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The Poultry Bulletin - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Dr Char­lotte Nkuna

Dur­ing the process of the new SAPA strat­egy devel­op­ment, a com­mit­ment was made by mem­bers to in­ten­sify the in­dus­try’s trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts. As a re­sult, it was seen fit to ap­point a trans­for­ma­tion sec­re­tar­iat in the as­so­ci­a­tion. The sec­re­tar­iat’s pri­or­ity has been the devel­op­ment of a trans­for­ma­tion busi­ness plan out­lin­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to be un­der­taken to fast-track in­dus­try trans­for­ma­tion. The plan was shared with the trans­for­ma­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers who pro­vided in­puts to doc­u­ment. The roll­out of the plan has al­ready started and en­gage­ments with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers ini­ti­ated.

The ap­proach to trans­for­ma­tion is a two-pronged one, with trans­for­ma­tion of large com­pa­nies and cre­at­ing new en­ti­ties as the two legs. Trans­for­ma­tion of large com­pa­nies is mainly fo­cused on the AGRIBEE char­ter. The com­pa­nies will be au­dited on progress they are mak­ing when it comes to the seven pil­lars of the char­ter. The new char­ter will be used en­sure the com­pa­nies are in line with the lat­est de­vel­op­ments as out­lined by the dti. The next re­port on in­dus­try trans­for­ma­tion will be re­leased end April 2016. There is very lit­tle in­flu­ence that SAPA and the trans­for­ma­tion com­mit­tee can have on this leg of trans­for­ma­tion. The hon­ours re­main with the com­pa­nies to make good on the char­ter. SAPA is, how­ever, in a po­si­tion to act as a link be­tween black com­pa­nies who sup­ply var­i­ous ser­vices and the larger poul­try pro­duc­ers look­ing for these.

The most ex­cit­ing as­pect of the trans­for­ma­tion plan is the op­por­tu­nity for SAPA to be­come the go-to or­gan­i­sa­tion for any en­tity - be it gov­ern­ment or other or­gan­i­sa­tions that wish to get in­volved in poul­try in­dus­try devel­op­ment. This is the space where gov­ern­ment de­part­ments such as Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Land Re­form (DRDLR), Agriculture, Forestry and Fish­eries (DAFF), Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (EDD), So­cial Devel­op­ment (DSD) and paras­tatal en­ti­ties such as the IDC and the Land­bank who wish to set up poul­try ini­tia­tives can be in­volved. The idea is to have a plat­form where all re­sources can be con­sol­i­dated and ex­e­cu­tion stan­dard­ised ac­cord­ing to the prior ap­proved plan. This will en­sure that ini­tia­tives are sus­tain­able, eco­nom­i­cally vi­able and in­clu­sive.

In this plan, there is em­pha­sis on men­tor­ship as well as part­ner­ships be­tween large and small com­pa­nies. The in­sti­tu­tion will pro­vide the re­quired fund­ing; large com­pa­nies will part­ner to pro­vide economies of scale, tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ac­cess to mar­kets; and small com­pa­nies will have

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