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FIM AFRICA GENERAL ASSEMBLY - 26-28 OCTOBER 2012

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM


BRIEF OVERVIEW

This year’s General Assembly (GA) will be fully covered in the next eNewsletter – including dates and venues for the 2013 FIM AFRICA Championships - but below are brief details of the GA; elections; strategy workshop and discussions and decisions taken during the three days.

 

21 delegates from Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe attended the GA at Emperor’s Palace, situated near the O.R Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, South Africa.


 

(Above - Emperors Palace – General Assembly venue)

 

It was a great privilege and honour to welcome Mr Robert Rasor, FIM Vice President, to this year’s GA, and our sincere thanks go to Rob for not only having found time in his very busy schedule to attend, but for also having been prepared to undertake the long journey to South Africa from Columbus, Ohio.  

 

Rob delivered an excellent presentation on the FIM’s history; its structure and its very successful Strategic Plan and its 2020 Vision.   It was clear from the inter-action between Rob and the delegates at the end of the presentation when they were invited to raise questions, that everyone enjoyed the presentation tremendously.

 

 

A council meeting took place on the first morning of the General Assembly to not only review 2012 activities, but to also discuss its Work Plan for 2013.

 

The GA also included a Strategy Workshop to review the current status of this project; the Terms of Reference & Operating Principle documents for the various Commissions, and to start finalising the Work Plans of the Commissions.

 

The Strategy Implementation Committee met on the last day to discuss the Work Plans of the various Commissions – as well as that of Council.

(Above - Mr Robert Rasor – FIM Vice President – addressing delegates)

ELECTIONS

The three candidates who were nominated as FIM AFRICA Vice Presidents, were unanimously elected by delegates of the General Assembly, and are pictured below:


(Above - From left to right:   Mrs Sheryl Kibaki (Kenya) – President of the Women in Motorcycling Commission; Dr Douglas Gwatidzo (Zimbabwe) – President of the Medical and Safety Commission and Mr Clive Mawson (Zimbabwe) – President of the Leisure, Touring and Road Safety Commission.)

The meeting of the Women in Motorcycling Commission met on the first day of the GA to discuss their work plans for 2013, and the new banner, featuring the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission, was also ‘introduced’ during the GA.


 

DISCUSSIONS AND DECISIONS

Discussions and decisions taken during the GA will be covered in the Minutes of the GA which will be posted on the website in the very near future, but below are bullet points on some of the discussions and decisions:

 

  • Noting of the 2012 audited financials;

  • Approval of the 2013 Budget

  • Approval of the Reports of the President, Vice Presidents and Working Group Chairmen

  • Appointment of two Working Group Chairmen for the Leisure, Touring and Road Safety Commission (one for the Central Region (i.e. Kenya, Uganda and including Zambia) – Mr Ginty Melville – and one for the Southern Region (i.e. Zimbabwe and South Africa) – Mr Des Panton

  • Zimbabwe will host the 2013 GA (venue and date to be finalised, but tentatively 31 Oct/2 Nov.)

  • Commissions to meet during the GA every second year

  • A Rewards and Recognition Committee will be created to study nominations for Special Awards (recognition of volunteers and others – i.e. FMNs, Clubs, media and sponsors)

  • Introduction of on-line surveys (as per Strategy Plan) to receive feedback from all stakeholders in motorcycling in Africa

  • Training Camps for riders

  • Training Workshops in 3 countries each year (commencing 2013) for FMN Officials (administration, event organisation, sporting and technical issues; etc.) in line with Strategy Plan

  • Council members to visit countries in close proximity of their own countries to discuss revival of certain categories in motorcycling in those countries


PRESENTATIONS/AWARDS

When the FIM presented the then AMU with a commemorative plaque to celebrate the CONU’s 10th Anniversary, it was decided that each member country would keep the plaque for a year – i.e.:

 

  • 2009 – Morocco
  • 2010 – Zimbabwe
  • 2011 – South Africa
  • 2012 -  Zambia

Kenya will receive the plaque in 2013


 

(Above - Mr Marco Comana (President of ZMSA) on the left, receiving the FIM Commemorative Plaque from Mr Marius Matthee, MSA’s Voting Delegate at the GA.)

FIM AFRICA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

This Award was presented for the first time at this year’s GA.   Mr Ginty Melville, representing ZMSA (Zambia Motor Sport Association) nominated Mr Marius Matthee – chairman of the FIM AFRICA Environment Commission Working Group for the outstanding work done by Mr Matthee to create and increase a greater awareness of environmental matters and environmental sustainability within all FMNs in Africa.   


     

 

(Above -The FIM Environmental Award being presented to Mr Marius Matthee (left) by the ZMSAPresident, Mr Marco Comana (right))

 


SPECIAL TOKEN OF APPRECIATION

Last but most definitely not least!  This very special token of appreciation was deliberately presented last to highlight just how much Mr Robert Rasor’s attendance to the GA was appreciated by FIM AFRICA and all delegates.   As the horrendous poaching of Rhino in all African countries where these magnificent animals are found is a major threat to the future existence of the Rhino population, a Rhino mother and calf statute was selected to present to Mr Rasor.


 

(Above - Mr Rasor receiving FIM AFRICA’s token of appreciation from Mrs Beaulah Schoeman)

SOCIAL DINNER

A social dinner was once again organised for all delegates at the end of this year’s General Assembly


 

 

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