The South African Sugar Association (SASA) is an essential cog in the local sugar industry. The organisation employs a diverse workforce of specialists to provide essential support to the industry and its partners.
SASA provides administrative, technical and specialist support services to cane growers, farmers and millers.
SASA is a diverse organisation that is formally recognised by the government and is presided over by the Sugar Act of 1978, the Sugar Industry Agreement of 2000 (amended in 2018) and the South African Sugar Association constitution (amended 2018). They aim to ensure the sustainability of the South African sugar industry, which is one of the world’s leading economical, high-quality sugar producers, accounting for almost 2% of the South African population's livelihood. SASA is responsible for employing about 1 000 people in specialist positions across the country and operates from 45 sites in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, that includes 13 Cane Testing Centres.
Functioning primarily in the rural areas of the country, the South African Sugar Industry is ranked in the top 15 out of approximately 120 sugar-producing countries around the world. It makes a significant contribution to economic growth and has a positive impact on the lives of more than a million South Africans. The SASA council and the administrative and technical support team conducts research that ensures the industry keeps growing in a sustainable manner.