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					                                   RULES OF
             THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN MACADAMIA GROWERS’ ASSOCIATION


1   MEMBERSHIP FEES
    1.1  Non grower members resident in South Africa who are not contributing to SAMAC funds by
         way of production or tree levies, will be liable for an annual membership fee of R1000.00
         (ONE THOUSAND RANDS ONLY).
    1.2  New growers intending to start planting macadamias, will be liable for a once-off joining
         fee of R1000.00 (ONE THOUSAND RANDS ONLY). Such new members will not thereafter
         be liable for an annual membership fee, but upon joining as grower members, shall be
         liable to pay levies in accordance with clause 2 of the Rules of the Association.
    1.3  Members resident outside South Africa (international members) will be liable for an annual
         membership fee of US$210.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND TEN US DOLLARS ONLY).
    1.4  Special and Honorary Life Members shall not be required to pay an annual membership fee.
    1.5  The membership fees may be revised by the Board from time to time provided that
         changes shall only take effect after approval at the Annual General Meeting.
    1.6  Membership fees shall become payable on approval of membership and thereafter within
         30 (THIRTY) days of the commencement of the financial year of the Association.
    1.7  Any member intending to resign shall notify the Company Secretary/Office Manager in
         writing before the date on which such fees become due and failing which shall be liable to
         pay one half of the fees due.


2   LEVIES:
    2.1   Grower-members shall be liable to pay to the Association a production levy, decided upon
          by the Board of Directors and approved at an AGM.
    2.2   The amount of the production levy as from 01 January 1998 shall be R0.15/kg plus
          R0.021c VAT – total R0.171/kg Dry-in-Shell nuts (VAT inclusive) processed, as determined
          by the processor’s scales
    2.3   The Association may call on members and\or processors to produce such documentation or
          evidence as it may deem necessary to support the delivery of mass as described.


3   APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP:
    3.1   The proposal of a new member shall be on an the application form prescribed by the board
          and signed by the candidate. The proposal form shall be submitted to the SAMAC Office
          together with the prescribed fees and membership of a candidate will become effective on
          approval by the Board.
    3.2   The signed application form for membership shall constitute an acknowledgement by the
          member that he agrees to be bound by the Constitution and the Rules of the Association.

4   SUSPENSION AND\OR EXPULSION OF MEMBER:
    4.1  Any member who breaches any of the provisions of the Constitution or these Rules may
         have his membership of the Association suspended for such a period as the Board of
         Directors may deem fit or be expelled from the Association and have his name removed
         from the register of members.
    4.2  Any member whose membership is suspended or who is expelled and his name removed
         from the register of members and who is a member of the Board of Directors, shall
         automatically on the date of such suspension or expulsion, cease to be a member of the
         Board of Directors.
    4.3  In the event of such suspension and\or expulsion as described in 4.1 and 4.2, the member
         shall nevertheless remain liable to the Association for any levies and\or debts outstanding
         by such member of the Association.
    4.4  Those members whose membership has lapsed or suspended will not receive any
         newsletters or technical publications.

5   DIRECTORS ALLOWANCE:
    In accordance with clause 5.1 of the Constitution an allowance as per the following schedule per
    Board Meeting shall be paid to all Directors attending and per committee member attending
    committee meetings:

    Distance traveled to meeting                   Fee
    Levubu – Tzaneen / Tzaneen – Levubu            R250
    Tzaneen – Nelspruit / Nelspruit – Tzaneen      R400
    Nelspruit – Levubu / Levubu – Nelspruit        R500
    Tzaneen – Gauteng / Gauteng – Tzaneen          R500
    Gauteng – Nelspruit / Nelspruit – Gauteng      R400

    Directors traveling from KZN will their costs of air travel and care hire reimbursed by SAMAC

    Should there be any shortage in the funds of the Association in any given financial year, this
    provision will immediately fall away.
                                                                                        May 2007

				
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