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Membership (as taken from the Constitution)

6.1. Membership of the Association is open to wireless access providers operating within the boundaries of the Republic of South Africa as well as entities and institutions from related fields and disciplines which have completed the application form and paid the joining fee (if applicable) or followed such other application procedure as may be adopted by the Management Committee of the Association.

6.1.1. Acceptance or refusal of applications for membership is at the discretion of the Management Committee, although a decision to refuse membership must be accompanied by the reasons therefor.

6.2. All new members will be considered to be Probationary Members for the first 3 (three) months of their membership or until they have confirmed compliance with the Association’s Code of Conduct.

6.2.1. Probationary Members who are not compliant with the Association’s Code of Conduct at the end of the 3 month period may apply in writing, giving full reasons for the continuing non-compliance, for a further extension of 1 (one) month within which to attain compliance. The grant or refusal of such an extension shall be entirely within the discretion of the Management Committee. No more than 1 (one) application for extension will be granted per Probationary Member.

6.2.2. Probationary Members will be entitled to attend meetings of the Association, but may not vote at such meetings or serve on the Management Committee or any working groups.

6.3. There shall be the following categories of membership:

6.3.1. Full Members

6.3.1.1. This category will include fully licensed or licence-exempt wireless access providers who have confirmed compliance with the Association’s Code of Conduct.

6.3.1.2. This category of members will be entitled to attend meetings of the Association.

6.3.1.3. This category of members will have voting rights at Association meetings, except for those Full Members who are exempt from paying membership fees.

6.3.1.4. Members in this category may be elected to the Management Committee, and may serve on working groups constituted by the Management Committee.

6.3.2. Vendor Members:

6.3.2.1. This category will include vendors with an interest in selling products and services to the wireless access industry who have confirmed compliance with the Association’s Code of Conduct.

6.3.2.2. This category of members will be entitled to attend meetings of the Association.

6.3.2.3. This category of members will have voting rights at Association meetings.

6.3.2.4. Members in this category may be elected to the Management Committee, but only a maximum of 2 such members may be elected to the Management Committee at any time. Members in this category may serve on working groups constituted by the Management Committee, but a working group cannot consist of only Vendor Members.

6.3.3. Associate Member:

6.3.3.1. This category will include members not specifically catered for above and who have confirmed compliance with the Association’s Code of Conduct, and shall include but not be limited to:

6.3.3.1.1. Non-profit organisations with an interest in the wireless access industry;

6.3.3.1.2. Research entities with an interest in the wireless access industry;

6.3.3.1.3. Government organisations with an interest in the wireless access industry;

6.3.3.1.4. Other industry associations.

6.3.3.2. This category of members will be entitled to attend meetings of the Association.

6.3.3.3. This category of members will not have voting rights at Association meetings.

6.3.3.4. Members in this category may not be elected to the Management Committee, however they may serve on working groups constituted by the Management Committee, but a working group cannot consist of only Associate Members. The Management Committee shall have the authority to consider applications for membership from persons who provide wireless access services or have an interest in such services in other countries. If accepted, such members shall be considered to be Associate Members.

6.4. Membership fees pertaining to the different categories of membership and the date and method by which such fees shall be paid shall be determined and published by the Management Committee. If any formal objections to any changes to the membership fees are received, it will be put to a vote of the members at a General Meeting.

6.5. No member whose membership fees have not been paid on the due date will be regarded as being in good standing with the Association and they shall not be entitled to vote or participate in the structures of the Association until such time as membership fees are paid in full.

6.6. The Management Committee shall be entitled to set and raise special levies for the purpose of funding specific activities for the benefit of the Association. If any formal objections to the raising of special levies are received, it will be put to a vote of the members at a General Meeting.

6.7. The Management Committee shall be authorised at its discretion to revoke the membership of any member who fails to make payment of all due membership fees within a period of 90 calendar days of the due date set for the payment of such fees.

6.8. All categories of members of the Association have the right to attend the annual and other General Meetings of the Association and to participate in the discussion of the policy of the Association.

6.9. A member’s membership may be terminated in the following ways:

6.9.1. by a vote of 75% of the members at a General Meeting;

6.9.2. by the giving of written notice to this effect to the Management Committee by the relevant member;

6.9.3. at the discretion of the Management Committee where the member is found to be in breach of the Association’s Code of Conduct at the completion of a disciplinary process.

6.10. Notwithstanding the reasons for such termination all membership fees and other amounts paid by a member shall be forfeit to the Association upon termination of membership.