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Agroprocessing News

Sugar producer awards front-end package for Swaziland factory

     2nd July 2010 Equipment design, project management and engineering specialist Bosch Projects was recently commissioned by JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar to complete a front-end package (FEP) which includes providing the design and capital cost estimates for the expansion of Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo sugar... 

KZN cane growers concerned that drought will damage 2010/11 yields

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Large parts of the sugar-cane growing regions in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are experiencing widespread drought, the effects of which could result in lower cane yields during the 2010/11 season, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers). 

Association supports small-scale growers

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The small-scale cane growers sector is currently operating below potential, with sharply reduced yields and a 20 % decline in the number of growers in this sector, over the past five years, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers).  

Industry research efforts make headway

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) reports that its research and development (R&D) initiatives have resulted in a number of commercial opportunities that will add significant value to sugar-cane processing.  

Land reform delays cause uncertainty in the sugar industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The ongoing land reform programme remains an area of significant focus for the South African sugar industry, reports the South African Sugar Association (Sasa).  

Sugar price volatility fears eased

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Finance was a significant concern at the recent Kingsman Asia Pacific sugar conference in Singapore, reports market analyst and broker in the world sugar and biofuels markets Kingsman. 

Illovo lifts sugar output, profit declines

By: Chanel de Bruyn     31st May 2010 Southern African sugar producer Illovo was expecting the 2011 financial year to be a difficult one for the group, with volatile world sugar prices and the financial crisis in the Euro zone expected to negatively impact on currency values. The group, led by MD Graham Clark, had seen its net... 

Tongaat expects boost in headline earnings

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th May 2010 JSE-listed agroprocessor Tongaat Hulett said on Friday that it expected to report headline earnings of between R840-million and R860-million, when releasing its 15-month year-end results on May 28. The company said that the rise in earnings would account for a 34% to 35% increase, above the... 

Tongaat plans to double sugar output to 1,9Mt/y

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st March 2010 As global sugar prices and demand continue to improve, agricultural company Tongaat Hulett plans to increase its sugar output to 1,9-million tons a year over the next few years. CEO Peter Staude said on Monday that the company would focus on bringing its production in line with its installed... 

Illovo sees higher sugar output, earnings to be flat

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th November 2009 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar expected the group’s sugar production for the current season to amount to about 1,7-million tons, 200 000 t higher than the year before, if normal growth and operations continued for the remainder of the season. The group on Thursday noted in statement that it expects... 

Higher sugar production, prices to boost Illovo’s interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2009 South African sugar producer Illovo expects to report improved earnings for the first half of the 2010 financial year, as a result of improved sugar prices and increased production in some of its operating regions. The company, led by MD Graham Clark, on Tuesday reported to that it expected its... 

Rural sugar cane farmer development programme launched

By: Darren Parker     30th October 2009 The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) have made public their partnering in a project to help small-scale rural farmers in the Amatikulu catchment to improve their sugarcane yields while reducing the negative environmental impacts through the... 

Sugar prices expected to rise, says SA association

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2009 The world sugar price would depend heavily on India's position in the market come March 2010, South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam said on Thursday, in Durban. From the 2007/8 season to the 2009/10 season, India went from being a five-million tons net exporter of... 

SA has signficant bioenergy production capability – academic

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 South Africa has the intellectual capital and natural resources to produce renewable bioenergy to power cars, contribute to the national power grid and create thousands of jobs, according to Stellenbosch University’s Professor Johann Görgens. 

IDC, Brazil bank deal augurs well for local bioethanol production  

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2009 South Africa edged one more step towards a fully fledged ethanol-from-sugar regime earlier this month with the signing of a cooperation agreement by the Brazilian State-owned development bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) and South African independent development... 

Tongaat Hulett to invest R145m in Zimbabwe, says operations recovering

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th August 2009 Agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett remained “very optimistic” about its prospects for 2010 and beyond, CEO Peter Staude said last week. The firm, which has improved its operating performance and operating profit for six consecutive years, was confident that its Zimbabwean operations would... 

Absence of incentives hindering development of an ethanol-from-sugar industry

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2009 Significant potential exists for a sugar cane-based renewable energy market in South Africa, but a lack of government incentives continues to hinder the market’s development, said Tongaat Hulett MD Peter Straude at the company’s results presentation, in Johannesburg, last week. 

Anglo sells Tongaat stake for R4,2bn

By: Mariaan Webb     13th August 2009 Diversified mining company Anglo American has sold its stake in South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett for R4,2-billion (about $523-million), it said on Thursday. Late last month, the group sold its stake in Hulamin for R1,16-billion. 

Anglo American to sell Tongaat Hulett stake

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2009 Anglo American will sell its 49,5% shareholding in South African agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett, as partAnglo American will sell its 49,5% shareholding in South African agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett, as part of its strategy to focus on its core mining operations, it announced on... 

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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