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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

Compost turner paves the way for biological farming

27th May 2005 A group of Pongola sugarcane farmers in northern Kwazulu-Natal have been given a Perkins-powered self-propelled compost turner, which has paved the way for them to move into biological farming. 

Mozambique now a part of sugar body

27th May 2005 Mozambique, which is a medium-sized African sugarcane producer, joined the 1992 International Sugar Agreement at the beginning of the year thereby, becoming the seventy-second member-state of the International Sugar Organisation (ISO). 

Sugar industry benefits from ongoing research

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry is continuously looking for new ways to improve the industry from a product and cost point of view. 

New cane-loader scale with GPS

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 An experimental sugar grower’s farm in Kwazulu-Natal is where Autotech Weighing Systems, the sole agent for Tamtron Oy, is to commission a cane-loader scale. 

Research institute boosts sugar industry

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry is among the leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar in the world. 

The new business of sugar logistics

27th May 2005 The crucial position of supply-chain management and specialised logistics is very evident in the sugar industry. 

BEE company covers Africa's sugar industry needs

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 Black-owned BNC Projects has acquired 150 years of combined experience in the sugar industry and is now using this experience to benefit the sugar industry across the African continent. 

SA sugar industry performs well despite challenges

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 The South African sugar industry makes important contributions to the national economy, due to its agricultural and industrial investments, high employment, foreign exchange earnings and its linkages with suppliers, customers and support industries. 

Land-reform programme delivers

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 Between 1913 and 1994 over 3,5-million South Africans lost their land rights as a result of discriminatory legislation. 

Cooperative to become private company soon

27th May 2005 In 1925 when 71 like-minded farmers in the Daton/Kranskop area of Kwazulu-Natal pooled their resources to purchase the Dalton wattle bark mill, the Union Co-operative Limited (UCL) was founded. 

Sugar-beet study on track for July completion

By: Liezel Hill     27th May 2005 A bankable feasibility study looking into the viability of a sugar-beet farming project, which would also involve construction of a sugar-manufacturing factory, is on track for completion in July, reports Sugar Beet SA representative Mike Hendrikse. 

Company clinches contract at Tanzanian sugar estate

27th May 2005 A three-year management contract at the Kagera Sugar Estate in northern Tanzania, west of Lake Victoria, has been awarded to Bosch Projects, part of the B & A Group. 

Enviro-friendly lubrication developed for sugar industry

By: sarah-leigh paul     27th May 2005 A growing concern worldwide is the environmental impact caused by asphaltic-type lubricants used in some industries, states Talcor, a ChevronTexaco company, which is supported locally by Caltex Oil South Africa. 

Biotechnology debate has still not been settled

27th May 2005 South Africa has become the new site of choice for Bayer Cropscience’s genetic engineering experimentation, claims environmental group, Earthlife Africa (ELA). 

Research into biogas energy solution advances

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 With South Africa’s impending energy crises and the fact that most rural households do not have access to energy, biogas could potentially become a viable solution. 

Brewery sponsorship to help develop SA rugby talent

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 A three-year contract to develop 

Onsite brick production creates jobs, cuts costs

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Kimberley-based Shelter Fabrication and Construction was awarded the contract of the Soul City Project in the Northern Cape early last year. 

Sweet spin-offs expected from sugar venture

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th February 2005 Preliminary estimates on the long-awaited R900-million sugar beet project, in the Eastern Cape, indicate that the local economy could receive an injection of about R300-million a year should the project proceed, says a spokesperson for Sugar Beet SA. 

Sugar reform inevitable

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2005 The World Bank’s report Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries, released last week, contains an interesting analysis of the sugar industry and how policy changes could affect developing countries. 

Sugar industry sets empowerment targets

By: tom robbins     1st October 2004 The sugar industry aims to transfer 78 000 hectares of land to black sugar-cane farmers by 2014, in line with government plans that 30% of farmland should be black-owned by that date. 

Bids sought for $10-million sugar-cane irrigation project

By: Marcel Chimwala     1st October 2004 Malawi - The Malawian government is inviting bids from eligible firms for the supply and installation of irrigation equipment and commissioning of an irrigation system for the $10-million African Development Bank (ADB) funded sugar-cane production project at Dwangwa, in the central district of... 

Sugar beet farming study under way in E Cape

By: jenny furness     16th September 2004 A study is currently under way to investigate and report on the feasibility of sugar beet farming in the Fish River Valley, in the Eastern Cape. 

Call to meet WSSD commitments

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd September 2004 The international community was yesterday called upon to meet the commitments it made at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), in 2002, and was urged to start delivering development assistance to the African continent. 

Sugar ruling could be sweet for South Africa

By: tom robbins     3rd September 2004 The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) apparent preliminary ruling that some European Union (EU) sugar export subsidies violated trade rules could benefit the South African industry. 

Barloworld in R3,8bn outsourcing deal with Illovo

24th August 2004 Africa’s biggest sugar producer, Illovo Sugar, has transferred the management of its South African sugar operations' warehousing and distribution function to Barloworld Logistics, a leading integrated logistics and supply chain management company. 

Sugar, industrial group unveils rand-beating strategy

By: Zonika Botha     20th August 2004 Sugar and industrial group Tongaat-Hulett has revealed an action plan that could potentially improve its yearly profitability substantially. 

Sugar mills consider renewable-energy options

By: tom robbins     20th August 2004 Prospects for sugar mills to provide renewable energy had improved, as government moved to meet more environment-friendly energy targets and as electricity and fuel demand increased. 

SA to host big African sustainable building event

17th August 2004 A regional conference on sustainable building, which has as its objective the development of an action plan for achieving sustainable building and construction in Africa, will be taking place in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, from September 13 to 18. 

Founding products are still going strong

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Bell Equipment’s range of sugar and forestry products and the tri-wheeler models were the products on which the company was founded 50 years ago this year. 

Resin vessel gets new coating

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Corrosion coatings company Corrocoat’s polyglass VEF material, a vinyl ester/acrylic co-polymer loaded with three-micrometre thick glass flakes, has been used at a sugar refinery, says Corrocoat director Ian Gordge. 

Sweet solution with engineered wear-resistant products

28th May 2004 Making use of engineered wear-resistant ceramic solutions will more than likely reduce operating costs for local sugar mills according to Multotec Wear Linings marketing manager Ken Tuckey. 

Overhead solutions promoted

28th May 2004 Overhead sprinkler irrigation remains a popular option for sugarcane growers due to the economic benefits, ease of management and operational reliability, says manufacturer and supplier of above-ground quick-coupling irrigation systems The House of Irrigation. 

Sugar farmers to request funding for rehabilitation

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 The South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers) reports that sugarcane growers have been hit hard by the poor rainfall last season, with production decreasing by 10% to 11%. 

South African sugar gets empowered logistics

28th May 2004 In line with its corporate strategy, Cargo Carriers has put wheels under empowerment by establishing a R4-million empowerment-focused sugarcane transport venture in the southern African sugar belt, called Buhle Betfu Carriers. 

Poor rainfall reduces sugar production

28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) reports that sugar production was 100 000 tons less than its estimated average production of 2,5-million tons in the season ending March 31, 2004, which can be attributed mainly to less-than-average rainfall in the sugar-producing regions. 

The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association

28th May 2004 The South African Sugar Technologists Association (Sasta) reports that it will be hosting its yearly congress in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, from 27 to 30 July. 

Sugar research improves profitability

By: zeena isaacs     28th May 2004 Based at Mount Edgecombe near Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, is the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) Experiment Station, the agricultural research wing of the local sugar industry. 

Two dryers exported to Tanzania

28th May 2004 Kwazulu-Natal sugar processing plant and equipment designer and manufacturer Sugarequip supplied two Sugar Dryers to Tanzania as part of Kagera Sugar’s rehabilitation and upgrade project last month. 

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