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SASA

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) is made up of miller and grower organisations. SASA has to fulfil certain defined functions that are legislated in the Sugar Industry Agreement and also provides services that support the cane growing and sugar manufacturing sectors of the industry. SASA was established to do all such things necessary, proper and advisable for the advancement generally of the sugar industry.

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SASA

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) is made up of miller and grower organisations. SASA has to fulfil certain defined functions that are legislated in the Sugar Industry Agreement and also provides services that support the cane growing and sugar manufacturing sectors of the industry. SASA was established to do all such things necessary, proper and advisable for the advancement generally of the sugar industry.

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Who We Are

The impact the Transitional Provisions have on the SASA Constitution.

Membership and representation

The members of the Association will be the Millers’ and the Growers’ Sections. The Growers’ Section shall now comprise of the South African Cane Growers Association (SACGA) and the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA). Each of the Sections will be represented by 24 delegates, with the SACGA and SAFDA entitled to 12 delegates each.

Administration

The affairs of the association will continue to be administered by council and the meetings chaired by its chairperson. It is important to note that council will now have two vice-chairpersons and where reference is made to vice-chairman in the transitional constitution it will be interpreted so as to reflect the two vice-chairpersons. Council will comprise of 32 councillors with the millers section nominating 16 delegates and SACGA and SAFDA each nominating eight delegates. The appointed delegates may further nominate alternates, the millers section is entitled to nominate six alternates to its nominated councillors and the SACGA and SAFDA each entitled to nominate three alternates to its elected councillors. Where a casual vacancy arises the absent councillor is to elect the councillor to fill the vacancy for that respective grower section. At all committee meetings of the association SACGA and SAFDA will be equally represented as the growers section.

Meetings

All meetings of the association and of its council will be presided over by the chairperson or in his absence by either of the two vice-chairpersons. Where all three councilors are unable to preside over said meeting a chairperson must be nominated at the meeting as its chairperson. During the 2018 period a special meeting of the delegates must be held by the associations council to elect a chairperson and vice-chairpersons and to appoint councilors and alternates. The quorum for any general meeting of the association must be 27 delegates personally present and 12 of the delegates must be from the millers section and six of the delegates must from the SACGA and SAFDA, respectively. The quorum for any special meeting of the association must at least be 13 delegates personally present with six of the delegates from the millers section and three of the delegates from the SACGA and SAFDA, respectively. The quorum of any meeting of the associations council must be nine councilors personally present provided that they include three councilors appointed by the millers section and three councilors appointed by the growers section. The councilors appointed by the growers section must at least have one councilor appointed by the SACGA and one councilor appointed SAFDA. The department of trade and industry may attend as an observer at any meeting of the associations council.

Voting

The majority voting of the associations special or general meeting must comprise of more than 80% of the delegates present at that meeting, provided that such majority includes votes from the millers section and the growers section. The growers sections votes must include votes by delegates appointed by the SACGA and SAFDA, respectively. The majority voting of the associations council meeting must comprise of more than 80% of the delegates present at that meeting, provided that such majority includes votes of councilors nominated by the millers section and the growers section. The growers sections votes must include votes by councilors appointed by the SACGA and SAFDA, respectively. Where a special or general meeting of the associations delegates or at any meeting of the associations council has been adjourned for lack of a quorum, questions must be determined by a majority comprising more than 80% of the votes of those present regardless of whether those votes include votes from the millers section and the growers section, inclusive of the SACGA and SAFDA. The quorum for every association committee will be 40% of the members of that committee personally present and must include at least two representatives of the millers section and the growers section. All questions arising at meetings of the associations committee will be determined by a majority representing more than 80% of the votes cast by the millers section and the growers section. The growers sections vote must include votes from the SACGA and SAFDA.

The impact the Transitional Provisions have on the SASA Constitution.

The coming into effect of the Transitional Provisions has impacted the Sugar Industry’s provisions governing the structure
bodies as well as the respective Sections’ costs and Industry obligations.

  1. Sugar Industry Administration Board

    The Administration board members will comprise of one SACGA and one SAFDA member

  2. Sugar Industry Appeals Tribunal

    SACGA and SAFDA may each appoint one person to the Appeals Tribunal and the appointed persons will exercise a collective vote in the Tribunal.

  3. Mill Group Boards

    Each Mill group Board, by agreement between the SACGA and SAFDA and Millers’ Section will have the power to undertake such tasks and duties as determined by the respective sections. SACGA and SAFDA will have equal representation at Mill Group Board unless agreed otherwise by the parties and reduced to writing. The SACGA (through its Local Grower Council) and SAFDA will each appoint half the grower members of the Mill Group Board. Casual vacancies affecting the grower members of the Mill Group Board must be filled, or alternate members appointed by the grower section to which the absent member represents.

  4. SACGA, SAFDA and SASMA Costs and Industry Obligations

    Clause 160(i) and 162 of the Sugar Industry agreement will no longer be of force or effect.
    All expenditure incurred by or at the instance of or with the approval of SASA will be industry obligations as per the Sugar Industry provisions and will be inclusive of the Growers’ Associations’ and the Miller Associations costs.

Heading.

SASA is governed by the Sugar Act 1978, the Sugar Industry Agreement, 2000, amended 2018 (SIA) and the SASA Constitution, amended 2018. The administration of SASA Council is governed by the SASA Constitution. Through SASA Council and its appointed committees SASA ensures that its ethical foundation is entrenched by making informed and responsible decisions aimed at maintaining the sustainability of the sugar industry.