Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to the extent that to be able to use the new, huge electric saws, Eskom has again had to increase the business's power supply.
Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben Ntsimane, one of three Grain SA Emerging Grain Producer of the Year finalists. Fidelis Zvomuya speaks to him about meaningful returns for this sector.
By switching off its computer-controlled irrigation pumps during peak hours, when tariffs are high, Senekal Boerdery of Mkuze in northern KwaZulu-Natal saved R250 000 in 2005 in energy costs.