One of the key objectives of SAAFFI is to disseminate information and knowledge by offering industry-focused education and training. Attendance is open to all, whether employed by a SAAFFI Member or not.


A SAAFFI Precise Short Training Course (PSTC) gives attendees a good overview of the subject covered. The set-up encourages interaction between the attendees and facilitator, for which reason numbers are limited. The subject of each course is focused and presented by an expert in that field. PSTCs offer an inexpensive training option, and ensure that attendees are not away from their work for more than half a day.

Information about up-coming courses is emailed to all those subscribers to SAAFFI Bulletins. To subscribe, go to

Annual seminar

SAAFFI’s annual seminar in March has become a highlight in the calendar. Now approaching its 20th year, the themes have been wide-ranging on subjects that are generally topical, somewhat different to everyday business, to encourage delegates to ‘think out of the box’.

Information about each year’s event is emailed to all those subscribers to SAAFFI Bulletins. To subscribe, go to

Short Course in Flavours & Fragrances

The annual SAAFFI – Wits short course in flavour and fragrance technology consists of 12 lectures and 3 practicals. Primarily run as an elective course for 2nd year Applied Chemistry students at Wits, places are also available for other interested people wishing to learn the basics about the fascinating Flavour & Fragrance Industry. It is ideally suited for those already employed in the industry to acquire a broader understanding of it.

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These numeracy courses facilitate the up-skilling of your most valuable asset, your employee. The course comprises 3 levels – Basic; Intermediate; Advanced – and is designed around case studies relevant to your Organisation.

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On-Site training

Upon request, SAAFFI offers customized on-site training in topics relevant to its industry.

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During the last two years, the following subjects were covered, and can be repeated

  • Beverage Emulsions and Ingredients
  • Cosmetic Formulations
  • Cosmetic Labelling
  • Cosmetic Legislation
  • Fragrance Fundamentals
  • Regulatory Compliance for Fragrance
  • The Rules of Halaal and the path to Halaal Accreditation
  • Adding Heat to your products
  • Laboratory Instrumentation, Analysis and the success of your products
  • Modified Starches and Stevia
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla and Vanillin
  • Weighting Agents & Emulsifiers for Emulsions

PSTC Training program for 2021


Date Presenter Company Title
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 Naiem Ally & Priya Seetal Illovo Sugar Sugar – The “sweet” news for the industry
Thursday 25th March 2021 Julie Lerisson Orkila Weighting Agents & Emulsifiers for Emulsions (Beverages and Other products)
Thursday 25th March 2021 Riana Claasen Sensory FX Beverage Emulsion and ingredients
Wednesday 26th May 2021 Mike Capon Sensetek Fragrance Fundamentals
Wednesday 26th May 2021 Belinda Berry Lisam Fundamentals of Regulatory Compliance for Fragrance
Tuesday 29th June 2021 Conny Oberrauter Cosmetic Chef Cosmetic Formulations Trail – Overview of formulating cosmetics
Tuesday 29th June 2021 Dershana Jackison CTFA Cosmetic Formulations Trail – legislation & Cosmetic Labeling
Wednesday 28th July 2021 Anna Cheely Orkila Adding heat to your products
Wednesday 28th July 2021 Silvano Mulas Orkila Vanilla & Vanillin – the global picture
Thursday 26th August 2021 Gary Pon IMCD Modified Starches
Thursday 26th August 2021 Rhona Steyn Carst & Walker Fatty Acids & Cocoa Powder as functional ingredients for exceptional formulations
Wednesday 6th October 2021 Claudia Caetano Savannah Active Ingredients to take your Food & Beverage Product into a new league!
Wednesday 6th October 2021 Adolf Joubert Afri Natural Botanical content from Africa to the rest of the world.
Thursday 28th October 2021 Karen Munhuweyi Agricultural Research Council Training on Sensory Evaluation
Thursday 25th November 2021 TBC Danlink Anti-oxidants and Preservatives
Thursday 25th November 2021 TBC Danlink Gums, Stabilizers & Gelling Agents
Thursday 9th December 2021 Mark Pieterse Shimadzu Analytical Instrumentation Flavor and fragrance and FMCG industry

Sensory Evaluation

28/10/2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Sensory Evaluation: Theory and Practice Course Reference: SensEval/28102021  The training will be conducted ONLINE followed by an ONLINE live Q&A session  Thursday 28th October 2021 09h00 –  12h30 Come prepared with your questions! 1. Theory session • Sensory evaluation defined • Sensory panels and their relevance • Brand images - their sensory concepts 2. Practical session Sensory evaluation of [...]

SAAFFI Training Levelling up: Chocolate Confectionary & Nutritional Beverages! & Botanical Content from Africa

06/10/2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Course Reference: ChocoBotan/061021 The latest updates for the Flavour, Food and Beverage Industry Wednesday 6th October 2021 09h00 –  12h30 The training will be conducted ONLINE followed by an ONLINE live Q&A session. Come prepared with your questions! Levelling up: Chocolate for  Confectionery, Beverages & Healthy Snacks   • A new look at product innovation • Exciting "out-of-the-box" [...]

SAAFFI Wits Flavour and Fragrance short course 2021

31/08/2021 @ All Day - This year generously sponsored by Shimadzu South Africa The SAAFFI-WITS FLAVOUR & FRAGRANCE COURSE 2021 Course restructured to suit online requirements. A proven asset to a career in the Flavour & Fragrance industry or any of the industries it serves. A concise but comprehensive course covering most aspects of the intriguing world of Flavours & Fragrances, comprising [...]

Onsite Numeracy Courses for Staff who work with Numbers

01/07/2021 - 31/12/2021 @ All Day - We are now taking bookings for the second half of 2021 All members of your staff are expected to have a good working knowledge of numeracy to accomplish their jobs accurately and efficiently. Do they? Facilitate the upskilling of your most valuable assets – your employees – available now on ZOOM, at a time convenient [...]