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Call for 2016 SAMRA AGM Proposals and Director Nominations


The SAMRA AGM 2016 is scheduled for 10 August 2016, and 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 2016 to be held on 10 August 2016 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 20 June 2016.

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 two (2) vacancies on the SAMRA Board that must be filled.

  • 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 Africa 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 the 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 2016 AGM? Shaun Naidoo (Answered) was elected in 2014 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2017 as Small business/Individual Supplier representative (organisations with turnover less that R 10 million and/or less than 10 employees. Alexan Carrilho (Kantar TNS) was re-elected in 2015 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2018 as Large Research Supplier representative (organisations with turnover of more than R 40 million and/or more than 40 employees). Ineke Prinsloo (Dáil Consulting) was re-elected  in 2015 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2018 as Small Research User representative (organisations/business units/departments with less than 6 researchers). Sheila Akinnusi (Nedbank) was elected in 2015 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2018 as Large Research User representative (organisations/business units/departments with 6 or more researchers). The ex Officio Director, Leonie Vorster, who is the SAMRA Chief Executive Officer will also remain on the SAMRA Board. The Ad Hoc External Representative (e.g. Lawyer, Accountant etc.) who is not a SAMRA member is not currently being elected or appointed as the relevant skills are not required in the coming year.

Nominations for the two available SAMRA Board seats are open until 20 June 2016, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate, and make a difference! The two available seats are:

  • Medium Research Supplier representative (organisations with turnover from R 10 million to R 40 million and/or 10 to 40 employees)
  • Representative from Academia who is or is not a SAMRA member

NB: Only paid-up SAMRA members in good standing can nominate SAMRA Directors.

To nominate someone or to accept a nomination, please click on the relevant link below and complete the applicable form by no later than 20 June 2016.

…And as always, if you have any questions, please do get in touch!

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