The sugar industry opens applications for the 2023 scholarships

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) has opened applications for the 2023 scholarship for young people pursuing careers in the fields of science, engineering and agriculture.

SITFE has allocated R5 million to finance the studies of young people from middle-class families as an investment and to support the sugar industry.

This is part of its commitment to invest more than 1 billion rupees in the sugar industry for five years.

Applications close on October 31, 2023. It is inclusive for anyone wishing to study at approved South African universities, technical universities and colleges.

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Families “gone out of the way”.

Although the scholarships are open to all who will study at approved South African universities, technical universities and colleges, priority will be given to the children of sugar cane growers and agricultural workers in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

The scholarships are intended for students from middle-class families, with an annual income of between R350,000 and R600,000 per year, which claims to be often excluded from tertiary funding.

“The sugar industry is among the most labor-intensive agricultural industries and therefore creates vital job opportunities, mainly in rural areas. But many of these are less skilled jobs, “SA Canegrowers spokesman Kabelo Kgobisa said.

According to Kgobisa, the scholarship has funded more than 10,200 students to date.

“Through this scholarship initiative, SA Canegrowers hopes that more young South Africans are equipped with the skills necessary for professional careers within the industry, while also contributing to the country’s STEM graduates, who are critical to the growth of our economy. country”.

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