CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS SAVING THE PLANET AND BOOSTING PROFITS

Shoes made from ocean plastics, packaging material made from mushrooms and a green partnership between Ford and Heinz to build car parts from tomato fibre are examples of the circular economy in action.   In a traditional linear economy, materials flow in a line; they are taken from the earth, made into an item in an affordable way, and waste goes into landfills when we are finished using the product. Circular economy has been inaccurately referred to as “recycling on steroids”. It was shown to be much more in an…

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Everising’s fully automatic bandsaws are at the cutting edge of world steel processing technology

In any manufacturing environment, the bandsaw is the production manager’s best friend. Fully automated bandsaws can have a very significant effect on the productivity of fabrication businesses or steel merchants, for example. To assist, the Everising Machine Company produces a range of fully automated bandsaws, of both pivot- and column-types. Everising has four pivot-type bandsaws in its S-250HB – S 460HB range. The bandsaws feature full PLC control of all electrical and hydraulic functions. The raising and lowering of the cutting head is controlled by a single lifting cylinder which…

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Is one of these five gaps blocking your organisation’s high-performance culture?

By Pam Lewis, DB & Associates     A myriad of empirical evidence and case studies clearly indicates that developing and sustaining high performance in an organisation is a learnt competence, and that it can be done successfully. However, there is also evidence to indicate that many organisations either completely fail in their efforts to sustain high-performance behaviours and practices, or they learn hard lessons from initial failed attempts before getting it right. The belief that ‘hard’ performance measures are enough to drive high performance pervades many organisations. The focus…

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Africa has an Opportunity to Reduce Imports and Generate US$50 Billion Revenue Annually

The latest research on agro-processing sector indicates that Africa is estimated to spend to US$50 billion on food imports this year. According to the Chief Director of Trade Invest Africa at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr John Rocha, this figure presents an opportunity that the continent cannot continue to overlook, which is to ensure that this US$50 billion accrues to African economies. Rocha was speaking at a Trade and Investment reception that took place at the Africa Big 7 exhibition where the dti is hosting 23 South African…

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SA Food and Beverage Companies Happy With Good Trade Leads Registered at Africa Big 7 Exhibition

The South African food and beverage companies that participated in the three-day Africa Big 7 exhibition that ended in Midrand yesterday have registered good trade leads.  The companies were funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The Director of Fatima’s Favourable Foods, Mr Muhammed Akoob said the exhibition presented a good opportunity to do business in the continent and they received good exposure. “Going into the show we were hoping to show consumers what we are about and try to open up to the African market and…

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Consumers Warned to be Vigilant when Purchasing Household Goods

Consumers need to be more vigilant this winter as substandard goods are flooding the market at a cheaper rate and attracting vulnerable consumers, especially the elderly. This was said by the Education and Awareness Officer of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification, Mr William Tladi during the education and awareness campaign conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal today. The objective of the campaign was to educate the public about the socio economic impact of alcohol abuse, legal and illegal gambling activities, how copyright…

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Creecy suspends octopus fishing in False Bay

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has temporarily suspended exploratory fishing for octopus in False Bay. In a statement issued on Friday, the department said the decision came after consultation with operators in the False Bay area. “Our decision is taken following widespread public concern regarding recent whale entanglements in the False Bay area which has resulted in the untimely and cruel death of these magnificent creatures”, said Creecy in the statement. During a recent engagement with fisheries stakeholders in Cape Town, the Minister indicated that she is seeking…

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Zambia clean energy project wins international climate award for finance innovation

JOHANNESBURG – The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ), a Sweden-funded programme that has brought clean, off-grid energy to over 600,000 people, has won the 2019 Ashden award in the innovative finance category for its work to kick-start a market for affordable services. The programme was launched in 2016 with the aim to expand access to clean off-grid energy in rural and peri-urban areas in Zambia. It supports four companies and works closely with the government in its efforts to build a thriving market. It is well on its…

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Entrepreneur turns his passion for wine into his very own wine company

DURBAN – Lata Ngoasheng is a young black entrepreneur who went from graphic design and marketing to owning his own wine company. Ngoasheng has a fine taste in wine collection and has become a wine connoisseur. But it was after the birth of his son that he turned his hobby into a business. He then started his own wine company and named it after his son, Leano Ngoasheng as a way to create a legacy for him. The winemaker seeks to change the narrative of both ownership and fatherhood in South…

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Reports of Zimbabwe-Zambia standoff over illegal maize sales

JOHANNESBURG – The ban on the buying and selling of maize among unauthorised persons in Zimbabwe has reportedly caused a stand-off between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Pindula News reported on Monday that last week Zambia denied entry to some Zimbabweans, citing lack of proper documentation, in what appears to be a retaliatory move against Harare for confiscating maize destined for Zambia. The maize was confiscated because the Zimbabwean authorities were trying to enforce a new law which gives the country’s Grain and Marketing Board (GMB) the exclusive rights to buy and…

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