Revenue increased by 28% to R3,1 billion in the first half of 2008. Tongaat Hulett’s profit from operations grew by 44% to R443 million (2007: R308 million). Benefits arose from a more competitive maize price, improved margins and volume growth in the starch operations. Higher contributions were earned from products supplied into the animal feeds and edible oil market sectors from both starch and sugar operations in South Africa. Increased profit contributions came from the sugar operations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.