Since 2006, the Citrus Academy Bursary Fund has been central to developing the human resources needed by growers, packhouses, export agents, research agencies, and other organisations within the South African citrus industry.
In those 10 years, more than 500 bursaries were awarded to 201 individuals, studying towards a range of qualifications at a variety of academic institutions all over South Africa. Just over R12 million has been invested in the future of the citrus industry over this period. Today, Citrus Academy Bursary Fund graduates are working on farms, in packhouses, at agro-chemical companies, in research, at universities, and in government departments and agencies.
On the 19th and 20th of May 2016, in concert with the University of Pretoria Agricultural Career Fair the achievements of the Bursary Fund and our students were celebrated.
Past and current Bursary Fund students were invited to attend and be part of this celebration, and tell their stories.
Friends of the Citrus Academy Bursary Fund later joined Citrus Academy staff, past and current Bursary Fund students at a stylish celebratory event held at the Sanlam Conference Centre, at the University of Pretoria. Tokens of acknowledgement of achievement were handed out to various students by Godfrey Rathogwa of the CIT, with General Manager, Jacomien De Klerk, commending all students present on their dedication, and individual efforts and successes.
Photographs of the event can be viewed here.