What are Chapters?
In brief chapters can be formed in any country or province in the southern African region. They serve to connect the broader membership with each other and with the activities of SAARMSTE more generally. Chapters provide local activities in the different countries and provinces that make up SAARMSTE. These allow members to share research and local concerns on an ongoing basis. A portion of a member's membership fee goes to the chapter in her/his country or province.
Why form Chapters?
With SAARMSTE’s growth from its inception to-date and the increasing distances between countries and within regions a decision was made to consciously bring in representation in all SAARMSTE activities, of everyone in the association. To do this the association introduced the idea of chapter formation initially in countries outside South Africa. This eventually spread to include provinces within South Africa. This strategy is aimed at encouraging and motivating members within reach of each other to work together to further the aims of the association.
How to become a Chapter
All it needs to become a SAARMSTE chapter is to find a group of people in a SADC country or province within South Africa who are interested in carrying out research in MSTE. The group is organized into a formal association with legal status in their country in which it resides. This means that the chapter:
- Should have a name
- A constitution and
- Be registered in the respective country legal system.
Once the chapter is in existence, the Chair, or appointed leader of the group should apply to SAARMSTE executive for recognition as a SAARMSTE chapter by sending:
- An application letter to SAARMSTE executive.
- A constitution that should be aligned to the main body constitution. For details of the constitution:
Each chapter MUST have a constitution, adapted from the sample Chapter constitution, approved by the SAARMSTE executive committee and lodged with the SAARMSTE executive committee.
- Membership fees, which include membership and journal fees, are paid to the Association.
- Chapters that have gone through the process outlined above are entitled to 25% of the membership fees of the chapter members for their own activities.
- The remainder of the membership fees plus the journal fees belong to the central SAARMSTE body
As a chapter support and encouragement in carrying out research is paramount. Attendance at SAARMSTE conferences is encouraged through paper presentations. Chapters enjoy legal standing in the country of their origin which in turn allows for effective fundraising.
Existing Constituted Chapter Bodies
- Eastern Cape
- North West
- Western Cape
Click here for the chapter activities.
Click here for the Annual Report 2014-2015 by Lyn Webb (Chapter Representative)
For information on how to form a Chapter, click here for the Chapter Handy Book.