SASTA President
Welcome Address

Gavin Smith
SASTA President

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Welcome to the 92nd Annual SASTA Congress. SASTA has been hosting successful congresses for the past 92 years and this success is due to the continued support and participation of the SASTA members, as well as the support we receive from the industry, sponsors and exhibitors.  We would thus like to take this opportunity to thank all delegates, exhibitors and sponsors for their continued support of the SASTA Congress. The sale of the exhibition stands and sponsorship for the event helps SASTA to keep the registration fee at a reduced rate, thus making the SASTA Congress an affordable premier event in the sugar industry’s calendar. 


The SASTA Council strives to host a congress of a high standard that delegates, sponsors and exhibitors are proud to be associated with. Support for the SASTA Congress, through sponsorship and sale of an exhibition stand, has a direct impact on the quality of the congress. SASTA Council values the support received and will acknowledge this at every opportunity throughout the duration of congress. 


All members of the SASTA Council are acknowledged and thanked for their continuing support of SASTA. These individuals share their time and expertise with SASTA and ensure good governance. Thanks are also due to the Congress Organising Committee, all volunteers from SASTA Council, who generously give of their time all year round in order to ensure a high quality congress. The SASTA Congress would not be the successful event it is without their dedication and commitment.


SASTA is pleased to welcome Dr Bernard Fanaroff to this year’s congress. Dr Fanaroff will share with SASTA delegates how he and his team went about winning the international bid for the largest telescope in the world, and some of the logistics for importing and installing this telescope. I am sure Dr Fanaroff is going to inspire us to think much bigger than we do and to go for what may seem impossible.


We trust that you will all enjoy your time at the congress this year. Please feel free to provide us with any constructive feedback to enable us to keep improving.


Gavin Smith 

SASTA President





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