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How to start a chapter or network

Small, regional networks of SAMEA members are being formed which support local events. Thus far, three of these groups have organised themselves as types of Chapters. They include: Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. We strongly support this development and welcome more chapters to grow in the rest of the country.


The formal Chapter shall be launched when there is a minimum of 15-20 members. The regional liaison board member or champion who currently facilitates regional support and growth shall preside at the launch and elections of leadership. The leadership shall be elected through secret ballot by members in good standing (i.e. members who have paid membership fee). Elections of the Chapters will be facilitated by the regional and membership portfolio of the Board. The management structure shall be as follows:

  • Chairperson
  • Deputy-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary

The Chapter management shall be responsible for running the Chapter and organising regional conferences, seminars and workshop in consultation with the Board. The management will also be responsible for growing its membership.

Current Chapter and Network champions:


No formal structure is required. However, we do recommend a Network Champion is identified who coordinates the network.