Macadamias South Africa NPC (SAMAC) is an organisation made up of macadamia nut growers, nurseries, handlers (processors, exporters, etc.), and industry service providers. Its mission is to promote the development of a profitable and sustainable industry for its members through technical and marketing innovation.
To provide financial assistance to deserving students who want to pursue a career in the Macadamia industry in South Africa.
To prioritize students studying towards a degree or postgraduate degree with a major in Horticultural Science.
To provide the bursary for a maximum of two years to any one student. However, the bursary won't be automatically renewed for the following year, even if the student received it previously.
To give preference to third and fourth year students.
To allow recipients who wish to continue with their undergraduate or postgraduate studies to do so, but only if their research contributes to their effectiveness as future SAMAC employees.
Requirements and eligibility
SAMAC requires students who receive a bursary from the organization to work for SAMAC for one year for each year the bursary is awarded, provided there is a position available. If there are no available positions at SAMAC or any of its affiliated companies upon completion of the recipient's degree, there will be no obligation to work for SAMAC or its affiliates.
However, if the recipient declines a job offer from a SAMAC-affiliated company, they will be required to repay the bursary in full within three months. Additionally, SAMAC expects bursary recipients to focus their seminars and projects on macadamia nuts when possible.
How to apply
In order to apply for the SAMAC Bursary Scheme, applications should be completed and sent to SAMAC.
Applicants should supply forms and documentation as stated in the below forms:
All applications will be evaluated by a panel appointed by the SAMAC Committee. Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision no later than 31 March annually. Successful applicants will be required to sign a contractual agreement with SAMAC.
The value of the bursary award will be dependent on each individual case and will be reviewed annually.
If a recipient does not pass the course for which the bursary has been awarded, he/she will be required to pay back the bursary over a maximum period of 2 years, repayment commencing at the beginning of the year after the year in which the bursary was awarded.