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thyssenkrupp secures EP contract for first skid-mounted chlorine plant in Sub-Saharan Africa

15th May 2018 The Process Industries business of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa was successful in securing the engineering and procurement contract for a 45 tonne modular skid-mounted chlorine plant in Tanzania, the first of its kind to be installed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Process Industries’... 

Engen continues to walk-the-walk at Nampo 2018

15th May 2018 Billed as the biggest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere, Nampo has since its inception in 1966 provided many great moments in the recent history of South African agriculture. The annual Nampo Harvest Day is a forum for the majority of stakeholders in the agricultural sector to get... 

Agriculture industry grows despite challenges 

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 Despite policy uncertainty and drought having impacted on the South African agriculture industry, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo says the industry outlook is fairly optimistic in the near term. Sihlobo met with Engineering News to discuss the state of... 

Technology at forefront of Nampo 2018

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 This year’s Nampo Harvest Day has specifically been designed to help the South African agriculture industry increase its efficiency through technology amid global oversupply of agricultural produce, says autonomous and voluntary commodity organisation Grain SA grain economy and marketing manager... 

Refurbishments a cheaper alternative

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group will showcase its Doosan Pro-5 series forklift refurbishments – aimed at providing the farming industry with quality lifting solutions at affordable prices – at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day. Goscor Rental Company sales manager Tanya Brummer tells... 

The rise of AI in Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th May 2018 An extraordinary visitor graced the Creative Industry Summit, which was held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo last month. Like other attendees, she has a name and a nationality and is apparently well informed about current affairs. But, unlike everyone else, she was not born of flesh and blood.... 

Internal candidate appointed by NWK as transformation director

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Agriculture business NWK has appointed Tebogo Modise as transformation director, effective from June.  

DST committed to making inroads despite tight budget

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology will be working on a tight budget of R7.8-billion this year, but hopes to make inroads in programmes and innovations across South Africa. The money will be used to address transformation, through key research, development and support initiatives.  

GDID announces multibillion-rand infrastructure project pipeline under revamped processes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) has unveiled the first consolidated pipeline of projects that have been rigorously tested through its newly developed project toolkit. Over the past two years, the department has been refining its back-office delivery processes to ensure... 

Innovators emerge with novel ways to treat, conserve water

By: Kim Cloete     4th May 2018 Innovators from South Africa and Austria have met with potential partners and investors in Cape Town to present ideas to reduce the amount of water currently used in agriculture. The 17 innovators were chosen as finalists in the Agri-Water Open Innovation Challenge out of a pool of 70... 

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

SMMEs catalyst to growth, transformation and job creation in agriculture

3rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked 2018 as the year to take decisive action to realise the economic potential of the agricultural sector. In the second and third quarters of 2017, agriculture made the biggest contribution to the growth of the economy and forecasting shows that agriculture... 

Drones soaring in Rwanda

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th April 2018 Drones, or remotely piloted aerial vehicles, are becoming the rising star of electronic innovation. They are being used increasingly in a variety of applications, ranging from construction to surveillance and agriculture, besides others. Worldwide, sales of such contraptions totalled $145-million... 

Morrocan king to sign trade, mining deals with Congo republic

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2018 Moroccan King Mohammed VI will sign a series of investment agreements in a visit to Congo Republic this weekend, Environment & Tourism Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault said. Mohammed will travel to the Central African nation for an April 28 summit of leaders to discuss the Congo Basin Blue Fund,... 

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Agri SA spent R331m on transformation in 2016/17

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Members of agricultural industry association Agri SA spent R331-million on transformation during the 2016/17 financial year and reached an estimated 108 307 beneficiaries, including 55 000 farmers. This is according to the 2018 Agri SA transformation report, which was released on Tuesday, and is... 

SAB, AB InBev on track with five-year public interest commitment investments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2018 South African Breweries (SAB), together with its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has spent R209-million on Public Interest Commitments (PICs) in 2017, with investments in agriculture, enterprise development and societal benefits programmes in South Africa. With the merger of SAB... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Gupta-owned mines' rehabilitation fund case postponed

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 An urgent court application by the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines to reclaim rehabilitation funds worth over R1.7-billion, has been postponed. The money was seized by the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit. Trustees of the rehabilitation funds controlled... 

Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as eSwatini

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. He announced the change to eSwatini, meaning "land of the Swazis", in the local Swati language at Golden Jubilee celebrations of the fifteeth... 

Gauteng province to streamline approval process for projects to boost investment – MEC

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 The Gauteng provincial government is working at streamlining the process of assessing the environmental impact of projects in order to speed up the approval process for businesses and encourage investment, its member of the executive council for economic development, environment, agriculture and... 

SKF offers lever-action grease coupler

19th April 2018 SKF recently released their lever-action coupler. Developed to optimise grease gun lubricant delivery, this coupler is available in two versions – one for battery-powered grease guns and one for manual grease guns. The lever-action coupler tool improves safety and simplifies the manual... 

Bayer commits to provide innovative vector control solutions to help eradicate malaria by 2040

19th April 2018 Today, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Bayer joins with members of the agriculture industry - BASF, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Syngenta - to pledge its ongoing support to the research, development and supply of innovative vector control solutions,... 

DA calls for each sector to have its own minimum wage

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The DA has rejected the idea of a "blanket, universal" minimum wage, calling for each sector to have its own minimum wage instead. DA leader Mmusi Maimane, policy head Gwen Ngwenya and labour spokesperson Michael Bagraim briefed the media on the party's policy outcomes adopted at its seventh... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore is losing billionaire allies to Trump's sanctions

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The reach and power of US sanctions are hemming in the world’s largest commodity trader. In just four months, Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has lost two of his closest business allies as President Donald Trump’s aggressive foreign policy hits home, forcing him to cut ties with billionaires Oleg... 

South Africa's growth recovery at risk from lack of policy clarity – SARB

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 South Africa's recent economic growth turnaround is unlikely to last as 2017's boom fades and the outlook for reform remains murky, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday. The South African economy expanded by a surprising 1% in 2017 as agriculture recovered from a drought the year... 

Gauteng open for business as InvestSA OSS launched

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 Boosting investor confidence is critical to positioning South Africa as a premium destination for foreign direct investment. To assist in achieving this, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, together with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, on Tuesday launched the InvestSA One Stop Shop (OSS) in... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies age 81

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, has died on Monday, a Mandela family spokesperson confirmed. The South African politician and anti-apartheid activist died on Monday, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy was worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The foundation noted that the rise was due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in government space... 

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