South African Sugar Association - Educational Tours

51 Maydon Road, Maydon Wharf, Durban 4001, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Want to know how sugar is made from cane? Then you most definitely should visit the South African Sugar Terminal situated in Maydon Wharf, Durban for a highly informative and fun tour or school outing!!!

Contact us now on 031 365 8153 / 8126 for bookings!

The R14 billion South African sugar industry is cost-competitive, consistently ranking in the top 15 out of approximately 120 sugar producing countries worldwide. Stretching across two provinces of South Africa, namely Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, the sugar industry makes a positive difference to the lives of more than a million people and is a catalyst to economic growth and development. The South African sugar industry is a significant contributor to the national fiscus, and operates in rural areas of the country. The economic impact of the industry has proven over decades to be so significant that entire towns, for example, Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal and Malelane in Mpumalanga among many other rural towns and regional centres, have been established based on the business of growing sugarcane and supplying sugar.

The cane growing sector comprises 22 949 registered sugarcane growers farming in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.  Sugar is manufactured by six milling companies with 14 sugar mills operating in these cane growing regions.  The industry produces an estimated average of 2.2 million tons of sugar per season.  About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).  The remainder is exported to markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The South African Sugar Terminal is situated on Maydon Wharf, which forms part of the Port of Durban, the busiest harbour on the African continent.  Built in 1965, the Terminal provides storage and handling facilities for the South African Sugar Industry’s export production of bulk raw and bagged (raw and refined) sugar.  The terminal’s objectives include ensuring that sugar is available on short notice, that there is space to handle more than one grade of sugar and most importantly that the industry could strategically time the sale of sugar into overseas markets.  The total raw sugar capacity of the three silos is 525 000 tons.


Bookings Educational Tour All Access Tour
Cost: R12.00 per child/ R25.00 per adult R25.00 per teenager/ R45.00 per adult
Duration: 45 Minutes One hour
Additional Highly recommended for school groups Age restriction of 15 years and above for full tour route.
The maximum number of people to be taken on a full tour per a time slot is 50.


  • One free complimentary ticket for an adult for every 25 learners booked.
  • Payment options: cash deposit, cheque or cash payments.  There are no card facilities on our premises.
  • Tours are held as follows:  Monday - Friday (08:30am / 10:00am / 11:30am / 14:00 pm)  Note: No 14:00pm tours are held on a Friday.
  • The duration of the educational tours are approximately 45 minutes.  The first phase of the tour includes a 15 minutes introduction about the sugar industry and a 20 minutes video which illustrates the process of how cane is processed into sugar.  The second phase of the tour is whereby visitors are taken into the silo gallery area, where they can view the actual RAW SUGAR.
  • An "all access tour" includes a walk around the Sugar Terminal plant, whereby key operations are highlighted.
  • It is advisable that bookings are made in advance.
  • No tours are held on week-ends / public holidays.


Tour Guide 1
Name : Nonhle Radebe
Telephone : 031 365 8126
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Fax Number : 031 365 8151

Tour Guide 2
Name : Ayanda Nsele
Telephone : 031 365 8153
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Fax Number : 031 365 8151


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51 Maydon Road, Maydon Wharf, Durban 4001, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa