The SITFE Graduation Function is hosted annually at our Kwa-Shukela Offices in Mount Edgecombe. The purpose of the function is to acknowledge the success of bursary recipients who had completed their studies as well as to motivate first year recipients. The function enabled the sugar industry to highlight its commitment to the provision of quality education in and around the sugarcane growing communities.

2019 SITFE Graduation Function

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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 final year top achievers were awarded laptops. The keynote address was delivered by Ms Zibu MaSotobe (Keynote speaker, Founder and CEO of Zoluhle Group. Global Influential Leader, Enterprise Development Specialist ) Various representatives from the sugar industry, government, tertiary institutions and the non-governmental sector attended the function.



2018 SITFE Graduation Function

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In 2018, the function was held on the 11 July 2018. A total of 53 students (19 graduates and 34 new SITFE bursary recipients) attended the Graduation Function. All graduates were issued with certificates of achievements for completing their degrees and diplomas and 6 final year top achievers were awarded laptops. The keynote address was delivered by Mrs Lucy Moyane (Deputy Director General for Curriculum at Mpumalanga Department of Education). Various representatives from the sugar industry, government, tertiary institutions and the non-governmental sector attended the function.

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Sugar Industry honoured top graduates

Author: NOMPUMELELO MBANJWA

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SIFTE) administered by the South African Sugar Association held a ceremony on 11 July 2017 in Mount Edgecombe KwaZulu-Natal to honour their 25 bursary recipients who graduated from their respective Colleges and Universities.

to success.” She said. The SIFTE bursary covers 100% of tuition fees, books, meals and ac- commodation for the duration of the student undergraduate course. These students are mostly from the sugar cane growing provinces; Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. A majority of them come from families where their parents work as domestic or farm workers. The mission of the SIFTE is to support, promote and advance sus- tainable, quality education in South African sugarcane growing areas. Since their bursary program was founded in 1965, SIFTE has made it possible for more then 10 000 students to further their studies. Amongst some of their alumni, SIFTE boasts a number of South Af- rican’s prominent leaders including ministers of Higher Education and Training, Dr Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande Judge President of the Western Cape, Judge John Hlophe and KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibo- ngiseniDlomo, Treasure – General Of the ANC, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife Dr May Mashego also receive assistance from SIFTE.

Image: SIFTE Top graduate together with management

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