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12 September 2017

 

AgriProtein boosts food security in South Africa

 

AgriProtein could be the first company in the world to put fly-farming on the animal feed map, said Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, this morning at the facility's official launch in the economically depressed township of Philippi, Cape Town.

 

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology through its entity the Technology Innovation Agency, AgriProtein has already created 150 jobs. The Minister commended the company for its role in tackling food security and youth unemployment the country.

 

AgiProtein uses technology that converts waste into nutrients used for animal feed.  It is a pioneer in the emerging waste-to-nutrient industry, which seeks to put the world's growing organic waste mountain, estimated to top one billion tonnes by 2025, to good use in improving food security.

 

Insect meal is a more sustainable alternative than fishmeal, with the production process also diverting large volumes of organic waste from landfills to feed the larvae, which grow into the maggots used for the insect meal.

 

Speaking to over 500 community members, Minister Pandor said the project was good example of a technological breakthrough in the environmental and agricultural sector, and demonstrates that South Africa was responding to the National Development Plan with regard to moving towards a knowledge-based economy and innovation.

 

Since 2009, the company has successfully developed and piloted a nutrient recycling technology (converting organic waste to animal feed protein) as part of their strategy to commercialise an insect-based protein feed in the animal feed industry.

 

Currently 8,5 billion flies recycle 250 tonnes of waste a day, boosting larvae production to 50 tonnes a day.

 

"Agriprotein is certainly setting an example to other start-ups, winning prizes and reaching out globally," said the Minister.  "It is also a clean-tech pioneer – earlier this year it was listed as one of the Global Cleantech Top 100, a singular achievement for a South African startup."

 

The Minister added that the growth of small businesses was central to creating new, sustainable jobs.

 

"International trends indicate that national growth increasingly depends on the creation of small and medium-sized companies, particularly at a regional and local level.  This must therefore be seen as a priority if we want to accelerate job creation," said the Minister.

 

The facility has so far created 150 job opportunities in the community. The number is expected to increase substantially when additional production facilities are established.

 

Jason Drew, CEO of AgriProtein, said the company was also looking at markets outside South Africa.

 

"We are rapidly expanding globally. Our aim is to build a network of 100 insect protein factories by 2024 and 200 by 2027, supplying the $100 billion aquafeed market.  We are building factories in Saudi Arabi, the United States of America, South America and Africa, as well as one in Australasia," he said.

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

 

Enquiries

Lunga Ngqengelele

Media Liaison Officer

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September 2017

        

                        From Waste to Well-being

 

A Cape Town AgriProtein facility has successfully proven that insects can be considered as a new protein source for animal feed. The research was funded by the Department of Science and Technology, through the Technology Innovation Agency.

 

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will launch the AgriProtein Manufacturing and Commercial Facility in Philippi township, Cape Town on 12 September 2017. The launch event will take place in the form of a Public Participation Programme (PPP) with 700 people from the community expected to attend.

 

AgriProtein Technologies (Pty) Ltd is a technology start-up located in Philippi, one of the economically depressed areas in Cape Town. Since 2009, the company has successfully developed and piloted a nutrient recycling technology (converting organic waste to animal feed protein) as part of their strategy to commercialise an insect-based protein feed in the animal feed industry.

 

AgriProtein Technologies (Pty) Ltd, an example of a technological breakthrough within the environmental and agricultural sector, demonstrates that South Africa is responding to the National Development Plan with regard to moving towards a knowledge-based economy and innovation. The AgriProtein Manufacturing and Commercial Facility in Philippi is one of three commercial facilities planned for South Africa. At this stage, the facility has created 30 job opportunities within the community. This number is expected to increase substantially upon establishment of the other production facilities.

 

The media are invited to join Minister Pandor for a tour of the facility and to attend the PPP.

 

The media are invited as follows:

Date:       12 September 2017

Time:       09:00–13:00

Venue:   AgriProtein Technologies, Philippi, Cape Town

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

 

For media confirmations, please contact David Mandaha on 072 126 8910.

Five young South Africans nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have been included in the 400 young scientists from 76 countries selected to participate in this year’s 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

ASSAf as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) annually nominate young scientists to attend the Lindau Laureate meetings which are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration.

The young scientists are: Dr Hlamulo Makelane, University of the Western Cape; Frederick Malan, University of Pretoria; Funeka Nkosi, University of the Witwatersrand; Retha Peach, North-West University, and Dr Mark Williams-Wynn, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Successful scientists are outstanding students, graduate students and postdoctoral students under 35 years of age, conducting research in the field of chemistry. They were selected after a multi-stage international selection process and represent 155 scientific institutes, universities, foundations and research-oriented companies from noted research nations.

The meeting will take place from 25 – 30 June 2017 with a total of 31 laureates expected to partake. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have been held annually at Lindau, Germany, since 1951.

The selected young scientists may expect a six-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. Some of them will also get the opportunity to discuss their own work at one of the master classes or at the poster session.

The proportion of women among the selected young scientists is 45 per cent. “For the field of chemistry, that is a substantial number”, says Wolfgang Lubitz, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and scientific co-chairperson of this year’s meeting.

ASSAF Executive Officer, Prof Roseanne Diab, also welcomed the inclusion of an increased number of women among the participants. “ASSAf is committed to promoting women in science activities and highlighting the importance of applying a gender lens in activities that it undertakes. The Lindau Nobel Laureate programme presents a unique opportunity for young women to meet and interact with Nobel Laureates,” she says.

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, officially opens Scifest 2017 in Grahamstown on Friday, 10 March.

Scifest, South Africa's largest science festival, this year promises to take visitors on a journey through the mysteries of science.

The 2017 theme, "Tour de Science", is linked to the UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development.  Visitors will be taken on an expedition exploring the milestones, discoveries and excitement of various fields of science.

Celebrating its 21th anniversary, Scifest will focus on "edutourism" – travel for the purpose of learning – in scientific facilities across Africa.

Prof. Michael Kosch of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), one of many speakers, will talk on "Travel through space and discover the mysteries of sprites: first recordings of these dazzling lights in South Africa."

The festival's main events include aquatic science activities at "Water World", and the chance to "speed-date a scientist".  Following last year's success, "Science in the Township" will again be held at Jozana indoor sports centre near Grahamstown, giving local learners easier access to the festival experience.

Among those expected to attend are SANSA's newly appointed CEO, Dr Val Munsamy, and NASA's retired astronomer, Dr Jim Adams. This year's Brian Wilmot lecture will be delivered by Hydrogen South Africa's Dr Henrietta Langmi on how hydrogen can help to solve energy problems in the country.

Confirmation of attendance

Veronica Mohapeloa

082 882 3818

 

David Mandaha

072 126 8910.

 

Details of the opening session

Date:       10 March 2017

Time:       18:30

Venue:   Settlers Monument, Grahamstown

 

Enquiries:

Lunga Ngqengelele

082 566 0446

Mathematics and Science education in Sutherland-home to the Southern African Large Telescope, will  receive a much needed boost with the donation of mobile science labs by  the Department of Science and Technology.

Roggeveld Primary School and Sutherland High School, will receive the equipment on Thursday. Last year Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor visited schools in the area. The schools lacked science learning and teaching equipment.

The Minister promised to assist the community with learning equipment to improve the learning standards, thereby inspiring young people to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

Sutherland is home to the SALT, the largest single optical telescope, and exposure to learners’ knowledge of science and technology will contribute to the country’s quest to develop future astronomers.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date:             Thursday, 16 February 2017

Venue:           Roggeveld Primary School, Sutherland in Northern Cape

Time:             08:30 for 09:00

For media confirmation, please contact David Mandaha on 072 126 8910

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