Who we are

We are a non-profit company (NPC) with an investment approach, a big heart and a passion for agriculture-related skills development, improving employability and ultimately contributing to economic development and sustainable food security.

Our aim is to secure financial donations for distribution as bursaries, scholarships and additional support to assist worthy students to study on the AGRICOLLEGES international e-learning platform.

In order to achieve this, we seek partners with which we can work to build a better future for students in Africa and beyond. Investments made with Educate to Grow will be re-invested into our future leaders: students who will one day be food suppliers and leaders in their communities.

We expect our bursary students to make a difference to others, today or in the future. Students awarded bursaries or funding assistance through Educate to Grow should consider it a badge of honour that they wear with pride.

“There is a dire need for affordable, quality tertiary agri-education in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the developing world. AGRICOLLEGES international offers students from all walks of life the opportunity to access or continue their education in the Agri-Sciences.”

Howard Blight, Chairperson and Founder of AGRICOLLEGES international


The team

Educate to Grow leadership team of directors

The role of the directors is to act in the interests of Educate to Grow, and to ensure compliance with the Non-profit Organisations (South Africa) Act 1997.

Cacho Cabral

Cacho Cabral moved to South Africa in 1984 from Zimbabwe. Cacho became involved in both air freight business and the exports of fresh produce, earning the State President’s Award for Export Achievement. Cacho pioneered several markets and fresh produce exports. His company Fedfa Exports was sold to Capespan in 2003. He has held positions of Executive Chairman for Capespan Middle East operations, has been a founder director of various industry forums, including founder Director of the Fresh Produce Exporters Forum, on which he served in its first board. Currently Cacho is Chairman of Vitanova International, a fruit export company and has now joined as a director of Educate to Grow, part of AGRICOLLEGES international . He lives with his wife in Cape Town but travels extensively.

Marysue K. Shore

Marysue K. Shore has worked on promoting economic transformation in Africa for over 25 years. She is currently president of Global Business Strategies, a U.S.-based boutique strategic advisory firm that works with companies and organizations to maximize business and investment opportunities, identify financing and achieve results in the world’s emerging markets, with focus on Africa. She is a member of the US President’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and served on the US Export-Import Bank’s sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Group. On April 15, 2002, she was formally adopted as a member of the Maasai tribe of Kenya.

Mark Andrew

Mark Andrew was an international fruit trader for many years. Today Mark is in private business as owner and CEO of Roma Fuels in Tzaneen, South Africa. Mark remains in close contact with the farming community and was a founding board member of AGRICOLLEGES international – now resigned to take up a position as Director of Educate to Grow. Mark retains a passion for Agri-education and is a highly respected member of the local community.

Emmanuel Maphorogo

Emmanuel Maphorogo is a passionate horticulturist with a vast array of valuable experience and qualifications. He grew up in a family of people who are passionate about the environment, food security and agriculture, and has farming and horticulture in his blood. Since 2001, he has gained vast experience in horticulture, having worked at leading Parks Departments in England, Switzerland and South Africa. He has numerous awards of excellence to his name, and speaks at various international conferences. His qualifications include multiple degrees and diplomas, along with short courses in areas such as health and safety, project management, permaculture, performance management and public administration. Emmanuel serves as an external examiner and moderator for University of South Africa and is the founding Director of Thathe Agri Development (PTY) Ltd, a macadamia producer.


Annual report partners: Veritas –  http://www.veritasinc.co.za/index.php

Bursary partners: Imara Trust – http://www.imara.mu/

Non-profit company status

South Africa: Educate to Grow is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) Registration no:2017/128220/08. Registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) ref. no: 241-937. Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)/Section 18(A) ref. no: 930065201.

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If you’re interested in partnering with us in developing our students and can offer vacation work, internships, skills and knowledge transfer, mentorship, or to make a donation towards our bursary scheme, click here.

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