Both Sasa and Safda welcomed this tariff, as it will alleviate the domestic sugar markets loses.
However, Sasa is concerned that the tariff is lower than requested, while Safda is concerned that the tariff will not do much to alleviate the loses of small-scale farmers.
Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has announced that it has an agricultural development fund that could be accessed for specific projects by members of SAFDA
. The fund is managed by the Mintirho Foundation that was formed to promote the development of historically disadvantaged farmers and small suppliers of inputs in the CCBSA value chain through the funding of sustainable businesses.
The award comes in the wake of a signed Draft Agreement of Cooperation between Safda, South African Sugar Association (Sasa) and the South African Cane Growers Association (Sacga) and proposed amendments to the sugar industry regulations.
According to October, the aggrieved Safda had presented their case before Parliaments Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry with concerns regarding not being recognised by Sasa and Sacga.
the dti appeared before the Portfolio Committee last year with regards to the on-going dispute between Safda, Sasa, and Sacga and was mandated by the Portfolio Committee to find a speedy resolution to the impasse.
Welcoming the Committees decision, Zikalala said the move brought hope that South Africa would soon have a completely transformed sugar cane industry as Safda represented the interests of small scale black farmers within the sugarcane industry.
We are happy that the Committee has tasked the Department of Trade and Industry with amending the Sugar Act of 1978 such that it includes even bodies such as Safda which were previously not represented.
SAFDA argues that the sugar industry does not recognise them as an independent cane growers association representing mainly the land reform beneficiaries in the sugar sector.
the dti has been involved for some time in trying to find a mediated settlement between SAFDA and SACGA.
October added that SASA must amend the SASA Constitution to reflect SAFDA as a recognised cane growers body within SASA.
In that meeting, Safda
indicated to the Committee that the portion of grower levies due to them should be allocated and directly released to them accordingly by Sasa.