WASPA structures

WASPA’s constitution provides for a Management Committee, which has defined responsibilities and duties and manages the day-to-day affairs of the association. In addition, the WASPA Constitution provides for the establishment of other committees as necessary for WASPA to fulfil its mandate.

Management Committee

The members of the Management Committee (Mancom) are elected by WASPA’s members at the association’s annual general meeting. The Mancom consists of seven people, including a Chairperson (or optionally two Joint-Chairs) and a Treasurer.

The specific duties of Mancom, as defined in the Constitution include:

  • The formation and dissolution of other committees;
  • Determining membership categories and membership fees (in consultation with WASPA’s general membership);
  • Approving all membership applications;
  • Revoking membership of any member who fails to pay due membership fees or who is in breach of WASPA’s code of conduct;
  • Issuing press statements;
  • Calling general and special meetings; and
  • Managing WASPA’s finances and affairs.

In addition, Mancom takes responsibility for the follow areas:

  • Monitoring relevant regulatory developments;
  • Lobbying policy-makers and regulators where appropriate; and
  • Providing advice to WASPA members on regulatory matters from time-to-time.

In order to better fulfil these duties, Mancom has a number of smaller working groups, which each have a specific mandate. Each working group is championed by a member of the Mancom. Current working groups are:

  • Communications working group
  • Lobbying working group

Code of Conduct Committee

The Code of Conduct Committee (Codecom) is open to all WASPA members, although the WASPA Mancom is entitled to limit the participants in the committee if necessary to ensure that it functions smoothly. The Chairperson of this committee is appointed by Mancom.

This committee is responsible for:

  • Development and implementation of the WASPA’s code of conduct; and
  • Documentation of the processes used by WASPA to handle code of conduct complaints.

Lobbying Committee

The Lobbying Committee (Lobbycom) is open to all WASPA members, although the WASPA Mancom is entitled to limit the participants in the committee if necessary to ensure that it functions smoothly. The Chairperson of this committee is appointed by Mancom.

This committee is responsible for:

  • Establishing common industry positions on key issues; and
  • Liaising with mobile networks and regulatory bodies.