Clause 5 of the Constitution: Membership
5.1 Employers engaged in the Footwear and Leather Industry in Southern Africa shall be eligible for membership of the Association.
5.2 Applications for membership shall be considered by the Management Committee within two months of the receipt thereof by the Director. The subscription paid shall be refunded to the applicant in the event of rejection of the application.
5.3 Applications for membership shall be considered by the Management Committee within two months of the receipt thereof by the Director. The subscription paid shall be refunded to the applicant in the event of rejection of the application.
5.4 If admission to membership is refused by the Management Committee, the applicant concerned shall be notified by the Director and shall have the right of appeal to the next meeting of the Management Committee. The appeal shall be lodged in writing with the Director and the appellant shall be afforded an opportunity to state his case personally to the meeting of the Management Committee.
5.5 Every member shall notify the Director, in writing, of any changes in his postal address within four weeks of the date on which the change took place.
5.6 A member may resign from the Association by giving one month’s written notice to the Director, provided that no resignation shall take effect until all monies due to the Association by the member concerned have been paid.
5.7 Any member who contravenes the provisions of the Constitution of the Association or shall have been guilty of such conduct which in the opinion of the Management Committee has rendered him unfit to be a member, may be suspended from membership of the Association for such period as the Management Committee shall determine’ or may be expelled from the Association and his name struck off the membership register by resolution of the Management Committee. Any appeal against a decision to expel a member must be dealt with in terms of clause 5.4.
5.8 Termination of membership for whatever reason shall entail forfeiture of all rights of membership including the right to display the Association membership certificate and/or logo.
5.9 A member who has resigned or been expelled from the Association and who is still engaged in the interests outlined in Clause 5.1 may be re-admitted to membership on such conditions as the Management Committee may determine.
5.10 Membership of the Association is not transferable and is not personal to any individual in a company or partnership. Only one representative of a firm, partnership, closed corporation or company which is a member, shall be entitled to vote for it at meetings of the Association or in ballots conducted by the Association and his name shall be notified to the Director from time to time.
5.11 Firms who paid their annual subscriptions to the Association and are in good standing at the time of registration of the Association as an employers’ organisation in terms of the Act, shall be deemed to be members of the Association.
5.12 The Management Committee may, in its sole discretion, in addition to the members referred to in Clause 5.1, admit as associate members individuals, bodies, organisations, associations, institutes, societies and the like, which are in one way or the other connected to the footwear and leather industries. Associate members shall enjoy all the benefits conferred on members in terms of this Constitution.
Clause 6 of the Constitution: Subscriptions
6.1 A subscription shall be payable by each member to the Association on an annual basis. The amount of such subscription and the calculation thereof shall be determined by the Management Committee from time to time.
6.2 Annual subscriptions shall become due and payable on 1 January each year.
6.3 The name of any member whose subscription is not paid within six months of due date may by resolution of the Management Committee, be struck off the membership register, but such members shall be liable for all monies due by them to the Association at the time of such resolution; provided that the member whose subscription is more than three months in arrears shall be deemed to be out of good standing.
6.4 The first subscription of a member elected or admitted during the last three months of the year shall cover the period to the end of the succeeding year.