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Agroprocessing News

Generating energy from sugar: What does it mean for South Africa?

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 If South Africa’s sugar industry is to grow, it has to keep an eye on new markets and opportunities, one of which may, once current restrictions are overcome, manifest in sugar cane-based energy. 

Tongaat Hulett to invest R145m in Zimbabwe, says operations recovering

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd August 2009 Agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett remained “very optimistic” about its prospects for 2010 and beyond, CEO Peter Staude said on Monday. The firm, which has improved its operating performance and operating profit for six consecutive years, was confident that its Zimbabwean operations would... 

Illovo announces R3bn rights offer to fund expansions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th July 2009 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo would seek to raise R3-billion in a rights offer to fund expansion projects and repay loans, the company announced on Friday. Illovo would offer 108,3-million shares at a price of R27,69 a share.Illovo would offer 108,3-million shares at a price of R27,69 a share... 

SA firm installs gear units at Zambia sugar mill

     24th July 2009 The technical resources division of industrial supplies giant Bearing Man Group (BMG) recently commissioned two high-performance Zollern Dorstener sugar cane mill drives at the Nakambala sugar mill, in Zambia. 

Tongaat Hulett sees big jump in interim profit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd July 2009 Agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett on Wednesday said it expected its headline earnings for the first six months of the 2009 financial year to increase by 74% to R440-million, compared with R252-million the year before. Headline earnings a share for the six months ended June 30, 2009, would... 

Price of sugar, maize could rise as El Niño looms

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2009 The development of El Niño weather conditions later this year, as is currently being forecast by a number of weather services, is likely to raise the price of a range of agricultural commodities, Investec Asset Management's soft commodities analyst Dawid Heyl says. Over the past few weeks' the... 

Diversity is key to South Africa’s sugar industry

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 2009 The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (Sasri) reports that diversity is a key factor in today’s highly integrated sugar milling operations. 

Variable-speed drives installed at local sugar mill

     3rd July 2009 Supplier of specialised electric motors Zest Electric Motors has installed and commissioned two regenerative variable speed drives at sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Lack of investment for bioethanol sugar plants

     3rd July 2009 The Global Agricultural Information Networks (GAIN) annual report states that South Africa’s biofuels strategy recognises sugarcane as one of the best feedstocks for renewable energy, however, investment in the development of a bioethanol plant for this process is not picking up pace. 

Refurbishing 
for sugar mill 
under way

     3rd July 2009 Water and wastewater solutions provider VWS Envig is currently refurbishing a 750-m³/d potable water treatment plant for a sugar mill in Stanger, north of Durban. 

South Africa’s sugar 
industry stimulus for economic growth

     3rd July 2009 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that the country’s sugar industry is one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high quality sugar, and contributes to job creation - particularly in rural areas, sustainable development and to the national economy. 

Agroprocessing firm aims to increase sugar cane supplies

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 2009 South African agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett aims to increase sugar cane supplies to ensure the use of its available milling capacity that will be in excess of 1 960 000 t by the 2009/10 season. 

SA sugar industry continues fight for equitable market access

By: Darren Parker     26th June 2009 It is imperative that equitable market access opportunities are established for all sugar producers in the region, in order to establish a strong and regionally integrated sugar sector in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions,... 

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