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Working at Tongaat

Tongaat Hulett is a dynamic, continually evolving business that aims to attract, engage, develop and retain top talent. We do this through competitive employee remuneration, a challenging work environment geared for high performance, and the opportunity for career development due to the size, variety and complexity of our operations.

Exciting and challenging career opportunities exist in our Sugar, Starch and Property operations, as well as in our Corporate office.

At the end of March 2020 we had 23 347 employees, reaching around 30 173 permanent and seasonal employees during the peak sugar milling season as follows:

 Operating country  Total  Employee total at the peak sugar
milling season – October 2019
South Africa  3 135  3 135 
Mozambique  5 336  10 708 
Zimbabwe  13 865  14 796 
eSwatini 631  1 114 
Botswana  155  155 
Namibia  225  242 
Total 23 347 30 173


Learning and development philosophy

The wide range of roles across our operations requires a focused approach to development interventions. Unique, specialised, industry-related skills, competencies and experience are critical to the success of our operations – which are not readily available in the labour market.

Underpinning this reality is the importance we place on ongoing performance management processes, which vary based on employees’ job grades, roles and responsibilities. Our individual employee KPIs include ongoing learning and development opportunities that are required to achieve these KPIs. These then inform our employee development plans and budgets.

During the 2019/20 financial year, we invested R34.8 million in 9 331 employees, who attended a total of 11 988 training programs for a total of 153 588 training hours.

Our human rights commitment

As a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a member of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights standards. This includes avoiding causing or contributing towards adverse human rights impacts through company activities, and seeking to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts directly linked to Tongaat Hulett operations, products or services by business relationships.

We aim to prevent Human Rights infringements such as child labour, forced and compulsory labour, unsafe and unhealthy working environments, and constraints to an employee’s freedom of association, both within our company and in our supply chain.

What do we look for

We’re looking to employ people with the following characteristics:

  • Talented with bright minds who are eager to develop, grow and contribute.
  • Committed and results-orientated with high energy levels and who are willing to take initiative.
  • Prepared to adopt challenging roles and responsibilities and take responsibility for specific tasks to address ever-changing business requirements.
  • Willing and able to perform in a relatively flat organisation structure where a task-based approach applies and where hierarchy/status is de-emphasised.
  • Flexible individuals who are willing to embrace transformation.
  • Highest degree of integrity and honesty.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.