EXPOPEDIA2018 Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal Venue: Ntonga Rec Club Fields, RCL Foods Date: 16 October 2018 Time: 13:00 to 17:00 Exhibitors getting ready for the day ahead. The Pongola expo will be an industrial show that incorporates the Pongola sugar mill and surrounding communities. Pongola is a small town situated in a beautiful and lush Zululand valley, and is home to one of three sugar factories owned and operated by RCL Foods. RCL FOODS Sugar & Milling Division is one of the largest producers of sugar in South Africa. The sugar production units, Komati and Malalane mills, are in the Lowveld region of Mpumalanga province, while Pongola mill is in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The group’s total production capacity is about 720 000t of sugar a year. tonne bags for the industrial market. A small percentage of the refined sugar is also exported and 25 000t of brown sugar is packaged for the local market’s direct consumption. The town has a 50km 2  of sugarcane and subtropical fruit plantations surrounding it. The town is also home to citrus and pecan nut farms that are in production. There are also some farms that specialise in hunting—either biltong hunting or trophy hunting. Operation information Name of operation Pongola Sugar mill Molatek Type of operation Processing Processing Owner of operation RCL Foods RCL Foods Pongola Mill was established in 1954 and was purchased by RCL FOODS in 2009. In a normal 39-week crop the mill capacity is 1.4Mt of cane. It produces about 140 000t of sugar at a crush rate of around 250t of cane and 30t of sugar an hour. Visitors • RCL Foods (Pongola Sugar mill) • Molatek • Local industry The Pongola mill also has a refinery and packaging plant on site. About 115 000t of sugar is refined into top quality white sugar and packaged in commodities ranging from five-gram sachets for restaurants and cafes to one- Exhibitors should include companies that supply equipment or products to the sugar industry or that supply equipment or products that can be used in the sugar production process. 34