DTI CALLS FOR ONE BODY IN SUGAR SECTOR ROW
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.”