• SABI GM’s Christmas Message
  • Branch meetings 2016
  • Membership matters
  • New President
  • Hallo and Byes at SABI
  • Book your Training 2016
  • SABI magazine 2016
  • Western Cape Golf celebrates 17 years
  • Accolades for Felix Reinders

We wish each and every SABI member of the Christian faith all the blessings he brings of joy, faith, celebration and hope of Christmas.

We wish each and every SABI members a wonderful and prosperous 2016!

From myself and everyone at the SABI offices, I would like to say a sincere thank-you to all SABI members for your contributions towards the success of SABI in 2015. Your inputs and participation mean a lot and are highly valued and appreciated.

We looking forward to a momentous 2016. It is a big year for us, with our celebrations for SABI’s 40th Anniversary kicking off.

We invite you to take part in SABI’s ventures such as SABI Training, SABI Magazine and Branch meetings. Please diarise your SABI Branch meetings early on in the year and remember to book your training and advertisements in SABI mag to ensure you don’t miss out on all the benefits and opportunities of membership.

With our Best SABI Wishes to you and your family!

Have a joyous festive season, be safe and see you in 2016!





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Please do pay your outstanding membership fees for 2016 before the 15th of December.  Membership fees for 2016 only increase by 5% and members will receive invoices in February 2016.  Thank you for being part of SABI.

New elected President

A big heartfelt Thank You to SABI President Charles Cherry and the Council for all their hard work and inputs in this term of 2014-2015.

Congratulations to the new
SABI President Tony Ewels and his Council for 2016-2017, who take up their positions in January 2016.

Tony Ewels


Charles Cherry

Good byes and welcomes at SABI

SABI Administrative Officer Amanda Willemse recently left SABI to pursue new opportunities, we wish Amanda all the best of luck and happiness in her new ventures, and we say thank you for all excellent service she gave to the Institute in the past five years!

We now warmly welcome René van der Merwe as the new SABI Administration Officer based in the Strand, Cape Town office. Welcome René, we hope you have a very happy and wonderful time with SABI. René is a returnee to SABI, having worked as our Admin Officer in the past, so it’s really welcome back René!

Training – book now


Great news – the SABI Irrigation Training brochure
and the exciting Curriculum for 2016 is available on
the SABI website (

You will also receive a copy of the training brochure with your December January 2016 edition of SABI mag.


Do remember to look at the 2016 SABI mag ratecard and feature list on the SABI website too – book your advertisements now and contact us if you have products and services that may be of interest for an article for our features.

SABI magazine’s distribution, which is already unique in South Africa, is about to become even better as we go into new partnerships for getting magazines to even more discerning readers in the agricultural, landscape and water sectors. Watch this space for more information.

Golf day

Can you believe SABI Golf Day Western Cape has just celebrated its 17th happening – we started it 17 years ago!  Thanks to our amazing sponsors, players and supporters! You all deserve a glass of champers and a melktert allround! Our main sponsor Hose Manufacturers has sponsored the event from Day One, thank you very much for your support of the Golf Day!


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Gold all round
Felix Reinders wins great accolades from SAIAE

SABI Treasurer and well-known irrigation fundi Felix Reinders was recently awarded the double honours of the SAIAE (South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers) Gold Medal and Honorary Membership.  In fact this was Felix’s second SAIAE Gold Medal. To make the occasion very special, a large surprise gathering of friends and colleagues was arranged in Pretoria to toast Felix’s fantastic achievements and to celebrate Mr Irrigation’s 60th Birthday in December.

Felix - as the citation for his Gold Medal said - is very well known locally and worldwide as a specialist in irrigation engineering. Felix lectures, delivers papers and training courses in South Africa and abroad. His talents are also in demand to lead investigations and render assistance in planning and development of projects in irrigation and related fields.

SAIAE’s citation for the Gold Medal for Felix states that “Felix B Reinders has up to and including October 2015 for 30 years in succession served as a Councillor to the Council and at the beginning of his career was appointed a member of the Board in 1985.”

Felix’s membership of SAIAE goes back a long way. He has also served as Chairman of the Pretoria Branch, Vice President and has in fact  served  two terms as President of the Institute.  He has played an important role in the Institutional life of the agricultural engineering discipline, as he has in the irrigation engineering field.

Moreover he has been an Honorary Secretary of SAIAE for 24 years until the present. “It can without contradiction be emphasized that Felix Reinders’ service as Councillor and Honorary Secretary is not services in name only, but indeed of vital importance to keep SAIAE together and for its growth. He is a stalwart for every subsequent president of the Institute – a vital link in the day-to-day existence of SAIAE.

Also in the field of statutory registration of professional engineers in South Africa, Felix has played an important role for several years. He was elected from 1991 as the assistant to the chief representative for Agricultural Engineering at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), and held this position for 11 years until 2002. In 2003, Felix became the chief representative for agricultural engineering at ECSA. Felix has played an important role as a member of the Professional Advisory Council for ECSA, assisting in fulfilling a huge task with the establishment and implementation of the system of Continuing Professional Education.

Felix is also closely involved in SABI, he is a past president of SABI and is SABI’s Treasurer/Secretary – he has been elected to this post for the past 15 years. He is also an active member of SANCID and is Honorary Vice-President of ICID. “Felix’s continued involvement in these organisations earned his acclaim and recognition as a specialist in irrigation engineering, extends to international level.”

SABI congratulates Felix Reinders on his outstanding and wonderful achievements! We wish Felix all the best for his Birthday on December 21!!!

SABI Website

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