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Agriculture News

Sappi declares first dividend in 8 years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi on Thursday declared a dividend of $0.11 for the year ended September 30, its first since 2008, when it stopped paying dividends as it grappled with losses caused by the economic crisis in Europe and falling demand for paper, as well as crippling debt. However,... 

Economic diversification critical to growth success – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2016 As the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) works to develop a dedicated agroprocessing incentive to attract investment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has reiterated the importance of diversifying South Africa’s economy. The development and revitalisation of South Africa’s... 

Sugar expected to yield sweet profit for Tongaat Hulett

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 Tongaat Hulett expects to report a R1.35-billion operating profit for the six months to September 30, a 5.8% increase on the R1.27-billion recorded in the six months to September 2015, owing to strong performance in its starch operations. Headline earnings for the six months under review are... 

Lithuania seeking trade partnership with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 The first ever trade mission to South Africa from Lithuania, although small, represented no fewer than six sectors of the latter country’s economy. The just-concluded mission is part of the small European country’s programme of diversifying its trade and investment partners and expanding into the... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic  instrumentation
GAUGE PRODUCTION All SA Gauge gauges are sent for quality control before distribution

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

     4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups
CUSTOM MADE Dunlop Industrial Products supply custom-made solutions for railway groups and companies globally.

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Subcontractor working  on expansion and skills  development programmes
PRODUCT SUPPLY A drive for electric freight locomotive, tested and ready for dispatch

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies
DCD ROLLING STOCK The company has moved away from the traditional casting-based bogie construction and designed its own fabricated bogies using hot rolled steel

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip
MODIFIED WAGON DESIGN The train system at Pulong copper mine will be a fully automated and driverless system

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Fruit SA signs MoU to access fruit market in China

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2016 Fruit South Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Peoples Republic of China in a bid to strengthen collaboration and to ensure market access for fruit between the two countries. In a statement on Wednesday, Fruit SA said its vice chairperson, Willem Bestbier signed the... 

Aquaculture holds strong growth potential for South African economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 Since the launch of the oceans economy initiative, under Operation Phakisa, in July 2014, government has invested around R17-billion in the initiative’s various workstreams, including marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services... 

Aquaculture holds strong growth potential for South African economy

South Africa, Norway should collaborate to grow oceans economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 With only 17% of the world’s current protein source being ocean-derived, the blue economy not only holds significant potential for food security, but can also unlock further economic growth opportunities for South Africa. According to Norway Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Tone Skogen, this is... 

South Africa, Norway should collaborate to grow oceans economy
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

NWK MD to retire

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Agriculture products and services provider NWK MD Danie Marais will retire early next year, the company said on Friday. The process of filling the position of CEO started some time ago and the position has already been advertised. An appointment will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is found. 

100 MW power purchase agreement signed in Nairobi

     28th October 2016 In June energy company Kipeto Energy’s (KEL’s) Kipeto wind power project came one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it has formally signed a 20-year purchase power agreement with Kenyan power utility Kenya Power. This... 

100 MW power purchase  agreement signed in Nairobi
Photo by Bloomberg
ELECTRICITY CONNECTION DOUBLES The Kipeto project will be a key contributor to the Kenyan government’s initiative to provide 70% of households with electricity by 2017

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 With several weather institutions expressing cautious optimism that South Africa could receive normal, or even above-normal, rainfall towards mid-summer – that is between December and January – there is a degree of optimism that the embattled local agriculture sector could rebound in 2017. In... 

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy
100% RENEWABLES This years theme has been informed by developments in the renewable energy industry

Packaging group sees lifestyle choices driving health-juice growth

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2016 About 20.2-billion litres of fully natural ingredient fruit and vegetable juices are consumed globally a year, and new mixed fruit, vegetable and health juices are increasingly being demanded by customers willing to pay a premium for them, says food and beverage processing and packaging... 

National Gazelles opens accelerator programme to SMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2016 National Gazelles, a small and medium-sized (SME) business growth accelerator programme, has opened a new applications window for SMEs wanting to join the programme. National Gazelles, which is a partnership between the Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Department of Small Business... 

R500m allocated to drought relief

By: African News Agency      26th October 2016 More than half a billion rand would be allocated to drought relief measures, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed when he tabled the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) in Parliament on Wednesday. “The 2016 adjusted estimates of national expenditure allocates a further R553.3-million... 

R500m allocated to drought relief

Lithuania seeks to expand business with South Africa through trade mission 

By: Keith Campbell     26th October 2016 The first ever trade mission to South Africa from Lithuania will arrive in the country on November 1. This is part of the European country’s programme of diversifying its trade and investment partners and expanding into the global economy. The trade mission will remain in the country until... 

Wide range offering increases client satisfaction

     21st October 2016 Industry-leading rigging capabilities combined with a full range of services from storage to a bond facility and custom-made crating, can ensure client satisfaction, says machine movers and rigging company Lovemore Bros. Lovemore Bros warehouse manager Willy Chetty  emphasises that offering a... 

Wide range offering  increases client satisfaction
ONE-STOP SHOP Providing a full range of services increases client satisfaction

Sacci calls on members to play part in averting ratings downgrade

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 South Africa’s current economic growth does not reflect the country’s potential and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) members must help build the economy and steer the country to success, says the chamber’s president Vusi Khumalo. Addressing delegates at the Sacci... 

Eskom, IDC study use of vegetable oils in utility transformers

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) signed a memorandum of agreement at a technical workshop at the Eskom Academy of Learning, in Midrand, in September to complete feasibility studies to enable the adoption and use of natural esters, or vegetable oils, as... 

‘Devastating’ black frost hits Cape vineyards

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 Farmers in the Breedekloof Wine Valley in South Africa were still assessing the damage on Thursday following a night of widespread black frost, described as “the most devastating frost the valley has seen in 21 years”, a week before. Black frost occurs when the temperature falls below zero but... 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme 

     20th October 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Megan van Wyngaardt about issues discussed at the 2016 Agri SA Congress. 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme
Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris 

By: Anine Kilian     14th October 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in... 

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris
Sunchem South Africa project manager Samantha Hampton

Farm safety under the spotlight at AgriSA Congress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 To further bolster agricultural industry association Agri SA’s efforts to protect farmers and prevent farm attacks, financial services group Santam has donated R250 000 to Agri SA’s Securitas Trust Fund. The fund supports farming communities financially to combat crime, while raising awareness in... 

Land reform ignites debate at Agri SA congress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 If government wants to successfully proceed with its land reform programme, while enjoying the support of the wider agricultural community, a number of steps need to be taken, Agri SA's agricultural development policy committee chairperson Ernest Pringle put forth at the 2016 Agri SA Congress on... 

Govt needs to take agriculture seriously, urges Agri SA’s Moller

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 Agriculture and food security need to become priorities on government’s agenda, as it has a significant impact on the economy, says Agri SA president Johannes Moller. “We view food security as one of the State’s primary responsibilities, and we would expect policy and economic application to be... 

Fishing companies and NGOs call for moratorium on bulk sediment seabed mining

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA), which comprises five major fishing companies and two nongovernmental organisations, is calling for a moratorium on all new and existing prospecting and mining applications related to bulk sediment seabed mining. This follows the release of a new report... 

South Africa, Kenya ink investment MoU

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2016 South Africa and Kenya this week entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on investment cooperation on the sidelines of a State visit to the East African country by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Investment South Africa (ISA) and its counterpart Kenya Investment Authority... 

Water treatment plant for Limpopo

     7th October 2016 Water technology solutions provider, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa (SA) recently reported that it provided an energy efficient, low maintenance packaged water treatment plant to supply an additional 5 Mℓ/d of potable water to two villages in Limpopo. Veolia was contracted by Lepelle... 

Infrastructure overhaul could boost consumer expenses

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 South Africa is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades to better manage available water resources and ensure that water can be distributed to where it is needed. However, to undertake the massive infrastructure overhaul needed, funds for capital investment will be required. Like with... 

Partnerships can provide infrastructure solutions

     7th October 2016 Last month the Parliament of South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation announced that it is distressed that the local government sphere is not fully exploiting the potential available in Public-Private Partnerships in finding solutions to the challenge of provision of water. The... 

Partnerships can provide infrastructure solutions
PRIVATE SECTOR DEPENDENT One of the major challenges that hamper service delivery is the lack of skills at municipal level

Proposed budget raises industry challenges

     7th October 2016 In May the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, delivered a speech to Parliament announcing the proposed budget for water and sanitation in the 2016/17 financial year. Following her speech and debate on her proposed budget, a budget roughly 3.2% smaller than the budget... 

Proposed budget raises  industry challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
NOMVULA MOKONYANE The Minister’s budget speech focuses on the infrastructure needed to deal with water scarcity

Infrastructure crucial to water availability

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa says various factors contribute to the operating efficiencies of existing water infrastructure in South Africa, which affects the country’s availability of water resources, including management thereof. WSP environment and energy... 

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