Category: Africa Sugar Digest

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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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 9, April 2010

Zambia and Malawi: Fatalities in the sugar sector

An incident on 6 April cost the life of one worker at the Kafue Factory near Lusaka, while two others were left in critical condition, reports Kunda Mutabele, from NUPAW-Zambia.  Although police were investigating and no official report was yet available, it was known that the workers were …

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Africa Sugar Digest, Vol. I, No 8, April 2010

Kenya: New sugar factory project ready to start

The Kwale International Sugar Company Ltd will next month invite bids for the construction of its new 3,000 tdc factory in the Msambweni District on Kenya’s coastal area, where the Ramisi sugar company used to be located. The company is developing cane nurseries, which by next August …

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