Elected Council Members

A council of elected members manages the business affairs of SASTA. The council provides leadership with regards to the strategic direction and financial stability of the association. Council also provides oversight of all matters relating to governance, regulatory policies, procedures and obligations of SASTA.

Shaun Madho


(SMRI: Factory Support Manager)

Council portfolios: Chair of Council, Finance Sub-Committee, Factory Industry Liaison, Special Projects Fund.

Carolyn Baker


(Director, SASRI)

Council portfolios: Vice-Chair of Council, Finance Sub-Committee, Publicity, Agriculture Industry Liaison, Special Projects Fund.

Gavin Smith

(Process Specialist, Sugar and Milling Division, RCL Foods)

Council portfolios: Chair of Council, Finance Sub-Committee, Chair of FCAC Sub-Committee, Factory Industry Liaison, Special Projects Fund.

Muhammad Kadwa


(Industrial Affairs Manager, SA Canegrowers)

Council portfolios: Treasurer, Chair of Finance Sub-Committee,COC editorial team.

Sumita Ramgareeb

COC Chair

(Resource Manager: Breeding and Field Services Resource Unit, SASRI)

Council portfolios: Congress Organising Committee Chair, Finance Sub-Committee.

Deborah Sweby


(Molecular Biologist, SASRI)

Council portfolios:  Congress Organising Committee – Head of Scientific portfolio, Agriculture Editor-in-chief, Publicity.

Warren Lawlor


(Senior Manager: Projects, RCL Foods)

Council Portfolios: Finance Sub-Committee, Factory Industry Liaison, Special Projects Fund, Congress Organising Committee – Exhibition and Sponsorship portfolio and Head of Finance portfolio.

Kerisha Raghunandan


(Publications Officer, SASRI)

Council portfolios: Public Relations, SASTA Newsletters.

Gonaseelan Naidoo


(General Manager: Cane Testing Service, SASA)

Council portfolios: Factory Industry Liaison, Lab Manual.

Poovie Govender


(Knowledge Products Specialist, SASRI)

Council portfolios: Website Manager.

Brendon Small


(Manager: Cane Supply and Grower Support – Pongola Sugar, RCL Foods)

Council portfolios: Workshops and Field Trips.

Musthakeem Kader

Illovo Sugar Ltd

Council portfolios: