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Meat Development Trust

The Meat Board terminated its function by the end of November 1997. On the 31st March 1998, the Minister approved the establishment of the Meat Industry Trust and the Deed of Trust with the following objectives:

  • Research related to the improvement, production, manufacturing, processing, storing or marketing of red meat or related to red meat producers
  • The provision, distribution and dissemination of information relating to any matter which may be relevant to the meat industry
  • Rendering assistance by means of a grant loan or by any other manner to any persons that promote any branch of the agricultural industry which relates to meat or red meat products or which has similar objectives as this trust
  • To benefit the meat industry by whatever lawful means the trustees may, using their discretion, periodically decide, within the ambit of the provisions of this clause
  • The provision of training, support or assistance to emerging farmers in order to improve capacity to start and manage agricultural operations, and
  • Research relating to, and the promotion of, animal welfare.


Provided that:

  • Trust funds are only utilised for purposes envisaged under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act, 1996 (Act No. 47 of 1996), once the requirements prescribed in that Act have been complied with
  • Trust funds, as far as possible, are used to further the interests of the industry in general, and Interested parties are notified in the press to apply for funding before allocations are made.

The board is comprised of six (6) trustees:

Trustee Representing
Adv. H.W.L Kugel (Chairperson) Red Meat Industry
Mr G.M Schutte Red Meat Industry
Mr B.J Swart Red Meat Industry
Mr M. Mlengana (Vice chairperson) Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Dr V. Toni-Penxa Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Dr P.M Maduna Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries