Sentraal – Suid Co-operative Ltd operates in the Western- and Southern Cape as well as in the Langkloof and Karoo. SSK head office is located in the picturesque town of Swellendam. The company, founded in 1931, has been serving its loyal members as a co-operative for more than 80 years. The co-operative form, remains the most appropriate form of ownership to promote the interests of our members.
True to their mission statement, to ensure the prosperity and survival of the organisation and its members by promoting growth and diversification, whilst maintaining stability, SSK pursues low-input costs, a wide variety of products, services delivery of superior quality, and to assist their members in the marketing of their products. This is done through insurance branches in Swellendam , Heidelberg, Riversdale, Mossel Bay and Avontuur, 22 AgriLand retail branches ; complete workshops in Swellendam, Heidelberg and George, and grain storage depots in Ashton, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Karringmelksrivier, Krombeksrivier, Protem, Riversdale, Albertinia and Herold.
SSK’s net profit from transactions with members is split proportionally to the respective members’ qualifying turnover with the co-operative in the form of bonuses (long-term and cash).
SSK’s involvement with its subsidiaries and associates, is the result of a continued focus to set up businesses in the region-based agricultural value chain. In order to achieve diversification, investments outside the primary agriculture industry, are also considered on an on-going basis. (See the Group Structure page for a complete list of SSK’s subsidiaries and associates.)
SSK finances agricultural input costs and implements at highly competitive terms, and has a team of agricultural services and experts, delivering free agricultural, livestock and financial advice.
True to its motto of “Work together, win together”, SSK supports the principle that the result of cooperation is better than the sum of individual achievements. Thus, SSK’s directors, management and staff make it their priority to ensure that the company complies with the wishes of the members, as well as the community.