Over the next few years, Bokomo and Sasko formed ties that would set the scene for their eventual merging and future direction.

First agreement between Sasko and Bokomo

The first co-operation agreement was in 1942, whereby Sasko shareholders acquired 27% shares in Bokomo, and as a result the Sasko-Bokomo       Co-operative was formed.   

Products were successfully marketed under the Sasko/Bokomo brand, and expansions were jointly undertaken. The co-operative gained competitive advantage by saving on rail and delivery costs, and by centralising milling and administration. During this time, Sasko/Bokomo also acquired the established milling business and Sunshine Bakery of Messrs Daniel Mills & Sons Ltd in Cape Town.

In November 1947, the Sasko/Bokomo Central Co-operative Limited was formed to drive sales and appoint managing members by area. However, this process failed, causing relations between Sasko and Bokomo to deteriorate.

Sasko and Bokomo go their separate ways

By 1948, Sasko cancelled the first co-operation agreement with Bokomo, and the companies reverted back to independent operations. Sasko concentrated on milling and baking, while Bokomo focussed on breakfast cereals, broilers, eggs, and animal feeds.

By 1961, the Minister of Agriculture established a committee to look at closer co-operation between Sasko and Bokomo. The organisations agreed that better co-operation was possible, but negotiations proved unsuccessful, and the matter was shelved until the next decade.

2nd Co-operative agreement between Sasko and Bokomo

By the 1970s more attempts were made at establishing ties between the two companies. As a result, on 29 October 1973, the Sasko-Bokomo Central Co-operative was registered, as a co-operative agricultural company with limited liability, to serve as a liaison between the members of Sasko and Bokomo.

This agreement lasted for 13 years, and was the first real step towards a merger between Sasko and Bokomo.