Category: Africa Sugar Digest 2010

Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 19, December 2010

Mali: AfDB approves 65 million Euro to Markala Sugar project The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on 6 December, a 30-million Euro private sector loan and a 35 million Euro public sector loan to the Markala Sugar project (MSP) in Mali. The project’s agricultural component, CaneCo, will develop a 14,132 ha estate in Markala, 275 …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 18, November 2010

Kenya: Privatisation of sugar mills approved by Cabinet Kenya’s Cabinet has approved the sale of five mills: the Nzoia (with a listed capacity of 54,000 tonnes of sugar per year), Chemelil (36,000 t), Sony (78,000 t), Muhoroni (40,500 t) and Miwani. The latter two mills are under receivership. It is said that the five mills …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 17, October 2010

To our readers: a bit out of synch with the roughly biweekly frequency of publication, this issue appears after activities in Uganda, Zambia and South Africa took most of my time in the past month. The silver lining is of course that the quality of the news will improve with more union members getting in …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 16, September 2010

Swaziland: SPAWU 2010 negotiation results Last March, the Swaziland Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (SAPWU) negotiated a minimum wage of 1,300 lilangeni, Swazi currency at par with the South African rand (USD 1.00=SZL 7.17), following an across-the-board wage increase of 6.5 percent. The daily-paid workers will receive 50 rands per day (workers in irrigation, weeding, field …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 15, August 2010

Kenya: Massive corruption in sugar sector Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Commission published a report saying that “corruption and mismanagement permeate nearly all the institutions connected to the (sugar) sub-sector.” It says that corruption “is reported to be practiced in the appointment of chief executives of mills, the employment and promotion of staff in the mills, loss/theft of …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 14, July 2010

Mozambique: SINTIA branch committees negotiate minimum wages After seven rounds of negotiations SINTIA, the Mozambican sugar workers union and APAMO, the sugar producers association agreed on 16 April to a new minimum wage for the sector at 1,712 meticais (USD 1.00=MZN 33.55). According to the process, after the “sector-wide” agreement was reached, the local union …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 13, July 2010

Mozambique: Maragra Workers on Strike More than 600 seasonal cane cutters employed by the Maragra Sugar Company went on strike on 5 July to protest the deduction from their wages of a three percent contribution for the social security system. The workers are concerned with paying towards a security program when many of them are …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 12, June 2010

Sudan: Kenana Sugar to double production within a year Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company expects to increase its raw sugar capacity to 700,000 tonnes from 400,000 tonnes within a year, as it launches a new White Nile project, a company official said during an ISO meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco. The expansion program aims at adding some …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 11, May 2010

Ghana: New sugar factory proposed A USD 100 million sugar factory is to be established in Ghana by 2012, the first one in more than four decades. The plant is to be located in Tema, with an initial capacity of 450, 000 tonnes, to be increased to 650,000 tonnes. Construction is expected to start next …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 10, May 2010

South Africa: Sugar industry seeks an agreement with EU The South African Sugar Association (SASA) is lobbying the South African government to reach an agreement with the European Union on EU imports of about 3.5 million tonnes of sugar per year from the ACP countries. While the EU will not grant South Africa the same …

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