Nestlé expands operations in South Africa

first_imgNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The company has vowed to increase investments in South Africa. (Image: WordPress) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi Pillay Corporate Affairs Director Nestlé South Africa +27 11 514-6779 or +27 82 908 2580  RELATED ARTICLES • Toyota SA project to create 800 jobs • Nestlé unwraps new cocoa plan • SABMiller invests more in Angola • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in Babelegi, a small town in the North West province, where it will manufacture some of the products it currently imports.Construction of the cereal and Maggi factories has started in Babelegi, Nestlé South Africa’s corporate affairs director Ravi Pillay confirmed in an interview on 3 February 2011.Contractors started ground work on the 16 000 square metre Cheerios and Milo cereal plant after a sod-turning ceremony on 2 February. Both projects are set for completion by mid-2012.Nestlé is investing R505-million in the new facilities and in the upgrade of a newly acquired soya venture in Potchefstroom, also in the North West. This forms part of its expansion drive in South Africa, where the multinational has been operating for decades.“We will continue to invest in South Africa, in line with our long-term commitment to business sustainability and economic development,” said Sullivan O’Carroll, chairperson and managing director of Nestlé South Africa. The cereal factory has been allocated R244-million. Cheerios and Milo, products that Nestlé currently imports to South Africa, will be produced in Babelegi for the first time when the plant is fully equipped.Some R155-million has been set aside for the factory that will manufacture the Maggi range, including instant soups, stocks, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. While some of Nestlé’s Maggi products are imported, most are currently produced in factories located in Gauteng and Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal.The new plant will ensure that all Maggi products are made in South Africa. “New Maggi products will come through,” said Pillay.Nestlé recently bought the Specialised Protein Products (SPP) company in Potchefstroom. The acquisition of this and upgrades will cost R106-million, said Pillay.Through this new venture, Nestlé will be able to increase production of non-dairy creamers and begin making soya-based products.The multinational has retained 120 employees from SSP.Employment opportunitiesA sizeable number of people have already found jobs in Nestlé’s factory in Babelegi, and more opportunities beckon.“There will be many spinoffs to the local economy of Babelegi due to these investments,” Pillay said.The two new factories in the area will result in the creation of at least 230 new permanent jobs, according to the group. Coupled with the 120 employees from SSP, Nestlé will be responsible for 350 new employees following the expansion project.It said 70 new permanent jobs will be created in the cereal products factory, while the construction process will result in at least 100 contractor jobs.Some 160 permanent jobs are expected to become available at the new Maggi plant and about 200 employment opportunities will be created during that factory’s construction.“A number of our employees will go to factories around the world for manufacturing training,” said Pillay.Stimulating the local economyNestlé enjoys a substantial market share in South Africa. The group has factories and distribution centres in six of the country’s nine provinces, including Mpumalanga, the Western and Eastern Cape and Free State.Its popular products include baby formula milk Nido and Nespray, as well as baby foods like Nestum and Cerelac. Nestlé South Africa ventured into mineral water in 1987 and produces a range of ice-creams as well.Producing locally has a direct impact on prices for both customers and the multinational. “Having products closer to our customers is always affordable,” added Pillay.Local farmers will also score big as Nestlé suppliers. “By manufacturing locally we’ll also be stimulating the agricultural sector,” he said.STYLE–> STYLE–> read more

SA composer nominated for Emmy

first_img22 August 2013 South African composer Philip Miller has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best original dramatic score for a mini-series or movie for his soundtrack to the film The Girl. The annual Emmy Awards aim to reward excellence in the television industry, and the 2013 awards on 22 September will be the 65th edition of the ceremony. “Miller is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent composers working in film and television both locally and internationally,” the National Film and Video Foundation said in a statement on Wednesday. His work in The Girl will be up against documentary film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, mini-series Parade’s End – Part 5, Restless – Part 2 and World Without End, as well as television film Ring of Fire. The Girl, starring Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones, is about the turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren, and has received six nominations for this year’s Emmys, including best director, lead actor and best supporting actress. Miller studied music composition at the University of Cape Town Music School under composers Jeanne Zaidel Rudolph and Peter Klatzow, and completed his postgraduate studies in Electro-Acoustic music composition for film and television at Bournemouth University in England. He has composed the soundtracks for numerous productions, including Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club – which was nominated for a Genie Award in Canada – and Black Butterflies, which won best film score at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2012. He has also collaborated with internationally renowned artist William Kentridge, the most recent of which was for Kentridge’s five-screen multimedia installation The Refusal of Time at the Tate Modern Museum in London. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: Antivirus Testing, Why We Use LBSs, “Facebook Killer,” And More…

first_imgInDinero Launch Gives Small Businesses Real-Time Financial ToolEssential Tools For SEO on a BudgetEnjoy your weekend everyone.Subscribe to Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Antivirus Product Testing is Changing, Whether Vendors Like it or NotWhy We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social NetworksFacebook Snags the Guy Who Built Google’s Chrome OSGoogle Me a “Facebook Killer”? Place Your Bets!Chrome Surpasses Safari in U.S.More coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebReal-Time WebYahoo Search Suggestions Go Near Real-TimeWeb Apps With Push Notifications: W3C Begins Work to Make it HappenNew Google News is More Personal and SpontaneousMore Real-Time Web coverage. Don’t miss the next wave of opportunity on the Web supported by real-time technology! Get ReadWriteWeb’s report, The Real-Time Web and its Future.Augmented RealityQualcomm Launching SDK for Vision-Based AR on Android this FallMore Augmented Reality coverageAugmented Reality for Marketers and Developers: Our Newest Research Report We’re pleased to announce ReadWriteWeb’s latest premium report, Augmented Reality for Marketers and Developers: Analysis of the Leaders, the Challenges and the Future. This report will help you develop a sophisticated understanding of Augmented Reality (AR), the mobile and Web technology that places data on top of a user’s view of the physical world. The research included will help you decrease your AR development time to market by learning from the first wave of early adopters. AR offers a new marketing and product paradigm for a high impact, high value customer experience. More than 1,000 AR campaigns were kicked-off last year and we expect to see many more in 2010. In this report, we profile key AR development companies, their campaigns as well as development lessons learned. For more information or to buy the report, visit here.Mobile Web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. ReadWrite Sponsors Top 5 Reasons Why Your Startup Needs an APIGitHub Introduces Organizations, Makes Managing Code Repositories EasierYouPhonics Launches Music Collaboration ToolReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Alcatel-Lucent Acquires Programmable Web – Well-Known Source For APIsHow to Connect an Office Building to an Activity StreamThe Cloud Can Save Us Billions…But Can We Afford it?ReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tired of iPhone news? Then you’ll like this week’s top-stories list: None of them are about an Apple product. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010: Watch out for an Orange Cone on the Internet of Things; augmented reality from Qualcomm is coming to Android this fall; and Google makes the news more real-time than ever. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Antivirus Product Testing is Changing, Whether Vendors Like it or NotScheduling App Doodle Now Features Calendar IntegrationCisco Entering Tablet Market with Android-Based DeviceReadWriteBiz Our channel ReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. Kindle App for iPhone, iPad Now Does Audio and VideoDespite Glitches, iPhone 4 is Apple’s Biggest Launch EverFootfeed Jumps into the Check-in Aggregation GameMore Mobile Web coverageInternet of ThingsKuniavsky’s Orange Cone: Designing Read-Write Web-Created ThingsMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.last_img read more

A quarter of all U.S. travel could be electric and driverless by 2030

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#Boston Consulting Group#cars#driverless#electric#featured#ride-hailing#ride-sharing#Self-Driving#top For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img In less than 15 years, one quarter of all U.S. travel could be in shared, electric self-driving vehicles, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.The impact will be felt most in cities where over one million people live, as these will be the launch locations for driverless ride-sharing services. Ford CEO Mark Fields has already said the company will launch a ride-sharing platform in cities by 2021.See Also: SoftBank wants autonomous shuttle on public roads by 2020Initial public backlash to driverless cars will subside, according to BCG, once the economic argument becomes clear to U.S. commuters. In the study, the researchers said the everyday commuter in Chicago may be able to save $7,000 per year by moving to a self-driving, ride-sharing platform in the future.“The automotive industry is on the brink of a major transformation, and it’ll be here faster than people realize,” Justin Rose, a BCG partner leading its digital efforts for industrial companies, said in a statement. “For millions of Americans living in large cities, the next vehicle they purchase may be the last car they ever own.”BCG expects automakers and tech firms to revoke control and ownership of the vehicle in the future, moving instead to a more elongated profit model, ride-sharing. Instead of a one-time, large payment for the car, consumers would pay each time they use the vehicle.Differing business modelsThere are different economic models for automakers to choose from. One could be a lease model where the consumer pays to use the car for a certain amount of time; an alternative could see consumers pay for every ride and change cars each time.BCG has high expectations for the self-driving industry. It expects 4.7 million autonomous cars to replace five million conventional vehicles on the road today, and believes the new driverless vehicles to travel 1.5 trillion kilometers.It is hard to judge the exact time self-driving cars will become the vehicle of choice for commuters. Infrastructure and regulations could hold automakers back a few years, although the U.S. government and telecommunication providers have both shown interest in expediting the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Most estimates are between 2025 – 2035. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more