HOW CAN ONE BECOME A MEMBER OF SABA
The South African Braille Authority or generally known as SABA exists through its members. This means that the entity is made up from its members who also have a say in how the entity is managed and run.
The membership of the entity is as inclusive as possible and can be braille producers, braille users, teachers of braille at various levels, non-profit and commercial distributors of braille literature, equipment or related products, manufacturers of braille equipment, authors of training material, designers of braille related software, educational and rehabilitation establishments, relevant Government Departments and non-voting individual experts of braille. (See clause 8 of the SABA Constitution).
Application for membership to SABA must be made through the Secretariat. This office can be contacted by e-mail at:
Or by telephone to Cathy at:
011 839 1793; or
083 701 4246.
The Secretariat will distribute an application form to applicants for completion to be returned to the Secretary before membership can be confirmed by the Executive Committee.
At present the membership fees are as follows:
For organisations and institutions – R740.00 per annum;
For Schools – R390.00 per annum.
Membership of SABA runs from 1 April to 31 March of any year. Although membership can be established at any stage of the year, membership fees are due on 1 April and applies to one year only. .
HOW TO PARTICIPATE AS A MEMBER
Members of SABA send delegations of any number of delegates to the General Assembly meetings of SABA held at least once per year. At these meetings, the delegations participate freely in all discussions. each member has only one vote regardless of the size of its delegation.
Further participation takes place through the SABA General mailing list to which all members must be subscribed. In this way all members are kept up to date of discussions and they can participate as frequently as they need to. Participation through this medium is widely encouraged.