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Jul 01, 2011
Sugar producer TSB Sugar’s Komati mill, in Mpumalanga, will be the first sugar mill in South Africa to commercially use near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to analyse sugar juices and sugar intermediary products.
May 30, 2011
Sugar producer Illovo Sugar posted “disappointing” financial year-end results, as weather conditions and currency movements depressed the group’s financial performance, but cane production levels soared to a new record, the JSE-listed company reported on Monday....
May 16, 2011
JSE-listed agriprocessing company Tongaat Hulett expects to report headline earnings of R806-million for the year ended March 31, when it publishes its results on May 30, the company said on Monday. This compares with headline earnings of R815-million reported in...
Apr 22, 2011
The publication of new South African National Standard SANS 833, entitled ‘Biodiesel production – Quality management – Producer requirements’, is an important step towards creating a local biodiesel industry.
Mar 25, 2011
Despite rising food prices and the ongoing food-versus-fuel debate, biofuels are back on the South African agenda - revived by their inclusion in an emerging economic policy framework and their perceived potential for rural job creation.
Feb 25, 2011
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that prices for all categories of food are expected to be significantly higher in the period between 2010 and 2019, compared with those between 1997 and 2006.
Jan 28, 2011
The food price index rose to 215 points in December 2010, statistics released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations show, with food commodity prices indices havaing risen for sugar to 398 points, for oils and fats to 263 points, and...
Nov 22, 2010
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A newly established Mozambican agroindustrial company has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) from consulting engineering companies to carry out a study into a possible $330-million bioenergy and food project in the Southern African country's Manica...
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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.
Jul 02, 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).
Jul 02, 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).
Jul 02, 2010
Cost management company Planning & Cost Engineering Services (PaCE) has interfaced its Costrac project cost management application with sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Tranquillity enterprise resource planning (ERP) for its Ubombo factory expansion and cogeneration...
Jul 02, 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.
Jul 02, 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...
May 31, 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...
May 14, 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%...
Mar 01, 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...
Nov 19, 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...
Nov 03, 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...
Oct 30, 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...
Oct 15, 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...
Oct 09, 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.
Aug 21, 2009
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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...
Aug 14, 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,...
Aug 14, 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...
Aug 13, 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.
Aug 12, 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...
Aug 07, 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.
Aug 03, 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...
Jul 24, 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...
Jul 24, 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.
Jul 22, 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...
Jul 17, 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....
Jul 03, 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.
Jul 03, 2009
The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (Sasri) reports that diversity is a key factor in today’s highly integrated sugar milling operations.
Jul 03, 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...
Jul 03, 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.
Jul 03, 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...
Jul 03, 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.
Jun 26, 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...
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