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Last logistics tender issued for WSSD

16th August 2002 Earlier this month, the Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) issued the last of its tenders for the logistics of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4. 

Science to pull its weight at the Joburg Summit

16th August 2002 The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development at the World Summit in Johannesburg has drawn participation from influential and committed organisations and experts worldwide, resulting in the programme offering a range of science and technology topics and perspectives... 

Sustainable development high on agenda of consulting engineers

16th August 2002 With all eyes on Johannesburg and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is set to play a key role in directing the course of sustainable development and placing it high on the worldwide agenda of consulting engineers. 

Leaders probe role of technology in development

16th August 2002 THE African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States-European Union (EU) Forum on Research for Sustainable Development, which took place in Cape Town in July, was the first gathering of the representatives of the 78 member states of the ACP Group and the 15 members of the EU, to specifically... 

Green energy investors conference planned

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 The Cape Town-based green energy service company, Agama Energy, is planning to host an international investors’ conference in South Africa next year to help facilitate the introduction of green energy into the energy supply industry (ESI). 

Virtual exhibit of sustainable projects

16th August 2002 With the United Nations’ World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) only days away and the hype surrounding it, one could be forgiven for questioning the real role of the giant talk shop in the lives of ordinary people. 

SA maize tariffs should fall, say millers

15th August 2002 International maize prices have risen to a level earmarked in South African legislation as a trigger point for import tariff reductions, the country's Chamber of Milling said yesterday. 

SA safety group to win from Joburg summit

15th August 2002 South African safety group, the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) is emerging as one of only a few organisations in the world able to translate the expected decisions and outcomes of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) into practical application by... 

Nigeria invites China to boost food production

13th August 2002 Nigeria plans to raise its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 10% through increased agricultural output in the next three years with the aid of Chinese experts invited to develop its water resources. 

Waste-cotton initiative reduces costs for weavers

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th August 2002 More than 30 local weaving companies, mostly in the Eastern Cape, have, over the last few years, had to close down or downsize due to increases in the price of raw materials – specifically wool. 

Gold firm emerging as industry, resources financier

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 Those that associate JCI with gold alone will be interested to hear that many of the businesses that will contribute to its future cash income are totally unconnected with the gold sector. 

GM maize helps avert stalk-borer crisis – ARC

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 It is speculated that, without genetically-modified (GM) maize, this year might have seen a repeat of the stalk borer epidemic that occurred in South Africa in the 1970s. 

Africans urge World Bank to boost agriculture spending

9th August 2002 African finance ministers have decided that they will put pressure on the World Bank to increase its lending on agricultural development, which they say has been stagnant for the past 10 years, reports New Vision of Uganda. 

Poor rains set to hit Mali's cereals output

9th August 2002 Poor rains are likely to hit Mali's cereals production for 2002/03 as fewer plantations have been sown in the main growing regions, officials at the ministry for Rural Development have revealed. 

Moosa delivers 'state of the summit' briefing

9th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, yesterday briefed Parliament on South Africa's state of readiness to host the biggest ever global gathering, the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Minister announces big increase in fish quotas

9th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has determined the final pelagic total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2002 pelagic season. 

Ecojargon in preparation for Joburg summit

8th August 2002 The 50 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries set to throng the Johannesburg summit, which starts later this month will have no problem finding a common language to thrash out a strategy for sustainable development. 

Biotech must be part of sustainability package

8th August 2002 It will be important for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to underline the importance of appropriate technologies – which will inevitably include biotechnology – to sustain the lives of billions of people, International Food Strategies president... 

Joburg wants green summit, UN wants it lean

7th August 2002 World Summit organisers in Johannesburg hope to paint the town green this month and avoid the mountains of waste that such gatherings usually generate. 

SA new tractor sales double in July

6th August 2002 South Africa's July new tractor sales doubled year-on-year, boosted by farmers replacing old equipment and a better crop outlook, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) revealed yesterday. 

Progress made towards WSSD declaration, says Erwin

6th August 2002 Trade and industry minister Alec Erwin says world leaders have made progress regarding the declaration of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. 

Science has role in sustainable development

5th August 2002 Women in Science will set the pace for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development – a platform for highlighting the critical contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development - at the World Summit in Johannesburg. 

SA suspends Japanese fishing in its waters

5th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Valli Moosa, has announced the suspension of Japanese fishing in South African waters. 

Tapping pine trees' non-wood potential 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Pine trees are about much more than wood. 

State praised for biotech focus

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Government’s focus on biotechnology as an important future technology in South Africa is considered a good move by everybody involved, says Highveld Biological MD Dr Elke Bey. 

Big sugar plan for Mali

2nd August 2002 A plan for a $253,6-million sugar factory, could make Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, self-sufficient in sugar and eventually provide for export of up to 60 0000 t of sugar. 

$40m tin-can plant planned for Morocco

2nd August 2002 Denver trading company Yasmine Enterprises and a consortium of Morocco’s leading food processors are proposing the construction of a modern $40-million can manufacturing plant in Morocco. 

KZN to launch small farmer mechanisation project

2nd August 2002 Africa’s first private sector driven mechanisation programme for small-scale farmers will be launched in KwaZulu-Natal next week. 

Renewable energy targets disappointing

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Representing the sustainable energy sector locally, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) believes there are a number of issues within this industry which need to be highlighted, the least of which is the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Five-year deadline for putting policy into practice

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy and clean energy development was released by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) for public comment in June this year. 

Business showcase during Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 South African business, large and small, will be able to showcase their abilities as people converge on Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4. 

Last tender is issued for Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) yesterday issued the last of its tenders for the logistics of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4. 

Summit not about rewriting global trade agreements – DTI

1st August 2002 South Africa plans to highlight developmental issues at next month's world summit in Johannesburg but will not try to renegotiate global trade or financial agreements. 

World leaders confirm attendance at Joburg gathering

1st August 2002 The United Nations (UN) says more than 100 world leaders have officially confirmed their attendance at the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg next month. 

Sugar giant forecasts rise in output

1st August 2002 Sugar and metals group Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland is forecast to rise to 1,25-million tons in 2002, up 13% on last year, group CEO Peter Staude said during the company's interim results presentation. 

Paper firm battles sluggish US market

1st August 2002 South African paper giant Sappi reported a modest rise in third-quarter earnings yesterday, battling a sluggish US market, and said it expected profits to improve slightly in the final quarter. 

Starving Africa should accept GMO food – US

30th July 2002 Countries facing famine in southern Africa should accept genetically modified (GMO) food or risk death for millions of its people, a top US official has said. 

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