GCCA membership in Africa consists of 48 facilities comprising over 50,084,636 cubic feet of refrigerated space. GCCA works throughout Africa to strengthen the cold chain and maintain product integrity and quality between rural areas and more populous cities. Member services in the region range from post-harvest technical assistance to international connections for companies involved in the importing and exporting of temperature-controlled products. 
 
Leadership
 
Advisory Council
The GCCA South Africa Advisory Council serves the temperature-controlled products industry to help provide objective, insightful guidance, and act as a sounding board on how to implement best practices in the region. The Advisory Council contribute their experience, influence, and understanding of the industry to improve and develop the cold chain in South Africa. Get acquainted with the Advisory Council members here.
 
Food Safety & Compliance Committee
The GCCA South Africa Food Safety & Compliance Committee provides a permanent space for discussion, study and review of the legislation and standards in force, which the warehouses are subordinated. The Committee discusses the laws, regulations and best practices effecting the sector of logistics and refrigerated. Get acquainted with the Food Safety & Compliance Committee members here.
 
Risk Management Committee
The GCCA South Africa Risk Management Committee was created so members can discuss the standards, regulations and best practices impacting the cold chain logistics and refrigerated storage industry in South Africa and collectively build stronger relationships between industry and related government agencies. Get acquainted with the Risk Management Committee members here.
 
Online Learning
 
Cold Store Operations Short Course
Taking place annually, this interactive Cold Store Operations Short Course provides an opportunity for Warehouse Managers, Controllers and Supervisors to be trained on local and international best practices in cold store operations. Look at the modules and instructors from the last short course here. Look at the modules and instructors from the last short course here.  
 
Considerations and Options for Solar for Refrigerated Warehouses
Energy Partners Solar has given us insight into the various factors that influence price and performance along with common misconceptions and hidden cost. You can find the archived recording of the session here.
Speakers: Energy Partners Solar (Sponsored)
Original Air Date: January 16, 2021
 
Creating a World Class Refrigerated Warehouse
Do you know where to start with modernizing your existing facility? Do you know what drives the development of an ideal refrigerated warehouse? When to use what technology? Is the future about automation? Martin Bailey from Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) answered these questions (and more) by leading us through a case study on the development of a large, refrigerated warehouse. You can find the archived recording of the session here
Speaker: Martin Bailey, Industrial Logistic Systems
Sponsor: Jungheinrich South Africa
Original Air Date: June 29, 2021
 
Events
 
Cold Chain Connections
Cold Chain Connections are education and networking events. It delivers a dynamic experience, bringing together 15-20 cold storage industry professionals for focused, high-quality discussions. Participants discuss the future of the cold chain in South Africa, including trends, challenges, and opportunities.
 
 
Business Development Opportunities 2022 South Africa
Technical Publications
 
Productivity & Benchmarking Report for Refrigerated Warehouses
GCCA’s Productivity and Benchmarking Report (PBR) has been labelled by members in the United States, Brazil, Latin America, and Europe as one of GCCA’s most valuable resources. The Productivity and Benchmarking Survey has been tailored and sent out to warehouse members in South Africa. This survey is the only performance and benchmarking data for the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry in South Africa. The online benchmarking platform allows participants to compare their warehouse operations to others across the industry, evaluating their performance in valuable KPI categories such as Labour Expenses, Electricity Expenses, Inventory Turns and Product Throughput.
 
Insurance Considerations for Cold Stores in South Africa
With the continual need to feed a growing global population, preserving food for extended periods of time is required necessitating cold storage to prolong shelf life and help prevent spoilage of foods. In this White Paper, “Insurance Considerations for Cold Stores in South Africa” learn more about understanding the component design, the importance of a sound Health & Safety Management System, staff training etc. Learn more here.
 
Cold Storage Standard Terms and Conditions
GCCA Warehouse Members can download and adapt the Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) for storing third party products, for use in their own companies. The STCs were developed by GCCA Associate Member LHL Attorneys & Corporate Advisors in South Africa and are only available to active GCCA Warehouse Members operating within the jurisdiction of South Africa. Access here. (Members Only).
 
Industry Award Program
 
Africa Future Leader Award
This award is organized by the Global Cold Chain Alliance and its Core Partner the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses. The Africa Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the African cold storage industry who show potential for future career advancement but have not yet risen to top-level leadership positions within their country. Learn more here.
 
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STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS: SOUTH AFRICA

STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS: SOUTH AFRICA   GCCA Warehouse Members can download and adapt the Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) for storing third party products, for use in their own companies. The STCs were developed by GCCA Associate Member LHL Attorneys & Corporate Advisors in South Africa and are only available to active GCCA Warehouse Members operating within the...

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GCCA South Africa Hosts Successful Virtual Cold Store Operations Short Course

Cold Chain Industry Leaders Help Strengthen Cold Chain in South Africa   The Global Cold Chain Alliance’s South Africa regional office has successfully hosted the Virtual Cold Store Operations Short Course, 3-6 May 2021 with 32 students attending.   Feedback from students shows how valuable the Short Course was to them. Some of the feedback included: “It was very interesting...

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InspiraFarms Leadership Change

Tim Chambers, co-founder and CEO InspiraFarms of, leading provider of on- and off-grid cold storage solutions in Africa, has announced that he will be stepping down from his executive director role but will remain on the company’s board of directors.  “After eight years of leading InspiraFarms as CEO, I have taken the personal decision to step...

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GCCA South Africa Hosts Successful Virtual Cold Store Operations Short Course

The Global Cold Chain Alliance’s South Africa regional office has successfully hosted a Virtual Cold Store Operations Short Course, 24-26 August 2020 with 36 students participating from South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. “The short course definitely added value and will add value to any company sending their employees to attend. I thoroughly enjoyed the...

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The impacts of COVID-19 on food waste in South Africa

The South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) hosted a webinar with Prof. Suzan Oelofse the Principal Researcher at CSIR to provide an overview of her report on the food waste created in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the webinar, “The impacts of COVID-19 on food waste globally and in SA” Prof. Oelofse explained how her report showed a decline in...

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Update Your Directory Listing

The Member Directory/Buyer’s Guide is the #1 most-used resource at gcca.org   Don’t miss out on potential customers finding your company - respond to our email to update your member/directory listing this week. It’s easier than ever. Your primary organization contact and your directory contact will receive an email this week with the below instructions. When one of those authorized...

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GCCA South Africa Food Safety & Compliance Committee

The Global Cold Chain Alliance South Africa office is currently seeking dedicated GCCA warehouse members to volunteer for the GCCA South Africa Food Safety & Compliance Committee. The time frame of service for this committee will be from August 2020- August 2021.   The objective of the Committee is to provide a regular space for discussion, study and review...

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Virtual Course for Cold Store Operators in South Africa Launches

The Global Cold Chain Alliance and its core partner, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, are excited to host a Cold Store Operations short course in South Africa. The course will be held virtually, includes interactive features and is scheduled for only 3 hours a day to allow attendees to participate during the work day.  This short course is open to all cold...

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Update: IARW-WFLO Convention, Cold Chain Conference & Expo

In light of the evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), GCCA leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 IARW-WFLO Convention and the 2020 GCCA Cold Chain Conference & Expo and will launch three new initiatives for members beginning in late September. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly. The GCCA staff have spent the past two months...

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Cold Chain Projects in Africa
Visit our page International Development Projects page to learn more: https://www.gcca.org/international-development-projects
Cold Chain Projects in Africa
Visit our page International Development Projects page to learn more: https://www.gcca.org/international-development-projects

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Lizelle van der Berg
Director of GCCA South Africa
241 18th Street South, Suite 620, Arlington, Virginia, United States
+27 72 225 9820
lvanderberg@gcca.org

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