Cedric Mboyisa

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) and the Shukela Training Centre (STC) recently hosted graduation ceremonies for their students.

Each year, SITFE and STC host graduation ceremonies for their respective beneficiaries and students who have successfully completed their studies. For SITFE, these are students who have recently graduated from their respective colleges and universities. The guest speaker at the SITFE graduation ceremony was Dr Ngogi Mahaye, the Head of Provincial Academic Interventions and Innovations in the Office of the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal. 

On the other hand, Ayesha Itzkin, CEO of Chemical Industries Education and Training Education, gave the keynote address at the STC graduation function.

Shown above are SITFE’s graduates with SITFE Trustees, SASA Executive and Management. 

“It is through sheer dedication, hard work and determination that you find yourselves here today – you are the stars, we trust that you will be successful in your future careers and post graduate studies,” said Tim Murray, SITFE Chairman.

STC General Manager Thami Mathe pointed out that it was not the usual norm for service providers such as STC to hold graduation ceremonies for their students. “It is our belief that if the country has to meet the National Development Plan’s target of producing 30 000 artisans by year 2030 and realise the professionalisation of an artisan profession, holding graduation ceremonies like other post school education institutions is indicative would be indicative of the seriousness with which the country takes artisanal skills and will contribute towards raising the status of the profession among young people,” said Mathe.

SITFE, which was established in 1965, annually awards 41 new bursaries to tertiary students. The SITFE bursary covers 100% of tuition fees, books, meals, and accommodation for the entire duration of the student’s undergraduate course. These students must be from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The majority of them come from families supported by government grants and a number of their parents work as domestic workers or workers on sugarcane farms. Applications for next year are now open. For more information, visit