PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

This programme is subject to change based on the final outcome of the paper review process.

Day 1: Tuesday, 13 August 2024
07:30 – 18:00 Registration ICC Arena Foyer
OPENING SESSION
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
09:00 – 09:20 Welcome Dr Muhammad Kadwa, SASTA President
09:20 – 10:05 Keynote Address Prof Narendra Mohan
10:05 – 10:10 Vote of Thanks Dr Muhammad Kadwa, SASTA President
10:10 – 10:20 SASTA Patron To be confirmed
10:20 – 11:00 Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
PLENARY SESSION
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
11:00 – 11:25 A Review of South African Sugarcane Production in the 2023/2024 Season: Production, Climate and Economics Sithole P, van Heerden R, Nicholson R and Stranack R
11:25 – 11:45 Biosecurity: An Overview of the 2022/2023 Season Basdew I, McFarlane S and Stranack R
12:05 – 12:30 Ninety-Ninth Annual Review of the Milling Season in Southern Africa (2023/2024) Moletsane-Mbuyazi M
11:45 – 12:05 SMRI 75th Anniversary Dewar J and Davis S
12:30 – 12:50 Towards Empowering Small-Scale Growers to Improve the Sustainability of their Sugarcane Farming Activities Gokul A, Mofurutsi T, Buthelezi K, Mchunu L, Jumman A and Watt D
12:50 – 14:00 Lunch Break Exhibition Hall
PANEL DISCUSSION: SO MUCH MORE THAN SUGAR (Open Session for SASTA Delegates)
Hall 4C 5B
Facilitator:
Ben Durham (Chief Director: Bio-innovation, Department of Science and Innovation)
14:00 – 16:00 Objectives of panel discussion:

– To update members on the latest developments in the Masterplan with a focus on diversification.

– To highlight progress and stumbling blocks.

– To gain insights from an Indian perspective.

Panellists: T Funke (SACGA), M Govender (SAFDA), K Foxon (SMRI), R Lütge (SASMA), S Mhlaba (SASA), N Mohan (India), A Wynne (USM)
16:00 – 18:30 Meet & Greet Welcome Reception Exhibition Hall
Day 2: Wednesday, 14 August 2024
07:30 – 17:00 Registration ICC Arena Foyer
AGRICULTURE SESSION 1: SOILS AND NUTRITION
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 1: EXTRACTION AND BOILER
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
09:00 – 09:25 An Assessment of Soil Nutrient Status in Sugarcane Growing Soils in Zimbabwe from 2018 – 2023 Rambwawasvika H and Mutatu W 09:00 – 09:10 Comparison of Theoretical Assumptions Versus Real Life Measurement When Applying a Fatigue Failure Analysis to a Diffuser Headshaft Gopaldass D and Vogel A
09:25 – 09:45 Boron Status in Zimbabwe Sugar Industry Soils Johane T, Rambwawasvika H and Mutatu W 09:10 – 09:20 Composite Metal Matrix Cera Embedded in Shredder Hammer Duttagupta J
09:45 – 09:55 Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Sugarcane: Case of Ubombo Sugar Shongwe S 09:20 – 09:45 Accessing Boiler Health and Diagnosis of Faulty Boiler Components Using Data Driven Techniques Van Den Berg C, Rawlins B and Marais F
09:55 – 10:05 Heterogeneity of Soil pH Across Soils Grown for Sugarcane in the Western Viti Levu, Fiji Pillay D 09:45 – 10:05 Boiler Flue Gas Cleaning Equipment to Comply with New Environmental Regulations Moor B and Bezuidenhoudt D
10:05 – 10:15 Optifert: Development of a Fertiliser Type and Rate Optimising Application Rhodes R, Govender P, Singh S, Titshall L, Paraskevopoulos A and Wilkinson D 10:05 – 10:25 Boiler Backend Equipment Frost M and Dauvellier R
10:15 – 11:00 Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall 10:10 – 11:00 Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
PLENARY SESSION
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
11:00 – 11:20 A Short Review of Industry Cane Quality and Factory Performance Trends: 1981-2023 Davis S and Kadwa M
AGRICULTURE SESSION 2: VARIETIES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 2: BOILING HOUSE OPERATIONS
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
11:30 – 11:55 Sugarcane Crop Productivity Improvement: Are We Relying Too Much on Varieties? Luo T, Liu X and Lakshmanan P 11:30 – 11:55 Sugar Drying 101: Debunking the Myths Smith G
11:55 – 12:20 Sugarcane Traits Associated with Ratooning Ability Dlamini N, Zhou M and Franke A 11:55 – 12:20 Using C-Centrifuge Camera Images to Improve Recoveries Loubser R, Barker B, Ndinisa N.V. and Mbuthuma Y
12:20 – 12:45 Comparison of Coastal and Midlands Variety Performance at Harding, A Hinterland Environment in the South Coast of South Africa Nxumalo T, Zhou M and Khomo B 12:20 – 12:45 Conventional Slurry-Seeding Versus Seed Manufactured from a Continuous Seed Preparation System Utilising Sound Wave Induced Nucleation Rahiman S, Mbuthuma, Love D and Davis S
12:45 – 13:10 Sugarcane Mutation Breeding at SASRI: From Herbicide Tolerant N12 Zapyr to Prospects for Developing Climate-Ready Cultivars Rutherford R.S. and Snyman S 12:45 – 13:10 A Review of the Benefit of A-Crystallizers in the South African Sugar Industry Munsamy S
13:10 – 13:30 Assessment of Transgene Copy Number in Genetically Modified Sugarcane for Borer Resistance Makhetha T, Joshi S, Jacob R and Ghai M 13:10 – 13:30 Improvements in Sugar Colour and Boiling House Recovery at Maidstone Mill Naidoo S, Mncube F, Ndlovu V and Ninela M
13:30 – 13:40 NovaCane®: So Much More Than Pain-Free Seedcane! Mkhize L and Snyman S 13:30 – 13:40 Vertical Continuous Vacuum Pans for High and Low Grade Massecuites in Cane Sugar Factories Thaval O and Lehnberger A
13:40 – 14:30 Lunch Break Exhibition Hall 13:40 – 14:30 Lunch Break Exhibition Hall
AGRICULTURE SESSION 3: PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 3: PROCESS CHEMISTRY
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
14:30 – 14:40 Forty Years of Service: Sugarcane Quarantine Facility at Mount Edgecombe Koch A, McFarlane S and Snyman S 14:30 – 14:55 A Review of Maillard Reaction in Molasses Storage Tanks Munsamy S
14:40 – 15:05 Sugarcane Rusts: A Review McFarlane S, Kistan C, Koch A and Rutherford S 14:55 – 15:20 Evaluation of the Impact of Dextran on the Pol Factor Ngidi K andChetty M
15:05 – 15:15 Orange Rust: Preliminary Research Findings Kistan C and McFarlane S 15:20 – 15:40 Effect of Stale Sugarcane on Sugar Recovery Basit S
15:15 – 15:35 Impact of Oxamyl and Imidacloprid on Sugarcane Yield Gain Under Different Stress Indices: Variety Evaluation Nqayi S, Nxumalo T, Gokul A, Keeping M and Rutherford S 15:40 – 16:00 Monitoring the Post-Harvest Deterioration of Sugarcane Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Kaseke K, Rambwawasvika and Mutatu W
15:35 – 15:55 Dose Mapping of An X-Ray Irradiator with Application to the Sterile Insect Technique for the Control of Eldana saccharina in Sugarcane Singh S, Malinga L, Weldon C and Conlong D 15:40 – 15:50 How Do We Optimise the Aerobic and Anaerobic Treatment Processes Using Current Resources and Knowledge to Produce Better Effluent from Our Sugar Cane Production Kungwa Z
14:00 – 17:00 Exhibition Open Afternoon Exhibition Hall
Evening Authors Dinner (by Invitation Only)
Day 3: Thursday, 15 August 2024
07:30 – 17:00 Registration ICC Arena Foyer
AGRICULTURE SESSION 4: IRRIGATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 4: HEAT EXCHANGE AND REFINERY OPERATIONS
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
09:00 – 09:20 Desalination of Borehole Water using Sugarcane Bagasse-Derived Activated Carbon Urayayi J, Rambwawasvika H and Mutatu W 09:00 – 09:20 Plate Condensers in the Sugar Industry Dobrescu D
09:20 – 09:40 Effectiveness of Elfer Percolate in the Reclamation of Saline-Sodic Soils – A Pot Experiment Johane T, Rambwawasvika H and Mutatu W 09:20 – 09:30 Widegap Plate Heat Exchangers Dobrescu D
09:40 – 10:00 Replanting Sugarcane with Subsurface Drip Tape in situ in the Cropping Season 2021/22 Shabangu M, Nkambule N and Mkonta S 09:30 – 09:40 Ion Exchange Resin Life Enhancement by the Chemicals (Resin Saver) Khandelwal P, Yadav D and Nair K
10:00 – 10:00 Impact of Polymer on Sugarcane Yield and Water Use Under Subsurface Drip Irrigation in Eswatini Mkhaliphi P, Mhlanga B, Dlamini E and Mtsetfwa Z 09:40 – 10:05 A Sustainable Approach to Decolourisation Using Reactivated Granular Carbon Phokwane K, Pokhan N and Falconer J
10:00 – 10:10 Monitoring the Post-Harvest Deterioration of Sugarcane Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Kaseke K, Rambwawasvika and Mutatu W 10:05 – 10:30 How To Calculate Refinery Yield Accurately Ndinisa N.V. and Davis S
10:25 – 11:00 Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall 10:30 – 11:00 Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
PLENARY SESSION
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
11:00 – 11:20 Value Analysis of Participatory Cane Quality Management Research van Heerden R, Botha P and O’Neill B
AGRICULTURE SESSION 5: MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 5: BIOREFINERY AND QUALITY
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
11:30 – 11:40 Comparative Analysis and Adoption of Farm Management Information Systems within the Sugarcane Sector Msimango S 11:30 – 11:55 A Holistic Approach to the Optimisation of Industrial Co-Generation Plants Rawlins B, Marais F and van den Berg C
11:40 – 12:00 The Importance of Family Succession Planning within the Sugarcane Sector Msimango S 11:55 – 12:20 Upscaling the Production of Potassium Sulphate from Stillage at a Kilo-Scale Urayayi J, Rambwawasvika H and Mutatu W
12:00 – 12:25 Implications of Water and Energy Access on Agricultural Production among Smallholder Farmers in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Kaula A, Mudhara M, Senzanje A and Mukwedeya B 12:20 – 12:30 Packaging Powdery Sugar and Liquid By-Products into Various Compartments Petereit C.U.
12:25 – 12:45 The Financial Impact of Business Rescue on Sugarcane Growers in 2022/23 – A Preliminary Analysis Kadwa M and Nicholson R 12:30 – 12:50 Instruments for Dynamic Optimisation of the Separation Process in Batch and Continuous Centrifuges Bartels B and Nielsen B
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break Exhibition Hall 12:50 – 13:45 Lunch Break Exhibition Hall
AGRICULTURE SESSION 6: DIGITAL AGRICULTURE
Hall 4C 5B
Chairpersons: TBC
FACTORY SESSION 6: ENERGY
Hall 4D
Chairpersons: TBC
13:45 – 13:55 Estimating Evapotranspiration and Crop Water Stress from UAV-derived Data to Facilitate Precision Water Management Yacoob A, Gokool S, Clulow A and Naiken V 13:45 – 14:05 Active Control for Steam Turbines for More Efficiency for the South African Sugar Industry Conrad M
13:55 – 14:15 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Optical Data for Predicting Sugarcane Yield: A Case Study of the Nkomazi District Parag M, Lottering R, Peerbhay K, Agjee N, Tweddle P and Poona N 14:05 – 14:15 Novel Nanostructured Silicon-Doped Thin Films by E-Beam PVD for Solar Energy Materials Seroka N.S., Taziwac R and Khotseng L
14:15 – 14:35 Drone-Captured Multispectral Imagery for Predicting Ripener Responses of Sugarcane Crop Hoffman N, van Heerden R, Thompson I, Poona N 14:15 – 14:25 Hybrid Bagasse Dryer Technology – Integration of Waste Heat Recovery and Flue Gas Cleaning Verma R and Verma P
14:25 – 14:35 Weg Africa: Optimizing Operations: Exploring the Advantages of Repairing Versus Replacing Steam Turbines Van Pype R
14:35 – 14:45 High Efficiency Compact Planetary Drive to Reduce Energy Consumption in Sugar Mill Patil M, Ramuageli and Kristensen P
14:45 Closing and Awards Exhibition Hall

Keynote Speaker 2024

SASTA is pleased to have secured Prof Narendra Mohan of the National Sugar Institute (NSI), India, as keynote speaker at this year’s Congress.

Prof. Mohan has a distinguished career in the sugar industry spanning four decades, including eleven years as Director of the institute, where he supervised and coordinated activities related to Sugar Technology, Sugar Engineering, Alcohol Technology, Agriculture Chemistry, Biochemistry and Instrumentation Engineering. He facilitated partnerships between the NSI, the sugar industry and other R&D institutions to attain common goals. He was also instrumental in increasing the institute’s global presence to the extent that NSI now provides services to various sugar producing countries including Austria, Switzerland, Indonesia, Nigeria, Bhutan, France, Kenya, Thailand, Egypt and Iran.

Prof Mohan has played a pivotal role in the diversification efforts of the Indian sugar industry which now produces bio-chemicals, other bio-products and bio-energy in addition to sugar. He has been involved in projects related to bagasse-based co-generation, ethanol blending in petrol and compressed biogas production from filter cake. He has formulated different models of sugar-ethanol production to suit relative economics and market demand, and was actively involved in developing technologies for production of graphene oxide, vanillin, surfactants, cosmetic ingredients, biochar and dietary fibre from bagasse. Furthermore, his passion to preserve natural resources saw many sugar factories moving to zero fresh water consumption.

He is the author of seven books, many book chapters and more than 200 scientific papers published in various reputed journals. For his contribution to improving the productivity and environmental sustainability of the Indian sugar industry, Prof Mohan has received numerous prestigious awards, including Dr Bansi Dhar Gold Medal, Industry Excellence Award, Global Education Leadership Award, Outstanding Academic Leader of the Year Award, Best Director of the Year Award, ABP News Award, ISSCT Excellence Award, Bharatiya Sugar Innovative Leader Award and Noel Deerr Gold Medal.

Prof Mohan remains a consultant to the Government of India and contributes significantly to many policy matters including price fixation mechanisms for ethanol made from different feedstocks and the minimum selling price of sugar.

We look forward to hearing about the Indian sugar industry’s diversification and sustainability journey.