The Swaziland Cane Growers Association (SCGA) is a member owned/funded non-governmental (NGO) and not for profit (NFP) entity established through an Act of Parliament (Cane Growers Act No.12 of 1967 as amended) with retrospective effect to October 1963. The SCGA is a body corporate with capacity to sue and sued. The main purpose of the SCGA is to serve and support cane growers through promoting, advocating and fostering their collective interests, sustainability and progress. The Act mandates the Minister of Agriculture to impose an annual levy on all growers upon the recommendation of the SCGA. Historically the operations of the SCGA have been funded almost exclusively by the levy which is charged per ton of sugar supplied to and accepted by the Miller.
The SCGA and the Swaziland Millers Association are equal owner (50% shareholders each) partners in the Swaziland Sugar Association (SSA).
In addition to the Act the entity is guided by a comprehensive constitution which spells out the objectives and functions of the Association. These functions can be broadly categorised into two being represent and serve the cane growers in Swaziland.
Membership of the SCGA is voluntary and open to any person who is a holder in his own name of a permit or quota, subject to approval by the SCGA Executive Committee. Notwithstanding the generality of the membership the Constitution exclude from membership growers who either;
- Is a member of any other association of sugar cane growers in Swaziland;
- Who is also a sugar miller in Swaziland and/or
- Is a person in whom any sugar miller in Swaziland is directly or indirectly interested.