• GM Festive Message
  • Membership fees
  • Branch meetings
  • SABI Congress 2019
  • Farewell Isobel
  • SABI Training
  • SABI magazine
  • SABI Golf WC
  • Chinese delegation visits SABI
  • Be aware of “events”

GM's Message

Can you believe we are at the end of another year? I would just like to thank each and every SABI member for their support and involvement in our SABI activities during the year.  Whether you attended or supported a SABI branch meeting, golf day, training course or were involved in the magazine – our thanks to you. 

SABI gatherings are always wonderful events, and next year is a SABI Congress, 13 – 15 August in Durban, KwaZulu Natal – the “gatherings of gatherings”.   Please diarise now for the ever popular SABI Congress. Watch this space for exhibition, sponsorship, presentation and membership opportunities.

We say farewell to Isobel as as she leaves SABI for a new opportunity at ZZ2 farming group. Thank you, Isobel, for all your efforts and hard work, we appreciate it all very much.  It’s “goodbye and hallo” as Isobel remains an active SABI member.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Fun Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year. Please stay safe on the roads if you are driving, and Happy Holidays.



Membership fees will increase by only 7 % for 2019. 

You will receive your membership invoices in January 2019.

Please note that members who have still not paid their 2018 membership fees by the end of December 2018, will no longer be SABI members.



SAB branch meetings are scheduled to take place during February/March, May/June and October/November 2019.

SABI invites company members to take the opportunity of meetings to market their company’s services and products by sponsoring a branch meeting.  If you are interested, please contact Riana on

The dates of all the meetings and the invitations will be published on the SABI website.

SABI Congress 2019

SABI Congress, Durban 2019 is set to be a great event, with interest already being shown.

If you wish to be a sponsor, exhibitor, speaker or attend, or require any further information, please contact Riana, on or



You may have heard on the grapevine that our head of training and SABI Technical Executive Officer, Isobel van der Stoep is taking up a new opportunity at ZZ2, as technical manager, based in Mooketsi in Limpopo.
Isobel is highly respected by her students and her excellent teaching of irrigation is renowned. Isobel is highly respected by her students and the irrigation sector, for good reason.

Isobel was the first female SABI president in 2008 - 2009 and earned the coveted SABI gold medal for her valuable contribution to the industry. Isobel is also a well-known irrigation researcher for the WRC. This high achieving SABI member, who is an agricultural engineer, is highly active in the engineering world – Isobel was also a president of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) from 2015-2017.

You will join us in thanking Isobel for all her inputs, All the all very best and every blessing Isobel!


Training programme 2019

The 2019 Training brochure (agriculture & landscape) is available on the SABI website. Make sure you book your training timeously.  You are welcome to contact Isobel van der Stoep to arrange a quote if you wish for in-house, customized courses for your department, organization or business.

Please check for the 2019 training brochure


The new rate card and edition features for the new year are available for perusal on

Feel free to email to advertise or to share a story.


SABI Golf Western Cape

SABI had another fun and festive day of golf in Kuilsrivier in November, which is also traditionally the Western Cape’s branch’s Christmas and year-end event. 23 teams participated and a great time was had by all.

It was SABI’s 20th Western Cape golf day – next year will be our 21st.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 golf day!

Hallo my China - Chinese delegation visits SABI

Recently, SABI had a Chinese trade mission visiting,
who were looking at water conservation in the Western Cape.  
They popped in for a visit at the SABI offices in the Strand.

Be Aware
Of “events”

Please take care when signing up to attend, exhibit or participate in events.

SABI member Johannes Grobler recently asked us to relate to all members his unpleasant experience with the widely advertised (on email) “Smart farming Tech Symposium “, held in August it did not live up to its top billing at all. Johannes who emailed the organisers asking for their attendance fee back said there was hardly any comparison between what was advertised and the experience.

Furthermore, the disorganisation and lack of facilities was unpleasant viz there were no registration facilities, maps, banners, proceeding material, programme, coffee or tea during registration and tea breaks or lunch. Lunch was a burger, which delegates had to eat on the steps outside the venue. The programme, confirmed the day before, was not followed at all.


SABI, and 021 850 8220