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Agroprocessing News

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... 

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: Donna 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
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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
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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: Donna 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... 

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