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New user-friendly machine tools in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools from global machine tools... 

From one playing field to another

By: Tracy Hancock     27th September 2013 Former Springbok rugby captain Gary Teichmann talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about how he handles rucks in the business world to keep his company in play.  

From one playing field to another
A GOOD SPORT Gary Teichmann traded in the rugby field and sportsmanship for the boardroom and business acumen

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market 

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 A good early harvest of yellow maize in the eastern parts of South Africa did not remove the sting from poor performances in a difficult poultry industry, says JSE-listed agricultural services and processing business Afgri CEO Chris Venter. Drought in the western part of the country meant a poor... 

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market
Afgri CEO Chris Venter discusses the company's performance amid severe poultry industry conditions. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2013 South Africa’s aquaculture industry, though still in its infancy, has been identified by government as a key priority sector because of its potential to supplement dwindling wild-caught fish stocks with cultured fish products. 

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters. Secondly, domestic producers face stiff competition from low-priced... 

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters.  

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

Poultry handling machine to be launched at Nampo

By: Chantelle Kotze     10th May 2013 The Combi-RT poultry handling machine, specifically designed for the requirements of the poultry sector, will be launched this month at South African grain producers association Grain SA’s Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, Free State. 

Dairy group invests to bolster capacity, raise supply-chain efficiencies 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries officially launched the expansion of its long-life milk production facility in Perseverance, Port Elizabeth, last month. This will enhance the capacity of the factory from an initial 100-million units a year in June, 2010, to an... 

John Deere opens R150m Jhb parts warehouse

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     4th April 2013 Agricultural machinery company John Deere Sub Sahara Africa has officially opened its R150-million state-of-the-art parts warehouse at Plumbago Business Park, in Johannesburg, which MD Len Brand said was “arguably the largest and most sophisticated parts warehouse in Africa”. The 20 000 m2... 

Large-scale fly farms could feed the food that feeds the world, Cape entrepreneur claims

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2013 With investor confidence at a low ebb it is somewhat refreshing to hear Jason Drew's perspective of South Africa.The son of a British diplomat, Drew took his first trip to the country for a Christmas holiday break, whereafter he promptly sold his business in France and relocated to Cape Town in... 

Transnet sees reopened Orkney-Vierfontein emerging as key agri link 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd December 2012 The recently reconstructed Orkney-Vierfontein railway link – which fell into disrepair nine years ago, after heavy rains washed away portions of the branch line – handled its first commercial traffic on Monday, when Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) also indicated that it could re-emerge as a key link... 

Alternative steam-based soil fumigant solution now on offer

23rd November 2012 A new technology replaces the harmful chemical methyl bromide (MeBr) with steam to fumigate and disinfect soil before new plants are planted. 

Robots begin to penetrate SA’s food, beverage and packaging sectors

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     19th October 2012 Automation and robotics are slowly taking their place in the food, beverage and packaging industry in South Africa, says Yaskawa Motoman sales director Kurt Rosenberg, speaking at a demonstration day at the Yaskawa offices in Moddersfontein, Johannesburg. 

Joburg to host consolidated industrial fair in 2013 

19th October 2012 Ten trade events targeting different sectors of industry will be combined at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on May 14 to May 16 next year. 

Land Bank finances ‘healthier’, loan book doubles

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2012 Development finance institution the Land Bank reported a 54.5% jump in its performing loan book during the year ended March 2012, which was further strengthened by a 17.6% drop in nonperforming loans, CEO Phakamani Hadebe said on Thursday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation,... 

Innovation needed to use water wisely

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th August 2012 An effluent treatment system that eliminates the use of harsh chemicals in water treatment by using only natural resources, has achieved significant results at a water treatment project at the Holden Manz wine farm, in Franschhoek, says stainless steel equipment manufacturer Vinquip Projects. The... 

Veteran Nampo exhibitor to launch new weighing system implements

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2012 Local agricultural implements manufacturer and supplier Radium Engineering will soon enter the weighing system market with products manufactured by Italian agricultural solutions provider Dinamica Generale in an effort to improve its service and product offering. 

Agricultural product distributor committed to high-quality local supply

11th May 2012 In a continued effort to improve the local availability of tractors, combine harvesters, implements and parts, agricultural machinery brands distributer New Holland Agriculture South Africa (SA) is exhibiting a number of new tractor models and specialist equipment at this year’s Grain South... 

First complete wheat mill display at Nampo 2012

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2012 This year’s Grain South Africa Nampo Harvest Day will feature its first-ever complete wheat mill display courtesy of one of its yearly exhibitors, local roller mill product supplier Maize Master. 

Caterpillar boss upbeat about Africa's future, mulling investment 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2012 “I am more optimistic about Africa than I have ever been in my career,” said Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman on Friday. “Africa has changed greatly.” Delivering a presentation at Barloworld, the South African Caterpillar dealer, the 37-year company veteran noted that it would not be long before... 

South African online auction breaks records

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th April 2012 Industrial auctioneer GoIndustry DoveBid’s London office was a hive of excitement, on March 22, as the South African online auction of construction equipment and vehicles broke all records with over 120 lots reaching a whopping R23-million.  

Study into R20bn Umzimvubu dam, power project under way 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2012 A detailed feasibility study for the Umzimvubu water project, in the Eastern Cape, was started in January, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Gareth Morgan. The dam is intended to supply... 

Illovo says prospects for Mali investment ‘constrained’

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday said prospects for its proposed investment in the 190 000 t/y Markala sugar project (MSP), in Mali, remained constrained by incomplete funding of the agricultural component and incomplete undertakings required from the government of Mali. Illovo had been... 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

New machinery added to SA firm’s product offering 

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 Machines from US-based Astec Underground, Trencor, Roadtec, Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) and American Augers are now being supplied and supported in the South African market by manufacturer of bulk materials handling plant and equipment Osborn Engineered Products. 

Goscor acquires Hi-Reach Manlift

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th November 2011 South African industrial equipment distributor Goscor has acquired a majority stake in powered access specialist Hi-Reach Manlift, the sole distributors in South Africa of the Terex-owned Genie range of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) or ‘cherry pickers’ and other related equipment.  

Portable pressure chambers successful in measuring vine water status

11th November 2011 Dry and windy conditions prior to the 2011 wine grape harvest are proving the merits of wine and spirits producer Distell’s recent investment in technology to more accurately measure vine water status, reports Distell senior specialist viticulturist Drikus Heyns.  

Engineering input vital for large bulk water systems on farms

7th October 2011 Designing substantial irrigation systems without specialist engineering advice can cause a number of problems and adversely affect farmers’ profits or even result in an expensive disaster, says agriculture engineering consultancy MBB Consulting Engineers. 

Bell and Deere may terminate ADT agreement

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th September 2011 South African heavy equipment manufacturer Bell and US-based John Deere might see their paths split in terms of an articulated dump trucks (ADTs) manufacturing and distribution agreement between the parties. This followed an announcement by John Deere earlier this year that it would start... 

Institute emphasises role of large-scale, scientific farming in SA

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 Large-scale, scientific farming is the only viable model for South Africa, mostly owing to significant and rising input costs, necessitating a move towards high-value, export products, says industry body the South African Irrigation Institute (Sabi) technical executive officer Isobel van der Stoep. 

Not ‘either/or’ between small and large farming, both needed

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 It is not a case of South Africa needing to support either small- or large-scale farming, but that both are important for the country’s development, says business organisation Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) CEO Dr John Purchase. 

Developing innovative solutions a key function of agricultural engineers

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 Agricultural engineers, scientists and experts must apply good ideas and solutions gained through research and development to solve problems facing rural farming in South Africa, leveraging the insights gained to develop farming in these areas, says South African Institute of Agricultural... 

Water efficiency increases as irrigation technology advances

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th July 2011 Technological strides in irrigation development and other areas have made most successful commercial farming ventures extremely water efficient, states agricultural engineering consultancy MBB Consulting Engineers.  

First Dube TradePort AgriZone greenhouse complete

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 Greenhouse builder Bosch Inveka says it has completed the first part of three greenhouse blocks that it is constructing for Dube TradePort (DTP). 

Gauteng academy to train John Deere artisans

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Black-owned artisan training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), based in Gauteng, will be assisting farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to train its artisans as it rolls out dealership and distribution outlets in Central Africa. 

Farmers approach State for flood relief

11th February 2011 An Agri South Africa (Agri SA) delegation has met with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson to consider possible flood relief for farmers. 

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