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Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering 

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. Mohlalonga was sentenced - alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu - on... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

2019 Budget will present South Africa with ‘a path of hope’ – PwC 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 With Finance Minister Tito Mboweni scheduled to deliver the 2019 Budget Speech, in Cape Town, on February 20, expectations are high as the country waits to hear how he plans to balance competing expenditure priorities to stimulate economic growth, in spite of fiscal consolidation measures. In the... 

Afgri Technology Services partners with UP organisation to foster agri innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Afgri Technology Services (ATS) has partnered with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) TuksNovation to foster innovation in the agricultural sector. TuksNovation is a nonprofit organisation founded by the university, in partnership with the departments of Trade and Industry and Small Business... 

Federal govt flags funding for critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s decision to prioritise Cooperative Research Center Project (CRC-P) grants for critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt and titanium. Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said on Wednesday that for the first time,... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

Agri SA warns of negative impact of load-shedding on agriculture

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Agri SA has noted its concerns about the potential negative impact of load-shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain. In a statement on Monday, the company highlighted that electricity is an important input cost for many farmers, especially farmers that depend on irrigation. 

Business, industry comment on positives, negatives of SoNA 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and many other industry bodies and companies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday evening. His war on corruption and focus on economic growth,... 

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

Coal gives Qld exports a boost

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2019 Queensland’s exports grew to A$81.7-billion in 2018, up 16% on the last year, with the resources sector accounting for 80% of the state’s exports. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) on Wednesday said that Queensland coal exports had increased by more than 15% in value over the 12 months to... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Brainpower for Rent: Xylem Rental Solutions makes its debut

4th February 2019 Most extensive expertise, capabilities and portfolio in water technology industry In a move designed to bring the company’s global leadership in engineered water technologies to the growing rental market, Xylem is presenting a new approach and look to its dedicated rental solutions business.... 

Innovation mining’s biggest challenge – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 The world is standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will result in transformation unlike anything human kind has experienced before, which is making innovation mining’s biggest challenge. “In the next five years, it’s about major step changes in innovation,” Anglo American CEO... 

GEM to extend SANY range even further in 2019

1st February 2019 Despite tough market conditions, Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) achieved significant growth in 2018, and is poised to extend its SANY range even further in 2019. This includes the addition of an even larger excavator. Currently GEM offers a 75 t SANY excavator for mining applications specifically, but... 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy 

31st January 2019 Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has evolved from supplying ploughs more than two centuries ago, to farmers being able to control their whole fleet through an app. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about precision farming. 

ARC to launch new range of cultivated indigenous citrus, deciduous fruits in Germany

31st January 2019 The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) will, next week, launch its new range of cultivated indigenous citrus and deciduous fruits during the twenty-seventh Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair, in Berlin, Germany.   The ARC will be among 25 businesses and research institutions that will... 

KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st January 2019 German development bank KfW and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) on Thursday signed a “milestone agreement” for an $80-million loan facility. KfW executive board member Dr Stefan Peiß and newly appointed IDC CEO TP Nchocho were in attendance to sign the document on... 

ANC manifesto: we’ve heard that all before  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     31st January 2019 Before I start, let me say this: I have spent the past two days thinking about what to say about the election manifesto of the African National Congress (ANC). After reading the ANC’s manifesto, I thought of Duma Gqubule, who, referring to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus plan, said... 

The gender gap done differently

30th January 2019 Ranked 19th (out of 149 countries) in the 2018 Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), South Africa is ahead of the curve when compared to many other nations. The question is raised, does the gender gap exist and, if so, why? However, it is different to what many... 

Ministers discuss potential solutions to South Africa’s slow growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Steps need to be taken to improve South Africa’s poor growth performance in a manner that is economically inclusive and equitable, a panel of Ministers outlined during the Business Unity South Africa Business Economic Indaba, in Midrand, on Tuesday. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni stressed that... 

Business outlines five partnership priorities as it calls for new growth framework  

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2019 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Sipho Pityana has called for a “new framework for growth” that addresses, through public-private partnerships, the economic risk being posed by high levels of inequality. Speaking at Busa’s inaugural Business Economic Indaba in Johannesburg on Tuesday,... 

Agricultural sector plan prioritises job creation, agroprocessing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase on Tuesday shared the agricultural sector’s five-year business plan at the Business Unity South Africa Business Economic Indaba, held in Midrand. The plan for this sector prioritised the recovery of jobs lost as a result of the drought in the country and to continue... 

Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign a long-term agreement in 2018 with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) solid woven conveyor belting products... 

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Namibia, South Africa sign fisheries MoU

By: African News Agency      24th January 2019 Namibia and South Africa have signed a fisheries Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining how they will work together in various matters within the fisheries space as the two countries share a common border. The MOU was signed by Minister Senzeni Zokwana, and his Namibian counterpart,... 

AGCO to take farm mechanisation into rural African communities

By: African News Agency      21st January 2019 Global agriculture company AGCO has launched an initiative to take farm mechanization deep into rural communities in Africa to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming. AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled the Farm in a... 

On-The-Air (18/01/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2019 The mines are contributing vast tracts of land to turn western Gauteng into a farming paradise. Calls are being made for the creation of a development coalition to place South Africa’s platinum mining business on a prosperous new path. The attempt to break the world land speed record on South... 

Brazil general with mining link takes over indigenous agency

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 A retired Army officer who last year advised a Canadian company seeking to mine gold in the Amazon returned to the head of Brazil's indigenous rights agency on Thursday, vowing to improve the lives of the country's native peoples. General Franklimberg Ribeiro de Freitas had run the National... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Clean water still a concern in South Africa

18th January 2019 Despite so many innovators in the sector, South Africa is still confronted by many challenges in the water and sanitation sector. 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) says South Africa is in need of an independent water regulator. The organisations agree that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is failing to effectively regulate the country’s water sector and requires a... 

Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity... 

New SAPA division GM to focus on chicken dumping issue in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has appointed businessperson Izaak Breintenbach GM of the association’s Broiler Organisation division. He succeeds Kevin Lovell who headed up the division for several years.  

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape 

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs... 

Weba Chute Systems Signs Up Distributor In Canada

15th January 2019 Weba Chute Systems has announced the appointment of FWS Bulk Material Handling as the official distributor of Weba Chute Systems and Solution in Canada. The signing of this latest licence agreement underpins the South African OEM’s strategy of extending its global reach. Mark Baller, managing... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Mosaic company enters into MoU with Sinochem

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients producer Mosaic Company has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sinochem, China’s largest agricultural inputs company, for the supply of phosphate rock and phosphate fertilisers, including premium products. “We are pleased to... 

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