August 4, 2019

Dear Bonsai People,

This will be the  last email from me before the notice for the AGM in October 2019. My two years as President of SABA certainly never had a dull moment.  It came with lessons not even my training could have prepared me for. It took so much time that...

June 14, 2019

Dear Bonsai People,

The more we make progress, the more things can go wrong.  My iMac packed up and had to be fixed and it is only then that you realise how much you rely on technology! And then during a major N3 highway upgrade, SANRAL dug up the wifi cables and we hav...

February 11, 2019

Good morning to all our bonsai friends. 

We have started the process of selecting trees for ABC 5 that will be used in the exhibition hall. 

Please can you send me pictures of your trees that you would like to be considered to be exhibited at ABC5 to the email address li...

Freddie Bisschoff delivered a very interesting talk on climates and made some graphs available to those of us who monitor our planting according to our climate. As we all know, there is no one-size-fits-all in South Africa due to our diverse conditions. Here is some in...

November 25, 2018

The 2018 SABA AGM has come and gone all too soon.  We had an incredible time.  Thank you to all the Bloemfontein Bonsai Kai-ers. You put on an excellent show and were amazing hosts.  I always get asked: “Doesn’t it get boring to talk bonsai all weekend long?” and my an...

August 31, 2018

Charles Ceronio was the first 'real' bonsai artist I met.  I attended a show in Richards Bay and there was this man, larger than life, doing a demo.  I attended the workshop the next day with a Celtis I bought from Rob Clausen.  It needed serious restyling as I had jus...

August 6, 2018

 Nelspruit Bonsai Kai Nelspruit 1200 e-mail: 

 Committee: Tola Smit (Chairman), Wim Broderick (Vice-Chairman), Kobus Trichardt (Secretary), Denise Williams (Treasurer), Denise Muller, Olivia Broderick, Natasha Duvenhage, JJ Pre...

July 23, 2018


I am a medical doctor in private practice and live with my wife Sandi in the beautiful coastal town of George. We have four priceless daughters, four fantastic son-in laws, three grand –children so far, about thirty Koi and probably more than 500 bonsai.


Dereck has been in bonsai for more than 40 years. He currently lives in Polokwane where he started a bonsai study group called: Shoki Bonsai Study Group. He likes to travel and help others forwards bonsai.

Dereck has won many awards in bonsai in South Africa.  In 1999 h...

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