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09-05-2009

Fire at raw sugar storage facility at sugar refinery


(formerly The Tongaat-Hulett Group Limited)                                    
(Registration number 1892/000610/06)                                           
Share code: TON                                                                
ISIN ZAE000096541                                                              
MEDIA RELEASE - FIRE AT RAW SUGAR STORAGE FACILITY AT SUGAR REFINERY           
Tongaat Hulett said that a fire had broken out at the raw sugar storage facility
of its sugar refinery operation in South Coast Road, Durban. The fire broke out
at approximately 04:40 today and had been extinguished by 08:00.               
Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD, Martin Mohale says "Two of the three raw 
sugar stores were destroyed by the fire and a third store was partially damaged.
The sugar factory was not affected. There were no injuries. We are investigating
the exact cause of the fire and the impact that it will have on operations.    
Tongaat Hulett will be able to continue supplying our local customers based on 
the level of finished product that we have available. We are already working   
with our insurers in order to determine how soon we can start rebuilding of the
affected facilities."                                                          
Martin Mohale concludes, "I would like to thank the eThekwini Fire Department  
for the important role that they played in ensuring that the blaze was         
extinguished so quickly."                                                      
Tongaat                                                                        
09 May 2008                                                                    
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INVESTEC BANK LIMITED                                                          
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