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Agroprocessing News

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1, noting that the facility will be... 

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2015 Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener segment, which could affect profits. This was according to Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials and... 

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude told shareholders and analysts on Tuesday that of the company’s land assets, 39% was either in the process of undergoing an environmental-impact assessment, being released from agriculture, had formally submitted a planning and development application,... 

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Tongaat Hulett starch and cellulose sees record year, keen on cogen

By: Tracy Hancock     25th May 2015 Despite a record year, Tongaat Hulett’s starch and cellulose division was impacted by load-shedding during the year ended March 31, CEO Peter Staude said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The starch and glucose operation, which is the only wet-miller in sub-Saharan Africa, was well positioned... 

Tongaat Hulett starch and cellulose sees record year, keen on cogen
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2015 Sugar producer Illovo says there is a major opportunity to alleviate South Africa’s immediate power crisis and reduce rural poverty by more fully exploiting the industry’s electricity cogeneration potential. But MD Gavin Dalgleish says this potential will only be fully exploited once there is... 

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential
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Illovo MD Gavin Dalgleish

Troubled sugar sector could see strike as unions declare dispute 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2015 Five thousand employees in the sugar industry could potentially go on strike, as Uasa and other trade unions involved in negotiations currently under way at the bargaining council declared a dispute on Wednesday morning. Uasa sector manager Gerhard Ueckermann noted that the trade union was now... 

Troubled sugar sector could see strike as unions declare dispute

Tongaat operating profit to take 12% knock

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett expects its operating profit to decrease by some 12% for the year ended March 31 to about R2.089-billion from the R2.374-billion earned last year. The agricultural and agroprocessing business, focused on sugarcane and maize, explained in a statement to shareholders late... 

Tongaat operating profit to take 12% knock

SA Canegrowers stresses need to quickly settle sugar industry land claims

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd April 2015 SA Canegrowers has welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the sugar industry and the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR); however, it highlights that gazetting claims that take a year to settle will lead to uncertainty and disinvestment in the industry.... 

SA Canegrowers stresses need to quickly settle sugar industry land claims

Illovo sees tougher trading conditions ahead as FY EPS, HEPS decrease

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2015 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has forecast more difficult trading conditions for the 2015/16 financial year in a statement advising shareholders of decreased earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended March 31. The company expected revenue to be further... 

Illovo sees tougher trading conditions ahead as FY EPS, HEPS decrease

Production decline spurs sugar price increase

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 The provisional recoverable value price of sugar from cane delivered in January 2015 for the 2014/15 season increased to R3 359.21/t, after a R1.18 increase in December 2014, according to the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers). Canegrowers attributes the increase to a higher... 

Production decline spurs sugar price increase
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY SUPPORT Canegrowers represents about 23 866 private sugar cane growers, many of whom run small family-owned farms

$82m Zambia sugar project gets under way

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s $82-million construction project at its subsidiary Zambia Sugar’s Nakambala sugar plant will give momentum to the further development of Zambian smallholder cane farmers, as well as provide employment opportunities for local people during construction,... 

$82m Zambia sugar project gets under way
GAVIN DALGLEISH About 90% of Illovo Sugar Group’s energy requirement is produced through renewable energy

Sugar producer partners with college, develops local farmers

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 JSE-listed agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has formed a partnership with the Umfolozi Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in KwaZulu-Natal. This resulted in four of the college’s engineering students being placed at the Felixton mill to complete a 12-month work... 

Sugar producer partners with college, develops local farmers
EMPOWERMENT Peaceful Ndlovu is Tongaat Hulett's youngest black economic empowerment land reform growers

African sugar production expected to increase by 500 000 t

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 African sugar production is expected to rise to 12-million tonnes in 2014/15 from 11.5-million tonnes in 2013/14, as a result of expansions in Ethiopia and Sudan, says the International Sugar Journal’s (ISJ’s) 2015 World Sugar Outlook. The report attributes the rise in sugar production on the... 

Event highlights industry outlook

     27th March 2015 Discussions at the eleventh yearly Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference – which took place from January 31 to February 3 in Dubai – focused on the 2015 to 2020 industry outlook, trader debates and refining updates, says global energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information firm Platts.... 

Event highlights industry outlook
Photo by Bloomberg
GLOBAL GROWTH FORECAST The eleventh Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference provided a platform for critical debate on the sugar market's immediate and longer-term outlook

Sugar producer’s train weighing system replaced

     27th March 2015 Static and dynamic weighing technology specialist Cardinal Weighbridge Company South Africa (CWCSA) has replaced the underperforming train weighing system at JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Illovo Sugar Noodsberg project engineer Craig Lipsett says the... 

Sugar producer’s train weighing  system replaced
NOODSBERG MILL Prior to the installation of the new weighing system, many of Illovo Sugar’s rail cars were underfilled to prevent excess train weight exceeding the legal rail freight limit, set by Transnet Rail, which was costly for Illovo Sugar

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to... 

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks  to bolster economic growth, job creation
Photo by Duane Daws
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009

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... 

Cost efficient blower  available to sugar industry
AERZEN DELTA BLOWER GENERATION 5 Demand for this roots blower has been high, despite economic challenges

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

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