August 2016


  • Membership
  • New membership category – Landscape
  • Training
  • SABI website
  • SABI Congress 2017 – Western Cape
  • SABI magazine
  • Branch meetings
  • Western Cape Golf Day 2016
  • SABI initiatives


Just a friendly reminder that all membership fees must be paid in full by the end of December 2016.  All members with outstanding fees will no longer enjoy the benefits of being a member of SABI at the end of December 2016.

We would like to ask you to:  

  • have a look at your membership status please.

If you think you must upgrade your membership category,
please contact Riana on

New membership category - Landscape

SABI has recently enhanced its own membership categories by expanding to offer landscape irrigation and contractor membership options. SABI serves the entire spectrum of irrigation in South Africa, and we are proud to be welcoming new landscape members to SABI. It is great that all players in irrigation share a passion for water conservation and the optimum use of Irrigation technology in South Africa.

  Landscape members welcomed at Western Cape meeting held at Elsumo’s premises in Klapmuts, and jointly sponsored by Elsumo and Rain Bird.  

SABI is now a member of SAGIC (South African Green Industries Council), and is happy to be part of the Green family.

SABI recently attended the SAGIC Convention in Stellenbosch and promoted SABI with a display of SABI products at the event.


SABI recently attended the SAGIC Convention in Stellenbosch and promoted SABI with a display of SABI products at the event.

Training – SABI IrrigationWise Training

We had our first Landscape Irrigation course in Stellenbosch in May this year, the Landscape irrigation installation course.  Do look out for more SABI IrrigationWise Training landscape courses in 2017.


Why not start planning your 2017 training now, and be ahead of the game. T he 2017 Training brochure will be available by the first week of December. 

As soon as it is complete it will be available on

However, we are just past the half way mark for this year - and there are still courses available this year for you to choose from, like the –

  • Computer Aided Irrigation Design with IrriMaker
    in Pretoria 7 – 9 November and Stellenbosch 21 – 23 November.
  • Evaluation of irrigation systems
    in Pretoria 14 – 15 September and in Stellenbosch 23 – 24 November.

Call the SABI office on 021 850 8220 or email for any further information on SABI training courses.

SABI Website

Do remember to visit your SABI website at - it’s your window to irrigation opportunities and information.

Increasingly, recruitment consultants are using the SABI website to advertise job opportunities in irrigation. Consider using the website for your job advertisements – this approach has proved successful for several companies seeking irrigation talent.

Get ready for SABI Congress 2017 – Western Cape

Can you believe it is almost time again for the next SABI Congress? In fact you soon will receive the First Announcement for the SABI Congress, which will take place during August 2017 in the Western Cape.

SABI Magazine – coming up

You will soon receive your August September edition of SABI magazine, which features Greenhouses and Variable Speed Drives.  Visit the wine estate Alleé Bleue’s undercover herb farm with us, read about the “herb cowboys” growing aeroponics on rooftops in Israel and Chinese greenhouses growing healthy produce. We also take you to a farm in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley Fransmankraal, where citrus is being grown undercover in net house structures. We have great technical reads written by SABI members Jerry Austen and John Starke, on the topics of greenhouses and VSDs respectively.

We review a new book about SABI stalwart member Charles Crosby’s 60 Year Career in agricultural engineering. Charles Crosby wrote this informative and readable book from his well-deserved retirement in the Strand, and completed it this year. He is busy on his next writing project! 

You can read 60 Years by Charles Crosby free-of-charge at:


Book your advertisement or tell your story in our next SABI mag, which also looks to be an interesting edition – please be sure to contact us if your product or
service is highly relevant to these topics.

October November 2016

  • Lifestyle farming
  • Sprinkler irrigation
  • Fertigation and fertiliser trends
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Water storage – tanks and dams

Remember that SABI mag is now being distributed at all the major airports in South Africa, giving SABI members, products and services excellent publicity – our distributors report that the SABI magazines are moving very well at the newsstands at the airports.


Members have enjoyed highly successful meetings in recent months, with lots of new attendees at joining the gatherings from our new Landscape members. A very warm welcome to you all.

At the last branch meeting in the Western Cape, two gentleman SABI stalwarts, Ben Costerus and Peter Cherry attended – it was inspiring to hear how they have been in the irrigation sector for over 40 years!

    Peter Cherry & Ben Costerus

Please diarize the next branch meetings for 2016:

14 September - Limpopo
15 September – KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape
13 October – Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga
20 October - Orange
27 October – Gauteng

Western Cape Golf Day

The annual festive Western Cape Golf Day will be held at Kuilsrivier Golf Club on the 10 November 2016 – start getting those golf clubs ready and make your bookings early!

Please be in contact with Riana at if you wish to book your place or be a sponsor.

More SABI initiatives

We are promoting irrigation as a career in the SA Career Guide, which is aimed at learners and youth looking to decide on a career path. We believe it is important to encourage South African youth into irrigation in our country.

Every year we advertise and promote SABI in the Farmer’s Diary, we have just completed our contribution to the Farmer’s Diary 2017. We hope our designers and members in the agricultural sector benefit greatly from this platform.


SABI, and 021 850 8220