The 92nd SASTA Congress will see delegates addressed by one of South Africa’s greatest sons and an internationally acclaimed astronomer. It is none other than Dr Bernie Fanaroff - the former founding director of the world-acclaimed Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa, former Deputy Director-General in the Office of the then President Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist. He is also a member of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Among his plethora of accolades is the Order of Mapungubwe (silver) conferred on him by former President Jacob Zuma.
The industry is still not out of the woods yet! One of the medium-to-long-term solutions to ensure the sustainability and survival of this crisis-stricken industry is diversification – producing fuel ethanol and electricity from sugarcane. There is some good news… the plans to diversify are gaining momentum. The cover story sheds more light on this significant progress and learn more about the benefits of diversification.
Our industry continues to be in distress. Compounding industry woes has been the increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), as announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his Budget Speech in Parliament. An article on the HPL in this issue sheds light on the impact the “sugar tax” has had since its implementation in April last year. It is not a pretty picture! There is an article detailing serious challenges (including the recent drought and insufficient tariff) facing the industry, and a clarion call to government to help the industry overcome these challenges.
In this issue, we bring you more firsts for the industry! For the first time ever, the South African Sugar Association (SASA) has a female Vice-Chairperson. That’s not all. Lindiwe “Lee” Hlubi is also the first black woman to hold such a position in the history of the industry!
This issue of the South African Sugar Journal (SASJ) has a special focus on the 91st SASTA Congress taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban) from 14-16 August 2018.
An unprecedented high volume of sugar imports has entered our shores in the 2017/2018 season, resulting in a major loss of South African local market share.
The new era has dawned for the country’s sugar industry! This after the South African Sugar Association (SASA) amended its constitution to ensure that the industry is more inclusive and representative.
Our cover story focuses on a major development regarding the South African Sugar Association (SASA) – a statutory body representing the country’s sugar industry – signing an administration agreement worth R15 659 092 with Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo for the benefit of three restitution claimant communities (Eyethu, Gayede and Siyathokoza).
Welcome to this special edition of the SA Sugar Journal focusing on the 90th South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (SASTA) Congress. This special edition contains the full programme of the SASTA Congress.
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.
In the midst of drought, lack of sufficient import tariff protection and other external factors, our government is intending introducing tax on sugar sweetened beverages later this year. Our cover story provides an update on this issue of the mooted tax, which is currently being considered by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance in conjunction with the Portfolio Committee on Health.
We are proud to announce that the voice of the South African sugar industry is back. The 100-year-old Journal had to be discontinued due to cost-cutting measures necessitated by the worst drought since the early 1990s. But rising from the ashes like a phoenix, the journal is taking flight again. The advent of the digital era has revolutionised the way we communicate, so we have decided to find a cost-effective way to distribute the resuscitated Journal.