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Agriculture News

World of growth opens up for SA agriculture

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agricultural engineering, irrigation & plant propagation 

Benefits flow from corrosion protection

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation & plant propagation 

New tech for long-wear agro components

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

Funding stunts South African biotechnology

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

Genetic-modification debate rages on

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agricultural engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

SA losing out on its big flower potential

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Already an insignificant R450-million turnover industry against the backdrop of its resources, South Africa’s flower sector is now being overtaken by its counterparts in other African countries in important export markets while imports into South Africa are blossoming. 

Catfish could reel in millions for SA 

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Johannesburg company Aquaculture South Africa is in the process of concluding a financing package with international donors to expand catfish farming activities, which are said to have significant potential to create jobs and reel in foreign revenue. 

South African abolone for Japan

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Mid-July saw the first exportation of a batch of abalone cultivated on Irvin and Johnson’s (I&J) abalone farm at Danger Point in the Western Cape. 

SA–EU free-trade deal expected before 2000

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The long-negotiated free-trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union (EU) might be signed in South Africa before the end of the year, reports Finnish Ambassador to South Africa Tapani Brotherus. He tells Engineering News that this will most likely be one of the highlights of the... 

Invasive plants threaten SA economy

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Invasive species are one of the single biggest threats to the South African economy, warns Working for Water Programme (WFW) national programme leader Dr Guy Preston. Although no estimate has been calculated for South Africa, scientists in Australia have put their figure at R35-billion damage a... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

France aids SA development

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 FRANCE’s Agence Fran 

180 projects envisaged for Mpumalanga

By: System Author     16th July 1999 More than 180 investment projects worth US$7-billion have already been identified in Mpumalanga in order to unlock its potential as part of the Maputo development corridor (MDC), reports Mpumalanga Investment Initiative (MII) CEO Gordon Griffiths. These projects in the stainless steel, timber,... 

Year 2000 upgrade is finally in the can

By: System Author     16th July 1999 One of the largest manufacturers of tin-plate cans for the South African food-canning industry, Foodcan, of Bryanston, Gauteng, a subsidiary of the Nampak group, has taken steps to streamline and upgrade its production facilities nationwide as part of a multimillion-rand Year 2000 initiative. As... 

SA plants export potential set to flourish

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Long ripe for the picking, South Africa’s rich indigenous plant resource now seems set to become a generator of funds for a country which desperately needs it. In the first deal of its kind worldwide, the National Botanical Institute (NBI) of South Africa is in the process of finalising an... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Local packaging machine beats imported version

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The first locally-made packaging machine for handling water-soluble film is now available from National Packaging Systems (NPS) of Kwazulu-Natal at a fraction of the cost of the imported version. Business partners Geoff Thomason and John Pelucci developed the machine using the latest packaging... 

National packaging-industry awards

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Over the past 20 years, the Gold Pack Awards have developed a credible relationship with the South African packaging industry through recognising good design and innovation in those companies and individuals unwilling to accept the ordinary. Early in the history of the Institute of Packaging of... 

Vote for corrugated board

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The recent South African general election revealed an innovative use for corrugated board. Leading corrugated-packaging manufacturer Nampak Corrugated designed and manufactured the voting booths for the country’s 14 500 polling stations, and the tables and chairs used in more remote areas.... 

Big control system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Several significant control system contracts have been awarded to automation and control specialist Siemens, of Halfway House, Gauteng, Automation and Drives automation product manager Cornu Perold tells Engineering News. These include a drying line for Sappi Swaziland and a contract for the... 

Cassava research drive launched

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Southern African Development Community has established the Southern African Root Crops Research Network (Sarrnet), which is a network under the Southern African Centre for Co-operation in Agricultural & Natural Resources, Research & Training. The network’s specific aims for cassava... 

Second factory follows hot on heels of first

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s first commercial cassava starch plant has been operating successfully in the Northern Province for the past six months following its official opening in January. Reported to be one of the few commercial cassava-starch operations in Africa, the R28-million plant, which is... 

Tenders out for farmer training project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An extension and training support model for emerging farmers in the Nkomazi region in Mpumalanga is being developed by the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture. “The overall purpose of this pilot project is to reorganise and improve extension and training services on the Nkomazi irrigation... 

R80-million Cape fruit export initiative

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Expenditure of R80-million is planned in the next two years to facilitate the upgrading of cold-storage and port loading facilities at Cape Town harbour for the export of fruit. The Capespan group, which, during 1999, plans to export between 80-million and 90-million cartons of fruit valued at... 

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... 

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