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Letter From the Editor – SADC Sugar Digest 2020

Letter From the Editor – SADC Sugar Digest 2020

As editor of The Macadamia and Shukela publications and what was previously the SADC Sugar Digest, I am proud to bring the new look Macadamia Africa & SADC Sugar Digest to our readers and advertisers. Earlier this year, we made a strategic decision to combine into...

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Industry leader bows out after almost three decades

Industry leader bows out after almost three decades

Despite having retired his seat on the SA Canegrowers board after 37 years, KwaZulu-Natal sugarcane farmer Roy Sharma says he still wants to give back all he can to a sector from which he gained so much over his lifetime. Like so many families in KwaZulu-Natal of...

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Eldana: prevention is better than cure

Eldana: prevention is better than cure

The African sugar cane borer, Eldana saccharina, can cause significant losses in yield and RV, wiping out entire crops if left unchecked. An integrated pest management approach is required to ensure long term control is effective. The Eldana moth has been a persistent...

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Small farm, Big impact

Small farm, Big impact

Whether farming on one hectare or 100, the basic principles remain the same and hard work and dedication ensure results. Small scale farmer Nelly Thabisile Lubisi says being an example to her children that there is money in farming is what pushes her to succeed. When...

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SASTA adding value to the sugar chain

SASTA adding value to the sugar chain

As South Africa’s sugar industry looks to its grower section to manager the functions of the South African Sugar Research Institute, Dr Kathy Hurly who is the Corporate Executive at SA Canegrowers, poses the argument for research and development in a time...

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Letter from the Editor – Sasta Edition

Letter from the Editor – Sasta Edition

As the annual South African Technologists’ Association (SASTA) Congress gets underway our contributors have focused their attention on bringing together critical and informed comment on the importance of research and development in a time of crisis. It is...

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Small farm, big impact

Small farm, big impact

Whether farming on one hectare or 100, the basic principles remain the same and hard work and dedication ensure results. Small scale farmer Nelly Thabisile Lubisi says being an example to her children that there is money in farming is what pushes her to...

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Irrigation farmer uses crop diversity to manage growth

Irrigation farmer uses crop diversity to manage growth

Building a successful business from sugarcane farming right now in South Africa, according to new generation farmer Dirk Novais, requires a fine balancing act between diversification, cash flow management and growth, while keeping debt levels as low as possible. At...

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Cane cutter health a priority

Cane cutter health a priority

Vulnerable to abuse and yet without question one of the most important contributors to the health of South Africa’s sugar industry, cane cutters are the unsung ‘samurais’ of the country’s agricultural sector, and their health and nutrition should be a...

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Government leadership key to turnaround plan

Government leadership key to turnaround plan

Despite South Africa’s sugar-producing industry continuing to stagger under a tsunami of adverse market conditions, the managing director of Illovo Sugar, Mamongae Mahlare, believes there are glimmers of hope, which could see the start of a turnaround...

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Managing risk with the right attitude

Managing risk with the right attitude

Prevailing uncertainties in the sugar industries necessitate a relook at the farming business, its future, and mitigation factors that can be put in place today to ensure the future of the enterprise tomorrow.The past few years in the sugar industry have...

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Pongola seedcane to boost small-scale yields

Pongola seedcane to boost small-scale yields

With about R140 000 000 in funding from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and SA Canegrowers, a 3ha plot of certified N36 seedcane was planted up in April outside Pongola by the region’s small-scale growers and the association’s regional...

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A tough milling year forces RCL FOODS to adapt

A tough milling year forces RCL FOODS to adapt

The sugar industry has had a trying year with farmers and millers bearing the brunt of cheap sugar imports.In this question and answer interview, Derek van Niekerk, director of sugar at RCL FOODS’ Sugar & Milling division gives an overview of the...

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Gathering of women in the business of sugar

Gathering of women in the business of sugar

The business of sugarcane farming was under discussion at the inaugural SA Canegrowers Women’s Sugar Conference held recently at their headquarters outside Durban. The scores of women who packed out the event were treated to top speakers and topics relating to the...

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Prominent sugarcane leader puts her land and community first

Prominent sugarcane leader puts her land and community first

Sezela smallscale grower calls on women to step into leadership roles to drive change and development in sugarcane farming communities across rural KwaZulu-Natal. As a child, Rejoice Makhosazana Ncwane was already well versed in the skills of sugarcane farming and...

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How to grow sugarcane roadmap ups the game

How to grow sugarcane roadmap ups the game

The brains behind the ground-breaking Umoba smallscale booklet, from left, development officers at the Noodsberg mill Charity Mdletshe and Busi Sokhela; Cane Development Manager at the mill Fanie Horn, and Cane Development Administration Officer Kantha...

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Illovo Millennial Board an industry first

Illovo Millennial Board an industry first

Picture above: The members of Illovo Sugar Africa's first Millennial Board and their elected office bearers are, from left back:  Matome Kgomommu, Matthew Edmonds, Egidio Bahule, Chikumbutso Malopa, Faith Chaba Chewe, Precious Chiwaya and from left front, Khumbo...

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A tough milling year forces RCL FOODS to adapt

A tough milling year forces RCL FOODS to adapt

The sugar industry has had a trying year with farmers and millers bearing the brunt of cheap sugar imports  In this question and answer interview, Derek van Niekerk, director of sugar at RCL FOODS’ Sugar & Milling division gives an overview of the season and...

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Welcome 2019

Welcome 2019

Welcome to 2019 and may we take this opportunity to wish you all a prosperous and successful year ahead from the team at the Shukela magazine.Before we get into what lies ahead for the publication this year, we thank everyone in South Africa’s sugar industry who...

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Turning sugar cane into high quality rum

Turning sugar cane into high quality rum

A stagnating mine and a bit of land planted to sugar cane has opened the way for Malelane engineer, Robert Greaves to use his skills and resources to produce South Africa’s first rum made from sugar cane juice. The rum, called Mhoba Rum, is made in the agricole...

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Researcher looks to grow sugar yields for smallholders

Researcher looks to grow sugar yields for smallholders

Increasing the yields of sugarcane production on smallscale farms in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga to promote the crop as a primary source of income in rural areas is now the focus of South African Farmers’ Development Association researcher, Tshepo Pilusa. Tshepo...

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SA Canegrowers Builds Transformation and Financial Inclusion

SA Canegrowers Builds Transformation and Financial Inclusion

The creation of an organisation aimed at assisting black South African sugar cane farmers and ensuring a “better future” for them was announced at the 2018 annual meeting of SA Canegrowers (SACG) in Durban. Breaking the news of the significant development, SACG...

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Industry young bloods ready to boost KZN North Coast growers

Industry young bloods ready to boost KZN North Coast growers

Glantine Mashile, the newly appointed SA Canegrowers Senior Regional Manager on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast with his team, Senior Agricultural Business Advisor in Amatikulu Thembeka Mtetwa (left), Agricultural Business Advisor for Small Scale Growers in the region...

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