Positive outlook for agricultural exports

A predicted change in weather patterns could bring some relief to southern African agricultural producers who have recently seen production and export revenue losses due to severe drought. “Long term weather forecasts predict a 55- 60% chance of the current El Niño weather pattern transitioning into a reverse weather pattern known as La Niña,” said First National Bank (FNB) senior agricultural economist, Paul Makube. He added that were was therefore a high probability of above-normal rainfall early in spring this year, which would result in improved agricultural production. Makube told FTW Online that, weather permitting, agricultural producers should be able […]

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Largest white maize shipment from Mexico arrives

Yesterday saw the arrival in South Africa of the largest shipment of white maize for the season from Mexico, report online sources. “We have received 56 019 tonnes of white maize from Mexico, the largest shipment for the 2016/17 marketing season so far,” said Agricultural Business Chamber senior agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo, quoted by Bloomberg. “The shipment would go a long way to helping South Africa meet its demand for white maize,” he said. The marketing season started at the beginning of April this year and will end on April 30 next year, according to the online news provider. White […]

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Self-belief is the biggest ingredient for success

A successful entrepreneurial journey starts with a determined vision, a little bit of self-belief and faith in your own ability. According to Erina van Schalkwyk, owner of GEL Supply Chain and entrant of the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, this is the winning recipe for a thriving business and fruitful entrepreneurial adventure. Erina and her husband, Gert, have had an exciting journey in the logistics sector over the last few years, and even more so recently with the opening of new successful businesses in 2015. Inspired to support her family after her father’s unexpected […]

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Maize import volumes reflect drought impact

South Africa has become a net importer of maize for the first time in 12 years. The South African Grain Information Service reported yesterday that 1330 tonnes of white maize had been imported from the US last week. The last time maize was imported from the US was in April 2004, where 32937 tonnes were brought in, Times Live reports. According to Grain SA, South Africa may need to import 3.8 million tonnes of yellow and white maize this year to make up for the local supplies lost due to the drought.  Please follow and like us:

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We are moving our offices .

Gel supply Chain are Blessed beyond believe and with all the new challenges we have coming to us this new year we have decided to make some strategic moves . Gel supply chain offices will relocate to Oubaai Hotel retail centre nr 13 – and 14 Here we will also run our other businesses from namely Gel import and export Pty Ltd, Gel investments Namibia and Gel Freddy’s wholesale in the Dr Congo , as well as our business in Rotterdam – M3T2. Erina will also continue with Bless -our charity division – we will keep on suppling where, what  and […]

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New thinking needed at SA ports

New, out of the box thinking is needed by South African ports to accommodate larger vessels. This is according to Ton Bestenbreur, independent ports operations and logistics consultant at the university of Stellenbosch. Bestenbreur was speaking at the annual African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition in Durban this week. “Maersk Line desires 6 000 container moves in under 24 hours for its 18 000 TEU vessels. This translates into 250 container moves per Gross Ship Working Hour or between 40 and 50 average quay crane moves per Gross Crane Hour. This is more than double the figures we currently achieve,” […]

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