Message from the Executive editor
Portia Mpofu
External Affairs Director
South African Sugar Association


Welcome to this year’s last edition of your beloved South African Sugar Journal.


It has been a challenging year for the sugar industry. The implementation of the sugar tax (the Health Promotion Levy) has been a huge blow for the industry. Other crucial issues such as the inadequate tariff and sugar imports continue to put the industry under considerable strain.


This jam-packed edition kicks off with a year-end message from the Chairperson of the South African Sugar Association (SASA), Hans Hackmann. We bring you an update on the critical process regarding the development of the sugarcane value chain master plan. After all the doom and gloom, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

We have the insider information on the industry’s transformation initiatives, with all the details as to what constitutes a qualifying grower and the contact details of person(s) responsible for the transformation initiatives. The launch of the industry’s Youth Employment Programme was a runaway success… we bring you what transpired on 

the day.


SASA and other industry representatives attended a successful Federation of SADC Sugar Producers (FSSP) Conference, under the theme “The Future of Sugar”, in Eswatini. We have the inside scoop. There was no sugarcoating of challenges facing the industry and its future thereof. 


In an incredible milestone, the world-class South African Sugarcane Research Institute hosted its 100th Senior Certificate Course in sugarcane agriculture since it first began in 1963! While on the industry’s achievements, the South African Sugar Terminal has been awarded a four-star rating for its impressive endeavours aimed at ensuring safety in the workplace.


Agent SneakPeeks takes you to the Kingdom of Eswatini for the ravishing cultural evening of the FSSP Conference. There are more exciting and informative articles inside these pages. Have a wonderful festive season, a merry Christmas and a happy new year.


Portia Mpofu

External Affairs Director 

South African Sugar Association

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