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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

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. 

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... 

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. 

South Africa’s sugar 
industry stimulus for economic growth

3rd July 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 national economy. 

for sugar mill 
under way

3rd July 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. 

Agroprocessing firm aims to increase sugar cane supplies

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 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. 

Diversity is key to South Africa’s sugar industry

By: Petronel Smit     3rd July 2009 The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (Sasri) reports that diversity is a key factor in today’s highly integrated sugar milling operations. 

Lack of investment for bioethanol sugar plants

3rd July 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 not picking up pace. 

Variable-speed drives installed at local sugar mill

3rd July 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. 

SA sugar industry a significant contribution to economy, Deputy Minister

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The South African sugar industry is a national asset Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies said at the Opening of the Season event that marked the start of the season for the South African sugar industry, held in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier this year. 

New technology reduces cane preparation process costs

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) has developed a novel technology relating to the preparation of sugarcane that is designed to reduce the maintenance costs associated with the conventional cane preparation process, reports SMRI head of process engineering Steve Davis.  

Syrian sugar refinery implements South African ERP software

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 South African software development and remote services provider, InfoWave, has successfully implemented its Tranquillity enterprise resource planning (ERP) system at the Syrian National Sugar Company's newly constructed refinery. 

Association drives sugar cane production, processing technology

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (Sasta), which is a body used by the industry to explore technical opportunities in the sugar industry, is sparking rigorous debate and continually engaging industry stakeholders on the technical questions that remain unresolved with respect to... 

New cane cutter enables productivity sugar high 

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 Construction and earthmoving equipment company, CSE Equipment Company's agricultural supply arms, Nothmec and New Holland South Africa, launched a new Cape Thumper last year, has been implemented successfully by sugar producer Illovo Sugar at its Sezela facility on Kwazulu-Natal's (KZN's) South... 

Local company contributes to Cairo sugar facility design

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 South African energy and sugar consultants company Bosch Projects were appointed to do the mechanical design and engineering consultants for a new 200-t/h refined-sugar facility at El Sokhna, 170 km east of Cairo, Egypt, which achieved fully production in March, this year, reports the company. 

International sugar price sweetens local industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The current consolidation of raw sugar prices, preceded by a roller-coaster ride in March 2008, has allowed the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) to take advantage of the spike in pricing some of its export sugar, reports Sasa executive director Trix Trikam. 

New export application to deal with market complexities

By: Sylvester Haskins     4th July 2008 The export equalisation database system used by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) has been upgraded by software development and remote services provider InfoWave to deal with the complexities faced in the sugar market, reports Sasa.  

Sweet welding solutions for sugar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2008 In recognition of the Cane Sugar Industries unique maintenance and repair as well as its weld protective (hard facing) requirements to combat wear caused by abrasion, impact & corrosion and furthermore, to assist in extending the service life of machine parts, Welding Technology International... 

Sugar group transferring land in innovative land-claims settlement 

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar is going to be left with 990 ha of land after disposing of in excess of 8 025 ha next year, in line with a land restitution deal with the Siboswa and Hhoyi communities, of Mpumalanga. 

Sugar firm’s ethanol study results expected in early 2008

By: Dennis Ndaba     31st August 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar and Partners has formed a company called Resource Energy, which is busy with ethanol investigations across the globe. 

Cut imbibition to save coal, says engineer

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 South Africa’s sugar industry consumes about 250 000 t of coal each season, which costs the industry about R90-million, sugar engineer Mike Reid tells Engineering News. 

Zambian sugar mill IT upgrade

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 JSE-listed software development company Infowave have upgraded the information technology (IT) systems at South African producer Illovo Sugar’s mill in Zambia. 

Sugar contributes R6bn to South African economy – MEC

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 The sugar industry plays a significant role in South Africa’s economy, contributing more than R6-billion a year, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (Daea) MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. Mthimkhulu says that 80% of... 

R1,3bn sugar expansions in Mozambique

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Expansions to Tongaat Hulett�s Xinavane and Mafambisse sugar mills in Mozambique are progressing significantly, Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

12% of cane land now in black hands, says association

6th July 2007 Twelve percent of freehold cane land is now in the possession of 341 black farmers, 40 of whom are women, says the South African Cane Growers Association (Sacga) in a media release. Sacga says that it is committed to constructive interaction with the Department of Land Affairs and the land claims... 

Cane residue used to fertilise cane

6th July 2007 About fifty-four sugar cane farmers and members of the Umfolozi Co-op Sugar Planter based near Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal are achieving excellent results through the use of milo residue from milled sugar cane as fertilizer. The residue is processed through a milo filter press and substituted with... 

Better management practices for emerging sugar farmers researched

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Conservation organisation WWF and the South African Sugar Research Institute (Sasri) are involved in a research project to explore suitable ways to “adapt and adopt” better management practices for small scale emerging black sugar cane farmers, WWF Sanlam living waters partnership... 

Innovative solutions required for efficient sugar cane supply chain

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Logistics improvement specialists Crickmay & Associates consulting engineer Ryan Giles tells Engineering News that the sugar cane supply chain is still inefficient in South Africa, when compared to other world leading low-cost sugar producing countries such as Brazil and Australia. He... 

Chemicals replace bone ash in sugar-mill filtration process

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 Base mineral miller and processor African Pegmatite has been awarded a contract to replace the chemicals used in the filtration process at South African producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg Dalton mill in northern Zululand. 

Sugar industry making black-empowerment strides, says association

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th July 2007 About 16% of freehold land under sugar cane has already been transferred to small-scale black farmers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam tells Engineering News, adding that the 30% target is being actively pursued. 

R285-million land claim deal

6th July 2007 Mpumalanga-based Tsb Sugar has entered into a R285-million joint venture with the Siboshwa and Hhoyi communities in Mpumalanaga. This is considered to be one of the largest land claim deals in the country and has emulated the Tsb Sugar’s land claim model. The land claim, known as the... 

Sugar liberalisation may not benefit Inkomati basin, reports states 

27th November 2006 A new report commissioned by the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund has found that global sugar trade liberalisation may not benefit rural livelihoods and the environment in the Inkomati River Basin. 

SA's first sugar beet harvest could come in earlier than anticipated 

By: Laura Tyrer     24th November 2006 South Africa’s first commercial plantings of sugar beet are yielding promising results, and the first crops may even be ready for harvest three months earlier than previously anticipated. 

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