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Agriculture News

Fruit transport bin partnership formed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Johannesburg company Batecor has formed an agreement with Clip-Lok International to own, operate and hire out a revolutionary patented bulk bin to the international fruit industry. These rights also extend to the manufacturing and marketing of the full range of Clip-Lok products within the... 

Official accreditation body

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The University of pretoria’s graduate school of management is a leader in logistics, and has just become the official accreditation body in South Africa on behalf of the European Certification Board for Logistics. “We have taken the lead to implement value-chain optimisation at Sappi... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

Call for greater private sector participation

By: System Author     11th June 1999 SOUTH African business needs to exert leadership in increasing private sector participation in its work throughout Africa. This is the view of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) secretary-general Maria Livanos Cattaui, who claims that the ICC needs a strong business presence in all regions... 

Swazi sugar-mill expansion

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation is in the throes of the Simunye expansion project to increase the mill’s capacity to 400 t of cane an hour. As part of this expansion the company has decided to increase and improve the mixed juice screening process by removing the old static... 

Storm in fishing net as quota war rages on

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A recent court case between the Depart- ment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and 61 fishing companies has had repercussions that will be felt throughout South Africa’s fishing industry for years to come, long after judgment against the department was heard on April 23. The application,... 

Land reform to promote new agri enterprises

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The creation of new commercial agricultural enterprises is a major objective of the government’s land reform programme, Engineering News can today report. “The aim is to create commercial farming operations by people who previously didn’t have any land,” points out... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

Lack of unity drags out export councils

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s unco-operative culture is dragging out the process of forming export councils in the textiles, clothing, chemical products, plastics, furniture and food product industries. Capital Equipment Export Council (CEEC) manager Sybil Rhomberg tells Engineering News that the only... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

SA construction firm going strong in Botswana

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Local construction company Concor is busy with a R28-million contract to build a technology centre and an R8-million extension to a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Concor building division MD Brian Robertson tells Engineering News that the R28-million contract to build the technology... 

South African flowers blooming in Europe

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Exports of indigenous flowers and plants to Europe are increasingly offering new opportunities to the South African flower industry. In addition to the R204-million-worth of fresh cut flowers and foliage exported from South Africa every year – mainly to the Far East – protea exports... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Phalaborwa projects ripe for the picking

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite being the ‘baby’ in South Africa’s family of spatial development initiatives (SDI) the Phalaborwa SDI, which covers the area from Tzaneen and Phalaborwa towards Nelspruit, promises to grow into a strapping array of agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining projects.... 

Upcoming trade mission from United Kingdom

By: System Author     21st May 1999 BRITISH industry continues to find South Africa a valuable market. This is illustrated by the fact that the UK’s North East Development Agency (Neda), previously known as the Northern Development Company (NDC), with the support of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has organised... 

Spinach still packs a punch

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE production of spinach using home-based hydroponics can make a substantial contribution towards the economic upliftment of urban communities, a study commissioned by the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council has found. The study also considers the growing of green peppers, spinach and tomatoes... 

Fishing for specialised valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The introduction of proportional valve technology into its South African product range by Danish valve manufacturer Danfoss has boosted sales in its valve division tenfold in the last 18 months, reveals Danfoss marketing manager Paddy Hodgson. “The introduction of the range of valves, along... 

R1,2m dust-control contracts

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THREE orders totalling about R1,2-million for supply of dust-control filters for packaging equipment have been placed with Air Cleaning Equipment (Ace), of Springs, Gauteng, by leading packaging-equipment specialist BMW Packaging of Sandton, Gauteng. The filters are for packaging equipment for... 

Genetic modification may hold the key to Africa’s food-production dilemma

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Within the next five to ten years, 95% of South Africa’s processed foods will be derived from genetically-modified sources. Far from rejecting this trend, however, South Africans should embrace the idea of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), if only for the simple reason of all the good... 

Road contract completion

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE US$5,9-million contract to construct the Chibuto–Chongoene road in Mozambique is drawing to a close. Funded by Badea, the contract is being undertaken by LTA Earthworks (Mozambique) in a joint venture with Mozambique company Ceta. Being undertaken for the Direcao Nacional de Estrades e... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

Big industrial push mooted for Durban

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The combination of a new container port and a petrochemical hub is just one of the findings contained within a draft South Durban Basin strategic environmental assessment (SEA), to be handed over to the Durban Metro Council by June this year. The study was commissioned more than two years ago by... 

Environmental management reaps the rewards

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A study undertaken by KPMG to trace the development of environmental management systems (EMS) in South Africa, identified problems, benefits and trends for future development that companies considering such a system can benchmark against. The study was undertaken with the responses of 72% of 112... 

South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

Black empowerment needed for growth

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Black economic empowerment is imperative for sustainable economic growth in South Africa, which is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, said African Harvest executive chairperson Mashudu Ramano at the South Africa Republic of China Chamber of Economic Relations annual general... 

SA assistance with UAE-card making plant

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first plastic card manufacturing plant has been created with the assistance of a Johannesburg firm. BN Card Technologies, a subsidiary of Nampak’s BDM Technologies, is involved in providing technology know-how and staff training to the US$7-million... 

Prospects grow for SA abalone industry

By: System Author     16th April 1999 With none of the existing South African abalone farms at full production yet, this industry is expected to generate around US$20-million in two years through abalone sales when most farms reach full production capacity. “With total world demand at around 4 000 t a year at present, South... 

High-tech support bolsters Peruvian fisheries industry

By: System Author     16th April 1999 PERU has successfully rebuilt its fisheries industry, which virtually collapsed in the early 1970s, to be the country’s number-two industry in value, after mining, and the number-one employer, Engineering News can today report. “Our fisheries exports total US$1-billion a year, or... 

R110-million lignosulphonate plant for Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R110-million plant which will produce 55 000 t/y of lignosulphonate for export, has been opened at Umkomaas, on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast, by chemical cellulose pulp producer Sappi and international chemicals company Borregaard. Known as LignoTech South Africa, the plant is an... 

Agricultural Gis system on the cards

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An initiative to estab- lish an agricultural geographic information system (Agis) for South Africa has seen a funding proposal for phase two of the development being submitted to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s (Dacst) Innovation Fund. This follows the... 

EU: Now it’s time to meet the challenge

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Not only opportunities, but also numerous challenges have been created for South Africa through the conclusion of the trade, development and co-operation agreement with the European Union (EU) – it is now imperative that trade and industry members familiarise themselves with the... 

Oz research gets to bottom of effluent irrigation

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Alarmed at the pollution of their rivers, oceans and lakes, Australian communities are increasingly demanding the disposal of sewage effluent on land – but this can cause equally serious environmental problems, a leading Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)... 

Roller re-covering contract for paper mill

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The order for re-covering between four and six heavy press rolls for Mondi’s PM2 rebuild at Richards Bay is expected to be awarded to the paper division of heavy-duty roller re-covering company, Rubber Rollers, of Wadeville, Gauteng. The size of the order has not yet been specified, but the... 

Move into the electrode boiler segment

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has established an electrode boiler division following its acquisition of the Steamcor patent, designs and technology and the right to use the company name. The new division will be headed by Jan Malan, former MD of Steamcor and a 30-year... 

Teflon finds increasing favour as bushing material

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Contrary to common belief, teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) is not only used for covering frying pans to ensure a non-stick surface, but is widely used as a bushing material in various industries. The aircraft, automotive, chemical, civil engineering, dairy, electrical, electronic,... 

R200m upgrade boosts paper mill output

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A seven-year R200- million investment programme to enhance Mondi Kraft’s Piet Retief, Free State, mill has been completed, resulting in increased capacity, improved efficiency and higher quality. Mondi MD Andrew Thompson tells Engineering News that the improvement in production performance... 

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