The two major industry bodies in the fynbos sector are set to amalgamate. South African

Flower Valley's Programme Assistant Londeka Zondi attended the PPSA/SAPPEX special annual general meeting, with Thys Basson, a member of the Sustainable Harvesting Steering Committee.

Flower Valley’s Programme Assistant Londeka Zondi attended the PPSA/SAPPEX special annual general meeting, with Thys Basson, a member of the Sustainable Harvesting Steering Committee.

Protea Producers and Exporters Association (SAPPEX) will disband and the Protea Producers of South Africa (PPSA) will be tailored to serve the whole industry as a new organisation to be known as Cape Flora SA.

This decision was taken at a special Annual General Meeting, held in March near Riviersonderend. Members of both organisations agreed to the proposal, which will see the new company registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Cape Flora SA will be registered as a Non-Profit Company (NPC). While the PPSA had already itself been registered as a Section 21 company, SAPPEX was an association. According to the SAPPEX board in a list of resolutions compiled for members to vote on, the decision to amalgamate would allow the new non-profit company to meet the needs of the industry better than in the past. It notes that the fynbos industry is experiencing changing trends and operational requirements. As such, the NPC would be able to take these into consideration for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

The current committee members of the PPSA and SAPPEX will initially serve as the directors for Cape Flora SA, until the annual general meeting is held later this year.