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Wednesday, 19 August 2020   (2 Comments)
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On Tuesday 4th August 2020, SAIMechE held a virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the first time in its history. The AGM was presented using the Zoom online meeting platform. Meeting attendance peaked at eighty-five persons and sixty-two persons signed the online attendance register. 

SAIMechE President, Prof Debby Blaine welcomed the attendees on behalf of Council and presented the AGM as per the agenda.

During her presentation of the Council report, Prof Blaine spoke to some of the more important information reflecting the position and performance of the Institution over the period 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020.

Council Report

The Council report for the 2019-2020 Council session summarised membership statistics  as follows:

Financial statements

The Institution received an unqualified report from the Accounting Officer confirming that its compliance with the provision of the Constitution relating to financial matters. Key financial indicators are shown below.

  • Total income up 0.3% to R 4 857 448
  • Membership fee income increased by 5.8% to R 4 392 786
  • Total expenditure decreased by 12.6% to R 4 615 488
  • Administrative expenses decreased by 15.5%
  • Operating surplus of R 241 960
  • Net deficit of R 220 559 after investment value adjustment
  • General reserve decreased by 4.3% to R 4 939 423
  • Good standing with SARS and exempt from income and capital gains tax
  • Concern over increasing outstanding membership fees

Election of Council members

The following members were declared elected to Council for the 2020-22 session:

Mr H Bosman
Mr SZ De Nagy Koves Hrabar
Ms M Jansen van Rensburg
Mr RR Lishivha
Mr H Makwarela
Ms C Molomo-Mphephu

Mr R Tshitahe

These members join the current Branch Chairpersons to form the Council for the 2020-22 session.

Dr G Erfort (Western Cape Branch)
Dr D Hattingh (Eastern Cape Branch)
Mr M Mashele (Mpumalanga Highveld Branch)
Ms P Moketla  (Central Branch)
Dr J Padayachee (KwaZulu-Natal Branch)
Mr D Vorster (Vaal Branch)

Our CEO, Mr V Rimbault also sits on Council ex-officio.

Election of Honorary Fellows

Leading up to the AGM, the Council acted in accordance with the Constitution by unanimously elected Prof. R (Bob) Tait and Prof. JL (Wikus) van Niekerk to the grade of Honorary Fellow.  This was in recognition of the substantial contribution of both to SAIMechE and to the Mechanical Engineering Profession. During the AGM proceedings, Prof Blaine recited the motivations for each of the elections and congratulated both members on this achievement.  Prof Tait and Prof van Niekerk expressed their gratitude for the recognition and for the opportunity to contribute to the greater cause.

The meeting was CPD validated for 0.1 credits with validation number SAIMechE-1379-08/20.


Vaughan Rimbault says...
Posted Wednesday, 26 August 2020
There was an online attendance register to complete during the AGM. I can confirm that your name is on the online register, thus confirming your attendance.
Mandla Maqalekane says...
Posted Wednesday, 26 August 2020
How do tell if you attended the AGM?

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