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
- Individual membership, small scale and development beekeepers (operating less than 200 hives).
- Commercial membership, commercial industry entity (operating 200-800 hives).
- Professional membership (operating more than 800 hives).
- Corporate membership (associated corporate businesses).
- Association / Cooperative membership (functional groups organised as associations or cooperatives).
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 DALRRD 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, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD). The requisite form is available on this page. Once completed the forms must be sent through to DALRRD 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 DALRRD.