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Call for 2017 SAMRA AGM Proposals and Director Nominations

The SAMRA AGM 2017 is scheduled for 2 August 2017, 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 2017 to be held on 2 August 2017 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 18 July 2017.

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 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 2017 AGM? 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). 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). Henk Pretorius (Columinate) was also elected in 2016 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2019 as the Medium Research Supplier representative (organisations with turnover from R 10 million to R 40 million and/or 10 to 40 employees). Nontuthuzelo Mashaba (ESC Rennes School of Business) was elected in 2016 and will remain on the SAMRA Board until 2019 as the Representative from Academia. 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.

Shaun Naidoo (Answered) was elected in 2014 as Small business/Individual Supplier representative and is therefore completing his first term as SAMRA Director. Ineke Prinsloo (Dáil Consulting) was re-elected  in 2015 as Small Research User representative but she recently resigned from the SAMRA Board as she is now fulfilling a short-term contract on the supply-side and thus can no longer represent client-side.

Nominations for the two available SAMRA Board seats are open until 18 July 2017, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate, and make a difference! The two available seats are:

  • Small business/Individual Supplier Representative (organisations with turnover less that R 10 million and/or less than 10 employees)
  • Small Research User Representative (organisations/business units/departments with less than 6 researchers)

NB: Only paid-up SAMRA members in good standing can nominate paid-up members in good standing for SAMRA Director positions.

To nominate someone or to accept a nomination, please click on the relevant link below and complete the applicable form by no later than 18 July 2017.

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

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