How the reconstruction and recovery plan will impact SMEs

  JOHANNESBURG – Acknowledging the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the global economy, the President has announced the reconstruction and recovery plan for SA, with a focus on inclusive growth. ; Some of the main focus areas are job creation and reindustrialisation of the economy. Examples of where the impact could be felt by SA SMEs includes the following. The government plans to bring forward the rollout of various large infrastructure projects, which typically have a positive knock on effect on SMEs that are suppliers to big projects and…

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GREEN AND INTEGRATED APPROACHES COULD ADDRESS FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGES

  Marking World Food Day, fdt Africa says stakeholders must collaborate across a broader value chain Agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably. This is according to advisors at Africa’s largest industry specific co-location, food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) the premier trade fair of food and beverage processing and packaging technologies, IFAT Africa the leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling…

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Renewable energy and agricultural processing project boost employment in oil conflict-ridden Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria

  The Niger Delta, an area with a chequered past of exploitation, is set to benefit from a renewable energy plant and an agriculture processing project providing electricity, jobs and economic empowerment Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds…

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Made in SA, not China.’ Why Foschini, Mr Price and Truworths now want local clothes

  After years of relying on Chinese imports, large South African clothing retailers are starting to source and manufacture more of their products locally. This enables them to respond faster to local fashion and weather trends. Sourcing SA-made summer clothes is easier than getting winter clothing, however. South African clothing retailers are reconsidering their love affair with cheap Chinese imports in favour of locally manufactured apparel. And while the disruption to international supply chains due to Covid-19 has emphasised the need to reduce reliance on Asian imports, the pandemic is…

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ESPRIT for Profit Unlocks the Full Potential of Tools

  ESPRIT for Profit is a new, special edition of the popular software that works for tools which require specific toolpaths generated only with CAM systems.   Montpellier, France (15 October 2020)—Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “There’s a way to do it better—find it.” This is the continuous challenge in which ESPRIT for Profit was born. Tool manufacturers offer innovative tools with high potential to save time and money and to machine difficult parts and materials. Those tools could be valuable for machine shops. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy…

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Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass

    Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass   KINGSPORT, Tenn., October 15, 2020 – Continuing demand for superior low-iron glass products in both the premium commercial and residential markets is being met with an innovative collaboration between Eastman and Guardian Glass. Eastman and Guardian are jointly announcing Eastman’s new Saflex® Crystal Clear PVB interlayer, which is designed to produce one of the most color neutral, brilliant laminated low-iron glass products available today: Guardian UltraClear® LamiGlass™ Neutral.   “Until now, laminating low-iron glass was…

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INFORMAL ECONOMY HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM AFRICA

    If your response to vendors plying their trade on South African streets is one of pity and despair, you need a lesson on the power of Africa’s informal economy, according to author, entrepreneur and informal business guru GG Alcock.   Alcock says that the informal business sector is the next great frontier of Africa and it is undergoing an economic revolution. “This is a new world of small people doing big things and transforming the continent,” he asserts. “Not only are these outlets and traders paying VAT on…

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