Cane farmers say sugar producer Tongaat Hulett’s nonpayment of more than R1bn in statutory levies leaves many small-scale farmers facing financial distress. 

The Sugar Act and Sugar Industry Agreement require that 20,000 sugar-cane farmers and the six milling companies pay levies. Some of the levies go to the SA Sugar Cane Association (SASA), which regulates the industry, and some are used to subsidise millers when they export excess sugar at a loss.    ..

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