By Dr André van der Vyver, University of Pretoria

Grain storage has been a politically sensitive issue since the beginning of the 20th century. In the early 1900s there was hardly any grain storage available in South Africa and the few facilities that existed belonged to milling companies such as Premier Milling in Newtown, Johannesburg which erected some of the first, limited facilities to store flour, imported wheat and grain purchased from local farmers. It was only in the years that followed the promulgation of the South African Marketing Act in 1937, that storage was collectively built by farmer co-operatives who, as agents, stored grain on behalf of the agricultural Control Boards that was established under the same Act.

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