ASAPA Council Meeting, 25 January, Cape Town

 

Finances: Financial statements for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 have been completed. The financial position of ASAPA is positive but a large sum still needs to be paid for the catering of the 2017 ASAPA conference.  There are also quite a number of membership fees outstanding.

Members are reminded to pay their membership subscriptions before 31 March 2018.  Please use your surname and membership number as reference when paying your fees. Invoices for 2018 subscriptions will be distributed in April. All queries can be directed to the treasurer (treasurer@asapa.co.za).

 

Membership:  ASAPA gained 17 new members since September 2018.  A membership certificate will be designed and issued for members in good standing.  New membership cards are to be designed and distributed. The issue of sexual harassment will be addressed in the Code of Conduct and the Constitution.  Members will have to sign the Code of Conduct as part of their 2018 membership renewal in April – it is a requirement of SAQA.

Please inform the membership secretary (memsecretary@asapa.co.za) of any change in contact details as soon as such change is made. The treasurer and membership secretary update and synchronise all contact details, which are used to distribute the Bulletin and invoices to you. Should you not receive either your Bulletin or an invoice please provide your up-to-date contact details. In addition, if you are no longer an ArcSoc member, please notify us of such a change as soon as possible.

Newsletter and media:  The newsletter proves to be an excellent avenue of communication. The online Forum, where matters can be discussed amongst ASAPA members, will become operational soon.

Archive: ASAPA documentation will be housed at the Heritage Foundation archive in Pretoria. Members are requested to contact the project coordinator if they have any queries and/or relevant documentation (see below).

Professionalisation:  Requested documentation for SAQA will be submitted in the coming week, after which the application will be formally submitted.

South African Archaeological Bulletin:  Dr Justin Bradfield has been appointed as the new Field and Technical Reports Editor. The Bulletin will be in production by mid-February. A special issue on the 2017 ASAPA conference is planned and a guest editorial team will undertake this task from March 2018. Software to assist with the editorial process of the Bulletin will be investigated.

Cultural Resource Management:  A strategy will be developed on how to manage non-compliant members. Outstanding disciplinary matters will be dealt with in the next 3 months. An ASAPA delegation met with SAHRA on 24 January to discuss the minimum standards draft distributed in 2017. SAHRA decided to withdraw the new proposed standards and will send communication on current requirements to ASAPA members through the newsletter.

SADC: Contact with a number of countries has been established. Representatives and countries include Mr Decio Muianga (Mozambique), Dr Munyaradzi Manyanga (Zimbabwe), Dr Elgidius Ichumbaki (Tanzania), Ms Rachel Warren (Malawi), Mr Kenneth Ruhila (Zambia), Dr Christina Ogola (Kenya), Dr Morongwa Mosothwane (Botswana) and Dr Elizabeth Kyazike (Uganda). Council will meet with Zimbabwean colleagues later this year to discuss several academic and heritage matters.

Transformation: An application for funding for targeted students was submitted to the NIHSS in December 2017.  ASAPA is working on a strategy to secure funding to involve graduates in heritage agencies and environmental impact assessment companies.

Student matters: The Student Development Workshop held in December was very successful and attended by several SADC representatives. Various models for future workshops (e.g. having it outside South Africa; a delegation traveling to Africa) were discussed. It would be advantageous if assets such as a data projector and speakers can be purchased. Sourcing of funding for the next student workshop is already underway.  It was mentioned that in SDW group discussions, several students reported experiencing sexual harassment challenges in their academic and research environments.

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