Fall Armyworm detected in Western Cape

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has advised farmers and community members to take precautionary control measures to ensure early detection and effective control of Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreak. This follows the detection of larvae of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in the Western Cape, near the Clanwilliam area. The pests were detected for the first time on sweetcorn in late March 2019. The FAW moths were detected in several areas in the Western Cape between June and August in 2018. “FAW is a quarantine pest in terms of the…

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African Swine Fever outbreak at North West farm

The North West Provincial Veterinary Services has placed a farm in the province under quarantine following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). The World Organisation for Animal Health on Wednesday reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Zeerust area, just outside of the African Swine Fever controlled area of South Africa. The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries said the farm has been placed under quarantine by the provincial veterinary services, who are also doing follow-up investigations and applying disease control measures for this outbreak. “The virus…

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Ekandustria industrial park receives facelift

The launch of the R49 million Ekandustria Industrial Park will play a key role in linking various markets, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. “Ekandustria Industrial Park is strategically located in Eastern Gauteng, in close geographic proximity to the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor links the park with the markets in Mpumalanga via Witbank and Middleburg in the Eastern side and North West until Botswana via the City of Tshwane in the Western side,” said Davies. The Minister said this when he addressed the launch of the refurbished park…

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Urgent govt intervention needed to save businesses from protest damage – council

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is calling for urgent government intervention to deal with the spate of violent protests across the country which are now affecting the business operations of its members and also posing a risk to the lives of staff and consumers. CGCSA head of crime risk initiative (CRI) Abraham Nelson said in a statement that, while peaceful protests are a constitutional right in South Africa, the violence and destruction of property which has accompanied recent protests is a cause for concern to CGCSA members,…

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The woman behind a multi-million rand cosmetics range

JOHANNESBURG – An  enterprising businesswoman is positioned to take her multi-million rand cosmetics range to international markets while increasing its market share in the domestic industry.   Relebohile Moeng, 38, is founder and director of Afri-Berry, which she established in 2011, a year after leaving her executive officer job at the South African Optometric Association.   Afri-Berry, a premium, organic skin and hair care brand, turns over more than R14 million per annum and has won numerous awards which helped cement its place in the multi-billion rand industry.   Moeng, who…

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Busy-bee businesswoman sees sweet success

JOHANNESBURG – Success  is proving sweet for a young entrepreneur who has not allowed challenges to stand on her way to reaching new heights with her business venture.   Beekeeper Mokgadi Mabela, 32, founded Native Nosi in 2015 as means to venture into entrepreneurship, while unwittingly transforming the honey and beekeeping industries in the process.   She notes that she has been selling honey long before 2015, the year she formally registered the honey production business. Nosi means honey bee is Sotho.   Mabela, who holds an international relations degree from…

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Rio Tinto approves R6.5bn investment into Richards Bay Minerals

KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the R6.5 billion planned investment into Richards Bay Minerals (RBM). Rio Tinto, an international holding company for RBM, has approved the next stage in the development of RBM in South Africa, which will involve the construction of the Zulti South project that will sustain current capacity and also extend mine life. Zikalala said it was encouraging that more and more business organisations such as RBM continue to express their commitment to the growth of the provincial economy. “The…

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Call to update plan for green energy in SA

JOHANNESBURG – FTI Consulting’s Future of South Africa report released yesterday called on the government to update and reinvigorate the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to plan and support the transition to renewables, while ensuring that supporting Eskom’s debt did not divert funds from other areas of the economy. The report said South Africa’s leadership must have the courage to stay the course to solve Eskom’s issues and build buy-in from those who are defensive to change. The government is in the process of breaking Eskom into three separate entities, which…

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Soshanguve learners to get automotive skills

The upgraded Soshanguve School of Specialisation, which specialises in automotive engineering, is set to boost the technical skills and creativity among school learners. The Gauteng Government is introducing School of Specialisation (SoS) to nurture talent in young people across key disciplines and develop the country’s future leaders. SoS are intended to respond to the skills shortage and unemployment crisis among the youth in the country by equipping learners with the skills and knowledge to give them the best chance of success in life. Speaking at the opening of the school…

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SA needs to encourage more local patents – Davies

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s government is striving to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing the country’s socio economic challenges, trade and industry minister Rob Davies says. Davies told a forum on intellectual property and technology commercialisation, hosted in collaboration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, that there was a need to encourage greater use of the patent system by local innovators, with more than 95 percent of patents currently registered in South Africa being foreign. “South Africa has inventions…

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