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Tongaat Hulett Developments global financial downturn with a host of infrastructure improvement programmes; and Jollands believes that THD has much to offer as a partner. " We have the in-house competence to deliver projects to internationally benchmarked standards and our expertise takes in a very wide range of land uses," he says. Development only ever goes ahead after many complex assessments have been made. These extend far beyond a calculation of the financial return. " There are many major issues to assess in evaluating the socio- economic impact of taking the land out of food production for example," Jollands explains. Achieving long- term environmental sustainability is fundamental to all development projects, and as such, THD has adopted the 10 principles of One Planet Living, put forward by the BioRegional Development Group, an international think- tank. These principles stress devising local solutions to meet local requirements from renewable or waste sources. " We have been very involved with their resources in the UK and we are impressed by their work," says Jollands. " It is often not possible to address all 10 principles at the same time, but we are very clear about the issues that matter to us and the strategies we can put in place to address them," he comments. Looking to the future, Jollands is keen to see Tongaat Hulett expand its agri- footprint in low cost regions. " That enhances the business case for everything else that we do," he states. One way of maximising synergies within the business, as well as meeting a host of environmental criteria, is the proposed plan to convert organic waste from downstream products like sugar cane by- products into bio- fuels and energy. The initiative is led by the sugar operation, but Jollands believes that a logical move for THD is to promote consumption from this clean and wholly renewable energy source. Meanwhile, he is prioritising local initiatives, such as the infrastructure improvements that will transform King Shaka International Airport into a major international transit point. " The Government has made a commitment to dramatically improve the infrastructure and we currently have 6,000 hectares of potentially developable land in this Durban growth corridor," he explains. " We want to optimise the value of those land holdings in readiness for the ancillary services and industries that will be vital to the development of a successful airport." - Editorial research by Robert Hodgson January 10 www. bus- ex. com 63