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Pioneer Foods four months revenue up 7.8%, buoyed by UK price inflation in UK

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Pioneer Foods said on Friday its turnover increased by 7.8% in the four months to 31 January, primarily driven by price inflation in bread, wheat flour, rice, export fruit and a sound volume growth in these products and breakfast cereals in the UK. The owner of brand names such as Weet-Bix,... 

Yashin Brijmohan

15th February 2019 This week we profile Yashin Brijmohan, executive dean for business, engineering and technology at Monash University South Africa Full Name: Yashin Brijmohan 

Propak Africa to showcase latest products, technologies and innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Africa’s ultimate packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, which will afford over 600 exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest technologies and innovations.    Taking... 

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. 

RioZim halts output as central bank fails to make payments

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2019 RioZim halted production at its three gold mines after Zimbabwe’s central bank failed to provide foreign currency the company needs to keep operating. The shutdown is the second by RioZim since October. It’s the latest indication of how businesses are struggling to keep going as a dearth of... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

IWMSA aligns with IFAT Africa to support industry collaboration

7th February 2019 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of IFAT Africa, to collaborate on the 2019 exhibition and conference. IFAT Africa is the leading environmental technology trade fair in sub-Saharan... 

Talbot & Talbot Celebrates 30 Years Of Wisdom In Water

6th February 2019 Between 70% and 80% of businesses fail in their first five years in South Africa. January 2019 saw home-grown water and wastewater specialist Talbot & Talbot celebrate 30 years of achievement in delivering sustainable solutions that help organisations address their water needs.  

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

Research shows West Africa is facing more frequent severe storms

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 A multinational research consortium of British, French and West African institutes and scientists, funded by the UK Government, has ascertained that “mega storms” in West Africa occur three times more frequently today than they did 35 years ago. The results of the research are being applied to... 

Talbot & Talbot Celebrates 30 Years Of Wisdom In Water

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 Between 70% and 80% of businesses fail in their first five years in South Africa.  This month, January 2019, sees home-grown water and wastewater specialist Talbot & Talbot celebrate 30 years of achievement in delivering sustainable solutions that help organisations address their water needs.... 

EXEO Capital buys 36% stake in juice maker Jumbo Brands

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 Private equity manager EXEO Capital on Wednesday announced that their Agri-Vie Fund II has acquired a 36.5 percent stake of South African non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer, Jumbo Brands.  Avril Stassen, a senior partner at EXEO Capital, said Agri-Vie Fund II has had its eye on an investment... 

Engen Midrand gets a Woolies Foodstop

30th January 2019 The people of Midrand in Gauteng are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Big Bird 1 Stop. Engen Big Bird is located on the N1 Highway South, New Road Interchange, Midrand.  The new Woolies food offering was... 

Tackling wasteful and irregular expenditure at Free State procurement conference

30th January 2019 The current barriers to clean governance faced by the Free State province will be at the top of the agenda at the Smart Procurement World conference on 19 and 20 March. A partnership between the Free State Department of Economic Small Business, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) and Smart... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

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... 

Zimbabwe soldiers 'beating' protesters as crackdown continues

By: News24Wire      24th January 2019 Soldiers beat people on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital and second city Bulawayo overnight Tuesday, residents said, hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to investigate a security service crackdown on anti-government protesters. There was no immediate comment from the government or... 

Kropz anticipates first phosphate ore from long-awaited Elandsfontein by year-end   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd January 2019 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz is finalising the design of processing plant upgrades at its 74%-owned Elandsfontein project, in South Africa, with first ore to be produced by the end of the year. The mine will ramp up to steady-state production of one-million tonnes a year during... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Engineering firm changes name

18th January 2019 Engineering consultants SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA, which reflects the growing range of non-pneumatic components being developed by SMC globally, owing to its continued focus on research and development (R&D). With the objective of producing cutting... 

Need for new tech knowledge across industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 With technology advancing in the wastewater treatment industry, industry needs to be educated on the latest available solutions that will improve operational economies and ensure long-term cost-savings, says separations and purification company Sagisa projects manager Lourens du Plessis. Sagisa... 

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... 

Empowered Kwatani benefits local mining industry

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2019 Industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani has achieved a level-1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) score and is 51% black women-owned. This BBBEE accreditation affords significant benefits to its mining clients that can claim 135% of money spent on Kwatani.... 

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

World's highest gasoline price prompts strike in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Police clashed with protesters in the Zimbabwean capital as the main labor-union confederation began a national strike after the government more than doubled fuel prices to the highest in the world. The stay-away comes as a foreign-exchange shortage has sparked scarcities of everything from fuel... 

Manufacturing production up 1.6% y/y in November  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 Manufacturing production increased by 1.6% year-on-year in November, Statistics South Africa reported on Thursday. The largest positive contributions were made by the food and beverages; and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sectors. 

We will focus on improving school infrastructure in 2019 – Motshekga

By: News24Wire      10th January 2019 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says one of her department's priority areas this year will be improving the infrastructure of high schools. The minister was in KwaZulu-Natal for the start of the 2019 school year. Speaking to the SABC at Wembezi Secondary School in Estcourt on Wednesday... 

Local Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industry

9th January 2019 The increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with... 

Gold Brands still in talks about selling assets to rescue dying business

By: African News Agency      4th January 2019 Troubled fast-food franchising group Gold Brands said on Friday negotiations that may result in the acquisition of one of its subsidiaries or a stake in the group were still in progress, and if successfully concluded may have a material effect on its share price. In August trading in the... 

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

IFAT Africa: environmental technologies exhibition gets broader scope in 2019

1st November 2018 IFAT Africa, Africa’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope next year, when this key event is co-located for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by leading international exhibition... 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2018 Given the fact that the world is marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and increasing ambiguity, retail property group Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini on Tuesday suggested that businesses need to be “that much more aware and vigilant in terms of managing risks in the most appropriate... 

American trade delegation in South Africa to expand business opportunities in Southern Africa

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 An American trade delegation, comprising businessmen from more than 30 American companies and state government leaders, is in South Africa seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities in the region. The trade delegation, which arrived in South Africa on Monday and will conclude its visit... 

McDonald’s SA to invest R3bn in opening 120 new restaurants in 5 years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Fast food franchise McDonald’s South Africa (McDonald’s SA) has committed to investing R3-billion in South Africa over the next five years. This was announced at the South African Investment Conference, held in Johannesburg, last week.  

Dirk Dijkstra

26th October 2018 This week we profile Dirk Sjoerd Dijkstra, GM and head of subregion: Southern Africa at powertools, fastening solutions, construction software and services company Hilti South Africa   

Tetra Pak celebrates 60 years in South Africa

25th October 2018 Tetra Pak, the leading food processing and packaging company, is celebrating 60 years in South Africa. With a world class manufacturing plant, established in 1979 in Pinetown, Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost 2 billion packages to meet the needs of the growing... 

Emerson’s New Compact, Hygienic Transmitters Meet Food And Beverage Industry Challenges

25th October 2018 The Rosemount™ 326/327 line of pressure, level and temperature instruments offers food and beverage facilities the opportunity to improve efficiency, safety, product quality and consistency. Emerson today unveiled a new line of transmitters designed specifically for hygienic applications in the... 

Consumer Price Inflation stays 4.9%

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 The Consumer Price Inflation remained at 4.9% in September 2018, unchanged from August 2018, Statistics SA said Wednesday morning. "The consumer price index increased by 0.5% month-on-month in September 2018. Annual inflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased to 3.9% in September... 

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