the insights gained to develop farming in these areas, says South African Institute of Agricultural... 

Institute emphasises role of large-scale, scientific farming in SA

5th August 2011 Large-scale, scientific farming is the only viable model for South Africa, mostly owing to significant and rising input costs, necessitating a move towards high-value, export products, says industry body the South African Irrigation Institute (Sabi) technical executive officer Isobel van der Stoep. 

Not ‘either/or’ between small and large farming, both needed

5th August 2011 It is not a case of South Africa needing to support either small- or large-scale farming, but that both are important for the country’s development, says business organisation Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) CEO Dr John Purchase. 

Amendments aimed at promoting zero-harm culture in construction

22nd July 2011 Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 will impact on the construction industry by formalising and increasing compliance requirements for construction projects, companies and employees, and will help to reduce the number of fatalities, says safety consultation and... 

Machine manufacturer warns tender moratorium may delay projects

22nd July 2011 The six-month moratorium placed on tender allocations by the Department of Public Works (DPW) is the biggest challenge facing the local building industry and could have a negative knock-on effect for its customers and construction projects, says concrete and construction machine manufacturer Pan... 

Company expects upswing in construction projects

22nd July 2011 Industrial vibration technology component distributor OLI South Africa, a subsidiary of Italy-based bulk industrial machine manufacturer Wamgroup, believes that the construction industry will experience an upswing in projects at the end of this year or in 2012, which will lag but be driven by... 

Industry body hosts job shadow month

22nd July 2011 Industry body Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) is, this month, holding its Young Engineering Professional’s Job Shadow Month, where pupils from local schools are invited to follow a young consulting engineer through a day at work, from office to site, with the aim of engendering... 

Youth in Construction expo to be held in PE

22nd July 2011 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will, in August, co-host a Youth in Construction expo, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, says CIDB communications manager Kotli Molise. 

Gear specialist extends its footprint

15th July 2011 Gear specialist David Brown Gear Industries is extending its reach across South Africa and many other regions in the world by establishing new gearbox service centres. 

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