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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. 

South African firm enters Malawian agricultural industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th June 2002 South Africa’s giant agricultural firm OTK Limited has signed a partnership agreement with Malawi's largest agricultural company, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc). 

US farm law leaves bitter taste for SA sugar

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2002 The chairperson of the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) Bruce Dunlop, says that while the newly announced US sugar programme, a component of its controversial new farm legislation, is only marginally different from the old programme, Sasa was still disappointed by contents of the new law. 

Farm Bill blunder

7th June 2002 It is simply amazing that, at a time when the US desperately hopes to hold together an international coalition against terror, it can be so unyielding on so many key international issues. 

GM food will not solve Africa's woes

By: Seeraj Mohamed     31st May 2002 Ideas for sustainable development for Africa will abound over the next few months as preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development intensifies. 

Americas meet over Johannesburg summit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2002 Ministers of the Environment of the Latin American and Caribbean countries met to discuss joint positions for the Jhb World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) later this year. 

Bumper milling season to sweeten production

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 Mpumalanga-based sugar company Transvaal sugar is to produce about 470 000 t of sugar during the 2002/3 season from its Malelane and Komati mills, reports public affairs manager Riaan Pienaar. 

$140m rehabilitation of Moz sugar mills concluded

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 It is estimated that about $140-million has been invested for the rehabilitation of four sugar mills in Mozambique over the past four years, reports Durban-based sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) MD Bruce Dunlop. 

Sugar group consolidates African assets

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 South Africa’s largest sugar producer the Illovo Sugar group, has completed its rehabilitation of the Maragra sugar mill and agricultural estates in Mozambique, a programme which begun when the company acquired a 50% stake in 1997. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Liberalisation of world sugar market anticipated

31st May 2002 The South African sugar industry, one of the world's leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar, held its opening of the season ceremony last month at the Morewood Memorial Gardens in Umhlali on Kwazulu-Natal's North Coast. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Sweet success for SA sugar research

31st May 2002 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) is the central scientific organisation involved in research work into the manufacturing problems of the South African sugar industry. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

R10m in hospital furniture is supplied to Uganda

31st May 2002 One of the largest manufacturers of quality hospital furniture and equipment in Southern Africa, Meditek-hemco, has successfully completed a R10-million project for supply of hospital furniture for a World Bank project in Uganda. 

US exports misery to Africa with Farm Bill

30th May 2002 The White House and Congress are trumpeting their determination to bring economic opportunity to the people of Africa, but first, a few million sub-Saharan farmers will have to suffer, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Agricultural trade system a serious problem – Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2002 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin yesterday described trade in agricultural products as one of the most serious problems facing the world trade system. 

Fisheries vessel could still be built in SA

By: Keith Campbell     24th May 2002 It is still possible that the largest of the four fisheries and environmental protection vessels (FEPVs) being acquired by the Departmental of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be built in Durban. 

Technology raises SA's maize-crop estimate

22nd May 2002 South Africa’s 2001/02 maize crop estimate has risen, for the first time since the initial release of data in February, as sophisticated new methods of measuring take effect, the crop estimates body said. 

Erwin slams US farm protectionism

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2002 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin yesterday lashed out at the US over its decision to increase protection for American farmers by $180-billion over the next ten-years. 

Annan highlights key focus areas for Joburg summit

21st May 2002 In a speech delivered by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity were named as key areas for action at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which kicks-off in Johannesburg in August . 

US subsidies ring alarm bells for African farmers

16th May 2002 African commentators blasted a new law to protect the US farm industry, saying the legislation made a mockery of Washington's calls for the continent to embrace free trade. 

Bush signs controversial Farm Bill

14th May 2002 US President George W Bush signed a 10-year, $190-billion farm bill Monday that expands subsidies to growers, turning aside criticism from fellow Republicans who called the measure a budget-busting step backward in agriculture planning. 

US farm subsidies will rob Africans of jobs

13th May 2002 The US Senate last week gave final approval to a controversial Farm Bill that will boost federal government support for agriculture by at least $82-billion over the next 10 years. 

Big new fishing quota, new patrol vessels

13th May 2002 South Africa has announced record high quotas for local companies to catch pilchards and anchovies, and at the same time ordered four new coastal patrol vessels to combat poaching. 

US farm Bill flouts consensus on helping third world

8th May 2002 Of all the problems that plague the world's poor in the age of globalisation, few are so widely condemned as the subsidies that rich countries provide their farmers. 

Grants help boost Magalies mushroom firm

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 What is believed to be the only black-owned mushroom-producing company in Gauteng is making use of grants to become more efficient in producing the mushrooms that it supplies to local supermarkets and pizzerias. 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

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