Maynier says new IPP deal could revive Atlantis, Cape’s green energy hub

  Cape Town – Allowing Cape Town to procure electricity from independent power producers (IPPs) could revive the economy of Atlantis, which in 2018 was declared a special economic zone (SEZ) and identified as a green energy hub, says Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier. Maynier said the extent of the impact this would have depended on how quickly the different role-players gave effect to this policy, and the effectiveness with which a system for such contracting was put into place. “It is critical that the national procurement of…

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Big increase in chicken prices expected

  Poultry prices have increased due to the exchange rate weakening just before the start of lockdown and new poultry import tariffs that were gazetted in March. It’s no secret that South Africans love their chicken, and poultry is one of the more affordable sources of animal protein – but enjoying a bucket of fried chicken is becoming costly. Dr Sifiso Ntombela, chief agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, attributes the increase in prices to the exchange rate weakening just before the start of lockdown and new poultry import…

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South Africa Pins Infrastructure Hope on Green-Bond Appetite

  South Africa plans to tap global appetite for green bonds to help fund an infrastructure programme worth as much as R2.3 trillion over the next decade. Winning over the private sector and streamlining the project-approval process will be key to the drive, launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in June to revive an economy that was already in recession before the coronavirus struck and is expected to contract by the most in nine decades this year. In July, 62 priority projects were announced in the first stage of the programme. “There…

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African cattle bred for toughness tested by climate change

  Millennia of strategic breeding, including a hook-up with an Asian cousin centuries ago, have made African cattle resilient to drought, heat waves and disease, according to a genetic analysis released Monday. © Luis TATO The ability of African cattle to withstand extreme weather and sickness will be put to the test in coming decades as climate change exacerbates the continent’s extreme weatherTheir ability to withstand extreme weather and sickness will be put to the test in coming decades as climate change exacerbates the continent’s extreme weather, researchers reported in the…

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NESTLE TO HELP DEVELOP DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

  In addition to testing sustainable dairy products, the group plans to encourage work on plant-based dairy alternatives, it added. Picture: Pixabay.com BERN – Swiss food giant Nestle, which has made billions with dairy products, said Monday it will host start-ups that want to develop vegetarian alternatives. Nestle could thus find itself at the forefront of a sector that has strong growth potential, an analyst commented. It plans to open its research and development (R&D) centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland to “start-ups, students and scientists” a statement said. In addition to…

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Stripped bare: Looting till there is nothing left of Gauteng’s rail network

  Many train commuters have no choice but to travel on more expensive modes of transport after extensive vandalism and pillaging of the rail infrastructure, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown. Daily Maverick visited stations around Gauteng and saw the devastation — and also witnessed pillaging first-hand. (Additional reporting by Shiraaz Mohamed) A note to readers:  We need your photos, please see the note at the bottom of this story. At about 2.25pm on 28 July, I witnessed the shameless thieving of rail infrastructure during lockdown. Between the Midway and Lenasia…

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Expert Eye: The Transformative Effect of Cloud Computing on Manufacturing

Cloud computing is a powerful technology enabling companies to become more productive, improving both customer communication and supply-chain performance Written by: JP van Loggerenberg, Chief Technology Officer, SYSPRO Today, manufacturing is being transformed rapidly by changes in ICT, AI, robotics fields, cyber-physical systems (CPS), and increasingly powerful IoT devices. The integration of these new technologies has meant that data usage has grown exponentially; however, current legacy systems are often limited in providing agility, flexibility and scalability. As such, a cloud strategy is seen as a logical next step due to its…

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SACTWU MEMBERS IN CARPET MANUFACTURING SECTOR SET TO STRIKE OVER WAGES

  Members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) are demanding increases in wages and night shift allowances, among other demands. FILE: Sactwu members on strike. Picture: @SACTWU/Twitter CAPE TOWN – Workers in the carpets sector are gearing up for a national strike. Members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) are demanding increases in wages and night shift allowances, among other demands. The union’s Fachmy Abrahams said that it was representing hundreds of employees from six different companies. He said that the employer…

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4 Ways to Leverage Manufacturing Data Visualization to Improve Communication

  Have there been times when you’ve looked at industrial data and gotten overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of it? That’s the kind of impact data generally has on people. To make it valuable, you have to make it consumable for decision-making, as this Forbes article rightly puts it. After all, collecting data is only one half of the story; the other half is communicating it to your stakeholders such as senior management, vendors, suppliers, functional departments, and floor employees. One of the most effective ways to communicate data is through data visualization.…

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How to share manufacturing network losses in the face of COVID-19

  Many large industrial groups have a global manufacturing footprint that is driven by business requirements. The functional profile of the manufacturing entities is different in each case and can range from contract manufacturers to fully fledged intellectual property owning entrepreneurs. However, one thing that multinationals have in common is that the footprint, the product programme, and the contribution to the group value chain is always the outcome of the multinational’s business strategy. Production plants will usually produce only a segment of the global product portfolio and sell their output…

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