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Agriculture Engineering

Harness energy that is being lost, regulation engineer urges South African industry

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 In a country ranked among the top energy-intensive economiesin the world, South Africa is going all out to find strategies to tackle its ever-increasing power demands. With national power producer Eskom reportedly set to face severe supply-demand challenges withinthe next three years, electricity... 

Exports, donor funding revive lagging sector

By: khalid patel     11th August 2006 The lagging Angolan agricultural sector is set to be rejuvenated through the export of bananas, coffee and olives as well as extensive donor funding. 

R100m seed-processing plant commissioned

By: khalid patel     11th August 2006 International agri-business firm Monsanto has completed construction of the largest seed-maize processing plant on the African continent, which has been in full production since January 2006. 

Positive early signs from East Cape commercial plantings

By: Laura Tyrer     21st July 2006 The first commercial plantings of sugar beet, in the Eastern Cape, are producing sweet results with the project demonstrating increasing success. 

Production of sugar expected to maintain current high rate

By: Laura Tyrer     30th June 2006 While South Africa’s sugar industry made a rapid comeback last year following three seasons of reduced earnings, the forecast for next season is looking even sweeter. 

Hydraulically-operated alternative to aircraft spraying

26th May 2006 A large-capacity hydraulically-operated sugar cane spraying machine, designed to withstand arduous operating conditions, has recently been introduced to Northmec’s extensive range of agricultural equipment. 

Small-scale growers face plummeting margins

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Tough economic conditions in recent years, combined with reduced areas under cane and reducing yields have had a dramatic effect on the productivity of local small-scale sugarcane growers. 

‘A truly green solution’

26th May 2006 As South Africa’s sugarcane industry switches to green cane harvesting and from manual to mechanised harvesting, Natal Mechanised Farming (NMF) has expanded its CLAAS line-up with the introduction of a tractor range engineered to meet the most stringent requirements. The range joins... 

‘Simple land transfer not enough’

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 While South Africa’s land reform policies are changing the demographics of the cane growing industry, the South African Cane Growers Association says that simple land transfer is not enough to ensure integration. In response, the organisation is working to provide the necessary support... 

Ethanol study results expected by year-end

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 The state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a division of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) are set to begin an investigation into the viability of producing ethanol as a blend stock fuel in South Africa. 

Success seen from trial growing project

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Following a successful year in operation, TSB Sugar’s medium-scale grower project is expecting its first returns from Siyathuthuka farm, near Kaapmuiden, in Mpumalanga.? 

Sustainability must be an ongoing focus, says industry body

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Operating in one of the most volatile commodities in the world, the South Africa Sugar Association (Sasa) is focus-ing its efforts on sustainability, ploughing resources into specialised service provision, research and development, training and land transfer initiatives. Speaking to Engineering... 

Technology for soymilk production developed in South Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     12th May 2006 South African engineers have designed and built a soy-bean de-hulling system for one of the largest producers of soy beverages in Germany. 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

Sweet success for local I&E construction firm

24th March 2006 There has been a phenomenal increase in contracting work in South Africa, particularly in the rejuvenated mining industry. 

R&D activities aimed at resources diversification

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 At the turn of the century, the State-owned electricity utility Eskom underwent fundamental changes that involved a realignment of the business inwardly to concentrate on its core activities of generation, transmission, trading and retailing of electricity. 

Two SA projects in the running

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 Holcim Awards winners to be announced in April 

SA firm wins Sudan mill contract

13th October 2005 Local firm B & W Instrumentation and Electrical reported yesterday that it had been awarded a R4-million contract for low voltage electrical and instrumentation installation at the Sudanese Sugar Company's Assalaya sugar mill. 

Empowered corporate social investment

By: peter cromberge     23rd September 2005 The Tiso Foundation, the social development vehicle of the TisoGroup, was formally launched on September 8. 

Greater urgency urged to tackle second-economy challenge

By: peter cromberge     23rd September 2005 Greater urgency urged to tackle second-economy challangeThe cover of the 2005 De-velopment Report shows a smiling street vendor, his wares of magwenya (vetkook) and peanuts stuffed into plastic bags arranged neatly on a table that is balancing on pink cardboard boxes. 

Support for R145m Limpopo fruit-processing project

By: Nicola Mawson     20th July 2005 A R145-million Limpopo fruit-processing project has been given the green light under the government's outgoing Strategic Investment Project (SIP) tax incentive. 

A useful tool to enhance service delivery

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2005 With governments not having enough funds to build and maintain infrastructure, partnering with the private sector through public-private partnerships (PPPs) is gaining more popularity, both locally and internationally. 

Making city a better place for all

8th July 2005 In June 1999, few Capetonians believed that a newly formed public-private partnership (PPP) would succeed in its mission to push back urban decay, reverse crime and grime and attract billions of rands of investments, but it did not take long for the sceptics to be proved wrong. 

Urgent need to enlarge housing choices

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 As the Premier of Gauteng Mbhazima Shilowa has highlighted, some of the key strategies for the province include the eradication of informal settlements and the building of sustainable settlements. 

Compost turner paves the way for biological farming

27th May 2005 A group of Pongola sugarcane farmers in northern Kwazulu-Natal have been given a Perkins-powered self-propelled compost turner, which has paved the way for them to move into biological farming. 

Mozambique now a part of sugar body

27th May 2005 Mozambique, which is a medium-sized African sugarcane producer, joined the 1992 International Sugar Agreement at the beginning of the year thereby, becoming the seventy-second member-state of the International Sugar Organisation (ISO). 

Sugar industry benefits from ongoing research

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry is continuously looking for new ways to improve the industry from a product and cost point of view. 

New cane-loader scale with GPS

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 An experimental sugar grower’s farm in Kwazulu-Natal is where Autotech Weighing Systems, the sole agent for Tamtron Oy, is to commission a cane-loader scale. 

Research institute boosts sugar industry

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry is among the leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar in the world. 

The new business of sugar logistics

27th May 2005 The crucial position of supply-chain management and specialised logistics is very evident in the sugar industry. 

BEE company covers Africa's sugar industry needs

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 Black-owned BNC Projects has acquired 150 years of combined experience in the sugar industry and is now using this experience to benefit the sugar industry across the African continent. 

SA sugar industry performs well despite challenges

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry makes important contributions to the national economy, due to its agricultural and industrial investments, high employment, foreign exchange earnings and its linkages with suppliers, customers and support industries. 

Land-reform programme delivers

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 Between 1913 and 1994 over 3,5-million South Africans lost their land rights as a result of discriminatory legislation. 

Cooperative to become private company soon

27th May 2005 In 1925 when 71 like-minded farmers in the Daton/Kranskop area of Kwazulu-Natal pooled their resources to purchase the Dalton wattle bark mill, the Union Co-operative Limited (UCL) was founded. 

Sugar-beet study on track for July completion

By: Liezel Hill     27th May 2005 A bankable feasibility study looking into the viability of a sugar-beet farming project, which would also involve construction of a sugar-manufacturing factory, is on track for completion in July, reports Sugar Beet SA representative Mike Hendrikse. 

Company clinches contract at Tanzanian sugar estate

27th May 2005 A three-year management contract at the Kagera Sugar Estate in northern Tanzania, west of Lake Victoria, has been awarded to Bosch Projects, part of the B & A Group. 

Research into biogas energy solution advances

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 With South Africa’s impending energy crises and the fact that most rural households do not have access to energy, biogas could potentially become a viable solution. 

Eight new ethanol plants planned

19th May 2005 Some eight new ethanol plants are to be constructed in South Africa at an estimated cost of R2,4-billion by Ethanol Africa. 

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