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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... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Position available - Engineer-Divisional Technical Servces

28th March 2018 Wildeklawer – one of the most prominent pivot irrigation companies in the country and intensely involved with potato, onion, carrot, beetroot and various grain farming activities is well known as a green haven close to Kimberley.  

More water awareness initiatives needed

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Despite a below-average average rainfall of about 465  mm a year - compared with the world average of about 860 mm a year - the water shortage in many parts of South Africa is also the result of inadequate management and wasting water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Group... 

KfW Development Bank signs R900m loan facility with Land Bank

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2018 Germany’s KfW Development Bank on Thursday signed an agreement for a R900-million loan to the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank). The loan, which will assist the Land Bank with refinancing its loan book and extending longer-term financing to both emerging and... 

Incledon Bloemfontein to be launched officially in the New Year

8th January 2018 Incledon Bloemfontein began operating in November 2017, and will be launched officially in January 2018. It will service the civil, irrigation, mining, and industrial markets in the key Free State area, according to Branch Manager Conrad Wendelstadt. With 19 years’ experience in the pump and... 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 The Western Cape will not get to a stage where it runs out of water completely, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane vowed on Wednesday. "We will never allow a situation of a total shutdown," Mokonyane told a joint sitting of three committees of Parliament, as the province's water... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Through intensive research, the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering has developed a framework to improve water efficiency in agricultural irrigation systems in South Africa, which reassesses the methods traditionally used to measure a system’s efficiency and... 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

26th May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs. Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

23rd May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs.   Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

Fire damage to Western Cape agri sector nearly R200m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The Western Cape Department of Agriculture says that, based on questionnaires distributed to farmers in the region, around R192.3-million in fire damage has been reported in the Hessequa and George regions. “We received feedback from 79 farms. The data shows that infrastructure, crops, livestock,... 

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

Study determines impact of algae on irrigation costs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend R600 000 a year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae.   The CSIR was in the process of formulating a tradable permit system as a tool... 

First of its kind CSIR study puts a price tag to the impacts of algae on irrigation costs

23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend approximately R600 000 per year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae. The CSIR has taken the first step in formulating a tradable permit... 

Bayer, Planetary Resources collaborate to improve agriculture with space data

By: Samantha Herbst     1st June 2016 Prospective asteroid miner planetary Resources is collaborating with multinational chemical and pharmaceuticals company Bayer to provide a new level of crop intelligence for the global agricultural industry. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that would enable Bayer to... 

Moz rejects cross-border river transport plan on navigability, volume concerns

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 Mozambique has had to reject a proposal from the Malawian government to develop commercial river traffic along the Shire and Zambesi rivers. This was recently announced by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita, following a meeting between representatives of the... 

Climate change impeding SA farmers in fields and with financiers, insurers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2015 South Africa’s crop farmers are expected to struggle as they look to secure crop financing and insurance cover needed to successfully cultivate a crop and mitigate the risk of failure owing to climate variations, with the upcoming maize planting season looming, says Nedbank Corporate and... 

Africa's energy challenges continue to weigh down its growth

By: Kim Cloete     12th May 2015 The lack of vital electricity infrastructure continued to bedevil Africa’s drive towards developing integrated regional markets, while energy usage in sub-Saharan Africa had increased by 45% in the past 15 years, said Eskom board member Zethembe Khoza at African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on... 

VSD unit showcases energy efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Southern Africa bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International will highlight a variable-speed drive (VSD) and motor demonstration unit at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day to showcase the company’s energy efficiency drive components for agricultural irrigation systems.... 

Sugar industry leader participates in water study

By: David Oliveira     8th August 2014 Multidisciplinary engineering and design consulting firm WSP Africa’s environment and energy business unit completed a water use quantification project in May, which assessed the use and management of water at each of the agricultural and industrial operations of a major producer in the Southern... 

Broadband as the ‘fourth utility’

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2014 Broadband communications, and the services and information enabled by this, are becoming so entrenched in society that its use can increasingly be likened to other utility services, such as water and electricity, says networking giant Cisco South Africa MD Alpheus Mangale. The first annual Cisco... 

Israeli control valves popular in South African agriculture sector

By: Ilan Solomons     8th November 2013 Sales of Israeli manufactured Dorot control valves in South Africa continue to increase, since two new ranges were introduced last year, reports local irrigation and agricultural solutions provider Agrico. The company has sold several hundreds of these units to farms, nurseries, and landscape and... 

Hydropower Africa confirms Energy Minister Dipuo Peters’ attendance in September

By: Kim Kruger     26th April 2012 Focus on finance, skills and technical aspects. The Hydropower Africa programme will focus on organising financial support and attracting investment for projects, optimizing the potential for hydropower by utilizing current infrastructure, i.e. water treatment plants, drinking or irrigation... 

Company Announcement: Hydropower Africa confirms Energy Minister Dipuo Peters’ attendance in September

24th April 2012 “Hydropower is currently underutilised in Africa” 

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