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Joburg summit risks worsening North-South rift

30th July 2002 The Johannesburg Summit, meant to save the planet, is in danger of backfiring by deepening rifts between rich and poor countries. 

Moves to bridge techno divide

30th July 2002 The meeting in Cape Town, in which the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union (EU) seek to meet the challenges of research, science and technology for sustainable development head on, draws to a close today. 

Motors drive world-class fruit-packaging plant

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 The need to keep up with international standards and have sophisticated fruit packaging plants has lead to a R500 000 contract for Bonfiglioli Power Transmission’s Nelspruit branch to supply geared motors to the Alicedale Packhouse project. 

Competition complaint withdrawn against paper firm

26th July 2002 South Africa's Sappi yesterday confirmed that the Competition Commission had withdrawn complaints of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it by a client, Papercor. 

Sharp rise in GM maize plantings

24th July 2002 In the coming season more than 100 000 ha genetic modified (GM) white and yellow maize will be planted in South Africa – three times the area (30 000 ha) of last season, NWK Agricultural Company chairperson and leading grain farmer in the Lichtenburg area Gert Pretorius reports. 

SA raises maize crop forecast

24th July 2002 South Africa now estimates its 2001/2002 maize crop at 8,781-million tons, up from 8,671-million tons estimated in June and last year's 7,2-million tons, the Crop Estimate Committee has revealed. 

Envoys face more meetings ahead of Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Nations have moved closer to agreement on a plan for eco-friendly development to be adopted at next month's global summit in Johannesburg, and envoys may meet again just before the summit begins, South African officials have revealed. 

African groups want aid, trade from Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Africa needs cash, technological help and trade concessions from rich countries if it is to protect its environment and meet its development goals, pressure groups have said. 

Steel-shot, grit manufacturer commissions fourth furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 In the wake of the increased demand for steel-shot and grit products, Thor Foundry, an East-Rand steel-abrasives manufacturer, has begun commissioning its fourth furnace, which cost the foundry an estimated $300 000 to install. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Free State pursues five growth sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 Cars on the N1 highway speeding past fields of paprika, with freight planes now and then passing overhead to land at a dedicated cargo airport. 

EU praised for agricultural moves

19th July 2002 Recent changes in US farm policies will depress world commodity prices while plans to reform Europe's common agricultural policy (CAP) mark an important step towards less trade-distorting practices, the OECD said in the Financial Times. 

SA mandated to finalise Joburg summit draft

19th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations have narrowed their differences on a blueprint for environmentally-friendly development to be adopted at a global summit in Johannesburg that opens in less than six weeks, UN officials said. 

Steel wire JV in full swing

19th July 2002 The first local production in Africa of Bekaert products is in full swing following the announcement at the end of last year of the joint venture between South African local steel wire company, Bastion Wire and the world’s largest steel wire manufacturer, Bekaert. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

Minister vows Joburg summit will go ahead

17th July 2002 South Africa has vowed that the Joburg Summit, which it is due to host next month, will certainly go ahead despite the absence of agreement so far on key goals for the global environment. 

SA tissue-cultured banana plants in demand

12th July 2002 Local horticultural firm Du Roi Laboratory, based in Letsitele in the Limpopo Province, provides a cross section of highly specialised and focused agricultural products and services to customers regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Sorghum: biodegradable packaging solution?

By: candice haase     12th July 2002 Research into the film-forming properties of sorghum protein being conducted by the CSIR and the University of Pretoria (UP) began in January this year and is due for completion in December 2005. 

SA, UN press for Joburg summit blueprint

12th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations will gather in New York next week in search of an elusive last-minute accord on a global blueprint for sustainable development, South African and UN officials said earlier this week. 

Annan urges action for Joburg summit

10th July 2002 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged world leaders to draw up action plans to fight poverty and save the environment during a global earth summit in South Africa next month. 

SA tractor sales soar 50% in June

4th July 2002 South African new tractor sales leapt 50% year-on-year in June, thanks to farmers replacing their ageing equipment and rosy crop prospects, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) said yesterday. 

Senegal lets EU boats fish in its waters

28th June 2002 The European Union (EU0 said earlier this week that its boats would be allowed to return to Senegalese waters after it won fishing rights for the next four years. 

Agri forum focuses on trade

27th June 2002 A three-day public-private sector agricultural trade forum for representatives from eleven SADC member countries being held in Johannesburg will be drawing to a close today. 

SA's maize estimate positive for region

24th June 2002 The latest estimate of South Africa's 2001/02 commercial maize crop, released last week, shows the harvest nearly 1% larger than last month's forecast – good news for hungry southern Africa. 

55 black farmers join paprika export drive

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 With 3% of the global paprika market already in the bag, trade company Haymake and its 49,9% shareholder – Pamodzi Investment, may see this percentage rise as a result of a production-exporting venture, involving 55 local black farmers in Springbok in the Northern Cape. 

SA exports to US surge 83%

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 South African exports to the US under the latter’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) jumped by 83% in the first quarter of this year in comparison to the same quarter last year. 

Power utility pays heed to 'triple bottomline'

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South Africa’s State owned power utility has allocated over R52-million this year to its corporate social investment arm, to beef up the third element in its triple bottomline. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

SA highlights fight on poverty for Joburg summit

17th June 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, there is an agreement that poverty eradication should be the central focus of the World Summit on Sustainble Development. 

Land programme hitting snags

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2002 South Africa’s land-redistribution policy is facing difficulties, says University of the Western Cape Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), researcher Dr Edward Lahiff. 

Poor countries call on West to cut agricultural subsidies

14th June 2002 Leaders of developing countries at a UN food summit in Rome, Italy, have urged the EU and the US to remove farm subsidies and open their markets. 

Sustainable engineering to be crucial to SADC's development

14th June 2002 It is the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (SAICE) belief that the well-being of African commerce and trade is heavily reliant on the availability of well-developed and maintained infrastructure as provided by the built environment professions and industry to face the... 

Sugar giant sweet on Mozambique

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 Diversified group Tongaat-Hulett plans to expand sugar production in Mozambique in order to take advantage of the former Portuguese colony’s increased access to global markets from 2006, when developed countries open up to the world’s poorest countries. 

No decision on Joburg Summit plan

13th June 2002 The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting for the Johannesburg World Summit in Bali was attended by a large number of ministers from both developed and developing countries. By the early hours of the morning of 8 June consensus was not reached on the Draft Plan of Implementation for the... 

Farm subsidies are obstacle to UN summit – SA

12th June 2002 South Africa slammed rich countries for subsidising their own farmers at the expense of those from the Third World, saying the issue was a major bone of contention ahead of a UN summit it will host on poverty and the environment. 

Funding for UN summit almost secure

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) has succeeded in securing nearly all of the funding needed to host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4 in Sandton, Gauteng. 

US calls for farm export subsidies to be cut

7th June 2002 The US will push in global trade talks for complete elimination of farm export subsidies over five years, Washington’s top agricultural trade negotiator said. 

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