The by-products from the sugar production process, namely bagasse or cane fibre and molasses do not go to waste, but are utilised for a number of purposes. The bagasse is used in boilers of the power stations at the mills to generate electricity. Bagasse is also the basic ingredient of a range of fibre boards.
RCL Foods Sugar and Milling (Pty) Ltd − Sugar Animal Feed division, MOLATEK, uses a combination of bagasse, molasses and other ingredients to produce a full range of animal feeds at MOLATEK’s Malelane factory.
The other by-product, cane molasses, is also converted into rum and baker’s yeast as well as into animal feed and industrial potable alcohol.