About 2,000 members of the sugar industry are set to descend on the Department of Trade and Industry’s campus in Tshwane on Tuesday morning, in a bid to highlight the plight of an industry on the "brink of collapse" due to a flood of imports. This comes as the industry is appealing to the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) to expedite its decision on the application by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) for higher tariffs on imported sugar. Retailers and industrial users such as soft-drink manufacturers are the main users of imported sugar. Thirty busloads of small-scale farmers from KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, in addition to numbers of large commercial growers, are expected to participate in the march to the campus that houses Itac. Representatives from Sasa, the South African Sugar Millers Association, the South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) and the South African Cane Growers Association will also be participating in the march and maki...

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