INDUSTRY FOCUS PAGE 58 landscaping The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 as a voluntary association by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a professional image. SALI’s aim is to improve the image and standing of the landscape industry and to promote the participation of all role players in this industry in South Africa by encouraging training, higher standards, professionalism, ethical conduct and social interaction through regular meetings, conferences, workshops and liaison with business, training and government institutions, statutory bodies, and employer and employee organisations. SALI is a national body that is represented in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The client of a SALI member can expect high standards of workmanship, plants and materials. The client has the security of knowing that behind a SALI contractor stands a responsible institute. This is especially valuable for residential estates, which need to know that their landscaping service provider has gone through an application process to verify that its work is of an acceptable standard, so we encourage all ARC members to make use of SALI members. SALI is a founding member of the South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC), and thus is part of a network of associations that represent the green industries as a whole. SAGIC is made up of various disciplines that are major employers val de vie Estate of people and suppliers of products and services in the green marketplace.