SASTA makes several awards to members each year. While some awards are associated with the quality of papers and posters at the annual congress, there are awards made on the basis of overall exceptional service to SASTA and/or ISSCT. In addition, SASTA provides grants (both in the field of agriculture and milling) to fund research visits by international experts.
awards

Gold Medal - Technological Contribution to the Industry

Criteria

The nominee should have made an outstanding technological contribution to the sugar industry which has, as a consequence, benefited from the implementation of the design or innovation. The innovation could take the form of (amongst others):
• Processes which have improved factory operations and/or product quality.
• Major contributions to agronomy which have improved yields and/or reduced costs.
• New equipment designs which have been implemented and benefited the Industry.

Mechanism

Any SASTA member may nominate a candidate, and the detailed motivation must be sent to the SASTA Council for consideration. The Council meets four times a year to consider nominations.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A 9-carat gold medal with the SASTA logo on head and the recipient’s name and reason for award on tail.

Gold Medal – Service to SASTA/ ISSCT

Criteria

Exceptional service to SASTA and/or ISSCT. Exceptional service could include:
• Long service to SASTA and/or ISSCT, as well as a combination of the following:
• Major contribution to the success of numerous SASTA events (Congresses / Workshops / Field trips etc.)
• Major contribution to the success of ISSCT events (Congresses / Workshops)
• Numerous award winning SASTA papers.

Mechanism

Any SASTA member may nominate a candidate, and the detailed motivation must be sent to the SASTA Council for consideration. The Council meets four times a year to consider nominations.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A 9-carat gold medal with the SASTA logo on head and the recipient’s name and reason for award on tail.
Honorary membership of SASTA (free membership for life)

Honorary Membership of SASTA

Criteria

Outstanding and sustained service to SASTA. Such service may include contributing to the success of numerous SASTA events and publications.

Mechanism

Any SASTA member may nominate a candidate, and the detailed motivation must be sent to the SASTA Council for consideration. The Council meets four times a year to consider nominations.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

Free SASTA membership for life.

Robin Renton Memorial Award

Criteria

Any young engineer – i.e. less than 35 years old – who shows leadership and management potential, and who delivers an outstanding technical paper at SASTA Congress The award is based on content of the paper, as well as the quality of the presentation at the Congress.

Mechanism

All Congress authors who are engineers will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 and a medal sponsored by PGBI Engineers and Constructors.

Kynoch Prize (Agriculture)

Criteria

The best paper in the Agricultural Section of Congress.
The award is based on content of the paper, as well as the quality of the presentation at the Congress.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Agricultural section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Cecil Renaud Award (Agriculture)

Criteria

The best paper in the Agricultural Section of Congress delivered by authors who are not part of either a scientific or technological institute.
In order to be eligible for the prize, half or more of the co-authors must not be part of a scientific or technological institute, and the principal author / presenter must also not be part of such an organisation.
Members of sugar company head offices will be not be considered to be belonging to scientific or technological institutes.
The award is based on content of the paper, as well as the quality of the presentation at the Congress.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Agricultural section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Jubilee Award (Agriculture)

Criteria

An exceptional paper/s presented in the Agricultural Section of Congress at the three Congresses preceding the closing date for submissions to the next ISSCT Congress. The award is based on content of the paper/s, as well as the quality of the presentation/s at the Congresses.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Agricultural sections will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.

Prize

A paid trip to the following year’s ISSCT Congress for the principal author. All Congress registration, travel (economy class) and accommodation (hotel selection to be approved by Council) expenses will be paid by SASTA.
The prize excludes any pre- and post-Congress trips and tours.

Poster Award (Agriculture)

Criteria

The best poster in the Agricultural Section of Congress. The award is based on content and quality of the poster, as well as the quality of the presentation, if applicable.

Mechanism

All posters presented at Congress in the Agricultural section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council. The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Student Award (Agriculture)

Criteria

The student (only registered students who are not permanently employed will be considered) who writes and delivers the best paper at Congress. The presentation must be clear and well organised. Visual aids must be good quality and appropriate. Also evaluate audibility, confidence and ability to handle questions, technical or scientific content, and value and general usefulness of the paper to the industry.

Mechanism

All non-permanently employed students presenting papers at Congress in the Agricultural section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1 000.00 and certificate for the main author – ie the student only

Highly Commended Awards (Agriculture)

Criteria

The second best paper in the Agricultural Section of Congress for the following prizes / awards:
• Kynoch Prize
• Cecil Renaud Award
• Poster Award
The same criteria used in the selection of the paper for the relevant awards listed above will be applied for the Highly Commended Awards

Mechanism

All papers presented at Congress in the Agricultural section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM

Prize

Certificates for all co-authors.

Talbot-Crosbie Prize (Factory)

Criteria

The best paper in the Factory Section of Congress. The award is based on content of the paper, as well as the quality of the presentation at the Congress.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Factory section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Cecil Renaud Award (Factory)

Criteria

The best paper in the Factory Section of Congress delivered by authors who are not part of either a scientific or technological institute.
In order to be eligible for the prize, half or more of the co-authors must not be part of a scientific or technological institute, and the principal author / presenter must also not be part of such an institute.
Members of sugar company head offices will be not be considered to be belonging to scientific or technological institutes.
The award is based on content of the paper, as well as the quality of the presentation at the Congress.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Factory section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council. The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Jubilee Award (Factory)

Criteria

An exceptional paper/s presented in the Factory Section of Congress at the three Congresses preceding the closing date for submissions to the next ISSCT Congress.
The award is based on content of the paper/s, as well as the quality of the presentation/s at the Congresses.

Mechanism

All Congress authors in the Factory sections will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.

Prize

A paid trip to the following year’s ISSCT Congress for the principal author. All registration, travel (economy class) and accommodation (hotel selection to be approved by Council) expenses will be paid by SASTA.
The prize excludes any pre- and post-Congress trips and tours.

Poster Award (Factory)

Criteria

The best poster in the Factory Section of Congress.
The award is based on content and quality of the poster, as well as the quality of the presentation (if applicable).

Mechanism

All posters presented at Congress in the Factory section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1000 for the senior author, and certificates for all co-authors.

Student Award (Factory)

Criteria

The student (only registered students who are not permanently employed will be considered) who writes and delivers the best paper at Congress. The presentation must be clear and well organised. Visual aids must be good quality and appropriate. Also evaluated on audibility, confidence and ability to handle questions, technical or scientific content, and value and general usefulness of the paper to the industry.

Mechanism

All non-permanently employed students presenting papers at Congress in the Factory section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

A cheque for R1 000.00 and certificate for the main author – ie the student only.

Highly Commended Awards (Factory)

Criteria

The second best paper in the Factory Section of Congress for the following prizes / awards:
• Talbot-Crosbie Prize
• Cecil Renaud Award
• Poster Award
The same criteria used in the selection of the paper for the relevant awards listed above will be applied for the Highly Commended Awards.

Mechanism

All papers presented at Congress in the Factory section will automatically be considered by the Judging Panel appointed by Council.
The award is presented at the next annual SASTA Congress or AGM.

Prize

Certificates for all co-authors.

International Visitors' Grants

SASTA provides grants (both in the field of agriculture and milling) to fund research visits by international experts. Members of SASTA who are interested to apply for this grant are welcome to submit an application form.

Grant applications have no deadlines and can be received at any time. Please ensure that the following criteria are met:

  • The visitor must be willing to spend at least two weeks in South Africa while working intensively with local scientists on an approved small project.
  • The project must have a distinctive outcome, such as a new set of standards, a scientific paper,etc.
  • The project should generate a relatively wide interest among sugar technologists and should ideally be of a pre-competitive nature.
  • To further enhance networking, local university academics and students should be attracted to the activities that will be carried out.
  • The visitor may be asked to act as a keynote speaker at a coinciding SASTA workshop.
  • This grant is available to SASTA and non-SASTA members. Please complete the attached form and submit it to SASTA.

The SASTA council will review any submissions and will invite successful candidates for an elicited application. The decision of the SASTA council is final and no appeals will be entertained.

Prizes & Award Winners

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