Cedric Mboyisa

The auditorium at the South African Sugar Association’s (SASA’s) Offices in KwaShukela reverberated with joy and smiles as the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights handed over multi-million rand restitution support grants to SASA for the benefit of three claimant communities of Eyethu, Gayede and Siyathokoza.

Front: Chairmen of three communities – Mandlakhe Dlomo, Sazi Mhlongo and Patrick Ntuli. Back: SASA External Affairs Director Portia Mpofu and Advocate Bheki Mbili, Chief Director of the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The benefits of this cash injection will accrue to the community if everything that we do is aimed at ensuring that we take the project to a higher level. If the project is doing well, it goes without saying that the beneficiaries will also prosper, and that is what we want to see. SASA will administer the funding that we have released for the benefit of these communities and will ensure that there is proper accountability in the management and expenditure of these funds,” said Advocate Bheki Mbili, Chief Director of the Commission on Land Restitution of Land Rights in KwaZulu-Natal.

SASA and the Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2015 to partner in the implementation of a sustainable restitution programme in the sugar industry. Following this signing of the MoU, both parties have since embarked on annual joint planning processes every year to ensure that key activities are well planned and co-ordinated to ensure sustainability of production. The signing of the administration agreement (which has brought about the R15.5 million for the benefit of the three communities) is as a result of the joint annual planning process.

Said Mbili: “We are grateful to SASA for their willingness to partner with us and also for their willingness to assist with our beneficiaries. These three projects are the first projects to benefit, financially, from the MoU that we signed with SASA in 2015. In the new financial year, we will also put more projects through this process, and I say that without any fear of contradiction. Of this development support, R384 000 will go to Emakhabeleni, R3.7 million will go to AmaHlongwa and R11.4 million will go Emabovini.”

SASA as the administration agent has the following duties:

  • appoint Implementing Agents to render the services referred to in the Implementation Agreement,  
  • Utilise the funds, through the Implementing Agent, adhering to the approved business plans and associated community resolutions.
  • Prepare and submit reports and comply with all management systems 
  • Treat as strictly confidential all information obtained by it during the performance of the services 
  • Notify the CRLR in writing if for any reason the Implementing Agent is incapable of carrying out the obligations contemplated in this Agreement
  • Specify alternative or remedial steps to be taken, which may include termination of the Agreement in whole or in part.

Administration Agent will be allowed to delegate authority to the Implementing Agent, where required, for the carrying out of the Services.

The Administration Agent undertakes not to accept or allow any of its employees to accept any bribes, gift, gratuity, CRLR or reward offered directly or indirectly in relation to the Services. Similarly, the Administration Agent shall require its implementing agent to make undertakings not to accept or offer any of the Administration Agent’s employee’s bribes, gratuity, CRLR or reward offered directly or indirectly for the awarding of contracts relating to the Services.

  • The Administration Agent undertakes to furnish the CRLR and the Committee with financial, expenditure and performance reports on a monthly basis in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Cedric Mboyisa

Cedric is the Communications & Media Manager, External Affairs, South African Sugar Association.