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.
Members form part of the two-tiered governance structure of Afrika Burns Creative Projects NPC. They are essentially the custodians of the organisation. They give guidance and direction to the organisation and generally get involved in non-operational matters
Members should have a good understanding of the 11 Guiding Principles and actively apply these in their daily lives. Members should also be committed to the Burn as active participants.
Everyone in the broader burner community is encouraged to embrace these behaviours. As such new Members are sought with the express intention of filling identified and unknown gaps in the Membership that ensure cultural and cognitive diversity. The AfrikaBurn Membership strives also, to be the inclusive and equitable community we aspire to be.
An ideal Member is:
Members are not paid for their service. They provide their time voluntarily and free-of-
Any person involved in our greater community may apply to become a Member and is either motivated to come forward and apply themselves, or is encouraged to do so by someone within the AfrikaBurn community at large.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a Member, click here to download the Fact Sheet.
The Directors of AfrikaBurn hold overarching responsibility for meeting the objectives of the organisation; for ensuring its activities are philosophically aligned with the guiding principles; and for the governance of the organisation. They are also responsible for the fiduciary health of the organisation as a self-sustaining NPC, and balanced against the overall objectives of the organisation and the movement.
They hold primary responsibility for the strategic planning; oversight of the annual AfrikaBurn calendar of events; policy development; ensuring the resources (including human) and compliance for operations and activities; sound management of AfrikaBurn’s finances; and legal and fiduciary governance of the non-profit company.
The Board of Directors comprises of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 Directors, the majority of whom are non-executive Directors.
Non-Executives Directors are elected by the Members. They serve on a part-time basis and are required to be external from the operations of the organisation. They drive forward the vision and strategy of the organisation. Non-executive Directors may not hold any other formal or paid position within the operations of the organisation.
Executive Directors are appointed on a full-time or a part-time basis, to interface with the operations of the organisation, execute decisions of the Board, and drive forward the vision and strategy of the organisation. Executive Directors may not hold any other formal or paid position within the operations of the organisation (unless determined otherwise by the Members from time to time by way of an ordinary resolution).
AfrikaBurn seeks to have a culturally and cognitively diverse Directorship, that incorporates a range of skills and expertise at a strategic level. Candidates from all walks of life, backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply; however, in all cases an individual must:
While it is no longer a strict requirement, it is of benefit for any potential Director to have participated in Burn events previously, to fully understand the nature of the event as a mechanism for catalysing the organisation’s objects.
Any suitably qualified person involved in our greater community may apply to become a Director, and is either motivated to come forward and apply themselves, or is encouraged to do so by someone within the AfrikaBurn community at large.
The following resources give applicants an insight into the structure and function of the AfrikaBurn organisation in order to assist their application.
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 Director Fact Sheet.