2016: DRDLR Fertilizer Project. SAFDA provided fertilizer of small scale and land reform farmers as part of the drought relief programme. Project value R71 million
2018: DRDLR Fertilizer Project; KwaZulu-Natal. SAFDA provider fertilizer to small scale farmers as a mitigation measure against declining cane prices. Project value- R96 million.
2018: DRDLR Fertilizer Project: Mpumalanga provider fertilizer and herbicides to small scale farmers as a mitigation measure against declining cane prices. Project value R36 million.
2018/2019: Governance support to Land Reform Land Holding Entities in KZN and Mpumalanga. Training and support to Trusts and CPA’s on governance and business management. Project value R3,5 million.
2019: Implementation ratoon management for five (5) Restitution Projects: Mpumalanga. Project value : R18 million
2019: Implementation of the Beneva PLAS Project as caretakership. The value of implementation to date is R5,6 million
2019: Implement of Land Restitution post settlement support for Mkhuze projects. SAFDA is providing production support to farmers in the growing of sugar cane, cotton and on-farm infrastructure development. Project value R13 million
SAFDA approached the Mintirho foundation, (a Coca Cola Beverage SA (CCBSA) developed fund set up for the development of the agricultural value chain and particularly support historically disadvantaged farmers) for financial assistance to purchase some trucks. SAFDA also noted the challenges faced by SSG and LRG in individually trying to source fertilizer at competitive prices. Without economies of scale and buying power this would not be possible. SAFDA decided that to assist in bringing the cost of fertilizer to growers it would be important to get involved in the value chain and thus decided to purchase a 75% stake in an existing fertilizer plant. Again SAFDA asked the foundation to assist in the purchase of the fertilizer plant.
The Mintirho foundation has welcomed the opportunity to work with a like minded partner in SAFDA and has awarded two loans of R14 million each to purchase trucks and the plant. The interventions are intended to lower the cost of doing business for farmers, increase revenue through a dedicated logistics service and importantly to ensure that black farmers now actively participate in sugar value as opposed to being merely primary producers. Coca Cola Beverage SA (CCBSA) has not only provided financial support through the Mintirho Foundation but also technical support through its logistics division which is one of the biggest in the country.
The partnership between SAFDA, CCBSA and the Mintirho Foundation promises to be one that will have many fruitful outcomes in the short and long term.