Promoting an Informed Bituminous Products Industry

The Asphalt Academy Trust was established by Sabita on a non-profit basis in 2001 in a joint venture with CSIR Transportek. The continued and steady growth is indicative of the need for quality courses and seminars in the road sector. As employees are always seen as the most important resource, the bituminous product industry continues to provide employment to thousands of people in various activities and operations throughout SA.

The provision of employment and the human development within the industry through in-house training, professional development, bursary provision, tertiary and secondary educational level support makes for sound growth and sustainability of communities. Through a renewed partnership with South African Road Federation (SARF) in 2009, the Asphalt Academy continues to provide training that satisfies industry needs.


  • Promote continuous professional development.
  • Advance best practice in education, standards, safety and environmental issues.
  • To collaborate with industry and institutions of research and learning to establish needs, and where necessary formulate, develop and sustain education and training programmes.

Goals and Objectives

  • To promote and encourage an adequate and consistent standard of education and training in industry and at institutions of learning to meet the needs of industry.
  • To provide knowledge transfer for the ongoing development of practitioners


The Asphalt Academy, the training arm of the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) is the premier centre in southern Africa for the coordination of knowledge transfer and skills development in bituminous product technology. It is funded primarily by Sabita and derives additional income from the presentation of courses and workshops in partnership with SA Road Federation.

Industry Partners