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Agriculture News

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... 

Millionth switch delivered

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fruit-juice manufacturer Ceres Fruit Juices has taken delivery of its millionth Liquiphant level switch manufactured by Endress + Hauser. The unit, the Liquiphant FTL 330L, is one of more than 100 units installed throughout the company’s Cape plant over the last year. This particular model... 

South Africa sets international precedent in stainless steel

By: System Author     26th March 1999 INDIA is following South Africa’s example with the establishment of a stainless- steel awards programme this year. In 1999 India will launch its own awards programme, the aims of which are to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial development while promoting excellence in the... 

Cheap products flood SA timber market

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Although the lifting of sanctions was greeted with jubilation by many South African manufacturers, few anticipated the problem of cheap products flooding the market, points out Timber Products Exporters’ Association (TPEA) executive secretary Nora Hill. Funded by contributions from its 24... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

R20-million contract for piping system

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A R20-million con- tract for the sup- ply and installation of an upgraded piping system at Mondi’s Richards Bay project has been awarded to Kentz, of Randburg, Gauteng. The contract was signed in November last year and is due to be completed by September, contingent on a successful shutdown... 

R545-million revamp project on schedule

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R545-million revamp of Mondi’s Richards Bay operation is proceeding according to a tight project schedule, reports newly-appointed Mondi Kraft MD Andrew Thompson. The project, which gained approval in May last year, and was formally initiated in June, involves the upgrade of the PM2... 

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

R300m supply contracts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Two contracts – one for the supply of a new recovery boiler, and the other for a Kraft liner-board machine rebuild for Mondi’s Richards Bay expansion – will be managed by Valmet and Kvaerner’s South African representative, NDK Teknik. Valued jointly at R300-million, the... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Timber growers oppose timing of Safcol deal

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has generated much debate and comment since the inception of the idea about 15 years ago by the government of the day. Although the deal is certain to have far-reaching implications, few will feel the implications of the unbundling... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Focus on global aspirations as company grows beyond borders

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The global aspirations of South African forest-products and fine-paper specialist Sappi are being realised after a protracted focus on growing the company outside of the country’s borders. The company’s march towards globalisation was heralded by its acquisition of Hannover Papier in... 

Mining technology muscles in on food industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A modular screen traditionally used in all facets of the mining industry is to be provided with added muscle once the adaptation for a food-industry application is completed. “We are busy investigating the possibility for the screen to be used on a mussel farm in Saldanha, Western... 

South Africa faces milk-products surplus

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South Africa’s dairy industry has had to reduce the flow of milk from producers to the consumer market due to a surplus, causing an uncommonly-high stock of milk products. The present milk surplus started about two years ago when there was, in fact, a shortage of milk products in the... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

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