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Sugar TRUST FUND FOR EDUCATION

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SUGAR INDUSTRY TRUST FUND FOR EDUCATION

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private-sector initiative and is regarded as one of the oldest Trust Funds in South Africa. The mission of SITFE is to support, promote and advance sustainable, quality education in South African sugarcane growing areas.

In its history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school-building projects, provided financial assistance to tertiary institutions, and worked closely with educational organisations to improve the overall education standard in the sugarcane growing provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

One of the oldest Trust Funds in South Africa.

Provided bursaries to over 10 200 students.

Over the years, SITFE has embarked on a broad range of initiatives, directly supporting the education of disadvantaged South Africans. These range from providing bursaries, to developing school infrastructure, teacher training, skills training, early childhood development and the implementation of maths, science and technology programmes.

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2023 Bursary Awards

2023 Bursary Awards

SITFE awarded 14 new bursaries to exceptional youngsters, who are Children of farmworkers. That forms part of the missing middle (household income R350 000 – R600 000) and  From KZN Colleges of Agriculture Amanda Dikhali, Agricultural Science, UKZN Awande...

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2022 SITFE Graduation Function

2022 SITFE Graduation Function

Cedric MboyisaThe Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE), which is administered by the South African Sugar Association (SASA), held a graduation ceremony on 1 July 2022 for its beneficiaries who recently completed their studies at various tertiary...

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2021 Virtual Graduation Function

2021 Virtual Graduation Function

SITFE hosted a phenomenal virtual media briefing event in March 2021, where the SITFE Chairperson Tim Murray welcomed and congratulated all 8 new bursary recipients to the Sugar Industry and spoke on the significant contribution that SITFE has made to education over...

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2021 Online Learning – Digital Device

2021 Online Learning – Digital Device

The pandemic forced the entire education sector to rely on e-learning. Till this day, many students still have challenges and barriers to online learning. To manage some these difficult circumstances, SITFE purchased electronic devises for all new 8 SITFE recipients...

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2022 Media Brief

2022 Media Brief

Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) hosted a memorable media brief at SASA Kwa-Shukela, welcoming the 22 new students to the Sugar Industry. The event was attended by 3 delightful Trustees, Lee Hlubi, Nkonzo Mhlongo, and Robbyn Richards.

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2021 Media Briefing

2021 Media Briefing

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) announced that eight bright youngsters who are this year’s bursary recipients. These SITFE beneficiaries will be studying at Cedara College of Agriculture and Owen Sitole College of Agriculture (OSCA) respectively....

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2020 – SITFE Laptop Award

2020 – SITFE Laptop Award

In June 2020, SITFE Management conducted a short online survey to understand the learning environment of the SITFE students during the COVID-19 pandemic, as requested by SITFE Trustees. Based on the responses, from the institutions that have launched online learning,...

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2019 SITFE Graduation Function

2019 SITFE Graduation Function

In 2019, the function was held on the 02 July 2019. A total of 47 students (18 graduates and 29 new SITFE bursary recipients) attended the Graduation Function. All graduates were issued with certificates of achievements for completing their degrees and diplomas and 8...

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AT A GLANCE

A LOOK INTO THE RSA SUGAR INDUSTRY

The South African sugar industry is a top producer of high-quality sugar and provides employment in rural areas, sustainable development, and contributes to the national economy. It combines sugarcane cultivation with the manufacture of raw and refined sugar, syrups, specialized sugars, and by-products.

There are 23,000 registered sugarcane growers in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. 12 sugar mills are operated by six milling companies in these regions, producing an estimated average of 2.2 million tons of sugar per season. Around 60% of the sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), with the rest exported to markets in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

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Registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal

OUR FEATURED PROJECTS

COMMUNTY

SITFE supports a wide range of programmes ranging from the school support programme; study assistance programme; in-whole school support programme; early childhood development programme; and an education centre development programme. These programmes are implemented in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning, educators and communities within the sugarcane growing communities.

Do More Foundation

The partnership between DO MORE FOUNDATION and a sugar production stronghold allows the foundation to continue their early childhood development work in poor communities.

Focus on iThemba

SITFE and Focus on iThemba are working together to provide NQF Level 4 ECD courses, skills training, and infrastructure reform for ECD centers.

2023 Graduation Video

Building a brighter future for those dreaming of a better tomorrow