Subtrop stands for South African Subtropical Growers’ Association and is an umbrella association of three associations. Its members range from small landholding farmers to large corporations.
The three associations are:
- South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA)
- South African Litchi Growers’ Association (SALGA)
- South African Mango Growers’ Association (SAMGA)
Its primary objective is to facilitate research in the area of production and marketing of the three commodities. Also, it educates farmers on how to handle their products and distribute it for maximum growth.
The association uses advanced techniques like satellite offices to reach the growers in the remote section.
Subtrop SAAGA Bursary 2024
Every year, Subtrop selects certain students for its bursary programme called Subtrop SAAGA bursary. The bursary offers financial assistance to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete their education in agricultural studies.
More specifically, the bursary is awarded to students pursuing a BSc (Agric) or equivalent degrees (majoring in Horticultural Science or Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness).
The primary goal is to have more people of color in the South African avocado industry as trained individuals.
The bursary will cover the whole or part of the tuition cost depending on the financial needs of a student. Moreover, the bursary will be awarded for one academic year. For the second year, a panel will review the academic performance. Based on the findings, they may or may not extend the benefits for the following year.
Every student who receives the bursary must sign a contractual agreement that makes it mandatory to work for Subtrop for a period of time equivalent to the bursary length. Also, they must focus their efforts on avocados during seminars and project work.
The bursary also has penalties in place for defaulters. If a bursar fails to pass the course for which the bursary was awarded, they will have to pay back the amount to Subtrop. The allowed duration is the length of the bursary. Repayment starts after the year for which the bursary was awarded.
Before you can apply for the Subtrop SAAGA bursary, make sure that you meet its eligibility criteria. Subtrop is very specific on who is and isn’t qualified for the bursary programme. If you do not fulfill all the criteria, then consider yourself ineligible.
The eligibility requirements for Subtrop SAAGA bursary are:
- Must be a South African citizen
- Must be a person of color
- Must have complete Matriculation
- Must be pursuing BSc Agriculture or equivalent (major in Horticultural Science, Agribusiness, or Agricultural Economics)
- Must be studying at a recognized tertiary institution in South Africa
Please note that fulfilling the criteria does not guarantee selection. It’s at the sole discretion of Subtrop to select the candidates for the bursary.
How to Apply?
Eligible candidates should move forward with the application process.
You need to download the Subtrop SAAGA Online Application Form. (.docx)
Fill in the necessary details correctly. It’s important to maintain accuracy and avoid overwriting.
Then, prepare and scan the necessary documents mentioned below.
Lastly, email the documents and the application form to Ms. Delané Landman at delane@Subtrop.co.za.
- ID documents
- Matric certificate
- University academic record
- Updated Curriculum Vitae
- Documents of other bursaries that you’re currently benefitting from
- A motivation letter stating why you’re the best candidate for the bursary
The last date to apply for the bursary is 31 October 2023. Applications submitted past this date will be rejected. So apply as soon as possible.
For further queries, you can contact Delané Landman at:
- Email – delane@Subtrop.co.za
- Telephone – 015 307 3676 / 015 307 3677
Please do NOT contact SUBTROP if this bursary has already closed. View our other bursaries open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/