We commit to complying with the King IV™: Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa 2016 (King IV™), Part 6.3: Supplement for non-proﬁt organisations (NPOs). The below provides a high-level evaluation of current compliance. As part of Vision 20-22, we actively seek to achieve greater compliance with Part 6.3 of King IV™.
Governing body should lead ethically and effectively.
Our relationship with SANParks is managed by the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC), which comprises senior representatives of both bodies. The JLC agrees strategic matters and approves all wish list items to ensure that the funds raised and services we provide are applied meaningfully to SANParks.
We are managed by a national executive committee (NEC), made up of members elected at the AGM for a period of two years. Each region has a single vote for NEC members, except for cluster coordinators, who are elected by regions in their cluster. The NEC is deﬁned by the SHR constitution and acts within the delegation of powers policy. In ensuring our strategic alignment with SANParks, the JLC will make strategic suggestions which are tabled at the NEC for discussion, approval and implementation. NEC members are required to declare any potential conﬂict of interest at the start of each quarterly NEC meeting.
At present, the NEC does not report on meeting attendance or member qualiﬁcations and does not undertake NEC performance evaluations. National project chairpersons are appointed by the NEC and constitute their committees in line with NEC approved standard operating procedures.
Each region has a regional management committee (RMC), whose members are elected by the region for a two-year term. The regions policy governs the functioning of regional RMCs. The constitution creates two mechanisms to ensure alignment between the regions and the NEC. The ﬁrst is the cluster coordinator role, the second is the chairpersons’ meeting. The cluster coordinator organises and reports on the performance of the functions and activities of Honorary
Rangers within their geographic cluster. The chairperson’s meeting takes place between the chairpersons of the regions, national project chairpersons and the NEC. The chairpersons’ meeting serves both as a communication forum and as a forum to make recommendations for the formulation and amendment of policies, operating procedures and general functioning of the SHRs.
During 2017, the NEC conducted a review of the governance of the organisation and came to the conclusion that a re-engineering of the organisation is necessary to establish a clear distinction between governors and managers. The proposal is that the constitution should be amended to create board of directors. This re-engineering would also allow for a management team, so that the executive, managerial and administrative structure and capacity is enhanced.
The composition and mandate of the first board of directors will be defined over time to ensure ethical and effective governance. The governing body should govern the ethics of the organisation in a way that supports the establishment of an ethical culture.
We have a code of conduct included in the curriculum of the role of the Honorary Ranger training course, which is mandatory to qualify as an SHR member. Course attendees are required to pass an assignment on the course content.
Our policy on regulating family members and people in close relationships serving on elected and appointed management positions became effective in 2015, and serves to limit potential conﬂicts of interest between members serving on various management committees.
Expense claims are strictly controlled in line with the expenses and allowances policies.
As of 2015, regional and national project chairpersons and RMC members are encouraged to attend SHR leadership training which covers the ethical basis for prevailing policies and their content.