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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

Ethanol plants may assist with SA’s future energy shortages

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Technologists Association (Sasta) reports that the South African sugar industry is investigating the generation of renewable energy in the form of ethanol and electricity from sugarcane, due to the fact that it is fast becoming cost-competitive. 

Gearbox is tailor-made for Mozambican sugar mill

28th May 2004 Sole distributor for Zollern-Dorstener gearboxes in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, Power Drives, will soon supply a diffuser gearbox to a sugar mill in Mozambique. 

Electronics and accessories firm opens office in Durban

28th May 2004 Specialists in cable and wire identification systems and associated products, Grafoplast Wiremarkers South Africa, opened an office Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, in March, this year. 

£2,5m project completed in 10 months

28th May 2004 National consulting engineer Bosch Projects won its second contract in Sudan from the Sudanese Sugar Company. 

SA sugar group studies refinery-efficiency plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th May 2004 As it continues to cut costs and improve competitiveness, sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) is in the middle of a study on ways to improve efficiency at its central refinery at Rossburgh, in Durban. 

Coal-miner in blossoming flower investment

By: candice haase     12th March 2004 Following an investment by Anglo American’s empowerment arm Zimele in chrysanthemum farm Sunbali Flowers, the flower producer anticipates doubling its output to support planned export activity. 

Socially Responsible Investment Index to become critical financial indicator

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 Early next year, the JSE Securities Exchange will launch its Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index. 

Hoedspruit farmers mull sugar entry

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Shareholding in a sugar project in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, is being discussed at present, following a successful preliminary feasibility study which found that it was economically viable to grow sugar cane and mill it at a proposed sugar mill in the area. 

Tongatt-Hulett reports successes in Moz and Russia

20th August 2003 South African food and aluminium group Tongaat-Hulett said yesterday its sales in Mozambique have exceeded 10 000 t a month, for the first time in July. 

Sugar industry in black empowerment talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th June 2003 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) has initiated discussions within the local sugar industry on the country’s black economic empowerment (BEE) framework proposal and will support various sections within the industry, while responding to the legislation and ensuring that its own... 

Sugar industry needs level playing field

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th June 2003 A more level playing field would result in higher world sugar prices, fairer trade and greater access to lucrative markets, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) said yesterday, adding that it was optimistic about an improvement of international competitiveness within the sugar industry in... 

Privatisation, Aids key Growth Summit hurdles

By: nkolola halwindi     6th June 2003 After close consultations among the social partners, investment, employment, skills and equity, and local action will be the key focus areas at the long-awaited Growth and Development Summit (GDS) to be held at the Gallagher Estates in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Changing profile of SA sugar industry

30th May 2003 The opening of the 2003/4 sugar season was celebrated in a cultural ceremony on April 10, on the Kwazulu-Natal north coast. 

Cane growers seek solutions to land claims and community empowerment

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 South Africa has some 50 000 registered cane growers, comprising of large-scale commercial and small-scale farmers, which produce, on average, 23-million t of sugarcane per season. 

Sugar company reports an abundant harvest

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 About 2,3-million tons of refined sugar was produced by Illovo Sugar in the 2002/3 sugar season. 

Sugar industry notches up record harvest

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 The 2002/3 sugar season was the best ever, with a record-breaking 2,763-million t of sugar produced, breaking the previous record of 2,729-million t in the 2000/1 season. 

Bark miller’s move into sugar proves to be a sweet deal

30th May 2003 Two new records were set in boilinghouse recovery, as well as overall recovery, by Union Cooperative at its sugar mill during the 2002/3 sugar season. 

Mpumalanga mills produce half-a-million tons a year

30th May 2003 Two of South Africa’s 15 sugar mills, the Komati mill and the Malelane mill, produce about 495 000 t of raw sugar a year. 

2,7m tons of sugar milled a year

30th May 2003 The South African sugar industry generates, on average, a direct revenue exceeding R5-billion a year, of which R2-billion contributes to the country’s foreign exchange earnings. 

New MD for sugar company

30th May 2003 Local company Tongaat-Hulett Sugar has appointed a new managing director. 

Sugar cane transport empowerment deal signed

30th May 2003 An R4-million empowerment-focused sugar cane transport venture has been established by Cargo Carriers for small and emergent sugar growers in Mpumalanga. 

Providing the sugar industry’s demanding valve needs

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 A range of valves have been supplied by Heaton Valves Africa and its long-standing partner Hattersley, to two of the largest companies in the South African sugar industry, namely Tongaat-Hulett and Illovo Sugar. 

Freight division records solid growth in Africa

30th May 2003 Every sugar mill in Kwazulu-Natal is served with truckloads of cut cane by the depot network of the sugar division of Unitrans Freight. 

E Cape sugar beet project delayed

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 “The proposed R900-million sugarbeet project has been put on ice for six to 12 months, following which a decision will be taken on whether the project will proceed or not,” Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) original manager Eastern Cape Stuart Bartlett tells Engineering News. 

Summit’s Tensile One floor a world first

18th April 2003 More than 36 000 old car and truck tyres were recycled and reprocessed to make up the 11 250 m2 floor base of the giant Ubuntu village tent, known as Tensile One, which was erected at the Wanderers Club to provide a venue for exhibitors aligned to the United Nations (UN) World Summit on... 

Sustainability a core business value

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 “Globally companies and investors are embracing the principles of sustainability, recognising that commitment to sustainability in all areas of commercial activity may enhance reputation and reduce business risk.” 

$10m sugar venture under way in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th February 2003 The Malawian government has embarked on a $10-million smallholder sugar-cane growing extension project at Dwangwa in the central district of Nkhota-kota, which is meant to supply the raw material to a sugar-producing factory for a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar... 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     19th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     17th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

Zim imports threaten Malawi's sugar industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th December 2002 Malawi – Malawi's sole sugar producer and a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar Corporation of Malawi (Sucoma), has asked the Malawian government to put in place measures to check ‘unfair competition’, which Malawi sugar is encountering locally faced with... 

World Summit budget exceeded by 13%

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held earlier this year might cost the taxpayer more than anticipated. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Environmental activism or ecoterrorism?

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2002 A Chilean environmentalist tells Engineering News about his life’s work, and and why he believes privatisation is not neccesarily the answer to a developing country’s economic woes. 

Air-conditioning, the ozone layer and sustainable development

27th September 2002 Refrigeration was one of the topics discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     23rd September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision-makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

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