Constitution of the South African Taxidermy & Tannery Association
Established October 2016
The name of the Association is the South African Taxidermy & Tannery Association (Hereinafter
called the Association and referred to as SATTA). HEAD OFFICE:
The Head Office is the address of whoever is the Association’s Secretary.
2. VISION STATEMENT:
SATTA aims to become the encumbering National Body to which formal membership shall
contribute esteem and also definitive recognition in the delivery of products that meet the highest
quality standards both Nationally & Internationally.
Honour, Integrity as well as compliance is your entrance imperative; your burning ambition shall be your contribution to the value of wildlife and its preservation.
Reward as always, depends on your commitment and strive to achieve excellence!
3. MISSION STATEMENT
— Abiding to relevant Legislation
- Abiding by the laws of the South African Government according to the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) for the protection of our wildlife resources.
- Abiding by the laws of the South African Veterinary Regulatory Authority, the Department of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF).
— Abiding to Labour Practices
- Abiding by all legally binding Labour practices / regulations as applicable in the running of our respective businesses.
— Uplifting of the National Taxidermy Standard.
- Providing new standards of excellence in our respective sectors to our clients by uplifting the image of the taxidermy, dip & pack and tanning industries in South Africa, resulting in the development of unified and thriving
- Dedication to provide only the highest quality trophy treatment processes or products and the development and betterment of these processes through infrastructure, education and technology.
Unification of the role-players.
- The unification of all registered South African trophy treatment facilities and supporting sectors under the SATTA banner shall not only strengthen relationships within our respective fields, but also achieve more clout with Government departments to have a voice on matters that affect our industry and our clients. Similarly, SATTA shall achieve greater recognition and respect from associated Hunting- Bodies such as PHASA, CHASA, WRSA, and multiple others.
- Most of all, the common objective being to lobby with Provincial and National Government to instill a pro-trade environment where possible. This would encumber a multitude of issues such as a unified permitting system for example.
— Ethics, Advancement & Training
- Building our Association on a strong foundation of ethics, transparency and trust. Using collaborative, ethical practices to advance our industry with integrity, pride and a passion for the art of taxidermy.
- Staying true to the art of taxidermy by capturing the true essence and beauty of each specimen and the importance of the educational side of this industry.
- Enable economic growth in our industry through infrastructure, education, technology and collaboration with Government departments.
- Being adaptable to the changing technologies available and incorporating these for the progression of our industry.
- Supporting the education of communities to conserve the environment.
— Knowledge & Growth
- Working pro-actively and staying well-informed of all relevant legislative changes for the protection and betterment of our industry and to offer the most knowledgeable and professional advice.
- Growing our import industry by aiming to be the world’s leading trophy treatment destination – being the first choice for trophy treatment of hunters hunting abroad / in Africa.
- Growing the economy of South Africa through ensuring that our industry offer fair competitive pricing, value for money, great timeous government services and exceptional products.
- To prevent or correct misconceptions that may harm the hunting industry or any of its supporting sectors.
- Being an example and inspiration to others through innovative and strong leadership.
4. MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING:
Membership will be divided into the following categories:
- Full membership
- Associated membership
- Full membership
Full membership can be awarded per company operating within the Taxidermy Industry abiding by this constitution.
- Associated membership
Associate membership can be awarded per private person or company that is directly related to the Taxidermy industry either in a supportive or service function.
5. ENTRANCE FEES AND MEMBERSHIP DUES:
Membership will be divided into the following categories:
- A once-off registration fee is applicable. An annual membership fee for all membership options will be applicable. Fees to be reviewed in each new calendar year per the Association and members’ needs.
- The fixing of the registration and annual membership fees for the following year will be decided by the Executive Committee before 31st January each year.
- The registration and annual membership fees of new members must accompany their application to the Association for membership.
- The registration and membership fees of unsuccessful applicants shall be returned to them stating reasons.
- Members shall pay annual membership fees before the 31st day of November each year (or as decided by the EXCO).
- Membership fees are payable at the time of becoming a member. Membership fees for a portion of the year must be paid in accordance with the decision of the Treasurer of the Association.
- Members who are in arrears with their annual fees, shall have no right to the privileges offered by the Association, nor may they partake in the activities thereof;
- Members who have failed to pay arrears membership dues on or before the due dates mentioned above, will automatically forfeit their membership, which will result in the removal of the member’s name from the register of members. Membership however will in such cases be re-instated upon re-application therefore, accompanied by the prescribed registration and membership fees.
6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
- The Executive Committee will manage the Association.
- The Executive Committee shall be chosen annually at the Annual General Meeting by those members present, who are entitled to vote;
- The executive Committee shall consist of:
Four additional Exco members, portfolios to be determined by the board
- The Executive Committee shall be entitled to obtain secretarial services for the appropriate remuneration;
- The President and at least two additional members of the Executive Committee must be chosen from members who are involved in the commercial sector of the profession (must be a practicing taxidermist).
- The term of office of members of the Executive committee shall be for a period of 3 years, but upon expiry of such term, they may be re-elected to the Executive Committee.
- Four members of the Executive Committee shall form a quorum;
- In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall fill the position and in the event of both being absent, the chair shall be occupied by an acting President, chosen from the members present. The powers of the acting President, shall however, not be valid until such time as ratified by the President or Vice President of the Association.
- Any member of the Executive Committee who has been absent without notice from two consecutive Committee meetings, shall automatically forfeit his membership of the Executive committee;
- The acceptance of a proposal shall be by means of a majority vote by the Executive Committee. In the event of parity, the President shall have the deciding vote.
- The Executive Committee will have the right to co-opt, but such persons will have no voting rights at a meeting (lawyers, bankers, auditors etc.)
- The Treasurer must open a bank account approved of by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer will have sole authority on the account and must pay all debts and expenses of the Association from this bank account. All funds and monies received shall correspondingly be deposited into such an account;
- For internal purposes only, the approval of the Executive Committee must be obtained by the Treasurer in order to transfer monies from the said bank account to savings accounts, fixed deposit accounts, or interest bearing investments.
- The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint auditors to audit the books of the Association;
- A copy of the audited balance sheet of the Association will be circulated amongst members before each General Meeting and shall be sent together with the notice of such meeting to all members.
- The Financial year will end each year on 28 February.
9. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES:
A member who:
- by his actions, conduct or rendering of service, damages the image of the Association and/or the taxidermy profession in Southern Africa;
- who fails to abide by any of the provisions of this Constitution;
- who by his conduct or behaviour does not abide by the game laws of any authority applicable to the profession;
- who misuses the colours, insignia or badges of the Association, or who provides nonmembers therewith;
10. GENERAL MEETINGS:
- A General Meeting to be held between 1st March and 31st May annually.
- Members shall receive at least thirty days’ prior written notice of the General Meeting and such notice shall be accompanied by the Executive Committee’s report and the financial statements of the Association.
- Special visitors and other such persons may be invited by the Executive Committee to attend the General Meeting and may, with the permission of the President, take part in the proceedings thereof, but may not vote;
- The proceedings at the General Meeting shall consist of the following:
- dealing with the minutes of the previous General Meeting
- dealing with the report of the Executive Committee;
- dealing with the financial statements of the Association;
- consideration of written proposals for the alteration of the Constitution of the Association. To be passed, such a proposal must be supported by a two-thirds majority of the members present.
- Appointment of an auditor (if agreed and necessary).
- Dealing with all matters that normally fall within the functions of a General meeting;
- The designing of badges, colours, insignia and all certificates of membership of the Association and regulating the manner in which such will be worn.
- In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall take the chair. In the event of both the President and Vice President being absent, an Acting President, chosen from the Exco members present shall chair the meeting. The powers of the acting President at the meeting, shall however, not be valid until such time as ratified by the President or Vice President of the Association.
- Notwithstanding stipulations to the contrary in the Constitution, decisions taken at such a meeting shall be by means of an ordinary majority. Voting shall take place either by means of the raising of hands or by ballot paper.
11. VOTING BY THE PRESIDENT
At all meetings, the President shall have both a deliberative as well as a deciding vote.
In the event of the dissolution of the Association, the Executive Committee shall decide on the disposal of the assets of the Association.