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Agroprocessing News

Group to assess Mpumalanga biomass-to-energy potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2011 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon and sugar producer TSB Sugar have been contracted by the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association to undertake a feasibility study to investigate boosting economic development in rural areas in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi district, using... 

Illovo continues drive to boost production capacity in Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th July 2011 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo said on Tuesday that the group continued with its drive to consolidate its position in South Africa and to significantly increase its cane and sugar production capacity outside the country. In the latest chairperson report, Robert Williams also said that progress... 

R100m boiler contract contributes to higher output at Swazi mill

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Boiler and environmental solutions company John Thompson has completed a R100-million turnkey contract to produce and install an industrial watertube boiler, which will increase the hourly output of sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo mill, in Swaziland, by over 20%. 

Technology to enhance sugar industry performance

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 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.  

Diffuser chain supplied to Sezela sugar mill

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Industrial consumables supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) has supplied about R10-million worth of Tsubaki NFP250 chain to sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Sezela mill, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The 2.6 km of chain was used to replace the mill’s two existing diffuser chains, in March, as they had... 

Global sugar output increases but prices decline

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 Since February, the global sugar market’s value has declined significantly, owing to a sharp increase in sugar availability, reports the International Sugar Organisation (ISO) in its ‘Quarterly Market Outlook’, released in May. The decline in value is attributed to a record harvest in Thailand,... 

Local sugar production falls below 2m tons

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2011 The impact of last year’s drought in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) resulted in the local sugar industry’s production declining below two-million tons of sugar for the first time in almost 20 years, states South African Sugar Association (Sasa) chairperson Bongani Linda. 

Illovo posts ‘disappointing’ FY results

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th May 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. Cane production for the year... 

Tongaat Hulett expects lower FY headline earnings

By: Mariaan Webb     16th May 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 the previous financial year. 

New quality standard important step to establishing a local biofuels industry – SABS

22nd April 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. 

SA’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th March 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. 

Global food prices continue to rise

25th February 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. 

The impact of higher food prices on South Africa’s inflation remains highly uncertain

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th January 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 cereals to 238 points. In fact,... 

Developer initiates study into $330m Moz bioenergy project 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2010 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 province. The developer,... 

Illovo says drought and strong rand impacting on output and earnings

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th November 2010 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo expects its sugar output for the 2011 financial year to be similar to the 1,7-million tons of sugar produced in the year ended March 31, 2010, but warned that its earnings would be lower, owing to foreign exchange impacts. Sugar output at its South African... 

Tongaat Hulett says sugar production hit by drought

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th November 2010 JSE-listed agroprocessor Tongaat Hulett has warned that its overall sugar output for the 2010/11 season would be short by about 100 000 t on the 564 000 t produced in the previous season, owing to the impact of drought on its South African operations. CEO Peter Staude said that the company is... 

Tongaat Hulett expects higher interim earnings

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th November 2010 JSE-listed agroprocessor Tongaat Hulett expects to report higher headline earnings when its releases its half year results next week, the company stated on Monday. The group expects a 12% increase in headline earnings to R507-million for the half year ended September 30, compared with the... 

Project management software installed at Ubombo

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 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 project, in Swaziland.  

Sugar producer awards front-end package for Swaziland factory

2nd July 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 of Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo sugar... 

KZN cane growers concerned that drought will damage 2010/11 yields

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 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). 

Association supports small-scale growers

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The small-scale cane growers sector is currently operating below potential, with sharply reduced yields and a 20 % decline in the number of growers in this sector, over the past five years, reports the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers).  

Industry research efforts make headway

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 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.  

Land reform delays cause uncertainty in the sugar industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 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).  

Sugar price volatility fears eased

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 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. 

Illovo lifts sugar output, profit declines

By: Chanel de Bruyn     31st May 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 Clark, had seen its net... 

Tongaat expects boost in headline earnings

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th May 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% to 35% increase, above the... 

Tongaat plans to double sugar output to 1,9Mt/y

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st March 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 in line with its installed... 

Illovo sees higher sugar output, earnings to be flat

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th November 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 noted in statement that it expects... 

Higher sugar production, prices to boost Illovo’s interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 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 reported to that it expected its... 

Rural sugar cane farmer development programme launched

By: Darren Parker     30th October 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 environmental impacts through the... 

Sugar prices expected to rise, says SA association

By: Darren Parker     15th October 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 five-million tons net exporter of... 

SA has signficant bioenergy production capability – academic

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 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. 

IDC, Brazil bank deal augurs well for local bioethanol production  

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2009 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 African independent development... 

Tongaat Hulett to invest R145m in Zimbabwe, says operations recovering

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th August 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 Zimbabwean operations would... 

Absence of incentives hindering development of an ethanol-from-sugar industry

By: Darren Parker     14th August 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, last week. 

Anglo sells Tongaat stake for R4,2bn

By: Mariaan Webb     13th August 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. 

Anglo American to sell Tongaat Hulett stake

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 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 operations, it announced on... 

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