SA’s fashion industry is not taking Covid-19 lying down

The fashion and clothing industry will overcome the myriad challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic 23 NOVEMBER 2020 – 16:34 PRECIOUS MOLOI-MOTSEPE Picture: SUPPLIED This year we helplessly watched Covid-19 bring the global economy to its knees. Governments around the world responded by implementing lockdowns to contain the rapid spread of the deadly pandemic to their populations. Unfortunately, these measures — intended to save lives — suffocated economies. By the end of 2020, the world’s economy is expected to have shrunk 7.5%, the deepest contraction since the World War 2, which…

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Pandemic or not, SA’s olive oil production jumps

There is no denying that 2020 has been a year for the records. In these tumultuous times, South African olive oil producers put their collective shoulder to the wheel and managed to produce 30% more olive oil than in 2019. This is according to SA Olive, an association representing the common interests of the South African olive industry. SA Olive members consist of olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers, tree nurseries and olive importers, and it is “committed to supporting a healthy future for its members and growth and…

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| This SA factory recycles plastic waste into 800,000 black bags every day

Tuffy’s manufacturing plant produces 800,000 refuse bags a day out of 100% recycled material. Employing 300 locals and hundreds more as part of the circular economy, the factory operates 24-hours a day, five days a week. In line with extended producer responsibility schemes and the South African Plastics Pact, attention has turned to creating effective collection programmes. For more articles, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za. Working at 24-hours a day, five days a week, Tuffy’s Stikland factory on the outskirts of Cape Town manages to recycle more than 300 tons of plastic waste…

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Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. This results from massive consumption of ecological resources and accumulation of waste. A large portion of this comes from heavy industry and the way we build our cities. Interestingly, Earth Overshoot Day in 2020 is almost exactly two years since Greta Thunberg initiated the first school strike for the climate. Over the past two years, she has inspired millions of people to fight for…

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We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser – it could make farming more sustainable

It’s likely that most of the food you’ll eat today was not farmed sustainably. The global system of food production is the largest human influence on the planet’s natural cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus. How much crops can grow is limited by the amount of these two elements in the soil, so they’re applied as fertilisers. But the majority of fertilisers are either made by converting nitrogen in the air to ammonia, which alone consumes 2% of the world’s energy and relies heavily on fossil fuels, or by mining finite resources, like phosphate rock. A…

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A year later, Poultry Industry Master Plan appears to be nothing but old chicken in new packaging

When the Poultry Industry Master Plan was signed a year ago this month, no one could have predicted the devastating effects that a pandemic would have on the world during 2020. And while the South African government is working out how to deliver on the promises of increased local production and job creation in terms of the president’s economic recovery plan, the SA Poultry Association has announced that positive gains have been made towards increasing exports of poultry. That said, despite hefty import tariffs being introduced earlier in 2020, poultry…

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SA canegrowers welcome signing of landmark sugar masterplan

JOHANNESBURG – Agricultural group South African Canegrowers on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a landmark sugar industry masterplan which aims to ensure the long-term sustainability and profitability of the sector over the next three years. The agreement signed by the government, sugar industry stakeholders, retailers and other social partners on Monday will also protect the one million livelihoods the industry supports, SA Canegrowers said in a statement. The industry has been under threat in recent years due to cheap imports, unprecedented droughts, falling world prices and a major drop in…

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‘World platinum demand will outstrip supply’

JOHANNESBURG – THE WORLD Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) yesterday projected an annual deficit of the metal this year and next year, with demand expected to outstrip supply on the back of ongoing processing disruptions in South Africa and mine closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The WPIC said it expected the market to shift to a record annual deficit of 1.2 million ounces this year, compared with a prior estimate of 336 000 ounces only two months ago. The council said the deficit would be -224 000 ounces for 2021.…

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In-store shoppers: The new retail job trend hitting South Africa

A new form of e-commerce puts workers into retail stores to shop for online customers, offering diversity to clients while providing an interesting entry-level job opportunity. First appeared in Daily Maverick 168 A picture of a bag of carrots pops up on an app and in one swift motion Yolanda Belle finds and grabs the right product, scans it with her phone, and is on to the next thing on the list. The 24-year-old is a full-time professional shopper for OneCart, and moves through the mall with expert precision as she…

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EV shift will turn Mercedes into a smaller company

FRANKFURT – Mercedes parent company Daimler will be a smaller company five years from now, focused on capturing recurring revenues with software-based services as its premium car brand seeks to redefine luxury in an era of electric self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said. The Stuttgart-based company is accelerating plans to shift the carmaker beyond combustion-engine vehicles, a step which will result in job losses. “The next five years we will become a smaller company,” Kaellenius told a Reuters Events broadcast on Thursday. “We will have a fundamental change in…

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