To be the last mill crushing
1. Why – to SUSTAIN CUSTOMERS with quality products and service.
2. Why – to SUSTAIN GROWERS with fair and transparent interactions.
3. Why – to SUSTAIN EMPLOYEES with a safe and high-spirited environment.
4. Why – to SUSTAIN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES through job creation and poverty alleviation initiatives.
5. Why – to SATISFY SHAREHOLDERS with sustainable profits.
IACCT How we operate
We consciously build trust by being open, honest, and consistent in all that we do; we conduct business ethically.
ABOVE THE LINE
We proactively take ownership, accept responsibility, and hold ourselves accountable for achieving our individual contributions to our collective vision, values, and mission.
We are curious, innovative and keep up to date with world class developments so we can continuously improve USM's systems and performance.
We listen attentively, we focus on the facts, and we respond concisely and promptly in the best interests of USM.
We put SAFETY first. We collaborate to leverage our diversity and common purpose to set goals, achieve results and celebrate success. Our leaders are firm, fair, consistent, and respectful and our teams unite by 'walking our talk'.
What we focus on:
COMPLIANCE - to conform to all legislation, with a focus on employee, food and environmental safety.
CANE QUALITY - to have the best cane quality amongst South Africa's coastal mills.
CANE CRUSH - to crush 1.3 million tons in 36 weeks with an LTA of less than 5%.
SUGAR RECOVERY - to achieve a 93.5% sugar to RV ratio.
SUGAR BAGGED - to sell 80’000 tons of sugar at sustainable margins to satisfied customers.
COGENERATION - to export 19k MW hrs in 36 weeks and to unlock new expansion opportunities.
BUSINESS SYSTEMS - to systemise 5S, asset management, LEAN manufacturing, and automation.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - coaching, mentoring, training, and skills development.
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 two 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