Zimbabwe Has Renewed Tongaat Hullet’s Licence By 20 Years
2 September 2021
Zimbabwe has renewed the licence of Tongaat Hullet, a sugar production company, by 20 years amid a deal to finalise granting of a 99-year lease to the company.
Tongaat which owns sugar cane fields in Hippo Valley and Triangle, Chiredzi which stretch for over 25 000 hectares, employs over 20 000 people.
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The firm also owns a sugar cane plantation at Mwenezana in Mwenezi which stretches for over 4 000 hectares.
Presenting the 2021 annual report, Tongaat Hullet’s chairperson, Canaan Dube said the government recently granted a renewed license among other prospects. He said:
The company has also had its sugar milling license renewed for another 20-year period ending December 2040. These positive actions from government provide further condense and stability to the operations.
Provisionally, an institutional offer letter was issued by government, whilst the requisite physical planning and administrative processes are nearing completion, paving way for the issuance of the 99-year lease.
Meanwhile, Dube said considerable work had also been implemented on a 4 000-hectare cane development project popularly known as Project Kilimanjaro being undertaken by Tongaat Hullett Zimbabwe in partnership with the government and local banks. He added:
To date total of 2 700 hectares of virgin land has been bush-cleared and ripped, out of which 562 hectares was planted to sugarcane.
As previously reported, project works were slowed down on account of delays in obtaining the requisite funding from financial institutions pending further clarity on land tenure, both of which are being progressed.
He said to ensure productive use of the cleared land in the interim, 76 hectares and 750 hectares were put to maize and sorghum respectively, and an additional 902 hectares of maize was planted on company fallow cane land as a break crop.