Martin Saaiman has been appointed President of the South African Golf Association, following SAGA’s AGM in Stellenbosch on 18 April.
Ekurhuleni’s Saaiman, who has almost 30 years of experience in golf administration, will be joined by Senior Vice-President Henk Smith from Western Province and Junior Vice-President Deon Nel from Eastern Province as SAGA office bearers for the next two years.
Together with Women’s Golf South Africa, the SAGA is a shareholder of GolfRSA and is responsible for administering, operating and providing services to amateur golf in South Africa.
Saaiman has served in golf administration since 1992, including 12 years as President of the Ekurhuleni Golf Union. He also served as Chairman of the Championship and Tournaments Committee in the SAGA National Executive Committee. In 2013 he was elected as a national selector and he also serves on SAGA’s Finance Committee.
His move into the role will be relatively seamless, as the 59-year-old has filled the position of Acting President for the last seven months, following incumbent Naadir Agherdien’s decision to step down due to health reasons.