To be the most admired sugar cane processor in South Africa on account of its:
Cane supply, that is sustainable and expanding
Team spirit, characterised by a passion for continuous improvement
Customer Service, characterised by quality products and smiley faces
Superior value creation to all its stake-holders
INTERGRITY: We will be open, honest and consistent in all that we do and will conduct business in an ethical way
COMMITMENT: We are committed to achieving the USM vision by providing a class service
CO OPERATIVE: We will do what it takes for our team to succeed while supporting the success of the greater team
INITIATIVE: We will be pro-active and keep our colleagues and USM stake-holders informed at all times
OPEN MINDED: We will listen attentively and treat others as we would like to be treated
PROUD: We will take pride in all we do and not tolerate sub-standard work
CREATIVE/INNOVATIVE: We will keep up to date with developments and strive to improve and create value for the business
Cane supply comprises 1 250 000 tons in a “normal” climatic season of which 65% is produced on the Umfolozi flats and delivered on the narrow gauge railway. The balance of cane is delivered by road and includes approximately 120 000 tons delivered by Small Scale Growers, who comprise numerous plots of approximately 1.5 hectares. Potentially the mill is capable of crushing 1 400 000 tons of cane and there is every intention to grow the cane supply accordingly. The mill has a tippler system for the offloading of the trams and a spiller system for road deliveries. Cane is prepared by way of two cane knives and a shredder and extraction is carried out by using a DeSmet diffuser with twohree de-watering mills. Steam totaling 220 tons steam per hour is produced by three boilers and electricity is generated by two turbo alternator sets.
Under “normal” conditions, USM produces approximately 135 000 tons of sugar per annum.
Looking further into the future, USM intends to continue participating in renewable energy markets, particularly in the production of renewable electricity for export onto the national grid. Production of bio-ethanol for blending into the automotive fuel pool is a possibility however this will require the creation of appropriate legislative frameworks. USM management is working alongside other stakeholders to help realize these prospects