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Cape Town-based Echo Horticulture has acquired sole rights to distribute Harte Peat mushroom casing soil from Ireland in the sub-Saharan African region, with the company also hoping to supply a third of South Africa's mushroom market.
The Irish government has approved a 5-million (about R50-million) grant for building township houses in South Africa. The money will be channelled via the Niall Mellon Township Trust, which has brought over 3 000 Irish volunteers to help build houses in the country since its inception in 2002.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland could draw on SA's experience of reconciliation. "What we want in Ireland, essentially, is what you have achieved here in South Africa; we want our freedom," Adams told South Africa's Parliament.