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The 1968 Marketing Act provided for the agricultural Schemes and agricultural boards for each commodity. These schemes provided for marketing arrangements and legislation for agricultural products in South Africa. The main purpose of these schemes was to protect the primary producers from excessive price fluctuations, thereby ensuring their long-term economic survival. The schemes specified, amongst other issues, the composition of the boards, financing of the boards, regulation of the various marketing issues such as exports and imports, levies, pools, price determination etc. The boards administered statutory levies that were used to fund all functions and board activities. During the 1980s, large subsidies were paid to farmers in the form of drought aid and other disaster payments.

In 1996, the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act, Act No. 47 (MAP Act). ) was compiled and approved. Section 27(2) of the MAP Act stipulates that schemes established under the 1968 Act shall be valid for a period of one year after the first meeting of the NAMC (6 January 1997) or until it is repealed by the Minister – whichever occurs first. Subsequently, all the boards submitted business plans in terms of Section 26(1) of the MAP Act to the NAMC for ministerial approval, which detailed new industry structures within which the activities of the various industries would be performed after the vacation of the schemes. The new structures included section 21 and Trusts.

The business plans were approved by the Minister, which stipulated the formation of the respective Trusts, its objectives, and representation on the Trust as well as any transfer of boards’ funds to the Trusts, subject to Ministerial approval. These business plans were accompanied by the respective Trust deeds. The Trust deeds contain the objectives of each Trust, which govern the management and operations of the Trusts.


There are currently 13 Industry Trusts, each managed by a board of trustees appointed based on their expertise with the specific agricultural commodity by the Trust. In each of the Industry Trusts, there are ministerial trustees, who are appointed to represent the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Currently, we have 26 ministerial trustees. These trustees are specially delegated to ensure that government priorities are addressed in line with the objectives of the Trust deeds.

The ministerial trustee representation in some of the Trust is 50 %, while other namely; Cotton SA, Mohair Trust, National Lucerne Trust, Oil Protein and Seed Development Trust, Potato Trust, Sorghum Trust and Wool Trust each have one ministerial trustee.

Current Ministerial Trustees

Citrus Trust Ms Patricia Motlogeloa (Chairperson)
Mr Alex Sithole
Ms Hlamalani Ngwenya
30 August 2012
Cotton SA Trust Mr Sipho Ngxongo 30 September 2012
Deciduous Fruit Industry Development Trust Mr Ismael Motala (Chairperson)
Ms Mamsey Rangaka
Mr Elton Jephtas
Mr Mxoli Poto
30 May 2014
National Lucerne Trust Ms Mina Gill 30 June 2013
Maize Trust Mr Sandile Ndlungwane (Chairperson)
Dr Toto Hewu
Ms Nokukhanya Mahlati
30 September 2013
Meat Industry Trust Dr V Toni Penxa
Mr Mike Mlengana
Dr Penuel Maduna
30 June 2014
Mohair Trust Mr Tukela Mashologu 30 June 2015
Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust Mr Godfrey Rathogwa 30 June 2014
Potato Industry Development Trust Mr Shadrack Mabuza 28 February 2013
Sorghum Trust Mr Happy Mohane 30 June 2014
Winter Cereal Trust Mr Neo Masithela (Chairperson)
Mr Andrew Bartlett
Mr Tato Make
Ms Mmaphefo Mabe
Ms Madineo Maphanga
Mr Victor Mongoato
31 May 2012
( Awaiting for new appointments)
SA Wine Industry Trust Ms Sharon Marco-Thyse (Chairperson)
Mr Barry Stemmet
Ms Fatima Shabodien
Mr Willie Williams
Wool Trust Mr Zandisile Wapi 30 June 2013