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Manufacture of Edible Salt
BY Kate Shand
South Africa
20 December 2019
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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Manufacture of Edible Salt


Manufacturers of salt in South Africa continue to struggle to compete against cheap imports, mainly from Botswana and Namibia. These imports, as well as increasing input costs and the exchange rate, have resulted in the number of local salt producers decreasing from 86 to 17 in the past eight years. According to the Department of Mineral Resources, less than 50% of the country’s salt consumption requirement is produced locally. Only 12% of the salt produced is used in the food industry, with the bulk being used in the industrial sector in areas such as petrol refining, petrochemistry, animal feed, the production of cooling brines and other applications.


Opportunities for SMMES And Artisanal Products


Abundant salt reserves and growing demand create further opportunities for increased supply of salt. The extreme dryness of the Northern Cape makes it ideal for salt production. Small scale operators with an area of 1.5ha or less can apply for a mining permit, which is less onerous than a mining right, and the Department of Mineral Resources has committed to supporting black-owned junior mining companies. A number of producers are taking advantage of demand for artisanal products including Khoisan Trading, which said its salt is the only hand-harvested natural unrefined solar salt, Oryx Desert Salt, which said its salt is 100% pure, crystal-white, natural desert salt and Baleni Sacred Salt, which harvests salt using 2,000-year old techniques.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the manufacture of edible salt in South Africa, including the state of the industry, the factors that influence its performance and continental and global production information. Official information on the size of the industry and other data dates back to 2017 and 2018, the last time the department issued statistics. There are comprehensive profiles of 13 companies in the sector, including major players such as Cerebos and Salt Refiners and Packers. Other profiles include Velddrift Salt Company, which supplies Khoisan Trading with brine and produces coarse salt and Upington Super Salt.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 9
4.1.2. Regulations 10
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 12
4.2. Continental 13
4.3. International 14
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 16
5.1. Economic Environment 16
5.2. Government Initiatives 17
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 17
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 17
5.5. Labour 18
5.6. Cyclicality 19
5.7. Environmental Concerns 19
5.8. Crime and Security 20
6. COMPETITION 20
6.1. Barriers to Entry 21
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 22
8. OUTLOOK 22
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 23
10. REFERENCES 23
10.1. Publications 23
10.2. Websites 23
APPENDIX 1 25
Summary of Notable Players 25
COMPANY PROFILES 26
BLOEMHOF SALT AND CHEMICAL COMPANY (PTY) LTD 26
CEREBOS LTD 28
CRYSTAL SALT CC (THE) 31
DONALD BROWN GROUP (PTY) LTD 32
DWAGGAS SOUTWERKE (PTY) LTD 34
KALKPOORT SOUTWERKE CC 36
KIMBERLEY SALT COMPANY (PTY) LTD 38
KLIPHOEK SOUTWERKE (PTY) LTD 39
ORANGE RIVER SALT WORKS (PTY) LTD 40
SALT REFINERS AND PACKERS (PTY) LTD 42
SWARTKOPS SEESOUT (PTY) LTD 44
UPINGTON SUPER SALT (PTY) LTD 46
VELDDRIFT SALT COMPANY (PTY) LTD 48