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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations for The Executive Committee


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Event Details

Date:    Wednesday 29 November 2017
Time:    AGM starts 17h00 until 17h30, with Keynote Address at 18h00
Venue:  Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town
RSVP:   To register HERE by 28 November 2017
Enquiries and apologies to: or call Pippa on 021 761 4842 or 083 3052339 during office hours

AGM 2017 Agenda:

  1. Welcome & Apologies
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (below)
  3. Matters arising
  4. Presentation and adoption of Annual Report for 2017
  5. Presentation and adoption of Financial Report for 2016-2017
  6. Election to the Executive Committee
  7. General

Entrance is free to SAIIA members, and R40 to non-members and R20 to students.


  1. Welcome and apologies
    The Chair, Sheila Camerer, welcomed those present   She noted apologies from the following members: Arifa Parkar, Carl Hancocks, Lee Hall, Sara and Alec Pienaar, Bernadette Hunkeler Brown (Consul General, Switzerland), Mary Carson, Renier Schoeman, Chris Saunders and non-members Professor Tyrone Pretorius (Rector UWC), and Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.
  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18 November 2015
    As proposed by Nick Starck and seconded by John Gaunt, the meeting adopted the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
  3. Matters arising
    None were raised.
  4. Presentation of the Chairman's Report to the 2016 Annual General MeetingThe Chair reported that a wide variety of events, some with unusually large audiences, had included 7 SAIIA speakers' meetings, four co-hosted with GARP, and one co-hosted with the Cape Chamber of Commerce at which Elizabeth Sidiropoulous (SAIIA's Director) briefed SAIIA WC and the Chamber on BREXIT. Both the annual Inter-School Quiz and the Careers Evening had attracted greater and more varied audiences and participants.
    4.1 Branch committee and “Company of Volunteers”
    Committee portfolios holders are: Chair (and Parliament) – Sheila Camerer; Deputy Chair & Membership - Martyn Trainor; Interschool Quiz - Dr Martha Bridgman; Universities - Professor Chris Saunders; Diplomatic Liaison and Corporates - Anthony Silberberg; Honorary Treasurer - Richard Higgs. Co-opted members are Alex Benkenstein (GARP) and Luke White (student representative, UCT) supported by Patrick Holloway, Rob Mackay and Dave Wheeler. Pippa Segall has strengthened the Branch by co-ordinating events and arranging refreshments. Volunteers behind the scenes who provide essential services are Hannah Billingsley, Bridget Carrick, Peggy de Kock, Lee Hall, Chris Inskip, Lala Nongalaza (GARP), Wendy Paisley, John Patten and Liz Wheeler.
    4.2 Activities
    The programme of events reflects big international issues such as German Ambassador Walter Lindner's address on Refugees and Immigration in Europe, Prospects and Opportunities offered by Brexit by Elizabeth Sidiropoulous, A possible Junk Status rating for South Africa by Michael Spicer, and A preview of the US elections by Professor John Stremlau. GARP's co-operation yielded two very interesting Africa-oriented addresses by Jordi Raich, an International Red Cross representative on The ICRC perspective on Somalia and by Japanese Ambassador Shigeyuki presented by Consul Yasushi Naito on The Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development. Helen Zille and Tim Harris presented two different views on the Western Cape on the international stage.
    4.3 Membership
    Overall, membership decreased by 3.3% after growth of 24.3% and 15.3% in previous years. Some members moved away from town while others have not renewed their membership. There is a steady stream of new members, some of whom were previously visitors; a trend that is to be encouraged.
    Membership comprised 5 corporate/nominee members; 7 diplomatic/consular members; 50 institutional/education members; 76 family/guest members; 10 fellows/complimentary members; 8 honorary life members; 82 individual members; 44 members of Parliament; and 20 students: in total 208 members.
    4.4 Finance
    The annual financial statements were not available because the Treasurer was overseas and the Bookkeeper was indisposed. However, the final statements would be presented at a Special General Meeting early in 2017.
    The Branch's unaudited situation at year-end of 30 June 2016 showed a cash balance (current account, petty cash and money market) of R82 700. Of this R76 443 was attributable to the Quiz and R15 259 to Branch activities. The Branch is extremely grateful for the generous donations and financial support from the Abe Bailey Trust for the Interschool Quiz, the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung for the Careers Evening, and Jan Smuts House, GARP and other co-sponsors for other activities. Subscriptions remained the backbone enabling the Branch to pursue its purpose and vision of SAIIA.
    4.5 Interschool Quiz
    The 24th Quiz saw 50 teams (200 learners of all backgrounds) compete on 26 April at Bishops, testing their knowledge of international affairs, especially South Africa's, derived from articles in the Cape Times as supplied by the publisher. A pre-quiz workshop assisted new schools and those who fared less well in the previous year.
    Quiz MC Africa Melane displayed his customary skill and flair, while Advocate Murray Bridgman was a Quiz Master with style and strong delivery. Key note speakers were Western Cape Education Minister Debbie Schafer and Cape Times columnist Peter Fabricius.
    Two tie breaks resulted in the Oracle Academy of Ottery in first place; La Rochelle Girls High of Paarl second; and Herzlia High of Highlands Estate as third. Selected quiz winners attended the Young Leaders Conference at SAIIA HQ in Johannesburg in July.
    4.6 Universities: Careers Evening
    Luke White (SAIIA student representative) and GARP's Kwezi Songoni facilitated the 4th year of this annual event. Professor Penny Andrews (Dean of Law), Siqhamo Ntola (candidate attorney and international environmental law specialist), Loyisa Kula (co-chair of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa Cape Town branch), and David Bax (formerly of the United Nations) addressed about 200 students from UCT, Stellenbosch and UWC. Interesting exhibitors included the British High Commission, Human Rights Media Centre, Webber Wentzel, SANDF, and businesses and individuals in the international affairs sector.
    4.7 Youth@SAIIA
    Jan Smuts House is the home for this programme, and it also supports its operation in the Western Cape. In February Herzlia High School hosted 66 learners at a 5-day mini Model United Nations programme with the topic World Humanitarian Summit. Ten Western Cape learners participated in the intensive debating on topics of international interest.
    4.8 Diplomatic Liaison
    An excellent relationship with the Cape Consular Corps has led to an increasing number of consular members supporting events. More junior members are attending which will likely assist developing their careers.
    Congratulations to Swiss Consul General Bernadette Hunkeler Brown on election as Dean of the Consular Corps and welcome to the Consuls General of Germany, Madagascar and Japan. The Australian Institute of International Affairs is the leading think tank in the Ocean Pacific region with whom the Branch can collaborate to mutual advantage.
    4.9 Corporate Liaison
    The Cape Chamber of Commerce and SAIIA Western Cape co-hosted Elizabeth Sidirpoulous's address on BREXIT. This relationship will be continued when an appropriate topic arises. The Branch congratulates Associate Professor Mills Soko on his appointment as Director of UCT's Graduate School of Business. As well as being an associate researcher at SAIIA he has chaired meetings on major issues and his appointment will enhance collaboration between SAIIA and the GSB.
    With Dr Martha Bridgman nominating and Nick Starke seconding, the meeting accepted the Chairman's report.
  5. Election of the Executive Committee for 2017
    Patrick Holloway, a co-opted member of the Executive Committee, was stepping down but Michael Spicer, duly nominated and seconded, had agreed to step up. The meeting accepted his nomination. The remaining members will continue. The Committee would have a full complement of members in 2017, but volunteers were encouraged to contribute their expertise to the Committee.
  6. General
    No further matters were raised.
  7. Closure
    The Chair closed the meeting at 19h00.