The South African Cane Growers’ Association

Is the national organisation representing South Africa’s approximately 23 866 independent sugar cane growers, who operate mainly on small family farms and annually produce on average 19.9 million tons of cane, farm in excess of 371 662 hectares under sugar cane and make a substantial contribution to the economy, mainly in rural areas.

The democratic nature of the of the South African Cane Growers’ Association’s representative structure provides opportunity for the election of any individual cane grower to the board of directors and officer bearer positions in the organisation.

The organisation’s specialist services ensures that all local grower structures and individual growers are supported in economic, industrial, technical and institutional matters.

In addition, The South African Cane Growers’ Association provides opportunity for growers to improve and enhance their technical, financial and leadership skills.


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Submit the LSG Cost Survey and the Labour Productivity Survey and be part of the lucky draw to win a ton of fertiliser (details below)

In order to best serve the cane growers of the industry, CANEGROWERS requires information that is both reliable and representative of its constituency. CANEGROWERS’ annual Large-Scale Grower Cost and Labour Productivity Surveys are important tools for collecting credible information that counts heavily in the efforts to improve the economic position of growers[1]. A high survey response rate is necessary for generating trustworthy results.  We therefore appeal to you to complete the enclosed survey forms and return it to CANEGROWERS at your earliest convenience. Alternatively with regards to the cost survey, you may instruct your bookkeeper or accountant to send us your information, or, survey information if you use your own bookkeeping package, you may send us a report of your detailed Profit & Loss or Income Statement (2015 financial year end). Survey forms are also available from CANEGROWERS’ website.

New survey forms have been designed to firstly differentiate the two surveys (Cost: Yellow and Labour: Blue) as well as for ease of completion. This form can be filled in manually or on the Excel version which automatically tallies totals. Please be aware that there are options to show multiple farms separately as well as incorporate them into one farm.

Please note that trial balances will also be accepted if you do not expect a significant difference from the final year end results. We also encourage you to participate even if you have other business entities as we will analyse these businesses separately and ensure that only true cane costs and income are reflected.

All the information that you send us will be kept strictly confidential. You will be sent a confirmation letter once we have received your completed survey questionnaires. In addition, respondents to this survey will receive a detailed cost comparison report and labour productivity reports, which show their farm relative to a cross-section of the data for other growers in the same mill area. The cost comparison report may be used to track your farm’s relative performance and to identify its strengths and weaknesses.

Growers who submit both the LSG Cost Survey and the Labour Productivity Survey will be included in the lucky draw. The draw will take place on the 25th February 2016, where the growers will be randomly selected. Winners will be announced and prize giving arranged at the most convenient Coastals store. First prize is a ton of fertiliser, there are also second, third and fourth place prizes all prizes are courtesy of Coastals.

The deadline for the surveys is 31 January 2016. However, if you have any difficulty meeting this deadline please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

In anticipation of your participation we thank you for your valuable input.


[1] For example, the survey results were used in 2014 for NERSA, ITAC, VAT FLAT RATE, Labour debates etc. in substantiating growers’ position in the sugar industry.

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