To All IMASA Knights,
I hope all and your families are well and safe in this difficult time.
We have entered into the 6th month of the national lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has disrupted most of the programmes and activities in the country. The nation is still under fear, anxiety and frustration because of the current situation, and it is so sad to hear the increasing number of fatalities and infected people daily due to this COVID-19 pandemic. My condolences to all the families who lost their loved ones and some still fighting for their lives in this difficult period!
The IMASA’s programme and activities have also been affected since the national disaster was declared. Some of the municipal workers have since been at home or are still working from home as part of observing lockdown protocols, and this has affected constant communication and meeting with members to implement programmes and perform activities.
The National Management Committee (NMC) has last met on 6 March 2020 in Gauteng, at Tshwane Leadership and Management Academy, to discuss and resolve on the yearly programme and activities of the Institute. Unfortunately, the implementation of the decisions taken was disrupted by the national lockdown which was declared two (2) weeks after the meeting.
Amongst others, the NMC resolved as follows during the meeting:
- That Mr. Frans Labuschagne be appointed as acting Chairperson of Gauteng and be a member of NMC until the AGM is held to elect NMC members.
- That the North West Branch host the 2020 Conference on condition that a venue is secured at a reasonable rate, and a least 45 delegates register to attend the Conference.
- That the IIMC Bulk membership be approved and only IMASA members in good standing will be listed for bulk membership.
- That the Vision and Mission be as follows:
To be a recognized as a developmental professional Institute promoting effective, efficient and sound Local Government Administration
To ensure service excellence and professionalism through capacitating and developing municipal administrators by sharing knowledge and encouraging member’s involvement in all aspects of the Institute
- That the policies be reviewed by NMC members (who were present at the meeting) and be sent to Adv. Stephan Piek for verification.
- That all branches support the process of registering IMASA as a Professional Body, by ensuring that the required updated information is submitted to the Secretary General/Past President, Ms. Cherel Jansen van Rensburg.
One of the critical matters discussed, was payment of membership fees to sustain the day-to-day running of the Institute, which remains a challenge because of the national lockdown.
I will further indicate that though a decision was taken to hold another Conference in 2020 hosted by the North West Branch, the NMC never had another opportunity to discuss further on how this process will unfold.
Despite that the national President has declared national lockdown level 2 from midnight of 17 August 2020, permitting movements from one province to another, the country has been urged to remain vigilant of the pandemic and continue to observe lockdown protocols. This will mean that IMASA should also adapt to new ways of doing things, since most organizations have initiated digital means to communicate. IMASA will also need to pursue virtual meetings where possible to communicate and discuss urgent and critical matters.
It might not be possible to continue having physical meetings as we used to, due to economic, environmental and social related matters, but we need to keep the momentum and continue to stand on what we believe in as municipal administrators of South Africa.
All members will be kept abreast of the latest developments of matters as indicated above, after the NMC has had an opportunity to meet again and discuss.
I wish you all the best during this lockdown period and I wish all IMASA women a Happy Women’s month!