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Aquaculture News

Tribunal conditionally approves Sea Harvest’s acquisition of Terrasan businesses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2024 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed merger whereby subsidiaries of JSE-listed seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest intend to acquire certain subsidiaries of Terrasan. The subsidiaries being acquired are those engaged in the catching, processing and sale of... 

Fly farmer Maltento opens laboratory to expand insect research

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2024 Fly farmer Maltento has unveiled a new laboratory at its insect breeding facility in Cape Town. The laboratory has been built to expand Maltento’s research on insect biotechnology, and aims to position the company as a leader in the functional ingredient and sustainability space. 

Image of Maltento's Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg
Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga  

20th March 2024 Coal producer and exporter Thungela in February launched a fish breeding facility at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga, to mitigate some of the impacts of an uncontrolled release of mine-affected water in the area. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga
Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga

Black Soldier Fly factory recycles agroprocessing waste 

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th February 2024 Agri-tech company Maltento is transforming South Africa's recycling landscape by breeding black soldier flies to convert agroprocessing waste, including spent grains from the beer industry, into high-performance, nutrient-dense proteins and oils for pet and aquaculture feed. “Maltento and its... 

An image depicting Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg
Photo by Tommy Trenchard
Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg

Sea Harvest to acquire Terrasan’s pelagic business, a portion of its abalone business

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd January 2024 Seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest aims to acquire 100% of investment group Terrasan’s subsidiaries engaged in the catching, processing and sale of pelagic fish, and 63.07% of Terrasan’s subsidiaries engaged in the farming, processing and sale of abalone for an initial amount of... 

An image depicting Sea Harvest CEO Felix Ratheb
Sea Harvest CEO Felix Ratheb

Huge investment to bring Rwanda water relief

19th January 2024 Development finance institution African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, announced last month that it had approved loans of over R4.7-billion to Rwanda, to improve the population’s access to water and sanitation services. The announcement was made by AfDB in... 

Two women and a baby standing around tap with a gent overseeing it
ACCESS TO RESOURCES The investment by AfDB in Rwanda's water infrastructure will bring running water to millions in impoverished communities

Ever-expanding Maltento eyes opportunities in aquaculture and cosmetics 

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2023 The Maltento insect farm started as a small, test-scale operation in a home bathroom in Craighall Park, Johannesburg.  Almost seven years later, founder and CEO Dean Smorenburg has seen the operation evolve into a fully fledged business based in Epping, Cape Town.  

Ever-expanding Maltento eyes opportunities in aquaculture, cosmetics 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2023 The Maltento insect farm started as a small, test-scale operation in a home bathroom in Craighall Park, Johannesburg.  Almost seven years later, founder and CEO Dean Smorenburg has seen the operation evolve into a fully-fledged business based in Epping, Cape Town.  

image of dried black solder fly larvae
Dried black soldier fly larvae

US helps fund water projects

7th July 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of water and sanitation investment projects in Africa, through the provision of grants and technical... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
WATER AID The African Water Facility welcomes the donation of $3-million which is being made by The United States Agency for International Development

Nutrition programme delivering the goods

17th March 2023 South African learners and schools continue to benefit measurably, meaningfully as a result of holistic health and nutrition initiative the Health in Action (HIA) programme. The number of children consuming vegetables on a daily basis in 342 schools in at-risk communities in Gauteng, the Eastern... 

A portrait photo of Navisha Bechan-Sewkuran from Mondelēz International who is committed to inspiring consumers to snack mindfully
NAVISHA BECHAN-SEWKURAN Although Mondelēz International is a leading producer of snacks, it is committed to inspiring consumers to snack mindfully

Sea Harvest takes a further 28% of Viking Aquaculture

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2023 JSE-listed seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest will acquire a further 28% of the shares in and loan claims against abelone and oyster producer Viking Aquaculture for R210-million. "The further acquisition fits within Sea Harvest’s investment criteria and increases Sea Harvest’s ownership... 

Sea Harvest takes R361m knock on higher input costs, loadshedding

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2023 JSE-listed vertically integrated seafood company Sea Harvest has described 2022 as one of the most challenging financial years in the last decade, pointing out that the year was marked by unprecedented input cost increases and 10% lower available volumes. The group nonetheless managed contain... 

Sea Harvest truck
Sea Harvest truck

Three-millionth valve controller sold

11th November 2022 Last month, global designer and manufacturer Emerson announced that a customer in China has recently purchased the three-millionth Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controller for use in the water treatment pressure control valve in a membrane plant. A digital valve controller helps regulate and... 

a Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controller fitted to a valve system
CONTROL FREAK The three-millionth Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controller has been sold by Emerson

Local supplier adds valves to portfolio

By: Halima Frost     11th November 2022 Steel, tube and valve supplier Stewarts & Lloyds’ Pipes & Fittings division has received its first consignment of vacuum break valves from local valve manufacturer Variant Air and has distributed the stock to its outlets for sale to clients.  Stewarts & Lloyds has been selected as an agent for... 

Four large valves on a blue chevron background made by Variant Air and distributed by Stewarts & Lloyds
VARIANT VARIETY The Variant Air range of valves is now made of molybdenum reinforced nylon 11, which has little to no resale value making it a less desirable option for thieves

Companies collaborate on aquaculture project

By: Sabrina Jardim     14th October 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) partnered with international pumps company HCP Pumps to supply axial flow pumps to service the recirculated aquaculture system (RAS) of an aquaculture farm in the Eastern Cape. The project,... 

An image depicting the HCP L250A pumps
COVERED UP MRS coated the wet-ends of the HCP L-250A pumps with the Belzona 5811 immersion-grade epoxy coating to extend the life of the new pumps

Oceana extends interim CFO’s tenure to January 2023

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2022 JSE-listed fishing company Oceana has been granted a dispensation for the extension of interim CFO Ralph Buddle’s tenure until January 31, 2023. Oceana suspended CFO Hajra Karrim on February 7 and appointed Buddle in an acting capacity from February 23.  

More resilient infrastructure needed to protect water quality

8th July 2022 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal environmental scientist Manda Hinsch says the quality of drinking water declines when infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disasters. The comment was made on the back of recent flood-related damage to water infrastructure... 

More resilient infrastructure needed  to protect water quality

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

A bunch of blue plastic pipes which have a light shining thorug them form back to front
SHINING LIGHT Sappma continues to shine a light on the need for quality products and materials to its members

Agriculture continues to outperform nearly all other sectors of South Africa’s economy

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 Over the past two years the agriculture sector has been one of the few very stars in the firmament of the South African economy. In 2020 and 2021, agriculture was one of only four sectors of the economy to register growth, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has pointed out. Last... 

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Unitrans Africa acquires crop-spraying drones as it pursues cost, enviro and other advantages

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 Unitrans Africa has acquired a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones. The seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones were developed at a cost of more than R400-million. The T30 drones are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique, with results exceeding expectations in terms of spraying... 

Women-developed products launched with the help of the Technology Innovation Agency

By: Donna Slater     30th August 2021 Five women-led products and innovations, developed with the assistance of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), were launched and showcased to the market on August 30. The products include skincare products, a personal tracking device for children, an alternative to drinking yoghurt and a... 

Sea Harvest posts R323m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2021 Seafood manufacturer Sea Harvest has achieved headline earnings growth of 19% year-on-year to R202-million for the six months ended June 30. This while earnings a share came in 27% higher year-on-year at 77.7c.  

Sea Harvest posts R323m interim profit

Garden project boosts local nutrition

20th August 2021 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s premier garden brand Aquacraft partnered with Johannesburg-based nongovernmental organisation Siyakhana on an organic vegetable garden situated in Bezuidenhout Park, which supplies a range of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to local... 

gardening tools in garden soil among vegetation
GARDENING WITH A PURPOSE A portion of all Aquacraft sales will go towards the expansion of urban vegetable gardens across the country

Digital water-quality monitoring and reporting tool coming to market

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Financial advisory firm Bosch Capital has been appointed by environmental and water governance, risk and compliance specialist Carin Bosman Sustainable Solutions (CBSS) to support the commercial development of the new Leguaan software-as-a-service (SaaS) water-quality monitoring, data... 

Photo of woman testing water quality
TESTING, TESTING Without the correct interpretation of testing results, it is impossible to make informed decisions about the management adjustments that are necessary

Agriculture seen as key just transition enabler in Mpumalanga, but arable land needs urgent safeguarding 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 Transitioning Mpumalanga’s coal-heavy economy to higher levels of agricultural output could help create new businesses and jobs and improve the long-term economic resilience of the province as mines close and Eskom begins decommissioning power stations in line with the Integrated Resource Plan of... 

Agriculture seen as key just transition enabler in Mpumalanga, but arable land needs urgent safeguarding

DEFF issues yellow alert for harmful West Coast red tide, partners prepare for red alert

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2021 Following the build-up of harmful algal blooms - called red tides - on the West Coast over the past few weeks, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has issued a Situation Yellow alert under the West Coast Rock Lobster Contingency Plan and placed all government role-players... 

Western Cape welcomes agriculture interns

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th December 2020 About 120 agricultural graduate interns took up their two-year internship within the Western Cape agriculture sector on December 9. Western Cape Agriculture Minister Ivan Meyer welcomed the placement of the interns, saying that the provincial department had prioritised the structuring of... 

Focus set on intellectual support services

14th August 2020 Hard face solution provider Rio-Carb is altering its business model to focus more on providing intellectual support services and is employing its own engineers to assist customers in all aspects of liner fabrication application.   Rio-Carb director Thomas Reib says the company can now provide a... 

Tech solution enhances water security in S Africa

By: Halima Frost     3rd July 2020 The self-automated scour gate is a technology which has been developed and refined by local water engineering contractors Amanziflow Projects to promote water security. Amanziflow Projects MD Peter Townshend says many projects have been conducted by the company in the Southern African Development... 

WATER GATE
The scour gate developed by Amanziflow allows for the effective flushing of sediment from a dam increasing its storage capacity
WATER GATE The scour gate developed by Amanziflow allows for the effective flushing of sediment from a dam increasing its storage capacity

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season

1st May 2020 As the dry season approaches in many parts of South Africa, farmers need to ensure that silt is not limiting the volume of water that they can store, says specialist pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine. He notes that the progressive build-up of silt means that dams and ponds in... 

SUCK JOB
A fit-for-purpose dewatering solution from Integrated Pump Rental is successfully desilting farm dams
SUCK JOB A fit-for-purpose dewatering solution from Integrated Pump Rental is successfully desilting farm dams

Covid-19 lockdowns, rand depreciation set to accelerate food inflation

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has, in its latest brief report Food price outlook for Quarter 2 2020 and beyond, warned that food prices in South Africa are set to rise during this, second, quarter of the year. The country’s staple foods – maize, wheat and rice – would not be... 

Half of South Africans in a ‘precarious nutrition situation’

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2020 Independent research body the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has warned that poorer households in South Africa would be put at risk, in terms of both their nutrition and health, if they suffer a fall in their income or an increase in food prices, as a result of measures put in... 

South African production of key foods good to reasonable

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2020 An independent research centre, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), has published an overview of five key foods produced in South Africa, as part of its analysis of the food and agricultural aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The foods are chicken (meat), maize (grains),... 

World Bank warns of big South Africa GDP slump and first SSA recession in 25 years as Covid-19 bites 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2020 The World Bank is forecasting that gross domestic product in South Africa could slump by between 6.9 percentage points and 8 percentage points in 2020 when compared with a base case that does not include the anticipated economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Similar contractions are... 

World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack
World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack

Equipment design vital for sugar industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 A critical aspect of servicing the sugar industry is equipment design, says integrated engineering technology and project management company Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steve Rosettenstein. 

DIVERSE OFFERING 
For the sugar industry, Bosch Projects provides front-end cane offloading, cane preparation, juice extraction, sugar processing, sugar drying and refining equipment
DIVERSE OFFERING For the sugar industry, Bosch Projects provides front-end cane offloading, cane preparation, juice extraction, sugar processing, sugar drying and refining equipment

Sea Harvest expects higher headline earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2020 JSE-listed Sea Harvest says its South African fishing operation and its Ladismith Cheese operation made solid contributions to the group’s overall financial performance for the year ended December 31. It, therefore, expects headline earnings a share for the year to be between 28% and 37% higher... 

Sea Harvest expects higher headline earnings

L2D launches rooftop aquaponics farm at Eastgate shopping centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Friday launched a rooftop aquaponics farm district at its Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. The farm is a first for the company’s shopping centres. It uses smart technology to provide sustainable food production solutions to... 

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