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Agriculture News

Insufficient tariff requires urgent intervention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 The current sugar import tariff of South Africa is insufficient to regulate imports, which makes it imperative that the tariff be increased, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. “There are various systems to implement tariffs, with South Africa employing a... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Governance key to boosting intra-Africa timber trade – AfDB report

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2018 A new report by the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) African Natural Resources Centre has stressed the importance of forestry governance to boosting intra-African trade of wood products. The report, titled ‘Assessing forest law enforcement, governance and trade in Africa’, was launched on... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Biorefinery Development Facility group leader Bruce Sithole

Ramaphosa says there will be 'broad discussion' on expropriation without compensation

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said the land reform debate should not be reduced to a debate about expropriation without compensation. He was answering questions in the National Assembly, where Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane asked him about the full details of the government's plan to... 

Ramaphosa says there will be 'broad discussion' on expropriation without compensation
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Steinhoff sells part of stake in South Africa's KAP to help cut debt

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Crisis-hit South African retailer Steinhoff raised R3.66-billion ($311-million) from the sale of a 16.7% stake in KAP Industrial, another step in its efforts to shore up its finances and pay down debt. Steinhoff, which has more than 40 retail brands that include Conforama, Poundland and Mattress... 

Southern Africa likely to see GDP growth above 2% in the next two years

By: Anine Kilian     12th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) expects real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the Southern African region to improve to 2% in 2018 and then to 2.4% in 2019. The'Southern Africa Economic Outlook Report 2018', released by the AfDB, in Pretoria, on Monday, states that there is cautious... 

Confidence in agriculture ticks up, but land expropriation yet to weigh in

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index for the first quarter painted an encouraging picture of the South African agricultural sector, as it improved by nine points to 58, after declining to levels below the 50-point mark in the last quarter of 2017. The survey, which was conducted between... 

Confidence in agriculture ticks up, but land expropriation yet to weigh in

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 With every R1-million invested into the South African wine industry, almost five jobs are created, says wine industry representative Vinpro.  

Wine industry continuously focuses on transformation, social development, says Vinpro
Vinpro transformation and development manager Phil Bowes

Land expropriation without compensation key for economic growth – Masondo 

By: Anine Kilian     6th March 2018 Land reform, including the uncompensated expropriation of land, is necessary for economic growth and development and will contribute towards ending unacceptable levels of inequality, poverty and unemployment, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Dr David... 

Land expropriation without compensation key for economic growth – Masondo

Zambia taps climate fund to battle worsening drought

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Zambian farmers facing more extreme weather are set to get better early warning and weather information to help them cope, as part of a new grant from the Green Climate Fund. In a funding round announced this week, the international climate fund approved $32 million toward a broader effort by the... 

International community should not panic over land reform – Sisulu 

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 Government has urged the international community not to panic over South Africa's parliamentary processes with regards to the controversial land expropriation policy. Minister of international relations and co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu said in a statement on Sunday that she "noted a number of... 

International community should not panic over land reform – Sisulu
Minister of international relations and co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu

Rapid adoption of automation critical for local steel industry

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 The rapid rate at which automation technology is progressing globally presents a challenge for South African industry, which needs to keep pace with the latest developments in automated capital equipment, says South African capital equipment and cutting consumables distributor First Cut. The... 

Rapid adoption of  automation critical  for local steel industry
ANDREW POOLE The South African steel industry must keep up with Industry 4.0 automation trends to remain competitive in the global market

New, existing products on display at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Importation and distribution company Smith Power Equipment (smith) regards bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 as a noteworthy platform to launch new products onto the market, as well as showcase its product range offering to clients.  smith GM Tom Bloom enthuses that owing to its global following – in... 

New, existing products on display at expo
LOCAL DEBUT Smith Power Equipment will launch a new Kubota excavator at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA this year

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Trade agreement with the EU a boost for Western Cape exports

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2018 The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and six countries in Southern Africa has been a boost for the Western Cape, with strong gains for the wine and fishing industries since it came into effect in October 2016.  The EPA between the EU and the Southern African Customs... 

Ramaphosa: Land motion 'no reason to panic or beat the war drum'

By: News24Wire      1st March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said there is no reason to "panic and start beating war drums" over Parliament's decision to look at land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa was on Thursday responding to the National House of Traditional Leaders debate on his address to the House this... 

Ramaphosa: Land motion 'no reason to panic or beat the war drum'
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Omnia acquires Oro Agri for $100m

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 Chemical manufacturing company Omnia Group has agreed to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SEZC and 52% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri South Africa (SA), which is not already owned by Oro Agro SEZC, for $100-million. Omnia will fund the transaction through existing available... 

Losses mount in Western Cape's farm sector

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 The Western Cape province expects its agriculture sector to decline by around 20 percent, as a severe drought hits farmlands surrounding Cape Town as the city braces for "Day Zero", when its taps are expected to run dry. South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted... 

Losses mount in Western Cape's farm sector

Ramaphosa aims to resolve land issue "once and for all"

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday he wants talks on the thorny topic of land expropriation to avoid panic but aims to resolve the issue of racial disparities in property ownership "once and for all". South Africa took a step on Tuesday to hasten the transfer of land from white to black... 

Ramaphosa aims to resolve land issue
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sapoa concerned about land expropriation

By: Thabi Madiba     1st March 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has raised concerns, particularly in relation to food security, agricultural production and the economy, following the recent motion by the National Assembly to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The... 

Sapoa concerned about land expropriation

Consumers urged to buy local as poultry industry remains ‘in distress’

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2018 Despite being the highest per capita consumer of poultry products on the African continent, and the ninth-highest consumer in the world, South Africa finds its poultry industry in deep crisis, buy local campaign Proudly South Africa (SA) said at its first yearly poultry forum on Tuesday. Faced... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

Bidcorp interim results in line with company expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 JSE-listed Bidcorp has delivered "pleasing results" with the foodservice group's half-year performance in line with management expectations, CEO Bernard Berson said on Wednesday. Headline earnings a share increased by 8.6% to 640c a share in the six months ended December 31, from 589.3c a share a... 

Illovo’s economic value-add in Africa reported at R23.8bn

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar Africa has estimated its positive economic impact across the six countries in which it operates at R23.8-billion, which includes a R5-billion direct positive economic impact. This is a 29% increase in the company’s total contribution to the economies over a period of... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Citizens of towns in the Western Cape, particularly Cape Town, on Wednesday could give a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba outlined that a provisional allocation of R6-billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for drought relief measures and to augment public infrastructure investment.... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Bags ensure soil retention for projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Using small scale nonwoven geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags is a user-friendly method for less critical soil-retention applications, says geosynthetic product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa.  

Bags ensure soil retention for projects
FOR SLOPES’ SAKE Fibertex Naue Secugrid 40/40Q6 soil reinforcing biaxial geogrids are used to minimise soil deformation under tensile loads over the lifetime of the structure

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

SA pulp and paper group moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

SA pulp and paper group moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Land Bank launches climate change adaptation funding facility for farmers

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The Land and Agricultural Development Bank (Land Bank) on Wednesday announced the start of a new funding facility geared towards the support of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. The €50-million facility, secured through the European Investment Bank (EIB), is set to strengthen the... 

South African grape variant to be launched at German fruit trade fair

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2018 South African science institution, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (Sati) and Culdevco, plans to launch a seedless red table grape at the South African National Pavilion during the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair, which takes place in... 

Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven-million to ten-million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero, GWUA chief executive Johan Groenewald said. "We were blessed [with rain], even... 

South African table grape harvest seen stable despite drought

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) said on Monday that the country’s harvest would be stable in the 2017/2018 season despite the drought. “The country’s harvest is resilient with volumes stabilising despite the worst drought in decades,” SATI said in a statement. 

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