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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... 

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. 

Investec says Sona focused on reviving growth with enhanced policy certainty 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 Investec economist Kamilla Kaplan said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address (Sona) reaffirmed the key economic policy objective of reviving fixed investment rates in a bid to place the economy on a sustainable faster economic growth path. Ramaphosa's Thursday... 

Colluli could be game changer for Eritrea – report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2019 An independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme has found that the Colluli potash project had the potential to significantly boost the Eritrean economy and advance that country’s sustainable development agenda. “The report reinforces the uniqueness of Colluli. We... 

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... 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester  

24th January 2019 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology amid climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution launched in November its first institutional anaerobic digester. Simone Liedtke reports. 

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... 

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... 

S&P's says concerned about South Africa's fiscal consolidation, land reform

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 South Africa's sovereign rating risked being downgraded due to concerns about the postponement of fiscal consolidation and lack of clarity around land expropriation, a senior S&P's Global Ratings analyst said on Tuesday. Recession-hit South Africa last week unveiled a bleak budget that saw wider... 

Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade... 

Stats SA to conduct commercial agriculture census

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will, on October 15, embark on a countrywide Census of Commercial Agriculture. About 600 field staff will visit commercial farms across the country to establish the number of commercial farmers, farm size, crop type being farmed in different geographic areas,... 

Govt to finalise biofuels regulatory framework by March 2019

By: Kim Cloete     1st October 2018 The government plans to finalise the long-awaited biofuel blending regulatory framework and have it approved by Cabinet before the end of March 2019, while the Department of Energy (DoE) is also focusing sharply on the development of gas-to-power opportunities. This was revealed in a speech read... 

Ramaphosa's new 10-person land reform advisory panel

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the names of his 10-person advisory panel on land reform.  The president announced the establishment of the panel when he unveiled the state's stimulus package on Friday morning in Pretoria.  

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

SA is not actually in a recession – economist

By: News24Wire      7th September 2018 South Africa is not in a recession, despite the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by Statistics South Africa, economist Roelof Botha said on Thursday. South Africa slipped into what is generally considered a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative... 

ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as economy dips into recession  

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.  In a statement on Wednesday, the party’s subcommittee on economic... 

IMF supports South African land reform provided it's 'rules based'

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave its full backing to South Africa's land reform plan on Thursday, as long as the highly contentious process is transparent and based on the constitution. The Fund's senior resident representative in South Africa Montfort Mlachila told Reuters that the... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

EAIF backs billion-dollar Nigeria fertiliser plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part of the financing of a $1.1-billion expansion of IEFCL’s existing fertiliser plant at Port Harcourt,... 

Land Bank says land expropriation could trigger default

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's State-owned Land Bank said on Monday a plan to allow the State to seize land without compensation could trigger defaults that could cost the government R41-billion rand if the bank's rights as a creditor are not protected. Land Bank is a specialist bank providing financial services... 

Biojet feasibility project under way

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 The Waste to Wing feasibility project, aimed at ascertaining the viability of waste-based sustainable aviation biofuel production and consumption in South Africa, is under way, says nature conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA). WWF-SA bioenergy programme... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

Concrete industry urged to stand together to lobby government

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st August 2018 AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has urged the concrete industry to seriously consider consolidation and collaboration amid a tough operating environment. “Often the private sector is critical about government when we are confronted with the challenges of our industry; however,... 

Expropriation will advance economic development, increase food security – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ANC would propose an amendment of the Constitution to Parliament, outlining conditions for expropriation of land without compensation. His late-night announcement came following the political party's two-day national executive committee lekgotla, which... 

SASSDA boosts stainless steel trade with Kenya & Tanzania

25th July 2018 With the priority of fast industrialisation and a call for the development of stainless steel value-add within the agricultural and food and beverage industries, Tanzania and Kenya are primed for increased bilateral trade with South Africa, with confirmed sourcing enquiries already received at... 

Study indicates FDI can provide credible solutions to several social issues

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 If guided wisely, foreign direct investment (FDI) can provide credible solutions to inequality, and alleviate urban poverty and unemployment, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Tuesday with the release of its ‘State of the African Cities 2018’ report. Drawing on a... 

'The future we don't want is already happening' – climate change expert

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 The future we don't want is already happening with more intense droughts, floods, heat waves, blackouts, food shortages and sea levels gradually rising. It may sound like a post-apocalyptic movie, but delegates to the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference in Cape Town heard that these climate change... 

How to offset the job killing effect of sugar tax

8th June 2018 FairPlay movement member Chris Ward argues that, by following the lead of sugar producing countries, such as Brazil, which is now a major bioethanol producer and exporter, South Africa will be able to not only save but also grow its sugar-cane industry 

Robben Island SleepOut event to celebrate Mandela’s centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 On July 18 – what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary – 67 global influencers, business leaders and celebrities will spend the night inside the former maximum-security prison and courtyard on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years, with the aim to raise $6.7-million. On the same... 

Consortium to study feasibility of turning waste biomass into aviation fuel

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 A consortium comprising enterprise development specialist Fetola, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and SkyNRG is launching the Waste to Wing project to determine the feasibility of using waste biomass to produce sustainable aviation fuel in South Africa.  The consortium will... 

Land reform unlikely to mean constitutional change – analysts

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 South Africa looks likely to implement land redistribution under existing laws rather than by changing the constitution following a ruling party summit, in an approach more palatable to investors, analysts said on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to power in February when former... 

BI unveils Agri-Smart integrated solutions for farmers at NAMPO 2018

22nd May 2018 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) showcase the latest design of its agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018. In addition, it launched a bearing hub for planters, and displayed its full product range for the agricultural industry under its new Agri-Smart banner. Agri-Smart allows BI to... 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

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... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are best suited to help companies explore and exploit the data that they have, simultaneously improving their business models and processes, a range of information technology (IT) experts say. The main improvements and benefits of AI derive from being able to... 

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