This programme is subject to change


07:30 - 17:30
Registration Registration Foyer
07:30 - 08:30
Arrival Tea / Coffee Exhibition Hall
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Session Chair: Gavin Smith Hall 4C, 5B
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and award presentation of the Robin Renton Memorial Award (PGBI prize) Gavin Smith, SASTA President
09:10 - 09:50
Keynote Address:
GM sugarcane: Super Pain or Super Cane?
Dr Hennie Groenewald, Executive Manager Biosafety South Africa
09:50 - 09:55
SASTA patron's reply and vote of thanks Mr Suresh Naidoo, SASTA Patron
10:00 - 10:30
Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
10:30 - 12:10
Plenary Session Chair: Carolyn Baker Hall 4C, 5B
10:30 - 10:55
Review of South African sugarcane production in the 2016/2017 season: light at the end of the tunnel? Singels A, McFarlane SA, Nicholson RJ, Way MJ and Sithole P
10:55 - 11:20
Ninety-second annual review of the milling season in Southern Africa (2016/2017) Madho S, Davis SB and Bhyrodeyal L
11:20 - 11:45
A financial estimation of the mill area-scale benefits of variety adoption in South Africa: A simplistic approach Kadwa M, Ramburan S, Nicholson RJ and Redshaw KA
11:45 - 12:10
Guest Address: Closing the loop: Making fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass as an opportunity for the South African sugar industry Dr Annegret Stark, SMRI Sugarcane Biorefinery Research Chair at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
12:10 - 13:15
Lunch Break & Poster Viewing Exhibition Hall
13:15 - 15:15
Agriculture Session 1: Entomology
Chair: Des Conlong
Hall 4C/5B
13:30 - 15:15
Factory Session 1: Energy
Chair: Nico Stolz
Hall 4D
13:15 - 13:35
Cacosceles (Zelogenes) newmannii (Thomson) (Cerambycidae: Prioninae), a new pest in the South African sugar industry Way MJ, Conlong DE, Rutherford RS, Sweby DL, Gillespie DY, Stranack RA, Lagerwall G, Grobbelaar E and Perissinotto R
13:30 - - 14:00
A strategy for monitoring and reporting continuous energy consumption in a typical raw sugar mill Masondo LL and Foxon KM
13:35 - 14:00
The effect of an improved artificial diet formulation on Eldana saccharina Walker rearing, growth and development Ngomane NC, Gillespie DY and Conlong DE
14:00 - 14:20
Estimating the potential economic benefit of extending the harvesting cycle of dryland coastal cane by chemically suppressing eldana levels Ducasse GG, Kadwa M, Lagerwall G and Rutherford RS
14:00 - 14:30
Experiences of reducing the steam consumption in sugar plant Arunaprasad A, Babu R, Srivastava AK and Rao GSC
14:20 - 14:40
A cellular automaton model for simulating Eldana saccharina infestation in sugarcane de Wet PD and Potgieter L
14h30 - 15h00
Solar live steam generation and solar bagasse drying for South African sugar mills Krog W, Hess S, Hoffmann J and Dinter F
14h40 - 14h50
Timeframe for the development of borer resistant genetically modified sugarcane Snyman SJ and Rutherford RS
14:50 - 15:10
Towards optimising crop refuge areas in transgenic sugarcane fields Human DJ and Potgieter L
15:00 - 15:10
15:15 - 17:30
MEET and GREET Exhibition Hall


07:30 - 17:00
Registration Registration Foyer
07:00 - 08:30
Arrival Tea / Coffee Exhibition Hall
Note: 08:00 - 12:40 Programme for parallel session on Sugarcane Biorefinery and Downstream Products appears below
08:00 - 09:50
Agriculture Session 2: Soils and Nutrition
Chair: David Sutherland
Hall 4C/5B
08:30 - 10:10
Factory Session 2: Milling and Diffusion
Chair: Warren Lawlor
Hall 4D
08:00 - 13:05
Sugarcane Biorefinery and Downstream Products
Chair: Anne Stark
Meeting Room 12
08:00 - 08:25
The fertility status of soils of the South African sugar industry - 2012 to 2016: an overview Mthimkhulu SS and Miles N
08:30 - 08:55
"Sleeve-Kamal" an innovative three piece sugar mill roller for high performance and lower operating cost Shaikh M and Sabnis D
08:00 - 08:20
Introduction Stark A
08:25 - 08:50
Mass and composition of ash remaining in the field following burning of sugarcane at harvest van Antwerpen R, Miles N and Mthimkhulu SS
08:55 - 09:20
Monitoring juice holdup in a cane diffuser bed using electrical conductivity - evaluation on a laboratory scale Love DJ
08:20 - 08:40
Lignocellulose biorefineries as extensions to sugar mills: Sustainability and social upliftment in the green economy Haigh KF, Mandegari MA, Farzad S, Petersen A and Görgens JF
08:50 - 09:10
Effects of surface-applied lime and gypsum on soil properties and yields of sugarcane ratoon crops Elephant D, Miles N and Mthimkhulu SS
09:20 - 09:45
Monitoring juice holdup in a cane diffuser bed using electrical conductivity - evaluation on a plant scale Angel DM, Love DJ, Jensen PS and Seleghim P
08:40 - 09:05
The development of a partial equilibrium economic model of the South African sugar industry in a biorefinery scenario Mafunga W, Ferrer S and Stark A
09:10 - 09:30
Prediction of soil nitrogen mineralization to crop fertiliser nitrogen requirements Miles N, Rhodes R and Weigel A
09:45 - 10:10
Experiences with the millability of drought-affected cane varieties for the 2016 season Kunene TM, Voigt I and Gama M
09:05 - 09:25
An economic analysis of the potential bio-polymer industry: the case of sugarcane Thomson WA, Kohler M and Stark A
09:30 - 09:50
Factors controlling the solubility of phosphorus in soils of the South African sugarcane industry Poswa L and Miles N
09:25 - 09:45
Economic recovery of biobutanol - A platform chemical for the sugarcane biorefinery Chikava FK, Ramjugernath D and Stark A
09:50 - 10:15
Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
10:10 - 10:30
Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
09:45 - 10:10
Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
10:15 - 11:40
Agriculture Session 3: Agronomy
Chair: Sanesh Ramburan
Hall 4C/5B
10:30 - 11:30
Factory Session 3: Commercial
Chair: Craig Jensen
Hall 4D
10:10 - 10:30
Reactive extraction and reactive distillation: A new recovery process development for levulinic acid from fermentation broths Inyang V, Ramjugernath D and Stark A
10:15 - 10:35
Analysis of long term rainfall in the Felixton Mill supply area and investigation of Derivatives as a hedging mechanism against drought Howes RE, Ducasse G and Funke T
10:30 - 10:55
New manufacturing requirements - How material selection plays a key factor! Geyer I and Lehnberger A
10:30 - 10:50
Nitrogen-doped carbon nano-tubes synthesis from biorefined sugarcane bagasse Mugadza K, Nyamori VO, Ndungu PG and Stark A
10:35 - 10:55
An experimental and crop modelling assessment of elevated atmospheric CO2 effects on sugarcane productivity Hoffman N, Patton AB, Malan C, Baartman J, Berner J, Singels A, Paraskevopoulos A and van Heerden PDR
10:50 - 11:10
Organic acid treatment of sugarcane residues for the production of biogenic silica Maseko NN, Schneider D, Wassersleben S, Enke D, Pocock J and Stark A
10:55 - 11:00
The investigation of a suitable summer breakcrop after Imazapyr application for integrated management of Cynodon dactylon Campbell PL, Rutherford RS and Drew K
11:10 - 11:35
The development of a screening tool to identify new products for the South African sugarcane industry Booysen KC, Foxon KM and Davis SB
11:00 - 11:05
Nitrogen use efficiency of selected South African sugarcane varieties Patton AB, Makhubedu ITR and Weigel A
10:55 - 11:20
Insights into dextran analysis and dextran affected processing problems Abraham K, Schlumbach K, Thiesing D and Flöter E
11:35 - 12:00
Inclined perforated drum dryer and separator for cleaning and drying of sugarcane bagasse Lokhat D and Bernhardt HW
11:05 - 11:10
A web-based decision support tool for analysing monthly sugarcane growth rates in South Africa Jones MR, Khambule S and Singels A
12:00 - 12:10
Conversion of sugarcane bagasse into carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) Makhanya FM and Deenadayalu N
11:10 - 11:15
Mycanesim® Lite: A simple web-based sugarcane simulation tool Paraskevopoulos A, Mashabela ML and Singels A
12:10 - 12:20
Preparation and characterisation of cellulose nano crystals (CNCs) from sugarcane bagasse using ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methyllimidazolium hydrogen sulphate)-DMSO mixtures Mdletshe GP, Deenadayalu N and Ray SS
11:15 - 11:30
Optimum harvest age of sugarcane at Kilombero Sugar Company under high minimum temperature Munsamy SS
12:20 - 12:30
Sugar cane juice concentration and separation with hydrate technology Doubra P, Naidoo P, Nelson W and Ramjugernath D
12:30 - 12:40
Summary and Concluding Remarks Stark A
11:30 - 11:40
Leg Stretch
11:20 - 11:30
Leg Stretch
12:40 - 13:35
12:40 - 14:10
Lunch Break Exhibition Hall
11:40 - 12:45
Agriculture Session 4: Plant Breeding I
Chair: Kerry Redshaw
Hall 4C/5B
11:30 - 12:45
Factory Session 4: Rawhouse
Chair: Paul Schorn
Hall 4D
SASTA Congress Grower Engagement Session

All you need to know about Genetically Modified Sugarcane: The South African Journey Begins

Facilitated by
Dr Hennie Groenewald, CEO of BioSafety SA

Meeting Room 12
11:40 - 12:00
The effect of Eldana saccharina damage on sugarcane breeding populations and the implications on sugarcane breeding Lichakane M and Zhou M
11:30 - 11:55
An investigation into the viscosity of c-massecuite using a pipeline viscometer Shah S, Lokhat D and Peacock SD
12:00 - 12:20
Identifying elite families for the Midlands sugarcane breeding programmes in South Africa Mbuma NW, Zhou MM and van der Merwe R
11:55 - 12:20
Dynamic simulation on a spreadsheet as a tool for evaluating options for mixed juice flow control Love DJ
12:20 - 12:25
Molecular phylogeny of sugarcane: Discovering a new species Lloyd Evans D and Joshi SV
12:25 - 12:45
Effect of self-trashing on Eldana saccharina Walker damage in sugarcane and implications for resistance breeding Nxumalo PD and Zhou M
12:20 - 12:45
Are gums produced in the factory? Quantification of gums isolated from mixed juice and final molasses Foxon KM and du Clou H
12:45 - 13:35
Lunch Break & Poster Viewing Exhibition Hall
12:45 - 14:10
Lunch Break & Poster Viewing Exhibition Hall
13:35 - 14:25
Agriculture Session 5: Plant Breeding II
Chair: Derek Watt
Hall 4C/5B
14:10 - 15:10
Factory Session 5: Posters
Chair: Dave Love
Hall 4D
13:35 - 13:55
Performance of imported genotypes and implications for utilisation in SASRI breeding programmes Zhou M
14:10 - 14:20
Can NIRS detect quaternary ammonium compounds in refined sugar? Walford SN
13:55 - 14:00
The agronomic performance of tissue culture (NovaCane®) versus conventional seedcane under rainfed conditions Shezi SN, Ramburan S and Modi AT
14:20 - 14:30
A benchmark energy indicator Stolz HNP
14:00 - 14:05
An investigation into stored seed viability McFarlane K and Walton AD
14:30 - 14:40
Analysis of sulphites in sugar by ion chromatography du Clou H and Walford SN
14:05 - 14:25
A new origin of sugarcane: The undiscovered species Lloyd Evans D and Joshi SV
14:40 - 14:50
An effective viscosity modifier for improved production output Sigwinta L and van Zyl MJ
14:25 - 14:30
Leg Stretch
14:50 - 15:00
Analysis of Vitamin A in fortified sugar Naicker A, Naidoo Y and Walford SN
14:30 - 15:45
Agriculture Session 6: Engineering
Chair: Peter Lyne
Hall 4C/5B
15:00 - 15:10
Factory control using NIRS: Are we there yet? Barker B, Madho S and Rahiman S
14:30 - 14:55
Modified "Twin-stacker" cane loading system Lecler NL
14:55 - 15:20
PBS vehicles in the South African sugar industry: opportunities and limitations Tweddle PB and Lyne PWL
15:10 - 15:20
The effect of rotoclone bacterial slime on the refined sugar turbidity increase experienced at the Noodsberg refinery Naidoo K and Moodley M
15:20 - 15:40
A simple spreadsheet-based irrigation electricity cost calculator Jumman A
15:40 - 15:45
Yield variability mapping for a cut and stack system Tweddle PB, Harris A, Makhaye A and Rapson B
End of Day 2 Agricultural Sessions
End of Day 2 Factory Sessions
15:00 - 17:00
Open Exhibition Time


07:30 - 14:00
Registration Registration Foyer
07:30 - 08:30
Arrival Tea / Coffee Exhibition Hall
08:30 - 09:35
Agriculture Session 7: Crop Management
Chair: Rowan Stranack
Hall 4C/5B
08:00 - 09:40
Factory Session 6: Refinery 1
Chair: Steve Davis
Hall 4D
08:30 - 08:50
Irrigation scheduling demonstration trials are an effective means of promoting adoption: Pongola case study Adendorff MW, Jumman A, Olivier FC and Paraskevopoulos A
08:00 - 08:25
Energy footprint and operating costs, a comparison of ion exchange resin and activated carbon in the application of sugar decolourisation Hardwick JG and Hardwick EK
08:50 - 09:10
Positive influence of Demonstration Plot Extension Methodology in a rural sugarcane community Gillespie WA, Way MJ, Masondo RT, Webster T and Mitchell FJ
08:25 - 08:50
Automation of white pans at the Tongaat Hulett refinery Mncube FS, Love DJ, Sikhakane P, Ogle D and Mtembu T
09:10 - 09:15
Here, there or everywhere? An investigation into nematode trial sampling Pillay U and Ramouthar PV
08:50 - 09:15
Powdered activated carbon (PAC) with membrane filter press for secondary decolourisation system to produce refined sugar in backend refinery Babu R, Srivastava AK, Chandrasekar R and Rao GSC
09:15 - 09:35
The Internet of Things (IoT) and how IoT can benefit the sugarcane growers in improving productivity and profitability Hart-Jones T
09:15 - 09:40
Where do you go to (my saccharides)? A preliminary saccharide analysis of refinery streams Walford SN and Moodley M
09:35 - 10:00
Tea / Coffee Break & Poster Viewing Exhibition Hall
09:40 - 10:00
Tea / Coffee Break Exhibition Hall
10:00 - 12:25
Agriculture Session 8: Economics
Chair: Kathy Hurly
Hall 4C/5B
10:00 - 11:50
Factory Session 7: Refinery II
Chair: Stephen Walford
Hall 4D
10:00 - 10:25
Determining the cost of post-harvest deterioration in a South African sugarcane supply chain Harris AJ
10:00 - 10:25
The transfer of non-sucrose species into sucrose crystals: can it be useful? Lionnet GRE and Moodley M
10:25 - 10:50
CaneTEC®: An economic conversion tool for sugarcane experimental and commercial production scenarios Ramburan S and Tweddle P
10:25 - 10:50
Optimisation of white sugar colour management through the utilisation of on-line colour cameras Bouche C, Duc N and Gaillac B
10:50 - 11:15
A new decision-making framework for developing variety-specific chemical ripening recommendations van Heerden PDR and Hoffman N
10:50 - 11:15
Learnings from the 2015 Pongola silo failure Lawlor WK
11:15 - 11:40
Cost benefit analysis of a herbicide tolerant and insect resistant genetically modified sugarcane variety under coastal conditions Nicholson RJ, Ducasse G, Rutherford RS and Campbell PL
11:15 - 11:40
To bee or not to bee (stung): Hulref's intervention in reducing bee stings Moodley M, Narotham A and Dawson G
11:40 - 11:50
Leg Stretch
11:50 - 13:05
Factory Session 8: Commercial
Chair: Dennis Walthew
Hall 4D
11:40 - 12:05
Biogas from sugarcane - a system for sustainability Funke TB, Littley GD and Howes R
11:50 - 12:15
Cail and Fletcher E-Crystal: Innovation never stops Dhaussy P, Defreyne J and Desvignes R
12:05 - 12:25
A time-series analysis of large-scale grower input costs in the South African sugarcane industry: 2000/2001 - 2014/2015 Nicholson RJ and Kadwa M
12:15 - 12:40
Quality determination of sugar inside continuous centrifugals Diringer T and Nielsen BC
12:40 - 13:05
Sugar mill multi-drives Inskip S
13:05 - 14:00
Lucky Draw Prizes and Exhibition Awards
Exhibition Hall
13:05 - 14:00
Lucky Draw Prizes and Exhibition Awards
Exhibition Hall
13:05 - 14:00