Manufacturing sector invests in solar to supplement energy needs

With electricity costs increasing, solar energy efficiency for businesses is a low-risk investment, yielding substantial rewards, particularly for high day-time energy users. Manufacturing companies like South Africa’s Sheffield Manufacturing in Durban, are increasingly turning to solar as a way to supplement energy needs, go green and bring costs down, says Lance Green of SolarSaver, a provider of customised rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions through a unique rent-to-own model. SolarSaver has just completed a 130 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system with 330 solar panels at Sheffield Manufacturing, a producer of multiple ranges…

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South Africa’s army is running out of money – crippling its ability to secure the country

South Africa’s army is running out of money – crippling its ability to secure the country “We are facing a ticking time bomb. It is a matter of concern that SANDF plans currently are based on ‘as resourced model, and not on Joint Force Employment Requirement,” said the co-chairperson of the committee, Cyril Xaba. “The consequence of the decline in budgets translates in decline in capabilities, something which if continues, will further cripple the ability of securing the country“.  To combat these issues, the committee encouraged re-investment into the country’s defence…

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Aspen set to sign deal with Indian supplier

Aspen Pharmacare is poised to sign a deal with an Indian company to provide it with the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used for making HIV/Aids drugs, CEO Stephen Saad said on Thursday, shortly after presenting the company’s annual results to investors. Aspen, SA’s biggest pharmaceutical manufacturer and one of its longest-standing suppliers of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to the government, has consistently said that the low-margin, high-volume business is vulnerable to exchange-rate fluctuations that affect the cost of imported APIs, which are priced in dollars These ingredients accounted for between 60%…

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Motor industry set to create 16,000 new jobs

As much as R60bn could be invested in the South African vehicle and component manufacturing industries in the next five years according to Andrew Kirby, President of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) and CEO of Toyota SA Motors. He was a keynote speaker at the annual Naamsa Conference at the Kyalami Conference Centre on August 22, as part of the Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank and organised by Messe Frankfurt South Africa. Kirby said this amount could be made up by R40bn in direct…

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Kenyan farmers embrace mushroom cultivation amid rising demand

INTERNATIONAL – Issuing instructions to two young men working on his mushroom project inside a garage behind his house, John Kuru, a retired Kenyan army officer fills in a chart he has been using to monitor the progress. Kuru retreated back to his ancestral village in central Kenya two years ago where most people depend on farming for a living. He is also a farmer but is practicing it differently. Unlike his neighbors’ farms that are teeming with potato crop ready for harvest, his 12-acre farm lies fallow. “You must…

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Engineered probiotics a gutsy new field

CAPE TOWN – Bacteria mostly have a bad reputation for causing disease, so the idea of drinking a few billion bacteria every day for your health might seem a bit hard to “swallow!” However, substantial scientific evidence is indicating that bacteria can be used to treat and prevent many illnesses. Therefore, millions of people all over the world are taking capsules of probiotics on a daily basis with the goal of improving their digestion and health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are often recommended for gastrointestinal problems, for…

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