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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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Back to school decision led to sweet endings for sugar man

Back to school decision led to sweet endings for sugar man

The story of Tongaat Hulett chemical engineer Fred Mncube, who was awarded the Cecil Renaud Prize at the South African Sugar Technologists Association Conference in 2017, is one of courage and determination resulting in triumph and success in the face of adversity....

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Tapping into teamwork roots “huge” grower project

Tapping into teamwork roots “huge” grower project

Just a stone’s throw from the Illovo Sugar (South Africa) Noodsberg Mill, valleys of pristine sugarcane fields are producing top yields for smallscale growers and contractors alike, as a plan to develop sustainable sugarcane farming in the deep rural areas of the...

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New Coastals Eston store hits the sweet spot

New Coastals Eston store hits the sweet spot

Just months after opening its doors, the newly renovated Coastals Eston store is proving a hit with both its staff and the surrounding farming community. Whether it’s cat food, cane knives or a warm coat, the store has it all, and according to Branch Manager, Una...

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Drip irrigation for simplified management

Drip irrigation for simplified management

Water, electricity and labour.  These are among the factors with the biggest impact on the success and profitability of an irrigation farm.  On the downside, water use for irrigation is becoming more of an issue and electricity and labour costs are ever increasing. ...

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Progressive ratoon management a top priority for Eston farmer

Progressive ratoon management a top priority for Eston farmer

Come rain or shine, says sugarcane grower Ryan Döhne, investing in the latest technologies to ensure optimum crop health throughout the year is a non-negotiable management strategy on the family farm outside Eston in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Despite the external...

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Competition: Win a Mhoba Rum Hamper

Competition: Win a Mhoba Rum Hamper

Win a Mhoba Rum Hamper ! Shukela Sugar Magazine in partnership with Mhoba pure single sugarcane rum are giving away a massive Mbhoba Rum Hamper to one of our lucky readers. To enter the draw to win this great prize all you need to do is • Simply complete the form...

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Changing lives through successful land reform partnerships

Changing lives through successful land reform partnerships

Land claims in one of South Africa’s largest sugarcane producing areas, the Nkomazi region, had the potential to cripple the sugar industry, resulting in thousands of job losses and a reduction in economic activity. But RCL FOODS saw land restitution as an opportunity...

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Young farmer back to her roots and her home

Young farmer back to her roots and her home

A young mother and qualified financial manager, who is now the proud owner of a sugarcane farm overlooking the Darnall mill, says knowing that all she ever wanted to be was a farmer is the driving force behind her passion and determination to succeed in what has...

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Midlands conservation activist drives SUSFARMS at Bonsucro

Midlands conservation activist drives SUSFARMS at Bonsucro

Midlands social entrepreneur, conservationist and sugarcane grower, Ant Edmonds who has recently been elected onto the Bonsucro Members’ council. Credit: Colleen Dardagan The recent election of Midlands conservationist and sugarcane grower, Ant Edmonds onto the...

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

While harvesting is in full swing and farmers report good rains across cane growing regions in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, the industry has tough challenges in the boardroom. The Health Promotions Levy, or 20% tax on sugary drinks, was implemented on...

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Cutting edge technology cuts irrigation costs

Cutting edge technology cuts irrigation costs

Cutting edge technology and improved water management practices have enabled sugarcane farmers Johan and Cobus Horn to cut irrigation production costs by up to 30% and by 2021 they would have added a further 60 “vertical” hectares to their 300ha farm outside Pongola....

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A growing community

A growing community

Shukela visited the tribal authority area of Gqumisa, a picturesque area with rolling green hills where a community is working together to change their lives and their futures.  It is called the Zamani Project and is in Illovo, just 20km from Noodsberg...

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Netafim 2nd Irrigated Cane Conference

Netafim 2nd Irrigated Cane Conference

The response by sugarcane farmers to extreme and unpredictable weather patterns as a direct result of Climate Change and the innovative management of water and soils for environmental sustainability topped the agenda at the Netafim 2nd Irrigated Cane Conference hosted...

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Keeping sugarcane soil in tip-top shape

Keeping sugarcane soil in tip-top shape

Having and maintaining healthy soils is vital if sugarcane growers want to achieve consistent and sustainable yields. Dr Neil Miles, a senior soil scientist with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute, elaborates on the interrelationships between...

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Cost management a top priority at Gledhow

Cost management a top priority at Gledhow

Effective cost management and innovation are now at the top of the agenda at the Gledhow Sugar Mill north of Durban as South Africa’s sugar industry undergoes transition and transformation unlike any seen before in its 100-year history. Executive Board...

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