KBL’s submersible pump-sets get renewed BIS Certification and BEE Star Rating

Mumbai, 11th January, 2020: Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL), the leading pump manufacturing company in India, has recently received renewed certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star Rating for 320 and 45 models of its submersible pump-sets, respectively. These water and oil-filled bore-well submersible pump-sets are mainly used in the agriculture and domestic user segments. The BIS certification is a true indicator of KBL’s trusted and assuredsuperior product and service quality. Meanwhile, the BEE star rated pumps result in power and energy bill…

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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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Making merchandising count

Pyrotec PackMedia, October 2020: In today’s highly visual retail environment, the way products are merchandised in-store has a big effect on sales.   Pyrotec PackMedia assists you to create custom merchandising solutions for marketing and selling your products.         Busy s  hoppers appreciate efforts to reduce their shopping time. Placing complementary products together in one aisle helps to decrease the time spent in the store. This also increases sales by promoting the purchase of both products.   Additionally, products that are well-packaged and visible on retail shelves…

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South Africans aren’t being protected from fake sanitisers. Here’s what needs to be done

By Lisa Korsten and Willeke de Bruin A wave of panic buying struck many countries when national states of disaster were announced in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Overnight, toilet paper, cleaning products and hand sanitisers became the most sought-after products on the market. This was true in South Africa too. Production facilities for raw materials of hand sanitisers experienced an increase of nearly 400% in bulk orders. Suppliers could not keep up with sudden mass orders for hundreds of thousands of litres. In response to the shortage, governments…

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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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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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Energy crisis: A step forward?

The IRP sets out procurement plans for the next 10 years but we need a visible pipeline longer than that. By Busi Mavuso  Last week another major step was taken on the way to resolving our energy crisis. The opportunity is now coming into focus for major infrastructure investment while also sparking the development of a thriving renewables-based industrial sector that could become an economic champion for South Africa. Last Friday, the minister of minerals and energy, Gwede Mantashe, gazetted the section 34 determination to procure 11.8 gigawatts of new power from independent…

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Rand-Air strikes gold – again! – Repeat hire to long-standing customer in the gold mining sector

  Rand-Air has been the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market for 47 years, recently also introducing pumps to its popular rental range. With a central ethos of exceptional customer service – coupled with the regular training and development of its people – the company’s dedication to excellence has paid off once again: this time, in the form of valuable repeat business from a long-standing customer in the gold mining sector. Recently, Rand-Air secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining…

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ASCA AIMS TO PUT AFRICA “AT THE TABLE OF PROSPERITY”

In his keynote presentation at the inaugural Africa Supply Chain in Action (ASCA) virtual conference and exhibition, renowned Kenyan pan-Africanist, Professor of Law and anti-corruption crusader, Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba said: “When we put our hands together and work together, Africa will sit at the table of prosperity.” He was addressing close to 1 000 African supply chain and procurement professionals who came together for ASCA 2020, the largest ever Africa-focused online learning, knowledge sharing and networking event for the profession. In his keynote presentation, Lumumba urged the African…

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The most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now

  CareerJunction has published its latest monthly jobs index for July 2020, showing which jobs are currently the most sought after in South Africa. The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market. The CJI is based on comprehensive data gathered from the CareerJunction website. The index for July settled at 99 index points indicating little change in supply and demand in the local labour market, the jobs portal said. “Recruitment activity…

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