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Training with IrrigationWise Academy
From 2017, irrigation training previously offered by SABI is now being presented under a new banner – the IrrigationWise Academy. Through this new training entity, a broader range of irrigation training interventions will be introduced over time, to effectively boost optimum irrigation practices and water conservation in South Africa and on the continent, inline with the objectives of SABI, the recognised representative organisation of the irrigation industry in South Africa.
SABI’s aim is promoting the optimal and efficient use of irrigation water in South Africa, and the knowledge and skills vested in its members best equips the IrrigationWise Academy to advance efficient use and management of water.
The courses currently on offer have been developed over more than fifteen years and are aimed both at the agricultural and landscape irrigation industries and irrigation practitioners.
The IrrigationWise Academy also develops and presents customised training programmes for clients upon request.
Some of the programmes completed recently include:
- Efficient irrigation water use by Water User Associations and Water Users. Funded by the Fetwater network and presented on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs: Directorate Water Use Efficiency at Jacobsdal, Koffiefontein, Pongola, and Vredendal.
- Irrigation system management course. Presented to farm managers in the sugar cane industry, for interest groups such as Umhlatusi Valley Sugar Company, Illovo Sugar and TSB Sugar.
- Basic principles of irrigation course. Funded by Department of Water Affairs Integrated Water Resources Management programme and presented to emerging farmers at Sitrusdal.
- Gauteng youth capacity building in the beautification of public health care centres & old age homes. Funded by the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development and presented on behalf of Batataise Youth Development.
- Irrigation operation, management and design courses for ZZ2, Mooketsi.
- Irrigation management courses for Tongaat Hulett Sugar Xinavane Estate, Mozambique.
- Irrigation management information days – in conjunction with SASOL. Farmers’ days presented in the Upper Vaal water management area on soil fertility, irrigation system operation and management, and irrigation scheduling .
Our course facilitators
Isobel van der Stoep Pr Eng
Isobel van der Stoep is an agricultural engineer working in the field of irrigation and specialising in water management and measurement. She was a lecturer in irrigation engineering and rural development at the University of Pretoria for 9 years before joining consulting firm WSM Leshika in 2007.
Phasellus ut dui intJohan Barnard is a former SABI president and irrigation professional with more than 40 years’ experience. Originally trained as a civil engineering technician at the Cape Technikon, he became involved with irrigation in 1976 at “Boeresake” and worked his way up at a number of Cooperatives until his retirement in 2009 as Manager: Irrigation at Overberg Agri Ltd.
Annemarie van der Westhuizen
Annemarie van der Westhuizen is a horticulturalist and passionate about plant production. Originally working as researcher, Annemarie developed an interest in programming and became involved in educational software development before returning to complete her Masters’ degree at the University of Pretoria in 2000.
Corné Arlow completed a National Diploma and qualified as an Engineering Survey Technician in 1998 at Tshwane University of Technology after which he had to fulfil a bursary obligation at Eskom. In 2001 he moved to Cape Town where he started the Model Maker Systems agency for the Cape regions of South Africa now called MMS Design, and currently also specialises in GPS technology.
Dan Pillay’s career in the irrigation industry began as a draughtsman in 1974. From there on he progressed to being an Irrigation Designer (trained in-house by Agriplas), irrigation salesman, business owner, irrigation installer, branch manager, and national training officer. He was seconded to Tate & Lyle Engineering during the development of The Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation estates (1978-1980) and having assisted in the installation of Bell Mare Plaige Golf Course 2 in Mauritius in 2002.
Jaco Neethling has been involved in the Irrigation industry for more than 20 years, selling and designing residential, commercial and turf (i.e. Cape Town Stadium 2010 design) irrigation systems for the last 10 years.