About The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA)

The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) is a registered non-profit organisation as described in the Non-profit Organisations Act of 1997, and is committed to the principles of good corporate governance as set out in King IV report on good corporate governance 2016.
The Board of SAFDA is responsible to set the strategic direction of the organisation and the day to day management of the organisation rests with the Executive Committee supported by the rest of the SAFDA team.
The central executive committee is the highest political structure of the organisation and plays an oversight role in the affairs of the organisation.

Executive Committee​

  • The executive management and administration of the organisation is vested here
  • Constituted by the chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and the head of grower affairs
  • Oversees the creation, management and control of any subsidiary companies, in the furtherance of the objectives as set out in the Constitution.
  • Meets regularly to make day to day decisions and monitor the implementation of projects and programmes as well as the performance of subsidiary companies.

Central Executive Committee​

  • Highest governance and decision-making body of the organisation. It agrees all policy and structural changes.
  • Elected at an elective AGM by delegates in good standing from all Safda regions.
  • Office bearers are the chairperson and two vice-chairpersons.
  • Powers are contained in Section 1 of the Safda Constitution.
  • Delegates certain powers to the Board to allow for the effective running of the organisation.
  • There are four standard meetings per year, and special meetings can be called on an ad-hoc basis.
  • During the 2018-2019 season, there were six CEC meetings, inclusive of ordinary meetings, special meeting, Constitutional workshop and the AGM.

Board of Directors

  • Prior to the 2018 AGM, SAFDA operated through an informal Board under the Management Executive Committee (MEC).
  • Post the 2018 AGM, a Board structure was established in line with the Constitution as contemplated in Section 18.
  • Comprises office bearers of the CEC and members of the executive eommittee, plus independent members who may be co-opted.
  • In terms of segregation of duties within the three-in-one model, the Board provides corporate governance of the organisation, and presides over the Development organisation.
    Responsible for:
    • Steering the organisation and setting its strategic direction
    • Approving policy and planning
    • Overseeing and monitoring implementation
    • Ensuring accountability for organisational performance by means of, among others, reporting and disclosure.

About Us

As part of its main functions, SAFDA offers economic research and business advisory services, grower training and development, lobbying and advocacy for policies thereby ensuring the sustainability of all its members.

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