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South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Sea Harvest to acquire fishing business, stake in subsidiaries of Viking Fishing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 A consortium of broad-based black economic empowerment investors, led by fishing and food business Sea Harvest together with its subsidiary Sea Harvest Corporation, has entered into sale agreements with Viking Fishing Holdings to acquire the fishing business and selected shareholdings of Viking... 

Africa's largest fishing firm Oceana could lose fishing rights in Namibia

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Africa's largest fishing company Oceana Group faces a battle to hold onto its fishing rights in Namibia after the southern African country said listed firms would no longer be awarded quotas. Bidvest Namibia, which is listed on Namibia's stock exchange, could also lose its local fishing rights... 

AgriProtein aims to break ground on R500m Gauteng fly factory in November

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2018 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein aims to break ground on its second South African fly factory in November. AgriProtein rears fly larvae on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal and fish feed products. 

 AgriProtein aims to break ground on R500m Gauteng fly factory in November
The Cape Town fly factory

Land Bank welcomes board changes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank) has welcomed recent appointments to its board, which it believes will serve to strengthen its commitment to good corporate governance. The recent appointments include MA Moloto as the new chairperson of the board, D Hlatshwayo... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges
JEAN-PATRICK LEGER In applications, two surfaces rub and/or spin against each other causing friction and leading to wear

African Swine Fever outbreak reported in South Africa

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 African Swine Fever (ASF), a severe haemorrhagic disease of pigs, has been reported in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, the department of agriculture said on Thursday. The new blow to South Africa's pork industry comes as prices tumble after a Listeria outbreak that has killed more than 200... 

Albany reopens Virginia bakery after R70m refurbishment

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 Bread producer Albany has reopened its bakery in Virginia, in the Free State, following a R70-million refurbishment. The new bakery will initially operate for 12 hours a day, across two shifts, with plans to eventually increase output to full capacity, baking for 24 hours a day, across three shifts. 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a sugar value-chain task team, comprising representatives from the beverage industry, retailers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), smallholder farmers, small manufacturers and the Industrial Development Corporation of South... 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

Tongaat Hulett reports R1.9bn FY18 operating profit

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 Agriculture and agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett’s operating profit for the year ended March 31 reached just over R1.9-billion, with the company’s sugar operations recording an operating profit of R837-million, despite being adversely affected by several factors. Among these, were imports... 

Tongaat Hulett reports R1.9bn FY18 operating profit

Afgri Equipment, John Deere launch agricultural equipment telematics, automation systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2018 Agricultural equipment company Afgri Equipment and agricultural equipment multinational John Deere have launched the JD Link telematics solution, which can connect any make and model of agricultural machinery in the field in near-real-time with the farmer’s office and mobile devices. Afgri CEO... 

Avian flu still affecting agricultural cycles – Quantum Foods

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 The first six months of the current financial year proved how quickly agricultural cycles can change, says diversified feeds and poultry business Quantum Foods. This is evidenced through two main factors influencing the macroenvironment during this period, ended March 31. 

Too early to expect any marked improvement in trading environment – Rhodes Food

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 While improving consumer confidence in the country is positive for growth, Rhodes Food Group says it is too early to expect any marked improvements in the regional trading environment. The food manufacturer on Tuesday reported a 16.6% year-on-year increase in its group turnover to R2.5-billion... 

Pioneer Foods achieves credible interim performance

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods achieved a credible performance for the six months ended March 31, with total sales volumes up 4% year-on-year and revenue up 3% year-on-year to R9.9-billion. Mainly as a result of volume growth and the normalisation of the maize procurement position, the company’s gross... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cranes company  upgrades equipment  at power stations
UPGRADING CRANES Konecranes is currently upgrading and replacing crane and lifting equipment at various Eskom power stations across South Africa

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom
DRONE INSPECTIONS Skyriders has added a drone to its NDT testing offerings at Eskom facilities

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

South Africa's Astral Foods H1 profit jumps more than five fold

By: Reuters     14th May 2018 South Africa's Astral Foods said on Monday its profit surged more than five fold for the first half ended March, helped by higher sales and prices in its poultry business. Revenue at the company's poultry division increased by 23% to R5.5-billion ($448.5-million), as an improvement in poultry... 

Bayer to sell South African cotton seed business as part of Monsanto merger conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a merger between German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer and US multinational agrochemical corporation Monsanto on the condition that the merged entity sell the Bayer South African cotton seed business.  

Bayer to sell South African cotton seed business as part of Monsanto merger conditions

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers substantial savings

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 With energy cost a major factor in farm viability and profitability, the South African farming sector will need to shift its thinking towards the implementation of energy efficient technology, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Johan van Niekerk.... 

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers  substantial savings
SEE FOR YOURSELF The Zest WEG Group demo trailer which compares motor efficiency from WEG IE1 all the way up to WEG IE5 motors

Refurbishments a cheaper alternative

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group will showcase its Doosan Pro-5 series forklift refurbishments – aimed at providing the farming industry with quality lifting solutions at affordable prices – at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day. Goscor Rental Company sales manager Tanya Brummer tells... 

Technology at forefront of Nampo 2018

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 This year’s Nampo Harvest Day has specifically been designed to help the South African agriculture industry increase its efficiency through technology amid global oversupply of agricultural produce, says autonomous and voluntary commodity organisation Grain SA grain economy and marketing manager... 

Technology at forefront of Nampo 2018
GO BIG OR GO HOME The Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day exhibition has grown steadily since its inception in 1967

Agriculture industry grows despite challenges 

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 Despite policy uncertainty and drought having impacted on the South African agriculture industry, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo says the industry outlook is fairly optimistic in the near term. Sihlobo met with Engineering News to discuss the state of... 

Agriculture industry grows despite challenges
Agricultural Business Chamber discusses the state of the agricultural economy in South Africa. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer.

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018
YEAR OF THE DRONE The versatility of drones make them adaptable for a variety of industries

Backlog in application process stifling drone industry in South Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 The lack of urgency in processing commercial drone operating licences and the registering of drones is stifling the drone industry in South Africa, says Cape Town-based drone pilot training school UAV Industries director Ken Venn, who is also a board member of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft... 

Internal candidate appointed by NWK as transformation director

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Agriculture business NWK has appointed Tebogo Modise as transformation director, effective from June.  

Wine prices to rise as global shortage looms

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 The South African wine industry needs an upward price adjustment to ensure a sustainable supply going forward, amidst a looming wine shortage, says industry body Vinpro. Vinpro’s ‘Wine Harvest Report 2018’ shows that wine grape production is at 1.2-million tonnes – an almost 15% decrease compared... 

Wine prices to rise as global shortage looms
Consumers can expect to pay between 8% and 11% more for their favourite wine

South African farmers take AB InBev to competition watchdog

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country's competition watchdog about Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to change its pricing formula for buying malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making. The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes AB InBev, the world's biggest... 

Kaap Agri sees positive H1 results despite drought

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 JSE-listed Kaap Agri has reported improved interim financial results as its ongoing retail and fuel diversification strategy has helped to lessen the impact of the Western Cape’s drought on the agricultural sector. The company increased revenue by 5.4% to R3.4-billion in the six months ended... 

NWK to sell Opti Agri as focus shifts to core business

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 4AX-listed agricultural company NWK will sell its animal feed business Opti Agri to Country Bird Holdings for R290-million. This is in line with NWK’s revised business strategy with an emphasis on greater customer focus around the core business. 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

By: News24Wire      4th May 2018 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water, it said on Friday. Several policy proposals could increase the cost of water and reduce the amounts available to agricultural users, Agri... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

South African wine-maker Distell sees lower crop amid drought

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African alcohol beverages maker Distell Group's 2018 wine grape harvest was 30 percent down on the previous year due to drought in the Western Cape but grape quality was promising, its head winemaker said on Wednesday. South Africa has declared Western Cape and other regions as disaster... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that government was committed to accelerating land redistribution, adding that economic freedom means that the land that was taken from black South Africans needs to be returned. "We are committed to accelerate the redistribution of land, both in urban... 

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Africa’s population growth could drive South Africa’s livestock exports

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Africa’s population is expected to grow by 25% by 2050, creating an expanding middle class population that will require an affluent protein diet, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) research institute manager Dr Misheck Mulumba said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at a public awareness day... 

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