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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

Sugar contributes R6bn to South African economy – MEC

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 The sugar industry plays a significant role in South Africa’s economy, contributing more than R6-billion a year, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (Daea) MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. Mthimkhulu says that 80% of... 

R1,3bn sugar expansions in Mozambique

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Expansions to Tongaat Hulett�s Xinavane and Mafambisse sugar mills in Mozambique are progressing significantly, Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

12% of cane land now in black hands, says association

6th July 2007 Twelve percent of freehold cane land is now in the possession of 341 black farmers, 40 of whom are women, says the South African Cane Growers Association (Sacga) in a media release. Sacga says that it is committed to constructive interaction with the Department of Land Affairs and the land claims... 

Cane residue used to fertilise cane

6th July 2007 About fifty-four sugar cane farmers and members of the Umfolozi Co-op Sugar Planter based near Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal are achieving excellent results through the use of milo residue from milled sugar cane as fertilizer. The residue is processed through a milo filter press and substituted with... 

Better management practices for emerging sugar farmers researched

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Conservation organisation WWF and the South African Sugar Research Institute (Sasri) are involved in a research project to explore suitable ways to “adapt and adopt” better management practices for small scale emerging black sugar cane farmers, WWF Sanlam living waters partnership... 

Innovative solutions required for efficient sugar cane supply chain

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Logistics improvement specialists Crickmay & Associates consulting engineer Ryan Giles tells Engineering News that the sugar cane supply chain is still inefficient in South Africa, when compared to other world leading low-cost sugar producing countries such as Brazil and Australia. He... 

Chemicals replace bone ash in sugar-mill filtration process

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Base mineral miller and processor African Pegmatite has been awarded a contract to replace the chemicals used in the filtration process at South African producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg Dalton mill in northern Zululand. 

Sugar industry making black-empowerment strides, says association

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 About 16% of freehold land under sugar cane has already been transferred to small-scale black farmers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam tells Engineering News, adding that the 30% target is being actively pursued. 

R285-million land claim deal

6th July 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar has entered into a R285-million joint venture with the Siboshwa and Hhoyi communities in Mpumalanaga. This is considered to be one of the largest land claim deals in the country and has emulated the Tsb Sugar’s land claim model. The land claim, known as the... 

Sugar liberalisation may not benefit Inkomati basin, reports states 

27th November 2006 A new report commissioned by the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund has found that global sugar trade liberalisation may not benefit rural livelihoods and the environment in the Inkomati River Basin. 

SA's first sugar beet harvest could come in earlier than anticipated 

By: Laura Tyrer     24th November 2006 South Africa’s first commercial plantings of sugar beet are yielding promising results, and the first crops may even be ready for harvest three months earlier than previously anticipated. 

Institute recognises

3rd November 2006 The Ugu district municipality's R32,5-million rural household sanitation project, which was implemented between 2004 and 2006, has received the Ethekweni Water and Sanitation Services Award for achievement in the category of community based projects at the SAICE Durban Branch Regional Awards. 

Siemens turbomachinery factory quadruples turnover in three years

By: Jade Davenport     20th October 2006 Turbo-machinery and spare part manufacturer Siemens Power Generation Mechanical Services (PGMS) has experienced significant growth in the last three years, with the company’s turnover increasing from R80-million to R320-million since 2003. 

TSB installs R130m power facility at Komati mill

By: Laura Tyrer     20th October 2006 Sugar producer TSB Sugar has completed the installation of a R130-million power station project at its Komati mill, in Mpumalanga, that will bring the mill’s crushing capacity to some 2,6-million tons yearly. 

SA, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland back regional export facility

By: Laura Tyrer     29th September 2006 The new 50 000-t-capacity silo opened at the Maputo harbour sugar terminal this month demonstrates the benefits of regional cooperation within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) towards the goal of developing a competitive regional sugar industry. 

Sugar body, conservation group in biversity pact

By: Laura Tyrer     22nd September 2006 Conservation organisation WWF and the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) have signed a memorandum of under-standing (MoU) that will focus on conserving freshwater and estuarine habitats and promoting biodiversity. 

New Maputo silo raises sugar terminal’s capacity to 175 000 t

By: Laura Tyrer     12th September 2006 A fourth sugar silo was opened at the Maputo sugar terminal on Tuesday, adding an additional 50 000 t of capacity to the terminal and raising overall capacity at the Mozambican facility of 175 000 t. 

Harness energy that is being lost, regulation engineer urges South African industry

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 In a country ranked among the top energy-intensive economiesin the world, South Africa is going all out to find strategies to tackle its ever-increasing power demands. With national power producer Eskom reportedly set to face severe supply-demand challenges withinthe next three years, electricity... 

Positive early signs from East Cape commercial plantings

By: Laura Tyrer     21st July 2006 The first commercial plantings of sugar beet, in the Eastern Cape, are producing sweet results with the project demonstrating increasing success. 

Production of sugar expected to maintain current high rate

By: Laura Tyrer     30th June 2006 While South Africa’s sugar industry made a rapid comeback last year following three seasons of reduced earnings, the forecast for next season is looking even sweeter. 

Small-scale growers face plummeting margins

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Tough economic conditions in recent years, combined with reduced areas under cane and reducing yields have had a dramatic effect on the productivity of local small-scale sugarcane growers. 

‘A truly green solution’

26th May 2006 As South Africa’s sugarcane industry switches to green cane harvesting and from manual to mechanised harvesting, Natal Mechanised Farming (NMF) has expanded its CLAAS line-up with the introduction of a tractor range engineered to meet the most stringent requirements. The range joins... 

Hydraulically-operated alternative to aircraft spraying

26th May 2006 A large-capacity hydraulically-operated sugar cane spraying machine, designed to withstand arduous operating conditions, has recently been introduced to Northmec’s extensive range of agricultural equipment. 

‘Simple land transfer not enough’

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 While South Africa’s land reform policies are changing the demographics of the cane growing industry, the South African Cane Growers Association says that simple land transfer is not enough to ensure integration. In response, the organisation is working to provide the necessary support... 

Ethanol study results expected by year-end

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 The state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a division of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) are set to begin an investigation into the viability of producing ethanol as a blend stock fuel in South Africa. 

Success seen from trial growing project

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Following a successful year in operation, TSB Sugar’s medium-scale grower project is expecting its first returns from Siyathuthuka farm, near Kaapmuiden, in Mpumalanga.? 

Sustainability must be an ongoing focus, says industry body

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 Operating in one of the most volatile commodities in the world, the South Africa Sugar Association (Sasa) is focus-ing its efforts on sustainability, ploughing resources into specialised service provision, research and development, training and land transfer initiatives. Speaking to Engineering... 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

Sweet success for local I&E construction firm

24th March 2006 There has been a phenomenal increase in contracting work in South Africa, particularly in the rejuvenated mining industry. 

R&D activities aimed at resources diversification

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 At the turn of the century, the State-owned electricity utility Eskom underwent fundamental changes that involved a realignment of the business inwardly to concentrate on its core activities of generation, transmission, trading and retailing of electricity. 

Two SA projects in the running

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 Holcim Awards winners to be announced in April 

SA firm wins Sudan mill contract

13th October 2005 Local firm B & W Instrumentation and Electrical reported yesterday that it had been awarded a R4-million contract for low voltage electrical and instrumentation installation at the Sudanese Sugar Company's Assalaya sugar mill. 

Empowered corporate social investment

By: peter cromberge     23rd September 2005 The Tiso Foundation, the social development vehicle of the TisoGroup, was formally launched on September 8. 

Greater urgency urged to tackle second-economy challenge

By: peter cromberge     23rd September 2005 Greater urgency urged to tackle second-economy challangeThe cover of the 2005 De-velopment Report shows a smiling street vendor, his wares of magwenya (vetkook) and peanuts stuffed into plastic bags arranged neatly on a table that is balancing on pink cardboard boxes. 

A useful tool to enhance service delivery

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2005 With governments not having enough funds to build and maintain infrastructure, partnering with the private sector through public-private partnerships (PPPs) is gaining more popularity, both locally and internationally. 

Making city a better place for all

8th July 2005 In June 1999, few Capetonians believed that a newly formed public-private partnership (PPP) would succeed in its mission to push back urban decay, reverse crime and grime and attract billions of rands of investments, but it did not take long for the sceptics to be proved wrong. 

Urgent need to enlarge housing choices

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 As the Premier of Gauteng Mbhazima Shilowa has highlighted, some of the key strategies for the province include the eradication of informal settlements and the building of sustainable settlements. 

Compost turner paves the way for biological farming

27th May 2005 A group of Pongola sugarcane farmers in northern Kwazulu-Natal have been given a Perkins-powered self-propelled compost turner, which has paved the way for them to move into biological farming. 

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