DTI CALLS FOR ONE BODY IN SU­GAR SEC­TOR ROW

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PAR­LIA­MENT’S port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on Trade and In­dus­try has en­cour­aged the SA Farm­ers De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (Safda) and the SA Cane Grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Sacga) to agree to one as­so­ci­a­tion be­ing born out of the two.

The com­mit­tee on Fri­day met with the SA Su­gar As­so­ci­a­tion (Sasa), Sacga, the SA Su­gar Millers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Sasma), Safda and the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) in an at­tempt to re­solve the dis­pute in the sec­tor.

The DTI has been try­ing to find a me­di­ated set­tle­ment be­tween Safda and Sacga.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the com­mit­tee, Sasa told it that the Su­gar Act only recog­nises two mem­bers — Sacga and Sasma — and it is await­ing a de­ci­sion from Sacga on a way for­ward.

Sacga claimed to wel­come change and it be­lieves “Safda is an an­ar­chist that wants to de­stroy the fed­er­a­tion”. It said it has done much for trans­for­ma­tion. It also claimed that al­low­ ing the two fed­er­a­tions to con­tinue to ex­ist would see the in­dus­try re­vert­ing to the racial di­vi­sions of the past.

Safda had claimed that it left Sacga, as Sacga was not a trans­formed or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The DTI rec­om­mended that Sasa amend its con­sti­tu­tion to en­sure it recog­nises Safda as a player in the su­gar in­dus­try.

“Fail­ure to do so will see the DTI, with the sup­port of the com­mit­tee, dis­solve Sasa’s con­sti­tu­tion un­til the Su­gar Act has been amended.”

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