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Agroprocessing News

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. 

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.

Illovo appoints Hulley operations director

By: Leandi Kolver     13th August 2013 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Tuesday announced that it had appointed subsidiary company Ubombo Sugar’s current MD John Hulley group operations director from September 1. This followed the appointment of current group operations director Gavin Dalgeish as group MD, to succeed Graham Clark who is... 

Illovo appoints Hulley operations director

Consulting group expands Gauteng operations

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd August 2013 Multidisciplinary consulting, engineering and project management specialist Bosch Holdings has expanded its Gauteng operations, with a recent move to new offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg. CEO Mike Gibbon says the consolidation of Bosch Holdings’ operations enables the company to improve its... 

Illovo names operations director new MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2013 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Wednesday announced the departure of its MD Graham Clark, who will leave the group at the end of September to pursue a new career opportunity elsewhere in Africa. Clark, who has served on the Illovo board since 1997 and as MD since 2009, will step down from the board... 

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters.  

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

Eastern Cape showing signs of recovery, says ECDC

By: Joanne Taylor     7th June 2013 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says the province is showing signs of economic recovery characterised by increased consumption levels, which were last recorded before the 2008 economic slump in the world economy. 

Illovo boosts earnings, says imports dent SA prospects

By: Natalie Greve     27th May 2013 Low-cost sugar imports are denting market prospects in South Africa and Tanzania and more effective tariff protection and market management were required, JSE-listed Illovo said on Monday. MD Graham Clark said the group, which sells 60% of its sales volumes into domestic markets in the countries... 

Illovo boosts earnings, says imports dent SA prospects

Waste and residual biomass can be converted into energy products

     10th May 2013 A biomass-to-energy plant is being built to convert sugarcane waste to ‘green charcoal’, which will provide additional revenue for small-scale farmers in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon project manager Jean Bouwer. Second-generation biomass-to-energy technologies... 

Engineering group focuses on heat exchange for sugar sector

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is focusing on extending its heat exchange business by encompassing a new partnership with ultrasonic cleaning and heating engineers SA Heat Exchange, which provides manufacture, refurbishment and repair service for BMG to all industries,... 

Sugar producer may open new mill in Moz

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 South African sugar producer TSB intends to undertake a feasibility study for a new sugar production base, in Mozambique, this year. The feasibility study is the result of the right granted by the Mozambican government to TSB and its local partners to develop a 37 500 ha sugar cane growing... 

Cogeneration an option for sugar industry

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 Sugar production in South Africa has recently declined, owing to factors such as climate change and the high cost of production, says information technology (IT) services and specialised solutions provider Adapt IT, which adds that there is potential for growth in the industry that could come... 

Industry explores green charcoal  

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 South African sugar cane growers are developing an innovative and scalable technology to produce green charcoal, which will  increase growers’ revenue and generate value from excess biomass. “We are interested in producing green charcoal because it would create a parallel industry to the existing... 

Cheaper imports affect supply and demand in South African sugar industry

     26th April 2013 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that the local sugar industry is suffering, owing to imports from countries such as Brazil, which means that local consumption of South African-produced sugar is likely to be less than what the industry hopes for. Since April 2012, the amount of... 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Water-cooling company enters heat exchanger market, launches new division

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th February 2013 Water-cooling company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has entered into an agreement with Danish plate heat exchanger manufacturer Sondex to supply its products in sub-Saharan Africa, as part of IWC’s objective to expand its product and service offering.  

Support for small farmers yielding sweet rewards 

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2012 A focus on ensuring the sustainability of sugar cane supply for sugar miller TSB’s mill in Malalane, in Mpumalanga, has led to the development of small-scale commercial farmers and provided sustainable development for local communities, says TSB CEO John du Plessis. The miller is in a 50:50... 

Illovo forecasting higher output from SA, first-half profit up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar MD Graham Clark said on Thursday that the 2012/13 sugar season had begun well, with half-year production up 17% and operating profit on a seasonal basis increasing by 38% to R854-million. “This pleasing performance is on the back of an anticipated group cane production... 

Tongaat Hulett looking to boost sugar capacity as cane focus bears fruit

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     12th November 2012 JSE-listed agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett is looking to increase its two-million-ton-a-year sugar production capacity from its existing mills as it moves to build on the momentum created by its increased sugar cane supplies. The company said on Monday that it aimed to boost output... 

Illovo Sugar expects higher half-year earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Friday said earnings for the six-months to September 2012 were expected to be higher than the comparative period the year before. The company said in a trading statement that earnings and headline earnings a share would be between 25% and 30% higher than that reported... 

SA sugar sector says 21% land in black hands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st August 2012 Blacks own 21% of land under commercial sugarcane production in South Africa, inching closer to a 30% target set to undo racial imbalances in land ownership, the chairman of the country's sugar association said on Thursday. Bongani Linda told an industry gathering the percentage of land under... 

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