Category: Africa Sugar Digest 2011

Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 10, 14 November 2011

Sudan: White Nile to reach 450,000 tonnes in 2012 Sudan’s minister of industry said the White Nile Sugar Factory project is to produce 250,000 tonnes of sugar this year, and will increase to 450,000 tonnes next season. A Kenana Sugar spokes-person said the White Nile Sugar Factory is using the most up-to-date technologies, with a …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 9, 27 October 2011

Kenya: KUSPAW reaches agreement with Mumias Sugar A 20 percent wage increase over two years (10 percent in each year), effective November 2011, was agreed by KUSPAW, an IUF affiliate, and Mumias Sugar Company in early October. The new wage rates range from 30,250 to 60,843 Kenyan shillings per month (USD 1.00=KES 99.42). Other benefits …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 8, 27 September 2011

Egypt: New sugar refinery announced Port Said Governor General said that Egypt’s biggest sugar beet refinery will be built in the governorate with an annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes and a cost of USD 400 million. Investment bank Beltone Financial said all funds invested in the plant will be Egyptian, but no institutions have been …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 7, 20 August 2011

Swaziland: SAPWU reaches agreement in Ubombo Ranches On 5 July the sugar workers union of Swaziland, SAPWU, signed an agreement in Ubombo Ranches, an Illovo Sugar subsidiary, retroactive to 1 April. The agreement grants a 7.5 percent wage increase across the board. Other benefits include an education allowance of 1,000 Swazi lilangeni per family per …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 6, 20 June 2011

Kenya: Attracting private investors to sugar mills Kenya has published the Sugar Amendment Bill 2011 to allow strategic investors to acquire at least a 51 percent stake in the five state-owned sugar mills scheduled for divestment, said a top official in the ministry of agriculture on 10 June. The official said that investors from Brazil, …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 5, 2 June 2011

Brought to you from Manzini, Swaziland Swaziland: Illovo USD 134 million Ubombo expansion program Illovo Sugar said it raised 940 million emalangeni (USD 134 million) to pay for an expansion of the sugar factory and power plant in Ubombo Ranches, its Swazi subsidiary. The program is financed through an eight-year loan arranged by Investec Ltd., …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 4, 6 May 2011

East Africa: Kenya could get an extension on COMESA safeguards Kenya could gain temporary reprieve of COMESA sugar safeguards against unlimited importation from the bloc’s members, if it shows progress in the privatisation of state-owned sugar companies by February 2012, when the current four-year safeguard period expires, said COMESA general secretary in late March. The …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 3, 30 April 2011

Zambia: South African firm to invest USD 251 million in new sugar plant AGZAM of South Africa plans a USD 251 million sugar and ethanol plant in Zambia, according to the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA). The new project will produce 200,000 tonnes of sugar and 28 million litres of ethanol per year, starting in 2013; …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 2, 26 February 2011

Kenya: Privatisation of sugar factories may take longer than expected The privatisation of five sugar factories may not be completed before the safeguards granted by COMESA (Common Market for East and Southern Africa) expire in February 2012, said the Kenya Sugar Board. The five factories (Nzoia, Miwani, Sony, Chemelil and Muhoroni) have a collective debt …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. II, No 1, 19 January 2011

Ethiopia: Sugar factory workers get wage increase Some 700 employees in the Finchaa, Methara, and Wenji sugar factories obtained a salary increase after two years of having been demanding increases and improvements in working conditions, according to a report by the Addis Fortune on 20 Dec. Increases were between 50pc and 75pc, with wages going …

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