This Association represents the interests of all sugar millers and refiners in South Africa. The Association’s objectives cover industry partnership administrative matters, legislative measures affecting the industry, and support for training and scientific and technological research.
The Association is administered by an executive and staff who undertake these activities and interact with the grower associations, the South African Sugar Association and various national government departments on sugar industry matters.
The members of the South African Sugar Millers’ Association are:
The youngest sugar company in South Africa, Gledhow is located 75kms north of Durban, at KwaDukuza. Ownership is spread across four distinct and complementary shareholders (Ushukela Milling, Illovo SA, the Gledhow Growers and Sappi). The Mill produces refined sugar to EEC2 standard, and supplies this sugar to the food and beverage industries in Southern Africa.
Illovo Sugar (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (“Illovo SA”) operates four sugar mills in South Africa, one of which has a refinery and three which have packaging plants. It also operates a fifth sugar mill and refinery in which the company has a 30% share. Illovo SA has three cane growing estates and, in addition to producing specialty sugars and syrup, also produces a variety of high-value downstream products.
RCL Foods Sugar & Milling (Pty) Ltd operates three sugar mills (two of which have refineries), a packaging plant, sugar estates, cane and sugar transport and an animal feed division. Over and above their involvement in the sugar industry, the company is a significant flour miller with bakery interests.
Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa Ltd operates four sugar mills in South Africa two of which have packaging plants, a central refinery in Durban which has its own packaging plant, various sugar estates and an animal feeds operation.
UCL Company (Pty) Ltd operates a sugar mill, a wattle extract factory, a saw mill, a number of mixed farms and a trading division.
The Umfolozi Mill is owned by two shareholders. The first is a group of cane growers with cane growing interests comprising (1) a large cane growing company to the south, (2) a large cane grower in northern KwaZulu-Natal, (3) an unlisted public company whose shareholders grow sugar cane on the Umfolozi flats and (4) the Small Scale Grower Trust whose beneficiaries grow sugar cane on tribal land. The second shareholder is a large alcohol producing company in Durban. The Umfolozi Sugar Mill (Pty) Ltd bags high quality VHP brown sugar for sale into the industrial and retail markets.