The CGCSA annual summit is CGCSA’s flagship event which will for the first time be held on a digital platform due to lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s summit is “Uniting the Industry: The key to thriving in the next decade”. As South Africa and the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, companies are finding themselves reviewing their business models, doing things differently and identifying growth opportunities.

At the summit, delegates will hear from invited speakers, and other delegates, on how to thrive in the next decade and navigate the uncertain global economy which has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit will benefit not only existing established market leaders but also new entrants to the market and also benefit SMEs, which are the engine for economic growth and employment creation in South Africa. As before, the summit provides good quality content, invaluable thought leadership and an opportunity for the industry to network on non-competitive matters facing the industry. Over the years the annual summit has by all accounts become a must-attend event based on feedback from our member delegates and invited guests, who have consistently given an overwhelmingly positive rating of the quality of the programme and speakers.

Who should be attending:

  • Sector CEO’s
  • Supply chain, commercial and integrated sustainability executives and management
  • Brand executives, shopper analytics
  • SMME suppliers/manufactures, category managers, merchandisers and buyers
  • Sales and Marketing executives
  • HR, Learning & Development executives and management



The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is a non-profit member organisation founded in 2002. Our main mandate is lobbying and advocacy.

We support South African economic growth by advocating for better trade conditions and encouraging responsible trade practices within the industry. CGCSA facilitates interactions and collaboration amongst members on non-competitive matters impacting the industry.

We represent the interests of more than 9, 000 member companies engaged in the manufacture, retail, wholesale and distribution of consumer goods, which has a combined value of R707 billion as per Retail trade sales, December 2014 – STATSA.

CGCSA facilitates stakeholders’ engagement on risk, safety, compliance and sustainable issues across the consumer goods value chain; as well as championing advocacy projects transparently to all members since 2002.

Since its inception, CGCSA has represented the entire consumer industry, representing its Members’ interests on industry concerns with the government, and on regional collaborative platforms as well as with key strategic partners and alliances. We are governed by our Board of Directors, which is drawn from industry captains across the Consumer Goods sector.

Our Vision

A leading platform for engagement of consumer goods manufacturers and retailers in South Africa.

Our Mission

Improve non-competitive consumer goods industry business practices through vibrant collaboration, advocacy and action.

Our Value Proposition

Serve as a trusted, credible and go to organisation that helps our members collaborate and trade better on non-competitive issues.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Do what is right at all times.
  • Excellence
  • Promote delivery of the highest standards of service.
  • Accountability
  • Take ownership of your choices.


CGCSA Business Divisions


A leading platform for engagement on food safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness and related regulatory matters.

  • FSI is dedicated to promoting the safety, responsible manufacturing, importation, marketing and selling of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • We provide guidance and expert advice to help our members comply with existing legislation, including legislation regarding ingredients, additives & processing aids used in the manufacturing of such products, while actively engaging with regulators and other key stakeholders to provide inputs on legislation.
  • Core pillars centres on Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Legislation, Nutrition and Health & Wellness.
  • Our governance of these pillars operates and entertains matters, which are non-competitive Working with members to reduce crime-related risk within the Retail Industry Chain.



  • In conjunction with members, government and other industry partners CGCRI business unit facilitates a collaborative platform to address and mitigate threats facing the industry.
  • The core focus is on crime, civil disobedience and other emerging threats which include cybercrime and bomb threats.
  • Focus on the collection, analysis and sharing of non-competitive crime information to develop effective strategies, best practices and industry guidelines which is done in close liaison with the SAPS.
  • Forges partnerships with other relevant industries, i.e. banking, petroleum, pharmaceutical and security for purposes of information sharing and collaboration.



Together, we’re making it possible to

  • Achieve supply chain visibility
  • Improve data quality
  • Enhance food safety
  • South Africa division within the CGCSA believes in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live, from retail to healthcare, fresh food, food services and logistics.
  • We create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets.
  • We enable visibility through the exchange of authentic data.
  • We empower businesses to grow and to improve efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.



A platform to assist SMMEs in the consumer goods industry and supply chain, to ensure sustainability.

  • Representation at government level on matters directly impacting SMMEs.
  • Access to the website for consumer goods related information.
  • Access to CGCSA Global markets worksheets for self-development in food safety compliance.
  • Receive regular regulatory updates and industry-related information.
  • Limited access to various committees within CGCSA.
  • Support & guidance to ensure food safety compliance.
  • Guidance on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Support through established partnerships with bodies solely focused on SMME development.

Legal, Regulatory & Sustainability

Builds relationships with policy makers & regulators at a decision-making level and works with international organisations to create an enabling environment for the viability and sustainability of the sector.


This is a live event that will be broadcasted online. Join us on 14 Oct 2021 from 09:00 to 14:20 GMT+2