The Dairy Standard Agency, in terms of its Memorandum of Incorporation (Companies Act of 2008) currently has eight (8) members and five (5) directors. The DSA as a small organisation, consists of eight (8) personnel and three (4) external contractors involved in executing project orientated functions. Due to the size of the company, blended roles and dual responsibilities are common. Through job architecture, key features of each role and the establishment of core responsibilities where of most value, is added within the company and are clearly defined. The outsourcing of non-core functions such as financial services are done by means of contractual agreement. The DSA Audit and Risk Committee has been established to assist with adherence to generally accepted corporate governance.
The Dairy Standard Agency Technical Advisory Committee
The Technical Advisory Committee of the DSA consists of a group of experts in respect of dairy technical matters who serves on a voluntary basis.
Milk and other dairy products and the dairy industry are subject to specific legal food safety, product compositional and metrology standards as well as voluntary standards (such as SABS specifications). The DSA in terms of its mandate, focus on the promotion of compliance with the relevant acts, regulations and voluntary standards concerned. The Technical Advisory Committee with its panel of expertise, provide valuable scientific knowledge to the DSA regarding microbiological and chemical composition, processes and practises, national and international products specifications and related matters that assist the DSA in the execution of its mandate. The Technical Advisory Committee meets on an ad hoc basis or by means of electronic conferencing as and when required.