Trans­for­ma­tion in­put ur­gently needed

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Acall has been made on mem­bers of the South African Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion to ur­gently pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on any in­di­vid­ual trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by their com­pa­nies to as­sist the as­so­ci­a­tion in its en­gage­ment with the South African gov­ern­ment.

SAPA’S Christo­pher Ma­son says the plight of the lo­cal in­dus­try has been widely cov­ered in the me­dia over the last few months. As a con­se­quence of the cur­rent cri­sis, gov­ern­ment is en­gag­ing with the as­so­ci­a­tion at the high­est level, and is com­mit­ted to as­sist in find­ing a so­lu­tion.

“In the var­i­ous meet­ings held with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, the sta­tus of trans­for­ma­tion in the poul­try sec­tor is con­stantly ques­tioned, which SAPA is un­able to ad­dress in full as we are not aware of in­di­vid­ual pro­ducer trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives,” he says. “To help rec­tify this, we are ask­ing SAPA mem­bers to write to SAPA on your com­pany let­ter­head as a mat­ter of ur­gency de­tail­ing any trans­for­ma­tion re­lated ini­tia­tives your com­pany

is in­volved in - no mat­ter how big or small, as well as ini­tia­tives you in­tend to em­bark on.”

Ma­son asks SAPA mem­bers to also in­di­cate in the let­ter who the main con­tact per­son is in their or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the in­di­vid­ual trans­for­ma­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

“If SAPA is to con­tinue the cur­rent pos­i­tive en­gage­ments with Gov­ern­ment, we will need to start pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence of what is be­ing done around trans­for­ma­tion. As the fu­ture of our in­dus­try is at stake, your pos­i­tive re­sponse to this re­quest would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” he says.

Please send your let­ters to Christo­pher Ma­son by email to christo­pher@sapoul­¡

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