Ronda Naidu

The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) recently held its third Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Durban. 

It was a milestone event, following SAFDA’s official recognition as a grower representative organisation in the last quarter of 2018.

The AGM agenda included:

  • Outcomes of the second AGM, which was held on 24 August 2017;
  • Consideration of the Annual Review for the year ending 31 March 2018;
  • Adoption of the annual financial statements for the financial year;
  • Appointment of auditors for the 2019-2020 financial year; and
  • Confirmation of amendments to the SAFDA Constitution.

Siyabonga Madlala SAFDA Executive Chair (centre) with SAFDA’s Deputy Chairs
Lee Hlubi (left) and Siphiwe Sithole. 

Under the organisation’s Constitutional framework, Siyabonga Madlala and Lee Hlubi retained their positions as Executive and Deputy Chair respectively. In addition, Siphiwe Sithole, from Mpumalanga, was elected as a second Deputy Chair.

SAFDA is fast expanding its footprint in Mpumalanga and has already made a difference in the lives of black sugarcane farmers in that province. There is little doubt that Sithole will continue to build the organisation’s leadership capability and ensure that SAFDA’s focus areas and objectives are realised.

Ronda Naidu

Ronda Naidu is Communications Manager at
South African Farmers Development Association