The Benefits of SABIO Membership
SABIO, as a voluntary association, is a national body of persons which has both a direct and indirect interest in the beekeeping industry in South Africa. The beekeeping sector is a vital component of the overall agricultural industry and contributes directly into the country’s biodiversity needs for a sustainable economy. The industry needs to be organised to ensure that it represents the interests of the multiple needs found within a diverse sector.
Application for SABIO Membership
- Primary Member: a registered beekeeper;
- Affiliated Association and Cooperative members: a Beekeeping Association or Beekeeping Cooperative;
- Professional and Corporate members: a Professional (Commercial) beekeeper or Corporate body with an interested in beekeeping.
SABIO acts as sole agent for the marketing of a special group insurance policy for its members with Van Der Laan Insurance Brokers cc which was specially designed and negotiated for the beekeeping community. Beekeepers may be accused of liability for damages caused by their bees or by themselves in the course of their beekeeping activities. The beekeeper who is covered by this insurance should never admit liability but rather refer the matter to the broker who will handle the matter on the beekeeper’s behalf. The policy does not cover any personal hive losses as a result of fires, flood damage, death of swarms or any other personal losses.
Registration with DAFF as a Beekeeper / Bee Removal Service Provider
In terms of Control Measure R858 published on the 15 November 2013 all beekeepers and bee removal service providers must register annually with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The requisite form is available on this page. Once completed the forms must be sent through to DAFF either by post or electronically to the addresses provided. Registration of beekeepers is no longer the responsibility of SABIO; please do not send your Registration Forms to SABIO. Registration forms must be sent directly to DAFF.