AEL Press Release

January 2017 Appointment of new Head of Academics at AEL The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) is an academic Institution focusing on students on a post matric level, where students enroll for a one year course in Environmental and Conservation studies. The Academy is an accredited Institution and students receive a National Level NQF5 […]




South African cherry planting expanding to the Cape

South African cherry planting expanding to the Cape South Africa has a very short cherry season which is very difficult to predict, but coming just before Christmas, there is the opportunity for growers to earn good returns in these few short week. “Cherries were disappointing in terms of volumes this season,” explains Roelf Pienaar, Managing Director […]


Pyrotec PackMark News

The importance of routine maintenance on your packaging line We’ve all heard that prevention is better than a cure, but do you heed this advice when it comes to your packaging line? The best way to keep your labelling and coding equipment running smoothly is to ensure that you have a structured routine maintenance plan […]


Cognac sales reach value and volume highs in 2016

Cognac exports continued to rise in 2016 with volume and value increases of 6% and 6.8% respectively. According to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, a total of 179.1 million bottles were exported in 2016, resulting in a turnover of 2.76 billion euros. Read more…


Wheat industry in distress as farmers switch to crops that bring in dough

Local wheat production has been in decline since 2000 as farmers are dumping the crop in favour of more profitable produce such as maize and soya beans. The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that last season, more wheat – about 1.8-million tonnes – was imported than produced locally. The final wheat crop in […]


Researchers map out world´s winegrape varieties

University of Adelaide researchers have compiled statistics from 44 countries to develop the first database of the world’s winegrape varieties and regions. The new database, funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), provides an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and winegrape growing nations that account for 99% of global […]