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July 9, 2019

This South African invention allows drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

Two drone enthusiasts have devised a new invention that allows drones to plant large numbers of seeds in minutes.

South African Andries Louw and Australian Andrew Walker built a pneumatic firing module that shoots seeds into soil.

It can spit out two seeds per second at velocities of anywhere between 150 and 300 metres per second. This is faster than the cruising speed of a passenger jet.

The module, called it Podder, can attach to the bottom of popular drone models. Louw and Walker estimate that a team of two, flying 2 drones, can plant up to 40,000 seeds into into the ground in a day. In just ten minutes they can plant what the average human can [...]

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July 9, 2019

South African retail supply shows steady growth

With economic conditions remaining challenging, the short-term outlook for the South African retail sector doesn’t look promising. Data from FNB/BER indicates that consumer confidence declined in the first quarter of 2019 in comparison to data from the last quarter of 2018. However, the long-term outlook appears positive with high levels of construction as well as the increase in willingness from retailers to anchor new developments.

Despite concerns of over-supply in certain locations, the retail market has shown steady growth with the number of shopping centres increasing from 1959 in mid-2017 to over 2000 at present.

This is according to the latest Retail [...]

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