n South African Medical Journal - A reflection on the South African Medical Association - past, present and future : editorial




The recent adoption of the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and Rules of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) represents an appropriate time to pause and reflect. For purposes of compliance with the new Companies Act, the MOI and Rules were in fact adopted in 2013, with recent amendments needing to be added. This does, however, provide an opportunity to critically evaluate where the Association is in the year in which, as a country, we celebrate 20 years of democracy. It is often said that to understand the present one needs to look to the past. Two articles from 1996 by Mlisana et al. and Hanekom et al. provide a useful context of the situation just before the formation of SAMA, as well as insights into the development of the process of unity in the profession. Furthermore, the ideals of a professional association stated at that time provide a measure by which we can assess our progress.


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