Tongaat-Hulett re-commissions a sugar mill in Mozambique

5 June 2003

Tongaat-Hulett will be holding a ceremony to mark the re-commissioning of its rehabilitated sugar mill at Xinavane in Mozambique on 6 June 2003.

The Xinavane Sugar Mill, jointly owned by Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (49%) and the Government of Mozambique (51%), is situated approximately 136km north-west of Maputo.;

The replacement value of the sugar mill and surrounding sugar cane estates (6 300 hectares) is estimated to be well in excess of R500 million. In the 2003 season, the Xinavane Sugar Mill will produce 52 000 tons of VHP raw sugar, crushing at 132 tons of cane per hour in a 30-week crushing season. Plans are in progress to expand the factory to 150 tons of cane per hour by 2005, increasing the capacity to 70 000 tons of sugar in a 30-week crushing season. In the longer term, there are plans to double the annual capacity of the mill to 140 000 tons of sugar.

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, will open the rehabilitated mill.