Dear SACOMM Community

Earlier this year we sent out an email announcing that we would delay the Call for Papers for our yearly conference due to the COVID-19 virus and restrictions surrounding it. We strive to make decisions that prioritise your safety and wellbeing. We also have to contend with realities around what is possible for the ExCo, Local Organising Committee and members in what is left of the year.

With due regard for its importance, ExCo has decided to postpone this year’s conference. We will strive to have the conference in Limpopo next year (all factors permitting). This does not mean that the activities of SACOMM will cease.

Virtual Activities: We will send out a questionnaire soon, in which you will be able to indicate what interest group(s) you want to be engaged in this year. Interest group convenors will schedule virtual sessions/activities with their constituents, as possible.

The AGM: Our Annual General Meeting will continue virtually. More information on this will follow in due course, but it will most likely take on the form of a Microsoft Teams Live Event, which you will be able to join via a link. The date for the AGM is set for Tuesday evening 29 September (17:30 to 19:30), to take into consideration the many activities that members have to attend to during the day.

Membership: Allowing for the impact that COVID-19 has had on institutions’ and individuals’ spending power, ExCo has decided to roll over all 2019 membership fees for another year. This means that if you were a member in good standing in 2019 (i.e. you attended the 2019 conference, or paid your membership fees directly to our Administrator), you automatically stay a member for 2020. Membership is renewable ahead of our 2021 Conference. If you were not a member in 2019, but wish to become one now, you will be able to do so for a reduced fee of R100 for the year.

We thank you for your continued support. SACOMM stays committed to fulfilling its duties in a manner that prioritises its members and its values. We will see each other soon virtually and in person at #SACOMM2021.