1. INTERPRETATION AND DEFINITIONS
In this Constitution, capitalised words shall bear the same meanings as in the Companies Act and Non Profit Organisations Act and the following words shall, unless otherwise stated or inconsistent with the context in which they appear, bear the following meanings
“Annual General Meeting" shall mean a meeting of the Institution to be initially held, no more than 3 months after the Institution’s date of incorporation, and thereafter once every calendar year, but no more than 12 months after the date of the previous annual general meeting.
“Associate Member" means a member of the Institution, with associate membership, as contemplated in Section 2.10 of this Constitution
“Business Day" means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or gazetted national public holiday in the Republic of South Africa.
“By-laws" means "rules" and "rules of the Institution" as contemplated in Section 5.
“Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Council, Executive and/or Sub-Committees of the Institution.
"Code of Conduct" means the code of conduct of the Institution approved by the Council from time to time.
"Constitution" means the constitution of The Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa.
"Corporate Members" means the Corporate Members of the Institution as defined in Section 2.4 of this Constitution.
"Council" means a member serving on the Council of The Institution as defined in Section 3 of this Constitution.
"Council Member" means the Council (member) of The Institution as defined in Section 3 of this Constitution.
"ECSA" means The Engineering Council of South Africa.
"Effective Date" means the date on which this Constitution is approved by all its relevant stakeholders.
“Electronic Communications and Transactions Act” means the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act No. 25 of 2002).
“Electronic Voting (e-voting)” is voting using electronic systems to aid casting and counting votes. It can also involve transmission of ballots and votes via telephones, private computer networks, or the Internet.
"Executive Committee Member" means a member serving on the Executive Committee of the Institution as defined in Section 3.2 of this Constitution.
"lCMEESA" means the acronym for The Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa.
“Non-Profit Making Body” The Institution shall be a non-profit making body. In terms of the Non Profit Organisations Act, Act No 71 of 1977 this means a trust, company or other association of persons – Established for a public purpose;
"Member" means a ‘Member’ of the Institution as a person who has been accepted in the elected grade of Membership in terms of Section 2 of this Constitution, whose name is recorded on the membership register of the Institution irrespective of the grade under which he is registered.
“member” means any members of the Institution as defined in Section 2.1 of this constitution. In this Constitution, and in the by-laws, appendices etc., unless the context should otherwise indicate, the male gender shall include the female and vice versa.
"Office-bearer" means a director, trustee or person holding an executive position as defined in the Non Profit Organisations Act No. 71 of 1997.
"Ordinary Resolution" means a resolution adopted with the support of more than 50% of the voting or e-voting rights exercised on the resolution.
"Proxy" means the right of an existing member to be represented by another Council member or Executive Committee member at Annual General Meeting, Special General Meeting, Council, Executive or Sub-Committee meeting. The authority to represent someone else, especially in voting or e-voting and the document authorizing a person to vote on another’s behalf.
"Quorum" means the sufficient members present in the elected capacity to satisfy the quorum requirement set out in Section 3.9 and Section 3.10 of this Constitution.
"Secretariat” means the person designated by Council to fulfil the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position as per the Constitution and By-laws.
"Special Resolution" means a resolution adopted with the support of at least 75% of the voting or e-voting rights exercised on the resolution.
"The Institution" means The Institution of Certificate Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa as constituted herein.
"Year" means the financial year of the Institution from January to December.