JOHN MOFFAT PROLOCK AWARDED HOSPITALS TENDER

    From Left: Leon Le Roux, Factory Manager, JMP; Jerome Govender, Executive Director, JMP; and Christo Rootman, Managing Director, JMP.     Johannesburg-based John Moffat Prolock (JMP) has been awarded a contract to supply government hospitals in Gauteng with its locally manufactured face shields. Jerome Govender, JMP Executive Director, said the company was facing decreased off-take due to COVID-19 and identified face shield production as an opportunity to utilise its technology and spare capacity, as well as getting staff back to work. The contract was issued by Aware.org through…

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Agriculture the main pillar of Limpopo’s economy

  Tourism, mining and agriculture have proven to be Limpopo’s three main pillars that support the province’s economy, with the province now boasting the second most agricultural jobs in the country. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo claims urgent government intervention is needed to prevent massive job losses, unemployment and the escalating skill shortages that continue to hamper the ailing Limpopo economy. Tourism, mining, and agriculture have proven to be Limpopo’s three main pillars that support the province’s economy. The party said in a media statement on Tuesday that although…

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Sunlight to support female-owned SMEs through More Than You Expect Heroes initiative

CAPE TOWN – South African women entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute significantly to SA’s overall economy. Now, Sunlight is on a mission to offer support to some most important economic contributors in South Africa, female-owned small businesses. “Sunlight South Africa’s mission is to support entrepreneurial African women in their desire to contribute more, so they can support their families and gain financial independence. This purpose aspect of the brand is in line with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) and targets Global Goal Number 8 (of the UN Sustainable…

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ArcelorMittal South Africa to restart furnace on higher steel demand

  JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa ACLJ.J said on Tuesday it would restart the second blast furnace at its Vanderbijlpark operations in January due to higher steel demand. Africa’s biggest steel producer, which is majority-owned by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA MT.LU, said steel demand had increased quicker than expected due to lockdown-affected construction projects now being completed, increased sales at retail outlets and running at lower stock levels prior to the nationwide lockdown. The company decided to idle the Blast Furnace C at Vanderbijlpark and the Vereeniging Electric Arc Furnace in…

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African airlines see 1% demand increase for cargo: IATA

  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in August showing that improvement remains slow amid insufficient capacity. Demand moved slightly in a positive direction month-on-month; however, levels remain depressed compared to 2019. Improvement continues at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked. Globally, the demand was 12.6 per cent below previous-year levels in August (-14 per cent for…

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Favourable weather may boost summer planting season

    South Africa’s 2020/21 summer grain and oilseeds planting season should begin in areas with favourable weather and sufficient soil moisture soon. This will be the start of an optimal planting window in the eastern regions of the country. For the central and western regions of South Africa, the optimal planting window will only open from the beginning of November. Commodity prices remain high As we have previously noted, the two most important indicators to observed to get a sense of producers’ potential planting decisions for the season ahead…

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How AI will revolutionize manufacturing

  Ask Stefan Jockusch what a factory might look like in 10 or 20 years, and the answer might leave you at a crossroads between fascination and bewilderment. Jockusch is vice president for strategy at Siemens Digital Industries Software, which develops applications that simulate the conception, design, and manufacture of products like cell phones or smart watches. His vision of a smart factory is abuzz with “independent, moving” robots. But they don’t stop at making one or three or five things. No—this factory is “self-organizing.” This podcast episode was produced…

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SA’s Covid hit carmakers asks government to cut taxes on new cars

  JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s car makers have asked the government to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases as part of a proposed stimulus package for the coronavirus-hit sector, according to a presentation from an industry body seen by Reuters. The proposal, aimed at boosting local sales of new cars as rising coronavirus cases threaten demand in key export markets, was presented to the government on Monday by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), its chief executive Mike Mabasa said. NAAMSA represents global car giants like…

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SA Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement launched

  The agreement commits CGCSA food manufacturing and retail members to implement measures to minimise and reduce food waste in the country. Devdiscourse News Desk | Pretoria | Updated: 30-09-2020 15:00 IST | Created: 30-09-2020 15:00 IST CGCSA Food Safety Initiative Executive Matlou Setati said the current estimates show that about 10 million tonnes of local agricultural produce in South Africa is wasted each year. Image Credit: ANI The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has launched the South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement, which commits food manufacturers and retailers to reduce food…

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