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Agriculture Engineering

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Taking the hot air out of ‘sustainable development’

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th September 2002 I was involved in the environmental World Summit on Sustainable Development. In halls and on street corners, people from diverse backgrounds and countries held forth on all sorts of topics. The output ranged from real good sense to total garbage and nonsense. 

First eco-village being built at Ivory Park

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 Construction-materials group Lafarge South Africa has stepped up its involvement in sustainable development with the donation of cement and concrete to the eco-village being built by the City of Johannesburg and the EcoCity Trust at Ivory Park, in Midrand. 

Conventional wisdom on development challenged

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 While most governments and environmental campaigners now agree that the United Nations’ sustainable development approach is sensible, an organisation founded in the US 17 years ago has been working tirelessly to get the world’s leaders to rethink this proposition. 

R20m project completed

6th September 2002 Active in the design and supply of mechanical equipment for seed and grain plants Techmac Technology has completed the commissioning of the new R20 million Pioneer seed maize conditioning plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Business urged to contribute positively to society

By: Riaan de Lange     6th September 2002 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a document titled ‘Business in society: making a positive and responsible contribution’, in which it urges business to voluntary commit to managing its activities in a responsible way. 

Young managers key to responsible development

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th September 2002 The participation of young managers at the Earth Summit held out the promise that the sustainable development initiatives to be agreed on by the corporate sector will be implemented for a long time to come, even after the present crop of business leaders is no longer on the scene. 

Strong multilateral trading system good for all – WTO head

6th September 2002 New World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief, Supachai Panitchpakdi, the first official from a developing country to head a global economic body, argued on Wednesday that freer trade was the best way to fight poverty. 

Annan hails summit a success

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said the international community must be careful not to expect a conference like the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to produce miracles. 

Mixed views in summit postmortem

5th September 2002 As the remaining delegates left the Earth Summit today, many wondered if they had just experienced the last-ever global mega-conference. 

SA should be proud of summit, say organizers

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development was a success. This is the verdict of the Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco), following yesterday’s closing of the United Nations conference. 

Govs, UN and financial institutions to discuss WSSD implementation

3rd September 2002 The host of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), South Africa, has announced that it will today convene a meeting to discuss the future of multilateralism. 

Energy hurdle cleared, Joburg Summit deal in sight

3rd September 2002 Only the divisive issue of women's health stood in the way of a global agreement on slashing poverty and mending the planet as the Earth Summit enters its penultimate day today. 

Fund to support Soweto air clean-up

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2002 The Minister of Mineral and Energy Affair, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, last week launched the Clean Soweto Air Fund – and initiative that forms part of the department’s National Integrated Clean Household Fuels Programme. 

Maize-products firm conquers export market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 African Products was declared the winner of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI)/Standard Bank 2002 Gauteng Exporter of the Year Award, as well as the winner in the large manufacturing category, at a function held in Johannesburg this month. 

'Sugar-beet project will beat expectations'

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th August 2002 A senior official with a German company co-promoting a sugar-beet industry in the Eastern Cape has scoffed at critics casting doubts on the viability of the project because of the high costs involved in sugar-beet production and a highly-protected sugar market. 

End “global apartheid” call heralds Joburg Summit

26th August 2002 The Earth Summit opens on Monday in Johannesburg, giving world governments driven by a mix of idealism and realpolitik just 10 days to agree on ways to haul millions out of poverty without poisoning the planet. 

World summit call centre operational

23rd August 2002 With only a few days remaining before the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) starts, the South African Post Office has established a state-of-the-art call centre in Pretoria to disseminate information on the event. 

Space, sustainable development debate starts in SA today

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2002 Today sees the start, in Stellebosch, of the “Space Technology Provides Solutions for Sustainable Development” symposium.This is an official parallel event to the WSSD (Rio+10) 

Sugar production declines due to the erratic climate

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 While much remains to be done to correct trade imbalances in the global sugar market, South Africa’s sugar sector is also facing a number of challenges on the local front. 

Geographic info system planned for SA farmers

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 The development of a geographic information system (GIS) as the foundation for precision farming is a dream of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). 

Slope stabiliser proves successful

16th August 2002 To ensure the stability of slopes at Zimbali Lodge in Kwazulu Natal, Kaytech’s Soilsaver 292 was presribed by Moreland Development and VKE to its client, Sun International. 

A South African researcher granted world leader status

16th August 2002 A South African expert om recalcitrant plant seeds was awarded an A-rating through the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Evaluation Centre. 

Last logistics tender issued for WSSD

16th August 2002 Earlier this month, the Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) issued the last of its tenders for the logistics of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4. 

Science to pull its weight at the Joburg Summit

16th August 2002 The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development at the World Summit in Johannesburg has drawn participation from influential and committed organisations and experts worldwide, resulting in the programme offering a range of science and technology topics and perspectives... 

Sustainable development high on agenda of consulting engineers

16th August 2002 With all eyes on Johannesburg and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is set to play a key role in directing the course of sustainable development and placing it high on the worldwide agenda of consulting engineers. 

Leaders probe role of technology in development

16th August 2002 THE African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States-European Union (EU) Forum on Research for Sustainable Development, which took place in Cape Town in July, was the first gathering of the representatives of the 78 member states of the ACP Group and the 15 members of the EU, to specifically... 

Green energy investors conference planned

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 The Cape Town-based green energy service company, Agama Energy, is planning to host an international investors’ conference in South Africa next year to help facilitate the introduction of green energy into the energy supply industry (ESI). 

Virtual exhibit of sustainable projects

16th August 2002 With the United Nations’ World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) only days away and the hype surrounding it, one could be forgiven for questioning the real role of the giant talk shop in the lives of ordinary people. 

SA safety group to win from Joburg summit

15th August 2002 South African safety group, the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) is emerging as one of only a few organisations in the world able to translate the expected decisions and outcomes of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) into practical application by... 

Nigeria invites China to boost food production

13th August 2002 Nigeria plans to raise its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 10% through increased agricultural output in the next three years with the aid of Chinese experts invited to develop its water resources. 

Moosa delivers 'state of the summit' briefing

9th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, yesterday briefed Parliament on South Africa's state of readiness to host the biggest ever global gathering, the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Ecojargon in preparation for Joburg summit

8th August 2002 The 50 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries set to throng the Johannesburg summit, which starts later this month will have no problem finding a common language to thrash out a strategy for sustainable development. 

Biotech must be part of sustainability package

8th August 2002 It will be important for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to underline the importance of appropriate technologies – which will inevitably include biotechnology – to sustain the lives of billions of people, International Food Strategies president... 

Joburg wants green summit, UN wants it lean

7th August 2002 World Summit organisers in Johannesburg hope to paint the town green this month and avoid the mountains of waste that such gatherings usually generate. 

Progress made towards WSSD declaration, says Erwin

6th August 2002 Trade and industry minister Alec Erwin says world leaders have made progress regarding the declaration of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. 

Science has role in sustainable development

5th August 2002 Women in Science will set the pace for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development – a platform for highlighting the critical contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development - at the World Summit in Johannesburg. 

Renewable energy targets disappointing

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Representing the sustainable energy sector locally, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) believes there are a number of issues within this industry which need to be highlighted, the least of which is the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

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