Please note: Director and Member nominations close at the end of August annually.
As a Non-Profit Company, AfrikaBurn has a two-tiered governance structure consisting of Members and Directors. AfrikaBurn’s Memorandum of Incorporation (or founding documents) clearly and legally define the organisation’s purpose and object – both of which explicitly include the core principles of Communal Effort, Participation, Civic Responsibility, Immediacy, Decommodification, Gifting, Leaving No Trace, Radical Inclusion, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression and Each One Teach One.
The Members could be compared to shareholders of a public or private company in some ways. Members broadly exercise their duties and powers in general meetings or Annual General Meetings. For example, Members have the obligation and power to appoint and remove directors, appoint or remove other members, or amend the founding documents of the company (only if necessary). They have the obligation to ensure that appointed Members and Directors are fulfilling the purpose and object as defined in the MOI and such other things as agreed from time to time.
However, there are two key areas in which Members are very different to shareholders of a public or private for-profit company:
What are the obligations/expectations of being a volunteer Member? And how
do Members get appointed, resign, get honoured?
AfrikaBurn is legally required to have a minimum of 7 members. Members either come forward voluntarily and apply or are encouraged to do so by the AfrikaBurn community at large. Any person involved in our greater community may apply to become a Member. In order to be eligible to be a Member, and in order to remain a Member, a candidate must fulfil the following minimum requirements:
Candidates from all walks of life, backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply; however, existing Members will be firmly guided by the above requirements when considering a nomination.
Members are not paid for their service. They provide their time voluntarily and free-of-
To become a Member, a letter of motivation is required to be submitted along with a letter of recommendation that endorses the person who is being put forward. This letter would need to come from someone who has significantly been involved in AfrikaBurn in some manner and has cultural context, i.e.: they’ve been involved in the organisation or have volunteered at past events or have been part of a creative crew/Collective.
Candidates will be invited to interviews conducted by a panel of Members & Directors. The Member Secretariat will compile the applications (including interview notes) and submit it to the Members to consider.
Membership application is open all year round, and Prospective Members who want to stand for formal Membership participate in an induction process (during which they will have a voice but no formal no voting rights), until the formal vote at the AGM.
Nominations for voting at the AGM at the end of October each year closes at the end of August annually. Any Membership applications received after this date will go onto the induction process and be formally voted for at the AGM in the next cycle.
A member shall be appointed by a majority vote (51%) in favour, of all eligible votes of the
Click here for a list of Current Members with contact details, Founding Members and past Members. AfrikaBurn and its participants are grateful for their passion, contribution and love.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a Member, click here to download the Fact Sheet.
What are the obligations/expectations of being a Director? How do Directors
Directors have broad executive responsibility for overseeing the on-going operations of the company towards its object as set out in the MOI. In AfrikaBurn’s case, this is primarily responsibility for the strategic planning; oversight of the annual AfrikaBurn calendar of events; policy development; ensuring resources and compliance for operations and activities; sound management of AfrikaBurn’s finances and legal and fiduciary responsibilities to the non-profit company. However, Directors also enjoy the full protection of limited liability in terms of the Companies Act and cannot be held responsible for the actions/activities of the company as long as they have not been grossly negligent in the fulfillment of their duties.
AfrikaBurn is required to have a minimum 3 Directors and a maximum of 7 Directors. Directors either come forward voluntarily or are nominated by the AfrikaBurn community at large. Any person involved in our greater community may nominate someone to become a Director and nominations are always welcome. Nominations are open all year round, but must be submitted to existing Members by at least two months prior to the annual AGM at the end of October in order to be considered for voting at that AGM.
Becoming a Director is not a lightweight matter. Directors are appointed for a two-year cycle. They must be confident that they can and will allocate sufficient time to diligently fulfil their duties. Directors have many practical jobs and responsibilities which have to be fulfilled according to a strict timeline. This is especially important to note for those Directors involved in AfrikaBurn operations.
In order to be eligible to become a Director, and in order to remain a Director, a candidate must fulfil the following minimum requirements:
Directorship is currently a remunerated part time position and as such, Directors are subject to a peer/performance review, the results of which are shared with members to ensure transparency and accountability as it is an elected position. Directors are also subject to all staff policy and procedures.
Candidates from all walks of life, backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply; however, Members will be firmly guided by the above requirements when considering a nomination. It’s important to note that overall AfrikaBurn continuity and experience of nominated Directors and the Directors team as a whole will be factored into decision making. If Directors are not willing (or able) for whatever reason to fulfil their obligations and/or duties, they are required to notify their fellow Directors and Members ASAP and formally resign as soon as practically possible.
If you, or someone you know, has the experience and drive to support the organisation and the community it serves through this vital role, please follow these steps:
Applications should include (in PDF format please):
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews conducted by a panel of Members.
The Member Secretariat will compile the applications (including interview notes) and submit it to the Members to consider.
Click here for a list of Current Directors and past Directors. AfrikaBurn and its participants are grateful for their passion, contribution and love.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a Director, click here to download the information on this page.