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Agriculture News

South Africa has economic capacity to sustain 40 planned casinos 

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Top Casino Projects 

Fruit exports get a fresh software boost

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South African fruit exporters wanting to continue their penetration of export markets will have the option of using new software specifically designed for the management of fresh-produce distribution. 

Plastic pallets challenge wooden rivals

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Developments to Watch 

SA probes insect-tolerant maize and cotton

By: System Author     12th November 1999 International markets are increasingly blocking sales of genetically engineered agri-food products. 

Rooibos plantations, Western Cape

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Tenders are invited for surveying and mapping of about 40 000 ha under rooibos. 

Fresh-produce market, Eastern Cape

By: System Author     15th October 1999 A feasibility study of service delivery options for the East London’s fresh-produce services 

Cyberfish, mice and knuckle-top computing

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Upturn for SA ostrich products industry

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Western Cape ostrich products producer Klein Karoo Co-operative remains the world’s largest supplier, at 70%, of ostrich products. 

Local hemp trials begin this month

By: System Author     8th October 1999 The first trials in South Africa’s effort to rejuvenate the global hemp industry are scheduled to start in the middle of this month in the Eastern Cape. 

Fresh approach to fruit exports

By: System Author     17th September 1999 A Western Cape company is making use of controlled atmosphere to ensure that exporters’ prize fruit reaches its destination in the same shape it was harvested – fresh. 

Technology policy must answer Africa’s call

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Building the Nation 

Swedes to help SA harness fibre wealth

By: System Author     27th August 1999 South Africa’s untapped wealth of 24 000 species of indigenous plants, which make this the richest country in the world in terms of indigenous plant variety, is to be harnessed under a bilateral project between South Africa and Sweden. 

The proof of engineered food is in the eating

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Tech Track 

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... 

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