The Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa
The society shall be called “The Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa” herein
after referred to as the SOCIETY.
The Society is a body corporate and is vested with all the powers and obligations
required for achieving its objects
No member of the society shall by virtue of his/her membership have any claim to
the assets of the Society
No member of the Society and no member of the Council of the Society shall be liable
for fulfilling any obligation or for settling any debts incurred by the Society.
The objectives of the Society shall be:
To advance the understanding and promote the exchange of information relating to all aspects
of infectious diseases
To foster greater collaboration between the clinically- and laboratory-based divisions of
- To advise with regard to the training and maintenance of standards within the discipline.
- To forge links with societies representing similar interests in Africa and overseas.
Members of the Society shall consist of Honorary, Ordinary (Full) and Associate members
Honorary members. Any member of the Society, seconded by two other members of the
Society, may nominate a person or persons for election as honorary members of FIDSSA
on the grounds of special contribution to microbiology, virology, infectious diseases
or the Society. The FIDSSA council shall consider such nominations. Honorary membership
is retained for life, and honorary members shall have the rights and privileges of
members, but they shall not be required to pay any membership fees.
Ordinary membership will be granted to medical practitioners, medical scientists, medical
technologists, pharmacists and nurses who have made a contribution to the discipline of
infectious diseases, in its broadest sense, and who are registered with the South African
Medical and Dental Council or other equivalent bodies.
Associate membership is offered to other interested parties involved with aspects of
infectious diseases that are not doctors or nurses, and students who do not fully meet the
criteria listed in 4.2.
Officers and Transaction of Business
Council: The business of the Society shall be conducted by a Council elected from
ordinary members of the Society.
The Council shall consist of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the
Treasurer and two additional members one of whom shall be the immediate past President.
The Council shall have the power to co-opt members should it be necessary.
The President shall represent the Society at meetings of the Federation of Infectious
Diseases Societies of Southern Africa (FIDSSA) and shall serve with one nominated member on
the council of FIDSSA
The Council members shall be elected for a four (4) year term and may be eligible for
Nominations for members of the Council shall be made on nomination forms and shall reach
the Secretary two weeks before the General Meeting. Each nomination shall bear the signature
of at least two ordinary members as pro-poser and shall have been accepted in writing by the
Election of Officers shall be by majority vote of the full members of the Society present
at the Biennial Meeting; provided however, that if the Biennial Meeting is not held the Officers
whose terms would have expired, will continue in office until the next meeting.
In the event of the death or resignation of a Council Member the Council shall appoint a
successor for the remainder of the term of office.
- The Council shall communicate at least once per year.
If there should be a deadlock on any decision at a business, committee or meeting, The
President will have a deliberative as well as a casting vote.
- No Council member shall receive remuneration for services to the Society.
A biennial meeting of FIDSSA representing all the member societies including the Society
shall be held at least every two (2) years at a venue decided by the FIDSSA council.
The program of the Biennial meeting shall include:
- Scientific and instructional sessions and / or exhibits.
- The biennial business meeting of FIDSSA
- The biennial council meeting of FIDSSA
The biennial general meeting of the Society at which the President will deliver a
report on the activities of the Society. A summery of the proceedings shall be circulated
to the membership of the Society either as part of a newsletter or as a separate item.
Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
The Society to nominate a suitable candidate, preferably one that resides in the same
geographical area where the biennial meeting is scheduled to take place but is not
- The roles and workings of the LOC shall be as stipulated in the FIDSSA constitution.
Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President at such times and places
as may be determined by a majority vote of the Council. Written or printed notice, stating the
purpose, place and hour of any special meeting shall be sent to each member not less than 28 days
before the date of such meeting.
Quorum. Business meetings and Special meetings of the membership of the Society. Ten (10)
members present of whom at least two shall be officers
Subscription, Dues and Funds
The secretariat of FIDSSA will collect annual subscriptions on behalf of the Society.
The subscription fee for membership of the Society (nurses or doctors) shall be determined
by a majority vote of members at the biennial business meeting.
Disposal of the annual membership fee by FIDSSA will entail:
60% of the membership fee shall be paid over to the society that the member denotes
as the primary affiliated society.
20% of the membership fee shall be paid to the FIDSSA secretariat to cover the costs
20% of the membership fee shall be paid to the treasurer of the Southern African Journal
of Epidemiology and Infection (SAJEI)
The annual subscription for the various categories of membership shall be determined by members
of FIDSSA at biennial meetings and shall be paid before the 1st January of each year for that
calendar years membership.
Failure to pay subscriptions within a set period will render the member liable to loss of
The FIDSSA secretariat and treasurer will send out accounts to all members of the Society and
will collect dues on behalf of the Society.
Membership subscription funds to the Society shall be deposited in the joint bank account of
FIDSSA in a recognized financial institution.
Membership fees due to the Society will be deposited in the Society bank account at the end of
each financial year by FIDSSA.
The use of the Society funds for any other purpose requires the authorization of a majority
decision at biennial meetings
The treasurer shall present an audited financial report on the financial status of the Society
at each biennial meeting and shall report on the financial status of the Society at each meeting of
Grants and Endowments: The Council is authorized to accept in the name of the Society any grants
or endowments which are designated for administration and use by the Society, provided that the
purpose of such grants and endowments is, in the judgement of the Council of the Society, consistent
with the objectives and purposes of the Society.
The official journal of the Society is The Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and
Infection and is published and distributed to members on a quarterly basis.
Amendments to Constitution
Amendments to the Constitution of the Society shall first be submitted in writing to the
Secretary for consideration by the Council. Thereafter the proposed changes together with the
Council’s recommendations shall be circulated to the members at least 28 days before the
biennial business meeting. A two-thirds majority vote of those present at the business
meeting will be required for adoption of the proposed amendments.
The Society is a legal personality that exists independent of its members, has perpetual
legal succession, regardless of the variation of membership and is a non-profit making
- The Society can act as a defendant or plaintive in any competent court.
The Society can obtain, retain or expropriate its own assets and can deal with them and can
undertake its own obligations. These assets and liabilities are independent of each individual
members assets and liabilities.
An internal annual audit will be performed by a member of the Society in good standing and who
is not a member of the Council.
In the event of the Society being dissolved the remaining assets shall be paid to a non-profit
organisation devoted to medical research to be designated by the majority of the Council holding
office at the time of dissolution.