CONSTITUTION   2 February 2013

(Amendment of Constitution dated August 1993)

1     NAME

The name of the Association is: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (hereafter the Association).


2.1      The Association is affiliated to the international Society of Indexers (United Kingdom).

2.2      The Association is a member of LAMP (Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners) 


To promote throughout Southern Africa all aspects of bibliographic activity and indexing, by means of lectures, discussions, workshops, conferences, training, publications or any other appropriate activities.                         


4.1             Any person may be elected an Honorary Member by the Executive Committee on the grounds of exceptional interest in and services towards the furtherance of the Association’s objectives.

4.2             The election of Honorary Members by the Executive Committee can be made at most once a year and then only on the strength of a substantial written motivation by a Member of the Executive Committee  subject to clauses 4.3 and 4.4 below.

4.3             Honorary Members must be elected unanimously by the Executive Committee.

4.4             The total number of Honorary Members may not at any time exceed three.

4.5             Honorary Members pay no fees.

4.6             Honorary Members serve a three year period.

4.7             Honorary Members may attend Executive Committee meetings, but will receive no travel disbursements for such attendance.


5.1            Membership is open to any person engaged in bibliographic and indexing activities, or to any person interested in the objectives of the Association.

5.2            Institutional membership is open to any institution that subscribes to the objectives of the Association.

5.3            Personal and institutional members may be admitted to membership at any time on payment of the relevant subscription fee as determined by the National Executive Committee from time to time, and shall retain membership until resignation or failure to pay any annual subscription.

5.4            The financial year of the Association is from 1 January to 31 December.

5.5            Membership may be terminated by:

5.5.1    resignation in writing addressed to the Secretary

5.5.2    the Executive Committee on account of non-payment of membership fees

5.5.3        the majority decision of the Executive Committee if a member has brought the Association into disrepute. Expulsion of a member may take place following a disciplinary hearing before the Executive Committee at which the member is given the opportunity to present his case.

5.5.4         if a member is convicted of a serious criminal offence;

5.5.5        if a member acts in a manner which is detrimental to the interests of the Association;

5.5.6        or if a member infringes any of the provisions of the Constitution

5.5.7        No membership fees are refundable if membership is terminated for whatever reason

5.6            The Executive Committee shall approve and authorise the creation of any groups or member circles of interest in the fields of indexing and bibliography created by its members.



6.1            The National Executive Committee (hereafter the Committee) is comprised of a Chairperson, an Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer, a Liaison Officer and not fewer than two (2) and not more than four (4) ordinary members, as well as the immediate past Chairperson. The officers shall be chosen at the first meeting of the newly elected Committee.

6.2            Elections for the Committee shall be held every two (2) years at the Annual General Meeting. Any person or any one  representative of an institutional member, where payment of  membership fees has not fallen into arrears, is eligible to vote at  elections or on other matters, or to stand for office or membership of the Committee. If the representative of an institutional member is also an individual member, that person is entitled to cast two votes. Votes may be cast in person, by proxy, or by mail.

6.3            In the case of an equality of votes, the Chairperson has a casting vote.

6.4            The Chairperson may not hold office for more than two (2) consecutive terms, however, the Committee may extend this period.

6.5            The Chairperson or the Honorary Secretary and two other members (4 members) constitute a quorum at Committee Meetings.

6.6            Meetings of the Committee should take place on a monthly basis, or be held at least nine times per year.

6.7            The Chairperson, or in his/her absence, the Honorary Secretary, is empowered to call meetings of the Committee.

6.8            The Chairperson acts in the interests of the Association in respect of all matters not specifically provided for in this constitution.

6.9            The Chairperson provides an annual written report to members about the activities of the Committee during the preceding year.

6.10      The Committee may from time to time request a member or members of the Association to act, individually or jointly, as a working committee to investigate a specific matter or concern in connection with bibliography and/or indexing and report on this to the Committee.

6.11      All votes cast by away members for the National Committee should be received by the National Secretary at least seven (7) days before the date of the Annual General Meeting in order for them to be presented at that Annual General Meeting.

6.12      No person is entitled to exercise voting rights on behalf of any other member.


7.1           The Chairperson has a deliberative and casting vote. In the absence of the Chairperson the Honorary Secretary conducts the meeting but does not have a casting vote.

7.2           The Committee directs activities of the Association in conformity with the objectives as set out in Section 3 of this constitution.

7.3           The Committee determines the amount of the annual subscription fees.

7.4           The Committee may co-opt additional persons from the membership of the Association.

7.5           The Committee may appoint sub-committees within the Association, but only in full consultation with the approval of the majority of the Committee. (refer to 6.10).

7.6           The Committee may extend or terminate the period of office of any of its members.


8.1          The Honorary Treasurer is responsible for the handling of all moneys belonging to the Association which are not specifically controlled by a branch committee, and administers such moneys as directed by the Committee. He/she must keep a proper account of all financial transactions entered into by the Association.

8.2          Funds belonging to the Association shall be deposited to the Association’s account in an institution accepting deposits and approved by the Committee.

8.3          The signatures of at least two members of the Committee shall be necessary when money is withdrawn.

8.4      The Association’s financial year is from 1 January to 31December and financial statements must be submitted annually not later than 31 January to the Committee for approval and thereafter to members of the Association for information.

8.5      All property belonging to the Association shall be held in the name of the Association. It shall belong exclusively to the Association and not to any members thereof.

8.6        The members of the Association shall in no way either individually or collectively be responsible for any debts or obligations incurred by the Association.

8.7        Persons serving on the Committee of the Association and the Association’s members and officials shall be secured out of the Association’s assets against any risks, expenses and expenditure. They shall in no respect be held responsible in their personal capacity for any transactions which they may have carried out lawfully and in good faith in their official capacity.

8.8     All membership fees are to be paid to the Treasurer of the Association annually.

9            MEETINGS

9.1         The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held within the last four (4) months of each and every year.

9.2         The Honorary Secretary shall send to all members at least thirty (30) days before the Annual General Meeting a notification of the date, place and time of the meeting.

9.3         The purpose of the Annual General Meeting, besides that, of elections to the National Executive Committee at alternate meetings, is to provide for the presentation of the Chairperson’s report and the Honorary Treasurer’s financial report.

9.4         Special General Meetings may be held at the discretion of the National Executive Committee provided that notice of any proposed business is sent to all members of the Association at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meetings.

9.5         The Constitution may be amended only by a two-thirds majority of members present and entitled to vote, at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting.

10          PUBLICATIONS

10.1      The Committee is responsible for issuing any publication deemed to be in the interests of the Association.

10.2      Non-members may purchase the Association’s publications against tariffs fixed by the Committee.


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