Message from the
Executive Editor

Portia Mpofu
External Affairs Director
South African Sugar Association

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This Fall we have harvested stories of some great strides made by the South African sugar industry. Not forgetting the chilly impact the drought has had on the industry. This is your Autumn-Winter Edition of the South African Sugar Journal.


Our lead story talks about the emotive issue of land reform. The South African Sugar Association (SASA) has always adopted a proactive approach in dealing with the issue. This has ensured that the industry works hand-in-hand with the government to advance the agenda of sustainable land reform. 


SASA Vice-Chairman Suresh Naidoo  recently attended the 7th Annual Africa Sugar Outlook 2017 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Other sugar producing countries extolled the industry for its initiatives aimed at supporting small-scale growers. Read more about this on page 5. While on the topic of small-scale growers, two cooperatives in Mpumalanga are proving that when communities work together they are bound to succeed. Theirs is a story of growers who were down and out until the collaborative efforts of the industry and government saw them reach for the sky. They are now flying!


Have you heard? Better get ready for this… the Shukela Training Centre (STC) is about to play in the international league! One of STC learners is on the brink of taking part in what has been dubbed the Olympics of Electrical Installations in Abu Dhabi this year! See page 16 for more information on this.


The industry is committed to creating the spirit of entrepreneurship, especially in rural communities where it operates. It is this commitment which has led SASA to fund some entrepreneurial projects as a way of giving back to the community. One of these programmes is called Khuthaza Business, which is in conjunction with Wildlands. The article focuses on women of Esikhawini who have benefited from the SASA-Wildlands partnership. Another story about the industry’s caring nature is SASA’s participation in the annual Ubuntu Community Chest Day of Caring.


The large-scale grower cost survey results are in. Large-scale growers are not immune to the drought. It is not a good picture at all. Get the whole story inside.


Psst! Agent SneakPeeks has eyes everywhere, so always look over your shoulder. Get his report and you will be surprised who was caught in the act… of doing good for the sugar industry! Watch your back!


Portia Mpofu 

External Affairs Director 

South African Sugar Association






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