THE VERY BEGINNING

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) was formed in October 2002 by merging GS1 South Africa (formerly EAN South Africa), the GroceryManufacturers’ Association (GMA) and Efficient Consumer Response South Africa (ECR) including their Crime Prevention Programme.

In 2005 the Amavuso early warning system, that sends out instant SMS alerts to all stakeholders about high–level crimes occurring in the area, was added to the then Crime Prevention Programme.

In 2006 the Food Safety Initiative was added as a division of CGCSA.

June 2008, the Product Data Catalogue (PDC) has been integrated with GS1 to operate as a single division of CGCSA; and by November 2010, the PDC was changed to DATAnet.za

THE FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board composition was as follows:

Co-Chairs:

  • Doug Baillie (Unilever South Africa)
  • Sean Summers (Pick ‘n Pay Stores)

Directors:

  • Angus Band (Anglovaal Industries)
  • Whitey Basson (Shoprite Checkers)
  • David Crow (British American Tobacco SA)
  • Ronnie Herzfeld (Pick ‘n Pay – for EAN)
  • Trevor Honneysett (New Clicks Holdings)
  • Peter Hughes (The Spar Group)
  • Alfred Kaelin (Nestlé)
  • Mark Lamberti (Massmart Holdings)
  • Hilton Mer (Metcash Trading)
  • Peter Mountford (Imperial Consumer Logistics)
  • Jan Scannell (Distell)
  • Doug Smollan (Smollan Holdings)
  • Simon Susman (Woolworths)
  • Dave Watson (Nutritional Foods)
  • August Iwanskí (CGCSA)

HOW WE HAVE EVOLVED

Through the years the directors rotated and had representation from many companies including AVI, Unilever, Oceana Brands, Rainbow Chicken, Tiger Brands, ABI, Amka, Pamodzi, Parmalat and many others.

All the co-chairs until July 2016 were:

  • Angus Band (Anglovaal Industries)
  • Sean Summers (Pick ‘n Pay Stores)
  • Miles Dally (Rainbow Chicken)
  • Mark Lamberti (Massmart Holdings)
  • Simon Susman (Woolworths)
  • Sullivan O’ Carroll (Nestlé)
  • Grant Pattison (Massmart Holdings)
  • Therese Gearhart (Coca Cola)
  • Gareth Ackerman (pick ‘n Pay)

In 2005 the Amavuso early warning system, that sends out instant SMS alerts to all stakeholders about high–level crimes occurring in the area, was added to the then Crime Prevention Programme.

In 2006 the Food Safety Initiative was added as a division of CGCSA under the leadership of Dr. Lucia Anelich. The staff complement grew and was 47 on 28 February 2007.

In June 2008 the CEO, August Iwanskí, resigned and Michael Broughton (head of the Crime Prevention Programme) took over as acting CEO. On June3 1st, 2009 Mncani Mthunzi from the Black Management Forum (BMF) was appointed as CEO.

After June 2008, CGCSA went through a rationalisation phase where its strategy was revisited and operations and systems streamlined. The Product Data Catalogue (PDC) has been integrated with GS1 to operate as a single division of CGCSA.

During 2010, CGCSA moved from block B to the more spacious current block D in Hurlingham Office Park.

In November 2010, the Product Data Catalogue (PDC) was changed to DATAnet.za where GS1 South Africa teamed up with an international partner named 1 WorldSync.

Mncani Mthunzi resigned as CEO and left CGCSA at the end of August 2011. Mapule Ncanywa (General Manager, corporate services) was then appointed as acting CEO. On 1 January 2012 Gwarega Mangozhe joined CGCSA as the new CEO, from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa.

During March 2013, the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman was launched, where CGCSA was a major role player in the establishment thereof.