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The R14 billion South African sugar industry is cost-competitive, consistently ranking in the top 15 out of approximately 120 sugar producing countries worldwide.

 

The South African sugar industry provides employment in job starved regions often in deep rural areas where there is little other economic activity or employment opportunity. The industry provides education and training, contributes to excellence in research, science and technology, supporting enterprises, and ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources. Opportunities for this industry to contribute further to South Africa lie ahead and include renewable energy.

Sugar Industry at a Glance

The R14 billion South African sugar industry is cost-competitive, consistently ranking in the top 15 out of approximately 120 sugar producing countries worldwide. Stretching across two provinces of South Africa, namely Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, the sugar industry makes a positive difference to the lives of more than a million people and is a catalyst to economic growth and development. The South African sugar industry is a significant contributor to the national fiscus, and operates in rural areas of the country. The economic impact of the industry has proven over decades to be so significant that entire towns, for example, Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal and Malelane in Mpumalanga among many other rural towns and regional centres, have been established based on the business of growing sugarcane and supplying sugar.

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