Tongaat Hulett: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE SA SUGAR INDUSTRY THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE SA SUGAR INDUSTRY THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
April 22, 2022
The challenges facing the South African sugar industry have received significant coverage in recent years. More than one million South Africans, however, depend on the South African sugar industry throughout its value chain and Tongaat Hulett is committed to helping ensure its long-term success.
During the 2021/22 season, milling operations were negatively impacted by numerous breakdowns at the three raw sugar mills due to a COVID-impacted maintenance shutdown prior to the start of the season, unrest in KwaZulu- Natal in July 2021 and the challenges encountered. in the processing of sugar cane which had been the subject of the arson linked to the unrest.
Tongaat Hulett has taken decisive action to address these challenges, with its annual maintenance shutdown going well. The focus was on fixing all the major issues that affected milling performance from a miller’s perspective.
This offcrop included a great emphasis on planning and thorough supervision of the execution of the maintenance work. Another key objective in securing the future of Tongaat Hulett is to ensure that its employees have the right skills and abilities to ensure a successful milling season.
This emphasis on training and development extends to the various levels of the organization. Some of the programs include Engineer in Training (EIT), Operator Training and Supervisory, Management and Leadership Development through Tongaat Hulett’s Accredited Management Development and Supervisory Development Programs .
Earlier this year, Tongaat Hulett Sugar SA launched refresher training for all sugar milling operators in the process and boilers. The seven-day training on the sugar recycling process took place at each of SA’s three factories in Tongaat, training approximately 270 operators in preparation for the upcoming milling season.
As part of Tongaat’s focus on continuous improvement, this training was aimed at improving the skills of all operators to improve production efficiency and performance and was delivered by subject matter experts. .
In addition to specific operator training, the program included information on the sugar industry, global sugar trends, the sugar production process and supply chain information. Additionally, the process allowed operators to provide feedback on key challenges and areas for improvement.
Tongaat Hulett Sugar SA Managing Director Dave Howells said: “Investing in our people is essential for us to have a successful business and a sustainable future. We look forward to working with our teams at each site and our supplier growers to ensure success. coming season.”