The role of good corporate governance and accountable management is a key priority at SA Canegrowers.
As a non-profit company SA Canegrowers is defined by the South African Companies Act and due to its high public interest score, is required to comply with additional components of the Act of which an annual audit by independent auditors and a Social and Ethics Committee, top the list.
In 2019/2020 the Board refreshed its knowledge on the:
- SA Canegrowers’ Code of Conduct
- Board of Governors Charter
- Organisational Code of Ethics
The Board holds an annual strategic conference, and each year renews and approves its Delegation of Authority Framework.
Congress meetings are held each quarter with an Annual General Meeting scheduled in the second quarter of the business year.
SA Canegrowers’ Board members are elected for a two-year term.
The aim of Congress is to update representatives from each of the 14 mill areas on strategy, general activities and to provide opportunity for feedback from the regions.
The Congress of Growers has an oversight role and is made up of representatives – two small-scale growers, two large-scale growers and a land reform grower – from each region. Issues pertinent to the regional mill areas are raised at Congress for consideration which means growers are heard and supported in the areas where they farm.
The budget for the season ahead is approved by the members of Congress with a budget review at each quarterly meeting.
In addition to the annual meeting the Chairman holds three meetings during the year where he meets with the leadership of the Local Grower Councils.
Local Grower Councils are formed by nominated individuals in each of the 14 mill areas which are legislated in line with the Sugar Industry Agreement