In October 2016 and November 2016 respectively, a new Constitution and new Regulations were adopted. Members are requested to study these documents and to comply in particular with the revised Codes of Ethics and Codes of Practice. Some of the most significant changes are highlighted below:
Seven Directors/ members of the Board are now elected annually for a one year term, rather than two years as was the case before and appointees can only be elected for two terms before being disqualified for a year. The duties of each Director are now defined in more detail so that each incumbent is clear about what their responsibilities are on the Board.
The establishment and amendment of Regulations governing SAPFED are now the sole prerogative of the Board and they can do so at their own initiative or address issue at the request of members.
Quorum requirements for meetings, approvals, and amendments have been adjusted to include electronic voting options on all issues, make the management of the Federation easier.
Three new membership categories have been established, namely FELLOW, MEMBER and INTERN with the emphasis on promoting professionalism and encouraging members to improve their academic qualifications. In this regard members are requested to study the requirements for the category FELLOW and to apply that their membership be changed accordingly if they qualify for this esteemed status.
All members may be required to submit one (1) complete non-deceptive (NDI) polygraph examination to the Director: Ethics and Standards (DES) for an annual standards assessment (ASA). The ASA is intended to promote compliance with best practises amongst SAPFED members. The ASA is not intended to have punitive consequences for members that display small deviations from best practises but rather to cultivate a mentoring culture within the Association.
To conclude, members are invited to raise any matters concerning policy and legislation with Gerald Watson.