Engineers to improve agricultural services in NW

In a bid to improve and strengthen its agricultural engineering services, the North West Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Department has appointed four young agricultural engineers who will bring much needed skills to the department. Agricultural Engineering is the area of engineering concerned with the design, construction and improvement of farming equipment and machinery. The engineers integrate technology with farming. The appointment of agricultural engineers follows stakeholder engagement meetings hosted by MEC Desbo Mohono in January this year, where she promised farmers and North West people that she will do…

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Smart grid technology to change the face of energy

South Africa needs to move with speed in deploying smart grid technologies if it is to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the Department of Energy. Addressing the South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) breakfast held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, the department’s acting Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Clean Energy, Mokgadi Modise, called on the sector to catch up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution advancing faster, we too need to move with speed to intensify the deployment of…

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SA Government Prioritises Investment in the Mining Sector and Mineral Beneficiation

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says the South African government has prioritised investment and mineral beneficiation due to its capacity to grow the economy and create jobs. Minister Davies was speaking at the South African Mining Investment Roundtable that took place on the margins of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The purpose of the roundtable which was organised by the South African government was to provide potential investors from targeted countries with the opportunity to interact with the South African political and business leadership in…

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The mine of the future has arrived

This would’ve been the stuff of wild imaginings just a few years ago: a fully automated mine with not a soul in sight, except in a control room located on the surface. Operating at more than a kilometre underground at the Syama mine in Mali, driverless laser-guided vehicles make their way from the surface along decline ramps to rendezvous with driverless loaders to collect ore and return to the surface where it is crushed, milled and processed. “This is a world first for automated mining,” says John Welborn, CEO of…

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Land reform not driving farm sales

Farms that are being put on the market in South Africa have more to do with financial challenges and the impact of droughts, rather than fear around land expropriation without compensation. That’s the view of agricultural economist Johann Bornman, who says statistics show a decline in the number of farm properties sold in the country last year. New mortgages granted for farms have also declined. Other agricultural economists shared similar views when questioned by Moneyweb this week on farm sales trends. Bornman, founder of Agri Development Solutions, says the number…

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