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Call for 2018 SAMRA AGM Proposals and Director Nominations

The SAMRA AGM 2018 is scheduled for 6 August 2018

We hereby call for proposals to the AGM, including nominations to the SAMRA Board of Directors.


A. Proposals to the SAMRA Annual General Meeting

If you would like to change the way that SAMRA is governed, this is your opportunity!

Proposals are hereby invited to serve before the SAMRA Annual General Meeting 2018 to be held on 6 August 2018 in Johannesburg. The Annual General Meeting considers proposals for changes to the SAMRA Memorandum of Incorporation and the SAMRA Company Rules. To submit a proposal, please complete the AGM Proposal Form, and submit it by no later than 23 July 2018.


B. Nominations for the SAMRA Board of Directors

If you would like to nominate someone to represent your interests or if you yourself want to get involved in running SAMRA and determining the future of our industry, now is the perfect time! At the time of the AGM SAMRA will have four (4) vacancies on the SAMRA Board that must be filled. Nominations for the four available SAMRA Board seats are open until 23 July 2018, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate, and make a difference! The four available seats are:

Large Research Supplier Representative (organisations with turnover of more than R 40 million and/or more than 40 employees)

Medium Research Supplier Representative (turnover from R 10 million to R 40 million and/or 10 to 40 employees)

Large Research User Representative (organisations/business units/departments with 6 or more researchers)

Academia Representative (SAMRA member or non-member working in academia)

NB: Only paid-up SAMRA members in good standing can nominate SAMRA Board members. SAMRA Board members must be paid-up members in good standing for the first three SAMRA Director positions, or paid-up members or non-members in good standing for the SAMRA Director position for Academia.

To nominate someone or to accept a nomination, please click on the relevant link below and complete the applicable form by no later than 23 July 2018.

Nominate someone to the SAMRA Board for 2018 – 2021

Accept a nomination to the SAMRA Board for 2018 – 2021


What is the role of the SAMRA Board? The SAMRA Board of Directors sets the strategy and policies for SAMRA. Each of the seats on the SAMRA Board represents a constituency, and so each SAMRA Board member gives a voice to or contributes on behalf of their constituency when the SAMRA Board makes strategy and policy decisions.

How much work is involved? The SAMRA Board meets every two months at the SAMRA offices (or via online meeting facilities), and all other decisions are made via email. The day to day running of the organisation, including all communication and administration, is done from/by the SAMRA office, so SAMRA Directors don’t have to spend any time and effort on that.

What are the requirements to become a SAMRA Director? SAMRA is a Non-Profit Company and normal governance requirements for Directors under South African law apply. The SAMRA Board of Directors are registered Directors of the company  for a period of three years (or until a person resigns, if sooner). The SAMRA Memorandum of Incorporation and the SAMRA Company Rules govern how SAMRA operates. A person can only be appointed as a Director of SAMRA if the person:

a) Has been working for a SAMRA Organisation Member as a SAMRA Associate Member or working as a SAMRA Independent Member, for at least 1 year before being appointed or elected to the SAMRA Board, OR is nominated as Representative from Academia, OR is nominated as Ad Hoc External Representative, AND

b) Is in good standing with SAMRA, AND

c) Is nominated for election or appointment to the SAMRA Board by a SAMRA voting member (i.e. a SAMRA Organisation Member or a SAMRA Independent Member) in good standing OR is ex officio Director.

Do the SAMRA Directors get paid? The SAMRA Board of Directors are volunteers, except for the Chief Executive Officer who is employed by SAMRA on a full-time basis, and who is ex officio Director. SAMRA Board members are not allowed to gain financially from their position on the SAMRA Board.

Who will remain on the SAMRA Board after the 2018 AGM? The ex Officio Director, Leonie Vorster, who is the SAMRA Chief Executive Officer, will remain on the SAMRA Board. Henk Pretorius (Columinate) was elected in 2016 to represent the Medium Research Supplier organisations (turnover from R 10 million to R 40 million and/or 10 to 40 employees) but he can no longer represent the category. However, he will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2019 as SAMRA Treasurer. Jill Solomon was elected in 2017 as Small Research User representative (organisations/business units/departments with less than 6 researchers) and will remain on the Board until 2020. Shaun Naidoo (Answered) was re-elected in 2017 as Small business/Individual Supplier representative (turnover less that R 10 million and/or less than 10 employees) and is therefore a SAMRA Director until 2020. 

Alexan Carrilho (Kantar) was re-elected in 2015 and will thus step down as Large Research Supplier representative (organisations with turnover of more than R 40 million and/or more than 40 employees). Sheila Akinnusi (Nedbank) was elected in 2015 and will also step down from the Large Research User seat (organisations/business units/departments with 6 or more researchers). Nontuthuzelo Mashaba (ESC Rennes School of Business) was elected in 2016 as the representative from Academia but moved to client-side in 2017 and as a result resigned from the SAMRA Board last year. An Ad Hoc External Representative (e.g. Lawyer, Accountant etc.) who is not a SAMRA member is not currently being elected or appointed as these experties are not currently required.

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