Membership of GrainSA – The facts
Grain SA is an autonomous and voluntary commodity organisation acting collectively in the interests of the economic welfare of the grain producers of South Africa, and is the combined voice of grain producers to address commodity matters and issues with the government and other role-players in the industry.
Who can become a member of GrainSA?
Ordinary members, or natural persons, trusts and any legal persons who:produce grain for marketing, pay the prescribed membership fee and commodity levy to Grain SA, and underwrite the objectives of Grain SA.
How is membership obtained?
Any producer who produces grain may obtain membership by merely completing the authorisation form that is available from Grain SA.As soon as Grain SA has received the authorisation form, it is handed to the collection agent concerned to deduct the levy and the producer is registered on the system as a member.
The current levy per ton for grain as as follow:
Paid-up status: A minimum of R1 000 plus VAT is prescribed for full membership.
Linked members: If more than one person is involved in a farming operation, such persons can function as linked members.
How is the levy collected?
The commodity levy is collected in two ways:
1) Collection agents
Grain SA has concluded agreements with agricultural businesses and other grain off-takers in terms of which these institutions, for an agency fee of 5%, recover the commodity levy for Grain SA as collection agents.This makes it easy for producers to ensure that their commodity levy is paid over.
The levy per ton is levied on all grains at the first point of delivery and the collection agent will only deduct the levy as long as the member agrees to this.
We look forward with great anticipation to cooperating with the following institutions – some are already collection agents, and then there are new institutions that have declared themselves to be willing to act as collection agents in future:
2) Direct deposit
If a member delivers to an agricultural company or grain off-taker that does not collect and pay over the commodity levy, the member can pay the commodity levy to Grain SA himself by means of a cheque, a direct deposit at the bank or an electronic transfer.
Members who make direct or electronic deposits must fax or email the proof of payment containing the member’s particulars to Patricia Mahlatsi at 086 509 7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grain SA’s bank details are as follows:
Accountholder:Grain South Africa
Account number: 790 810 007
Branch code:334-136 (632005 electronically)
What is the levy used for?
The commodity levy is primarily used for funding the core business of Grain SA, namely the research and development projects. Other essential activities that will ensure the sustainability of grain producers, e.g. the legal aid fund, are also funded from the commodity levy.
The employment of the levy is approved annually by Congress, where feedback on all aspects of the commodity levy is also given.
The following line items are also funded from the levy:
- Membership fees and affiliations
- 5% collection fees
- 10% management fee
- 5% branch funding
- 7% provincial Agricultural Union funding
- Member benefits
- Legal aid expenses (as required and approved by Congress)
5% of the levy paid is channelled back to the Grain SA branch structures and farmer’s associations from where it derives and provides the necessary funds to enable the branches to function effectively at grassroots level.
Member involvement is the key to a dynamic organisation and Grain SA invites every member to participate actively in the activities of the organisation, among other things by regularly attending branch and regional meetings.
At these meetings members are given direct feedback on the activities of the organisation.
Remember: It is your organisation and we want to be of service to you.