The primary aim of the theoretical courses for wheat and maize milling technology is to focus on and establish key competencies and skills for problem-solving and decision making in wheat and maize milling situations.
The National Chamber of Milling (NCM) is a non-profit organisation representing the South African wheat and maize milling industry for human consumption. The industry prides itself on its role in society by ensuring an adequate supply of high-quality, nutritious and safe basic foodstuff, thereby contributing significantly towards national food security imperatives.
Membership is voluntary and currently comprises ordinary members actively and directly involved in commercial wheat and white maize milling. Associate members, which mainly comprise industry suppliers, also play an essential part in the Association. These include plant and equipment manufacturers, fortification mix suppliers, grain storage and traders, financiers, local and international partners, packaging suppliers, etc.
The Board of Directors governs NCM from member companies nominated and appointed at the AGM every year. The Chairperson and Vice are also elected and appointed every year, generally for a term or two for continuity. The Committee structures (Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Procurement & Trade and Training) are appointed to address specific areas of activity and are the primary mechanism to drive industry-specific issues of members’ interest.
NCM has established itself as a reputable industry mouthpiece that addresses members’ best interests and needs by:
- Promoting and advancing members’ views with government policymakers and regulators, media, and other relevant structures.
- Member representations in consultation or collaborations with other industry structures and links in the supply chain.
- Proving institutional capacity concerning trade and tariffs policies and technical and regulatory frameworks that directly affect the milling industry’s environment.
- Facilitating reliable, sustainable and affordable supplies of raw materials (maize and wheat) and other essential production inputs in the production of basic foodstuffs.
- Enhancing skills base within the industry through an accredited training program of benefit to the milling industry.
- Co-ordinating and investing in technical and regulatory collaboration in the interests of the milling industry and its customers, especially concerning food safety.
- Promoting quality and safety benefits of maize meal and wheat flour.
- Providing industry’s first point of contact for government, public or press seeking information regarding maize and wheat milling.
- Providing a suitable environment for discussing relevant and legitimate topics, both within the industry and with other relevant organisations.
- Anticipating industry threats and developing mechanisms to address those.