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Agroprocessing News

Cost efficient blower available to sugar industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 As South Africa’s sugar production industry faces several challenges, owing to an increase in imports and the subsequent negative impact on domestic sales, local machinery supplier Airgas Compressors says that its Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots blower provides a cost effective and... 

Illovo Sugar appoints Munday chairperson

By: Tracy Hancock     25th March 2015 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has appointed Trevor Munday its new chairperson, effective on the close of the sugar producer’s annual general meeting (AGM) on July 15. He would succeed Don MacLoed, who would retire as director and chairperson of Illovo at this time. 

Illovo Sugar appoints Munday chairperson

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2015 African agribusiness CEOs are very positive about the possibility of expansion into African countries outside their own, with 72.7% indicating that they would pursue such opportunities, finds PwC’s Agribusinesses Insights Survey 2014/2015. “African CEOs identified the following as countries where... 

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

RCL Foods bullish on future, upgrades and acquisitions boost H1 results

By: Tracy Hancock     19th February 2015 The operational improvements implemented across JSE-listed RCL Foods’ different businesses over the past year are expected to continue to contribute positively to the company’s earnings performance in an environment where economic conditions remain challenging. “The weak state of the South... 

RCL Foods bullish on future, upgrades and acquisitions boost H1 results

Zambia Sugar launches $82m project to up Nakambala capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     18th February 2015 Zambia Sugar, a majority-held subsidiary of JSE-listed Illovo Sugar, is undertaking an $82-million expansion to increase the production capacity at its Nakambala sugar operations, in the town of Mazabuka, consolidating the company’s position as Africa's single-biggest cane sugar producer. Illovo... 

Zambia Sugar launches $82m project to up Nakambala capacity

Energy savings with advanced lubricant for heavy industry

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 US-based lubricant specialist Lubrication Engineers is helping heavy industries to register significant savings, owing to the improved energy efficiency and product longevity provided by the company’s advanced series of Pyroshield lubricants. 

Energy savings with advanced lubricant  for heavy industry
SUPERIOR BASE STOCK Lubrication Engineers’ production facility uses mainly mineral oils for base stock and only synthetic formulas for specialised applications

Drought expected to cost KZN canegrowers millions

By: Tracy Hancock     5th February 2015 With production losses in KwaZulu-Natal expected to reach R574-million, for Canegrowers in the drought-stricken areas of the province, “the loss is great”, Canegrowers Research Department analysis shows. Further, rehabilitation costs of some R274-million were expected, as well as a potential loss... 

Drought expected to cost KZN canegrowers millions

Illovo closes Umzimkulu mill for 2015 season 

By: Tracy Hancock     19th January 2015 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar will not open its Umzimkulu mill in the 2015 sugar-milling season to “affect optimum asset utilisation”. “The significantly below-average rainfall experienced in KwaZulu-Natal during the 2014 sugar-milling season, together with severe frost in the Midlands region... 

Illovo closes Umzimkulu mill for 2015 season

International sugar price still depressed – Imara

By: Leandi Kolver     14th November 2014 The international sugar price remained depressed over the past year, with high month-on-month volatility, Imara Africa Securities (IAS) said in its 2014 sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Sugar Sector Report, which was released on Friday. IAS stated that, as at the end of August, the sugar price was... 

International sugar price still depressed – Imara

Tongaat Hulett revenues up R8bn in H2 despite state of sugar industry

By: Tracy Hancock     10th November 2014 The encouraging half-year results for Tongaat Hulett have been attributed to the various improvements in the agriculture and agriprocessing business’s sugar operations at a time when revenue was being negatively affected by lower international sugar prices. For the half-year ended September 30,... 

Tongaat Hulett revenues up R8bn in H2 despite state of sugar industry
Photo by Duane Daws
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Particulate matter pollution problematic in some cities – DEA

By: Schalk Burger     17th October 2014 Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above new air-quality standards set... 

Book delves into the role of sugar in evolution of KwaZulu-Natal

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th October 2014 The Land of Green Gold: Some History of Natal and Zululand is a book that highlights the history of KwaZulu-Natal and the role of ancient geology in making the province’s coast suitable for sugar cane farming. 

MacLeod to retire from Illovo board

By: Leandi Kolver     18th September 2014 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday announced that its chairperson Don MacLeod would retire with effect from the close of the company’s one-hundredth annual general meeting on July 15, 2015. The Illovo board thanked MacLeod, who had been a board member since 1983, for his significant contribution... 

MacLeod to retire from Illovo board

Sugar producer and SAIW team up in Moz

     12th September 2014 Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its staff at the company’s... 

Sugar producer and  SAIW team up in Moz
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique

RCL issues improved earnings outlook

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2014 JSE-listed RCL Foods now expects to report a loss a share and a headline loss a share of between 45c and 50c for the 2014 financial year, compared with earnings a share of 4.5c and headline earnings a share of 4.8c in the previous financial year. This was a slight improvement on the company’s... 

RCL issues improved earnings outlook

Sugar industry leader participates in water study

By: David Oliveira     8th August 2014 Multidisciplinary engineering and design consulting firm WSP Africa’s environment and energy business unit completed a water use quantification project in May, which assessed the use and management of water at each of the agricultural and industrial operations of a major producer in the Southern... 

Sugar industry  leader participates  in water study
Photo by Orange Ink
SWEET SCIENCE WSP completed a water use quantification project for a major sugar producer in May

S Africa’s geographical-indications concession key to unlocking new EU trade deal

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2014 The head of economics and trade at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Pretoria has acknowledged South Africa’s trade negotiators won important concessions in the long-running Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) trade talks. But he says it was South Africa’s willingness to compromise on... 

S Africa’s geographical-indications concession key to unlocking new EU trade deal

SA claims market-access improvements as deal with EU is finally ‘initialled’

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2014 The long-running and highly contested Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between seven Southern African countries and the European Union (EU) have been concluded, with South Africa insisting that the new deal preserves coherence within the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and... 

SA claims market-access improvements as deal with EU is finally ‘initialled’

Illovo production to increase marginally in 2014

By: Leandi Kolver     16th July 2014 Sugar producer Illovo’s overall group production was expected to increase marginally for 2014 to 1.85-million tons, as market conditions remained difficult, Illovo chairperson Don MacLeod said on Wednesday. He told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting that, while strikes at its... 

Illovo production to increase marginally in 2014

Sephaku reports full-year loss

By: Leandi Kolver     27th June 2014 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings on Friday reported a loss of R2.8-million and headline losses a share of R2.36 for the year ended March 31. These results compared favourably to the 2013 reporting period, of nine-months up to March 31, when the company incurred a loss of R16.3-million. 

Sephaku reports full-year loss

Agriculture Fast Track Fund awards $1.35m to Moz projects

By: Leandi Kolver     30th May 2014 The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) has awarded grants valued at $1.35-million for the development of two high-value agriculture projects in Mozambique. The projects – EcoFarm Sugar Cane Production and Odebrecht Integrated Poultry Production – were selected owing to their strong impact on local... 

Agriculture Fast Track Fund awards $1.35m to Moz projects

Fawu looking for 'strong' strike

By: Sapa     28th May 2014 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) hoped the strike in the sugar sector, which moved into its second day on Wednesday, would send a signal to employers to come to the negotiating table. Enoch Dlomo, the union's national sugar sector organiser, said it was too early to say how effective the... 

Fawu looking for 'strong' strike

Illovo delivers ‘acceptable’ results – MD

By: Leandi Kolver     26th May 2014 Sugar producer Illovo Sugar increased its headline earnings a share by 4.3% to 194c during the year ended March 31, while operating profit remained flat at R1.89-billion, impacted by low-priced imported sugar and an unfavourable fair value adjustment, the company said on Monday. Group revenue... 

Illovo delivers ‘acceptable’ results – MD

Embraer, Boeing in biofuels cooperation deal

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2014 Two of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, Embraer of Brazil and Boeing of the US, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a joint sustainable aviation biofuels research centre. This will be situated in the Technological Park in the Brazilian city of São... 

  Embraer, Boeing in biofuels cooperation deal
Photo by Azul
DEMONSTRATOR An Embraer E195 of Azul (not photographed on the biofuels demonstration flight)

Uasa contemplating sugar industry strike

By: Leandi Kolver     19th May 2014 Trade union Uasa was balloting its members to gauge their support for strike action in the sugar industry, following the declaration of a wage dispute in the Sugar Bargaining Council, Uasa spokesperson Andre Venter said on Monday. He said after conciliation failed a certificate was issued... 

Uasa contemplating sugar industry strike

New cane slew loader on show

By: Dylan Slater     25th April 2014 Heavy equipment manufacturers Bell Equipment and Richards Bay-based Matriarch Equipment will exhibit their new cane slew loader (CSL) at this year’s agricultural and livestock expo Nampo Harvest Day next month in Bothaville, Free State. 

New cane slew  loader on show
CANE SLEW LOADING MADE SIMPLE Operators who have tested the machine are impressed with its visibility and comfort

Government considers sugar tax for South Africa

     28th March 2014 The Department of Health (DoH) is considering introducing a sugar tax to encourage South Africans to consume less sugar, says DoH head of non-communicable diseases Melvyn Freeman. Freeman’s comments follow the publication of the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Cancer Report, which... 

Standard Bank poised to help grow local agriculture sector

     28th March 2014 With more than 150 years of providing financial services and support to the agriculture sector, South African financial institute Standard Bank remains at the forefront of agricultural development with key partnerships with major agricultural role players, aimed at creating a sustainable sector,... 

Standard Bank poised to help grow local agriculture sector

Sugar cane used for sustainable packaging solutions

     28th March 2014 There was strong progress in 2013 toward 2020 environmental targets which focused on developing sustainable products, reducing environmental footprint across the value chain and increasing recycling, reports food processing and packaging solutions business Tetra Pak. To make packaging products... 

Sugar cane poses some environmental threats

By: Carina Borralho     28th March 2014 The widespread practice of burning sugar cane prior to harvest is becoming a challenge, particularly in Southern Africa, as it causes air pollution and biomass residue (cane trash), which could otherwise be burned to generate heat and create electricity, says global policy research institute... 

Sugar cane poses some environmental threats
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCE The capacity of sugar cane to grow rapidly has made it the world’s number one energy crop

Setting standards for sugar cane

By: Carina Borralho     28th March 2014 To date, 3.66% of the world’s land that farms sugarcane has been certified as sustainable against the standard set by sustainability organisation Bonsucro, which is working at continuing to grow sustainability certification in sugar cane worldwide. “The 3.66% figure might seem like a small... 

New planting solutions for sugar cane in Brazil

     28th March 2014 Growth technologies for sugar cane namely Plene Evolve and Plene PB, which were successfully launched in Brazil, in December, help sugar growers to increase yields and plant quality sugar cane by providing healthy young plants with an assurance of genetic purity, vigour and traceability, says... 

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy 

By: Schalk Burger     21st March 2014 While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels manufacturers had been selected and had... 

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy

Illovo lifts H1 profit 9.4% despite pressured margins

By: Natalie Greve     14th November 2013 In the face of marginally lower domestic sales volumes, narrowed margins and increased export volumes at lower prices, JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has lifted its operating profit for the six months ended September 30 by 9.4% to R1.6-billion, largely on the back of an equivalent increase in sugar... 

Illovo lifts H1 profit 9.4% despite pressured margins

Higher demand, price recovery to bode well for sub-Saharan African sugar producers

By: Leandi Kolver     6th November 2013 Rising demand and a subsequent recovery in international sugar prices would contribute to a positive long-term outlook for sugar companies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), provided that the producers were able to withstand the current price volatility and market conditions. This was according to... 

Higher demand, price recovery to bode well for sub-Saharan African sugar producers

Tongaat Hulett expects rise in H1 headline earnings, operating profit

By: Leandi Kolver     4th November 2013 JSE-listed agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett on Monday said it expected its headline earnings for the six months ended September 30, to increase by 1.2% to R663-million, compared with the R655-million earned during the prior comparative period. Headline earnings a share for the... 

Tongaat Hulett expects rise in H1 headline earnings, operating profit

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market 

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 A good early harvest of yellow maize in the eastern parts of South Africa did not remove the sting from poor performances in a difficult poultry industry, says JSE-listed agricultural services and processing business Afgri CEO Chris Venter. Drought in the western part of the country meant a poor... 

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market
Afgri CEO Chris Venter discusses the company's performance amid severe poultry industry conditions. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

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