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Additional information

Additional information for members

Branches – Meetings – Committee – Courses – Symposia

SASS Branches

Activities of the Society have developed beyond the boundaries of the Gauteng area, and there are at present two branches of the Society

Kwazulu-Natal – Durban and Richards Bay

South-western Cape

Branch committees

The affairs of the Society’s branches are managed by branch committees. The size, composition and duration of office on the branch committees are determined by branch members. Branches are given a launching grant and then are expected to cover normal running expenses from income derived from sponsorship and from meetings. The chairperson of each branch is ex officio a member of the central committee.



A central committee of eight members, who must be members in good standing, manages the affairs of the Society. The committee is elected biennially by postal ballot, and committee members hold office for four years on a rotating basis in a ratio of four to four. The committee appoints biennially a Chairman, who is also the President of the Society, a secretary and a treasurer from among its members.

The committee must, in terms of the constitution, meet at least once a year, and three to four meetings per year are the norm.

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General meetings are held biennially. At each general meeting a chairman’s report and financial statement reflecting the activities of the previous two years are presented, and the results of the election for the incoming committee members are announced.

At least one conference is held every year, and meetings are held in Gauteng and by the Kwazulu-Natal and South-western Cape branches on an irregular basis.

The Society encourages and helps to arrange visits to South Africa by eminent spectroscopists from overseas to address meetings and visit laboratories or companies for discussions.


Courses and Symposia

In an effort to improve spectroscopy in South Africa, the Society encourages and supports the giving of courses in all fields of spectroscopy. A number of short courses are now given at various institutions on an annual basis, and members are encouraged to make use of these courses to enhance their knowledge and expertise. These courses are also open to non-members. Further information may be obtained from the Secretary.