The SASTA Congress continues to be a premier event on the sugar industry calendar. The success of such an event can be atttributed to many factors such as the excellent scientific and technical papers, the congress exhibition and the significant engagement among key role players (both national and international) in the Industry. The SASTA congress exhibition has become an integral part of the event and delegates look forward to the exhibition each year.
Delegate numbers have steadily increased over the past 10 years and 2017 heralded the highest number on record. SASTA is able to keep the cost of attending congress at an affordable rate and this encourages higher delegate numbers. The affordable registration fee is possible thanks to the generous and loyal support of many exhibitors and sponsors. SASTA thanks all exhibitors and sponsors for their continued support for congress. We look forward to an extended partnership and many more years of successful congresses.
We appreciate the feedback that delegates, sponsors and exhibitors provide both during and after congress. This feedback is used to address the issues and to improve on the quality of the previous congress. The 2018 SASTA Congress promises to deliver much more excellence to the delegate. We look to the future again, this time the keynote speaker looks at future business trends and the impact technological advancements and artificial intelligence will have on our jobs. We look forward to welcoming Bronwyn Williams to the SASTA stage. The programme offers interesting papers for both the agriculture and factory enthusiast. Dr Adey Wynne will chair the Dextransformation joint session, this will most certainly be a drawcard for Day 1 of congress.
A successful SASTA Congress is also in large part due to the effort and dedication of people behind the scenes. My gratitude is thus offered to the volunteers that serve on the Congress Organising Committee, Danile Macdonald (SASTA Secretariat) and to Turners Conferences. Their continued interest and dedication to excellence is the recipe for a successful SASTA congress.
Dr Sumita Ramgareeb
SASTA COC Chairman