Green Earth Systems – South Africa.

Green Earth Systems, South Africa

 the heart of Africa’s economic hub

Dr. Vinny Pillay,

South Africa | International Director Commodity

Starting a Global Business in South Africa has always been challenging for the get go, but hurdles are always there to over come. Doctor Vinny Pillay, with extensive background in the Medical sector and cooperate management brings hi morality into the Green Earth Systems. Working and residing in Durban, South Africa with his wife and two daughters, has direct knowledge and experience in the African subcontinent. Current portfolio extends to UREA, chemical fertilizers, Coal and Iron Ore.

A Firm believer in Mahatma Gandhi principals and fundamentals in living a True and Happy Life: “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Becoming a man of Value means more than becoming a man of wealth.”

I am grateful to be part of Green Earth Systems and I am here to serve.

Dr. Vinny Pillay

South African Economy
GDP (2010): $357.3 billion.
Real GDP growth rate: (2008) 3.7%; (2009) -1.8%; (2010) 2.8%.
GDP per capita (2010): $10,700.
Unemployment (second quarter 2011): 25.7%.
Natural resources: Almost all essential commodities, except petroleum products and bauxite. It is the only country in the world that manufactures fuel from coal.
Industry: Types–minerals, mining, motor vehicles and parts, machinery, textiles, chemicals, fertilizer, information technology, electronics, other manufacturing, and agro-processing.
Trade (2010): Exports–$85.8 billion; merchandise exports: minerals and metals, motor vehicles and parts, agricultural products. Major markets–China, U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., Sub-Saharan Africa. Imports–$81.86 billion: machinery, transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, textiles, and scientific instruments. Major suppliers–China, Germany, U.S., Saudi Arabia, Japan.
GDP composition (2010): Agriculture–2%; industry–30.8%; services–66.7%. South Africa is one of the largest producers of platinum, manganese, gold, and chrome in the world; also significant coal production.

Trade and Investment in South Africa
South Africa has rich mineral resources. It is the world’s largest producer and exporter of platinum; is a significant producer of gold, manganese, chrome, vanadium, and titanium; and also exports a significant amount of coal. During 2000, platinum overtook gold as South Africa’s largest foreign exchange earner. The value-added processing of minerals to produce ferroalloys, stainless steels, and similar products is a major industry and an important growth area. The country’s diverse manufacturing industry is a world leader in several specialized sectors, including motor vehicles and parts, railway rolling stock, synthetic fuels, and mining equipment and machinery.

Primary agriculture accounts for about 2.5% of the gross domestic product. Major crops include citrus and deciduous fruits, corn, wheat, dairy products, sugarcane, tobacco, wine, and wool. South Africa has many developed irrigation schemes and is a net exporter of food.

The domestic telecommunications infrastructure provides modern and efficient service to urban areas, but at comparatively high costs and with limited coverage in rural areas. South Africa has made some strides towards liberalizing its telecommunication market; however, many obstacles exist for further progress. The passing of the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) of 2005 marked a new regulatory framework for liberalizing the telecommunication market in South Africa. Established entities such as Telkom and Multi-choice secured market-share under prior monopoly regimes, which make it difficult for new entrants to offer competitive telecommunications services (e.g. pay-TV and internet). The U.S.-led SEACOM project is the first of a series of undersea cable projects to become operational. SEACOM provides the first access to true broadband connectivity for countries on Africa’s eastern seaboard, which were previously 100% reliant on Telkom’s expensive satellite-based technology. SEACOM’s landing stations operate on a market-based, “open-access” system.

Annual GDP growth between 2004 and 2007 averaged 5.0%, but fell to a rate of 3.7% in 2008 because of higher interest rates, power shortages, and weakening commodities prices. GDP contracted by 1.8% in 2009 as South Africa experienced its first recession in 18 years. Growth of 2.8% returned in 2010. The government estimated that the economy must achieve growth at a minimum of 6% to offset unemployment, which was estimated at 25.7% in July 2011. Inflation averaged 11.3% in 2008 and 7.2% in 2009. Increasing food and fuel prices pushed inflation above the upper end of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) 3% to 6% inflation target range for the better part of 2007 and 2008. Inflation started to decline in 2009. A central inflation forecast by the SARB projected that inflation would continue its downward trajectory and return to the 3% to 6% target range in the second half of 2010. Inflation was expected to average 5.8% and 5.6% in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The SARB reduced interest rates at regular intervals from December 2008. The cumulative reduction through August 2009 was 500 basis points, bringing the prime overdraft rate to 10.5%. Subsequently over late 2009 and early 2010, the Reserve Bank left interest rates unchanged. The government managed to eliminate the fiscal deficit in FY 2007 and FY 2008. However, a fiscal deficit of 1.2% of GDP was recorded in FY 2009, mainly due to the impact of weak domestic demand and the global economic crisis on tax revenues. The fiscal deficit was expected to increase to 6.7% of GDP in 2009-2010, according to the Finance Minister’s February 2010 budget speech.

Exports amounted to 24% of GDP in 2010. South Africa’s major trading partners include China, Germany, the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Japan displaced the U.S. as South Africa’s largest export market in 2008, and China overtook both in 2009. South Africa’s trade with other Sub-Saharan African countries, particularly those in the southern Africa region, has increased substantially. South Africa is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). In August 1996, South Africa signed a regional trade protocol agreement with its SADC partners. The agreement was ratified in December 1999, and implementation began in September 2000. It provided duty-free treatment for 85% of trade in 2008 and aims for 100% by 2012. A U.S.-SACU Trade, Investment and Development Cooperative Agreement was signed in July 2008. The four areas singled out for special attention under the TIDCA are customs cooperation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary/phytosanitary (SPS) issues, and trade and investment promotion.

South Africa has made great progress in dismantling its old economic system, which was based on import substitution, high tariffs and subsidies, anticompetitive behavior, and extensive government intervention in the economy. The leadership has moved to reduce the government’s role in the economy and to promote private sector investment and competition. It has significantly reduced tariffs and export subsidies, loosened exchange controls, cut the secondary tax on corporate dividends, and improved enforcement of intellectual property laws. A competition law was passed and became effective on September 1, 1999. A U.S.-South Africa bilateral tax treaty went into effect on January 1, 1998, and a bilateral trade and investment framework agreement was signed in February 1999.

South Africa is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. products qualify for South Africa’s most-favored-nation tariff rates. South Africa is also an eligible country for the benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and most of its products can enter the United States market duty free. South Africa has done away with most import permits except on used products and products regulated by international treaties. It also remains committed to the simplification and continued reduction of tariffs within the WTO framework and maintains active discussions with that body and its major trading partners.

As a result of a November 1993 bilateral agreement, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) can assist U.S. investors in the South African market with services such as political risk insurance and loans and loan guarantees. In July 1996, the United States and South Africa signed an investment fund protocol for a $120 million OPIC fund to make equity investments in South Africa and southern Africa. The Trade and Development Agency also has been actively involved in funding feasibility studies and identifying investment opportunities in South Africa for U.S. businesses.

ICUMSA 45 sugar Frome Brasil

Green Earth Systems is counted amongst reliable Sugar ICUMSA Manufacturers, Exporters and Suppliers. Since 2010, we have been successfully catering high quality Refined Sugar ICUMSA in the global markets.

ICUMSA (International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis) is a worldwide body that brings together the activities of the National Committees for Sugar Analysis in more than thirty member countries. Specific methods are recommended for tentative approval by ICUMSA. Upon meeting all of the Commission’s requirements, methods are accorded official status.

An ICUMSA rating is an international unit for expressing the purity of the sugar in solution, and is directly related to the color of the sugar. For example, the lower the ICUMSA figure the whiter the sugar sited from Brazilian sugar. Brazilian ICUMSA rating of 45 RBU for refined sugar indicates the highest quality, with other grades of lower quality having higher ICUMSA figures. Although many brokers use the term ‘rbu’ with reference to ICUMSA for Brazilian sugar, only few understand its meaning. RBU, as used in this sense, means “Reference Base Units”.

Range :

  • White Refined Cane Sugar ICUMSA 45
  • Cane Sugar ICUMSA 100
  • Raw Brown Cane Sugar Grade E ICUMSA 600-1200
  • Beet Sugar

SELLER SOYBEAN Importers from Brasil

The soybean or soya bean is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. The plant is classed as an oilseed rather than a pulse by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

UREA importers from Russia and Direct Sellers.

Urea, a white crystalline solid containing 46% nitrogen, is widely used in the agricultural industry as an animal feed additive and fertilizer Here we discuss it only as a nitrogen fertilizer.

  • Urea can be applied to soil as a solid or solution or to certain crops as a foliar spray.
  • Urea usage involves little or no fire or explosion hazard.
  • Urea’s high analysis, 46% N, helps reduce handling, storage and transportation costs over other dry N forms.
  • Urea manufacture releases few pollutants to the environment.
  • Urea, when properly applied, results in crop yield increases equal to other forms of nitrogen.



GES Commodities started operations in 2010 and growing rapidly to become one of the best commodity trading organisations in Australia. Backed up by retail supermarket experience since 1990, GES Commodities is aimed to source the best product at best price. Dynamically located in Sydney, GES Commodities has worldwide liaison offices in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

GES Commodities is actively sourcing ICUMSA 45 (white refined sugar) from Brazil to many countries around the world. Beside ACUMSA 45, GES is actively involved in supplying ICUMSA 200 (raw sugar), Prilled UREA, NON GMO Soybean and Indian Long Grain rice.

GES Commodities follow the same basic principle of Green Earth Systems, which is to provide quality service with integrity, honesty and without compromising quality and commitment.

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