Through subsidiary PGBI, DRA’s unrivalled expertise in the sugar, bio-ethanol, biomass power generation, timber and food and beverage industries is why clients repeatedly elect us as their partner of choice. For more than 30 years we have been committed to delivering projects that not only meet client needs but also exceed client expectations. Over the past three decades, our knowledge has grown with our clients and together we have transformed ideas into realities and fostered relationships that develop the solutions of the future.

We are recognised throughout the industry as leaders in project planning, project management, engineering and agricultural development services, offering comprehensive solutions to suit our client’s specific requirements.

Our golden standard of service delivery ensures we deliver projects within time, cost and quality constraints as set by our clients while our commitment to excellence ensures we achieve our clients’ financial performance objectives, throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Our clients are confident in our ability to deliver and our relationships are more than business as usual, they are strategic partnerships that deliver value through the development, implementation and subsequent operation of projects in project development, project financing, engineering, management and feasibility advice.

As global specialists in the design and project management of sugar, timber and bio-energy projects, clients have entrusted us with nearly 300 projects, in over 20 African countries as well as Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Due to our extensive knowledge we are able to implement both green and brownfield projects, for sugar refinery and milling, as well as ethanol production projects, according to client specifications.

Our fully integrated project solution, from project conceptualisation through to detailed engineering design, project execution and asset management is what satisfies all client concerns. Our clients are as diverse as our services, ranging from private sector to government departments, investors and funders. We have advised clients on large scale agricultural development projects that will develop national agricultural sectors.

We acknowledge our responsibility to clients and to communities and we remain committed to guiding the industry to deliver higher levels of management excellence. In collaboration with a team of experts, we advised on and produced an internationally recognised manual on “Good Management Practices Manual for the Cane Sugar Industry”.


agricultural development services

Greenfields Sugar Factory and Distillery

Client: Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd

Location: Kenya

Following the successful completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd., our team of professionals managed the construction of the first greenfields mini sugar factory and distillery in the Kenyan sugar industry in over 25 years.  The successful completion of the project was influential in fulfilling the country’s import substitution, job creation and rural infrastructure development objectives.

agricultural development services

Xinavane Factory Expansion

Client: Tongaat Hulett Sugar

Location: Mozambique

Our team of professionals managed Tongaat Hulett Sugar’s Xinavane Sugar Mill expansion project in Mozambique, increasing mill capacity from 150tcph to 380tcph of a period of 30 months on an EPCM basis.

agricultural development services

Hippo Valley Estates

Client: Tongaat Hulett Sugar

Location: Zimbabwe

In December 1999 we successfully managed the upgrade of the Hippo Valley Estates sugar mill in south eastern Zimbabwe. Our professionals were requested to design and construct a new bagasse handling system which included the installation of a bank of 23 hydraulic ploughs on an 80m conveyor belt feeding 6 boilers. Our project team managed the installation of the process plant, refurbishment of existing boilers, juice heaters, and upgrade and automation of the evaporator station.