Independent Certification Council for Seed Potatoes
The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development designated the Independent Certification Council for Seed Potatoes (Council) as the authority, which shall exercise the powers, perform the functions and carry out the duties conferred upon, assigned to or imposed upon such authority under a scheme. The Scheme is the South African Seed Potato Certification Scheme, established in terms of Section 23 (1) of the Plant Improvement Act, 1976 (Act No. 53 of 1976).
The Council consists of an independent, unattached Chairman, four potato industry representatives and three industry-related technical experts. The representatives of the industry are: the Chairman of Potatoes South Africa (PSA), representing the total potato industry, the Chairman and Vice-Chair of the National Seed Potato Committee elected from the four regional chairpersons, representative of the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western seed potato growing regions, elected from the nine seed potato grower members, as well as a third representative from the additional members of the National Seed Potato Committee. The Industry-related technical experts are, the Managing Director of the executive arm of the authority (PCS), the Research and Development Manager of PSA, and a representative of Plantovita. Three representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development also serve on the Council.
Composition of the Council
|Council Member||Position||Representative of|
|Adv. Les Kügel||Chairman||Independent|
|JF van der Merwe||Member||Potatoes South Africa – Chairman|
|Gerhard Posthumus||Member||National Seed Potato Committee – Chairman|
|Jakkie Mellet||Member||National Seed Potato Committee – Vice-Chair|
|Dawie Ras||Member||National Seed Potato Committee – Additional Member|
|Sanette Thiart||Member||Potato Certification Service – Managing Director|
|Dr. Fienie Niederwieser||Member||Potatoes South Africa – Research and Development Manager|
|Plantovita – Chief Executive Director|