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Membership of NBA is open to all persons interested in beekeeping and any activities associated with beekeeping. You do not have to own any hives if you cannot, or do not want to, or feel you are not experienced enough yet in managing bees, but will be welcome to join us at our monthly meetings, field days and beekeeping courses. If you do have beehives you should of course belong to an Association.

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Northerns Beekeeping Association

Formerly Northern Transvaal Keeper's Association

(Adopted 15 09 2018)

Articles of association
1. Definitions
  • a. The Association: Northerns Beekeeping Association
  • b. The Committee: Those elected or co-opted to run the management affairs of the Association
  • c. The Apiculture: The study or keeping of honeybees
2. Interpretation
  • a. In this constitution, unless the context indicates a contrary intention, all terms are to be interpreted as written, without prejudice to the intended meaning.
3. Amendments
  • a. Any amendments to this constitution shall be made at a special general meeting specially convened for this purpose.
4. Aims and objectives

    The Association is established with the aims and objectives of: -

  • a. Promoting and advancing the science of Apiculture;
  • b. Maintaining competency and ethical conduct amongst its members;
  • c. Conducting training courses at different levels of need;
  • d. Keeping contact with other associations with similar interests;
  • e. To further the interests of the beekeeping in general in South Africa;
  • f. To solicit and accept donations to meet specific needs;
  • g. To consult with, or without, compensation any organisation which requests it;
  • h. Keeping members informed about developments in beekeeping throughout the world;
  • i. To create awareness in the general public of the value of bees to the environment and food supplies through pollination services;
  • j. To hold regular meetings, Field Days and Field Trips and other events for its members to educate and inform them of local conditions;
  • k. Doing all such other things, within the confines of the law, as re incidental or conducive to the attainment of it's objectives.
5. Persuations
  • a. The Association shall not align itself with any political, cultural or religious organisation.
  • b. The association shall act in a non-discriminatory manner in respect of all its policies, practices and public relations affairs.
6. Membership
  • a. Membership will be open to anyone interested in the objectives of the association irrespective of race, colour or creed.
  • b. Honorary membership my be conferred on any person subject to the approval of the committee and ratified by the members at a meeting.
7. Membership
  • a. The committee shall determine the annual membership fees which will only come into effect upon ratification at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting.
  • b. Annual subscriptions are due and payable on 1st day of January each year.
  • c. New members who join during the year will be charged pro-rata for the months remaining for that year plus a joining fee determined annually by the Committee.
  • d. The committee may vary the payable fees due for pensioners and/or other reason for any other person. Honorary members will be exempt from all membership fees.
  • e. Should a member not pay the annual subscription within 3 months of the subscriptions being due, without making agreeable arrangements with the Association, that member will be deemed to have absconded and automatically cease to be a member and have to reapply for membership and adminssion to the Northerns Beekeeping WhatsAoo group.
8. Termination of membership
  • a. Any member may resign his membership in writing. No fees or portion of fees paid will be refunded.
  • b. If a member should abscond, (break contact and withhold membership fees without notice of resignation) wish to join the Association again, shall do so witn an application and be regarded as a new member.
9. The association year
  • a. The Association's financial year shall run from 1st January to the following 31st December each year.
10. Annual General Meeting
  • a. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held within (3) months of the end of the financial year.
  • b. The Secretary shall advise members of the date, time and place of the annual general meeting and provide an agenda for that meeting. Such notice shall be given at least 14 days before the proposed meeting is held.
  • c. Members may appoint, in writing, a member in good standing to act as a proxy. Should such member not nominate a specific person the chairman shall exercise such proxy.
  • d. Only members of good standing shall be eligible to vote at any meeting. Spouses and children of members shall not be eligible to vote, unless those spouses and/or children are fully paid members of good standing.
  • e. All voting shall be done either by secret ballot or by a show of hands as decided at that particular meeting.
  • f. Agenda items will inculde:
  •     a. An Annual Report of the year's events
  •     b. A financial report
  •     c. Election of a new committee
  •     d. Any other business
11. Extra-ordinary and/or special meetings
  • a. The committee may, when needed, convene an extra-ordinary or special general meeting, if requested by at least 10% of the members in good standing.
  • b. The agenda will consist only of the matter for which the meeting was convened.
  • c. Notice of such meeting will be given fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting, stating the reason for calling the meeting, the place of the meeting, as well as the date and time.
  • d. A Quorum at all such meetings shall consist of 10% of the membership, where proxies in terms of paragraph 11e will be accepted as present.
  • e. Members may appoint, in writing, a member in good standing to act as a proxy. Should such member not nominate a specific person the chairman shall exercise such proxy.
12. Composition of the committee
  • a. The Committee shall comprise of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer plus co-opted additional members with special duties, as requested from time to time.
13. Duties and obligations of the committee
  • a. The affairs of the Association shall be managed by the Committee and shall includes duties allocated by the committee members themselves or requested by members at a monthly or other meeting of the Association.
  • b. The committee may appoint a subcommittee to attend to certain matters and such subcommittee shall report back to the committee.
  • c. The committee shall meet at least once per quarter.
14. Accounts
  • a. The Treasurer will be responsible for the proper recording of all the financial transactions of the association.
  • b. The financial records will be storedat a suitable place approved by the committee.
15. Liability of association
  • a. The Association shall not be liable for any accidents and/or incidents which may occur to members, visitors, office bearers or employee at any event organised by the Association.
  • b. Every member shall be encouraged to obtain his own insurance for public liability in respect of his/her beekeeping activities.
16. Termination and winding up of the Association
  • a. The Association may be liquidated if requested by members at a Special Meeting convened for this purpose.
  • b. Any assets remaining upon liquidation will be sold out of hand or by public auction and all monies left therafter shall be donated to a national or international body involved with honeybee research.
17. Approval
  • a. This constitution was approved and accepted at a special meeting held on 2018/09/15 in Silverton, Pretoria

Official code of conduct

  • 1. In terms of its Constitution Northerns Beekeeping Association aims primarily to promote and advance the science of Apiculture within South Africa and to encourage the competency and professional conduct amongst its members in their beekeeping activities. To this extent the Association expects of its members that they themselves maintain a competent and professional approach in all aspects of their beekeeping activities.
Compliance with statutory regulations
  • 2. All members who keep bees whether for recreational use, commercial use or for any reason relating to the production and harvesting of honey bee products must comply with the statutory laws of South Africa and Local Government by-laws in beekeeping.
  • 3. All members who keep bees must be registered with the national regulatory body, namely SABIO, as prescribed in terms of the Agricultural Pest Act, and must hold a valid registration number issued by that regulatory body.
Insurance cover
  • 4. All members who keep bees should consider being covered with some form of insurance for public liability.
Code of Conduct
  • All members of the Association are expected to:
  •     1. adhere to the Association’s Constitution;
  •     2. practice proven and ethical standards in working and managing their bees or any activity associated with apiculture, including the removal of feral swarms and any aspect of research and development in apiculture;
  •     3. behave in a proper, lawful and responsible manner in all activities associated with beekeeping;
  •     4. behave in a responsible manner in all dealings with the general public on beekeeping matters;
  •     5. acknowledge and respect the views of fellow beekeepers without derogatory or disparaging comment whilst maintaining their right to express their own views in any forum of the Association.
Landowners and the general public
  • 6. Any member who keeps bees on property which is not his own must have the permission of the Landowner to keep his bees on that property.
  • 7. The member shall at all times act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner whilst working with his bees on any site.
  • 8. The beekeeper must work as safely and as responsibly at all times especially with regards to the use of smoke whilst working his bees and be aware at all times of the hazards relating to the negligent use of fire.
  • 9. The beekeeper should at all times keep the area in which he keeps his bees in a tidy and clean environment and avoid any damage to other landowner’s property.
  • 10. The beekeeper should maintain regular contact with the landowner and adhere to reasonable requests made by the landowner regarding the keeping of bees on the property.
  • 11. The beekeeper must ensure that the interests of the general public are observed when working on his bees or transporting bees in any vehicle.
Action to be taken regarding misconduct
  • 12. In the event that any member brings the name of the Association into disrepute or conducts himself in any manner deemed irresponsible or unethical the Committee of the Association may act in terms of the Constitution in dealing with the matter.
Conduct in respect of Bee removals
  • 13. Any member of the Association who carries out the removal of feral swarms must be trained and competent to do so. The bee remover must know his limitations and must not endanger the safety of other persons, livestock, pets or other animals.
  • 14. The primary responsibility of the bee remover should be to preserve the feral colony as a unitary community colony in order to re-hive the colony in its entirety and independence rather than creating hybrid colonies. Where this is impractical the bee keeper should be experienced in combining swarms in order to preserve the majority of the feral swarm removed.
  • 15. No feral swarms which are accessible and can be re-hived should be destroyed. A bee remover should decline a job without recompense if he believes he is not capable of or is constrained in any way from completing a successful bee removal.
  • 16. Where the client requests that the bees should not be destroyed the bee remover must decline the work without recompense if he cannot remove the bees for relocation. In the event that the client requests that the bees be destroyed whereas the bee remover is of the opinion that the bees can be relocated he should endeavour to persuade the client to allow him to remove the colony.
  • 17. The bee remover should be prepared to refer a removal to another bee remover without due favour where he is not able to remove the swarm.
  • 18. The bee remover who undertakes an assignment must commit to his arrangements with the client in respect to date and time or communicate with the client where he is unable to honour the commitments made.
  • 19. Any fees charged by a bee remover for undertaking an assignment shall be at the discretion of the bee remover as agreed with the client. The Association shall not prescribe to any member with respect to any charges levied for such assignment and the bee remover shall not involve the Association in any way regarding any dispute arising out of any services rendered.
  • 20. The Association reserves the right to act in terms of its Constitution against any member with respect to any irresponsible action or conduct caused by the member who may bring the aims and objectives of the Association or the bee keeping fraternity in general into disrepute in respect of any activity associated with the removal of bees or their destruction.
Field days and outings
  • 21. All members who attend Field Days, Field Trips or any Outing held under the auspices of the Association do so at the invitation of the Association and the hosts where the activity is held. Members and their guests and family attending such functions are required to respect the requests as made by such hosts regarding access to their premises and the non removal or otherwise of property belonging to the host.
  • 22. Any person who conducts himself in an irresponsible or unacceptable manner at any function or outing organised by the Association may be requested to leave such function by any member of the Committee.
WhatsApp and Facebook group/pages
  • 22. If you are going to comment, we would prefer it if you could try and add valuable discussion to the conversation. Be friendly, be fair and use common sense.
  • 23. NO religious comment, hate speech, racism, politics, vulgar language or off topic posts are allowed on these groups. Please keep it beekeeping related.
  • 24. Admins reserve the right to remove members who won’t adhere to Admins’ instructions and don’t adhere to section 5.5 above.
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Frequently Asked Questions

It is strongly advised that third party insurance is taken out once a member has own hives. NBA has an insurance agreement with a broker for beekeepers.

No, you can register at SABIO once you have become a member.

No minimum age is stipulated by the Constitution. The application for a minor will be reviewed by the Committee for approval.

Once a member has hives, registration with DAFF is necessary as the laws on beekeeping are regulated by DAFF.

Start with only a few hives until experienced has been gained. Many hives managed with no experience or training can result in loss of swarms due to trial and error.

Any member may be part of multiple beekeeping associations.

No previous beekeeping experience or having your own hives are required to become a member.

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