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Sugar Growers, Millers and Refiners

Privatisation, Aids key Growth Summit hurdles

By: nkolola halwindi     6th June 2003 After close consultations among the social partners, investment, employment, skills and equity, and local action will be the key focus areas at the long-awaited Growth and Development Summit (GDS) to be held at the Gallagher Estates in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Changing profile of SA sugar industry

30th May 2003 The opening of the 2003/4 sugar season was celebrated in a cultural ceremony on April 10, on the Kwazulu-Natal north coast. 

Cane growers seek solutions to land claims and community empowerment

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 South Africa has some 50 000 registered cane growers, comprising of large-scale commercial and small-scale farmers, which produce, on average, 23-million t of sugarcane per season. 

Sugar company reports an abundant harvest

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 About 2,3-million tons of refined sugar was produced by Illovo Sugar in the 2002/3 sugar season. 

Sugar industry notches up record harvest

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 The 2002/3 sugar season was the best ever, with a record-breaking 2,763-million t of sugar produced, breaking the previous record of 2,729-million t in the 2000/1 season. 

Bark miller’s move into sugar proves to be a sweet deal

30th May 2003 Two new records were set in boilinghouse recovery, as well as overall recovery, by Union Cooperative at its sugar mill during the 2002/3 sugar season. 

Mpumalanga mills produce half-a-million tons a year

30th May 2003 Two of South Africa’s 15 sugar mills, the Komati mill and the Malelane mill, produce about 495 000 t of raw sugar a year. 

2,7m tons of sugar milled a year

30th May 2003 The South African sugar industry generates, on average, a direct revenue exceeding R5-billion a year, of which R2-billion contributes to the country’s foreign exchange earnings. 

New MD for sugar company

30th May 2003 Local company Tongaat-Hulett Sugar has appointed a new managing director. 

Sugar cane transport empowerment deal signed

30th May 2003 An R4-million empowerment-focused sugar cane transport venture has been established by Cargo Carriers for small and emergent sugar growers in Mpumalanga. 

Providing the sugar industry’s demanding valve needs

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 A range of valves have been supplied by Heaton Valves Africa and its long-standing partner Hattersley, to two of the largest companies in the South African sugar industry, namely Tongaat-Hulett and Illovo Sugar. 

Freight division records solid growth in Africa

30th May 2003 Every sugar mill in Kwazulu-Natal is served with truckloads of cut cane by the depot network of the sugar division of Unitrans Freight. 

E Cape sugar beet project delayed

By: zeena isaacs     30th May 2003 “The proposed R900-million sugarbeet project has been put on ice for six to 12 months, following which a decision will be taken on whether the project will proceed or not,” Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) original manager Eastern Cape Stuart Bartlett tells Engineering News. 

Summit’s Tensile One floor a world first

18th April 2003 More than 36 000 old car and truck tyres were recycled and reprocessed to make up the 11 250 m2 floor base of the giant Ubuntu village tent, known as Tensile One, which was erected at the Wanderers Club to provide a venue for exhibitors aligned to the United Nations (UN) World Summit on... 

Sustainability a core business value

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 “Globally companies and investors are embracing the principles of sustainability, recognising that commitment to sustainability in all areas of commercial activity may enhance reputation and reduce business risk.” 

$10m sugar venture under way in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th February 2003 The Malawian government has embarked on a $10-million smallholder sugar-cane growing extension project at Dwangwa in the central district of Nkhota-kota, which is meant to supply the raw material to a sugar-producing factory for a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar... 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     19th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     17th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

Zim imports threaten Malawi's sugar industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th December 2002 Malawi – Malawi's sole sugar producer and a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar Corporation of Malawi (Sucoma), has asked the Malawian government to put in place measures to check ‘unfair competition’, which Malawi sugar is encountering locally faced with... 

World Summit budget exceeded by 13%

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held earlier this year might cost the taxpayer more than anticipated. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Environmental activism or ecoterrorism?

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2002 A Chilean environmentalist tells Engineering News about his life’s work, and and why he believes privatisation is not neccesarily the answer to a developing country’s economic woes. 

Air-conditioning, the ozone layer and sustainable development

27th September 2002 Refrigeration was one of the topics discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     23rd September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision-makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Environmentalists slam SA’s renewable energy plan

23rd September 2002 Environmental groups have slammed government’s recently-released White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development, describing the targets set as ‘pathetic’ and out of step with the stated intent of policy. 

Instant experts abound

By: Kelvin Kemm     20th September 2002 Well, the main hype of the World Summit on Sustainable Development is now past, but the ripples will continue for some time yet. 

The unofficial guide to the Joburg Summit

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th September 2002 There is a song called The Joburg talking blues. It goes “Jus’ got into Joburg town/people drifting ‘round and around/people seem in such a flash and a flurry”. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Taking the hot air out of ‘sustainable development’

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th September 2002 I was involved in the environmental World Summit on Sustainable Development. In halls and on street corners, people from diverse backgrounds and countries held forth on all sorts of topics. The output ranged from real good sense to total garbage and nonsense. 

First eco-village being built at Ivory Park

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 Construction-materials group Lafarge South Africa has stepped up its involvement in sustainable development with the donation of cement and concrete to the eco-village being built by the City of Johannesburg and the EcoCity Trust at Ivory Park, in Midrand. 

Conventional wisdom on development challenged

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 While most governments and environmental campaigners now agree that the United Nations’ sustainable development approach is sensible, an organisation founded in the US 17 years ago has been working tirelessly to get the world’s leaders to rethink this proposition. 

Business urged to contribute positively to society

By: Riaan de Lange     6th September 2002 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a document titled ‘Business in society: making a positive and responsible contribution’, in which it urges business to voluntary commit to managing its activities in a responsible way. 

Young managers key to responsible development

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th September 2002 The participation of young managers at the Earth Summit held out the promise that the sustainable development initiatives to be agreed on by the corporate sector will be implemented for a long time to come, even after the present crop of business leaders is no longer on the scene. 

Strong multilateral trading system good for all – WTO head

6th September 2002 New World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief, Supachai Panitchpakdi, the first official from a developing country to head a global economic body, argued on Wednesday that freer trade was the best way to fight poverty. 

Annan hails summit a success

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said the international community must be careful not to expect a conference like the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to produce miracles. 

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