On 17 July 1951, the South African Institute of Refrigeration was founded at a meeting of refrigeration engineers and food scientists held at the Bordeaux Hotel in Cape Town. The founding membership of 41 elected Dr Guido Dreosti as the Institute’s first President, an office that he held for the next 5 years and again in 1957 and in 1962.
In 1962, the Institute widened its scope to include air conditioning and became the South African Institute of refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC).
In 1961 SAIRAC started establishing Centres in the other major cities of South Africa. Port Elizabeth was established in 1961, followed by Johannesburg in 1963 and Durban in 1967.
SAIRAC serves the Environmental Control Industry. The purpose of the Environmental Control Industry is to implement environmental control measures to ensure:
The environmental control measures include:
The purpose of SAIRAC within the Environmental Control Industry is to:
The mission of SAIRAC is to offer our membership the following:
The creation of a culture of learning and improvement by means of:
SAIRAC is active in the following geographic Centres:
The affairs of SAIRAC in each centre are managed by an elected committee, consisting of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Centre Secretary, Centre Treasurer and representatives of each grade of membership.
National control and management of SAIRAC is vested in a Council, headed by the President, who is elected by Corporate Members. Council members include the Chairman of each centre, a Vice-President, immediate Past President, National Secretary
and National Treasurer.
SAIRAC is affiliated as an International Associate of:
SAIRAC is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Category A Voluntary Association.