The SA sugar industry is a significant contributor to the country's economy, and employs thousands of people. It has however been battered by many challenges in recent years — including drought, sugar tax, unrest, floods, financial crises, declining production, job losses, and aging infrastructure.

Business Day caught up with Higgins Mdluli, the newly elected chair of SA Canegrowers — which represents 21,000 small-scale growers and large commercial outfits...

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