The South African Nursery Association, known as SANA, was established as a non-profit organization in 1947. Its primary objective was to serve as a networking platform that could advocate for the interests of the green industry.
Over time, SANA has evolved to not only represent the broader nursery industry but also to serve as a voice for various individual associations within the sector:
Allied, Bulb & Seed Trade Association (ABSTA)
Bedding Plant Growers Association (BPGA)
Garden Centre Association (GCA)
Today, SANA plays a pivotal role in uniting and advocating for the green industry and its various segments.
The South African Nursery Association (SANA) Bursary is designed to support students pursuing Horticulture and Landscaping qualifications, primarily at the undergraduate level. In exceptional cases, postgraduate students (PhD, Masters, and BTech) may also be considered for funding.
The bursary specifically covers tuition fees for the current academic year and is disbursed directly to the educational institution.
It's important to note that the bursary does NOT cover the following expenses: outstanding fees, registration fees, accommodation, or any additional costs such as practical training, travel, allowances, prescribed books, and more.
Bursary recipients will be required to become SANA members at no cost. Being a member comes with various benefits, including regular electronic newsletters covering industry updates and important dates, access to the digital copy of the annual SANA Magazine, and the opportunity to attend SANA TRADE FAIRS as a visitor. These trade fairs, held twice a year in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, offer insights into the nursery industry's operations.
Membership lasts for one year, and student members must reapply annually.
Shortlisted candidates may receive invitations for interviews with SANA representatives in their respective areas, which are scheduled for April each year.
Requirements and eligibility
Before applying for the South African Nursery Association (SANA) Bursary, applicants must meet the following minimum entry criteria. Please take note that failing to meet any of these requirements will result in your application being ineligible:
Successful completion of Matric (Grade 12)
Enrolled in a Horticulture or Landscaping qualification
Completion of all modules of the 1st academic year of your chosen qualification
Attainment of a minimum overall average of 60% for each subject
Membership in SANA or the submission of an application to become a SANA member (membership is free of charge, and the application form can be found below)
Please ensure that you meet all these criteria before proceeding with your application.
To complete your application, you must provide clear copies of the following supporting documents (please note that submitting all these documents is mandatory – failure to do so will result in the disregard of your application):
Certified copy of your ID document
A recent photograph of yourself (selfie, portrait photograph, or student card photo)
Comprehensive academic records, including your most recent results (on institutional letterhead)
Banking details of your tertiary institution (on institutional letterhead)
Proof of registration at your tertiary institution for the year 2023 (on institutional letterhead)
A motivational letter (details available on the application form; minimum 150 words)
You can submit your application through either of the following methods:
(Ensure to include "SANA Bursary Application 2023" in the email subject line)
Fax: 086 580 9793
Please ensure that all required documents are included when you submit your application.