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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.

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.

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-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 50km2 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.

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.


This is our 2nd exhibition in the area.The last show was in 2017

  • We had  214 registered visitors and
  • 16 exhibitors booked at the last exhibition.

Visitors invited to expo: 

  • RCL Foods (Pongola Sugar mill)
  • Molatek
  • Local industry