Cotton SA Functions

Cotton SA was created after the Cotton Board was dissolved at the end of 1997 under the Marketing of Agricultural products Act, 1996. Cotton SA represents all role-players in the cotton industry. It operates as a non-profit company performing various essential functions:

  • Providing information
  • Stimulating the production and use of cotton
  • Enhancing the marketability of cotton through research, quality standards and norms and training in this regard
  • Acting as an industry forum
  • Acting as an advisory body to various government departments
  • Applying for the appropriate statutory measures in terms of the Act and administering those measures
  • Developing smallholder cotton farmers

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Quality Control

  • Grading and classifying cotton – specifically seed cotton and lint
  • Compiling lint and seed cotton grade standards, revised bi-annually for lint and annually for seed cotton
  • Participating in international check test programmes to maintain continuity and accuracy in the testing results. These programmes are compiled and controlled by the Cotton Division of the USDA and the Bremen Cotton Exchange
  • Liaising with role-players and making available cotton lint grading and classification results
  • Publishing information on all types of cotton cultivated in South Africa, with a special focus on quality
  • Co-ordination of efforts to prevent contamination
  • Arbitration in the seed cotton sector

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Testing textile fabrics according to SABS standards, and/or SABS and ISO standards. The following tests are available:

  • Colour fastness to light
  • Colour fastness to washing in domestic washing
  • Colour fastness to perspiration
  • Mass per square unit area (cotton content)
  • Dimensional stability on washing and drying procedures
  • Fibre composition

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Cotton SA presents grading and classification courses to ensure the uniform application of the grading standards in all production areas. The courses have different focus areas:

    • Introduction to grading standards
    • Factors determining grade
    • The grading and classification system as applied by Cotton SA
    • Explanation of important measurable fibre properties
    • Introduction to the grading and classification of raw cotton (seed cotton)
    • Introduction to High Volume Instrument testing
    • Minimum specifications applicable to grade and quality in the present grading systems

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