South African Statistical Association (SASA)

The mission of the Association shall be to foster the study and knowledge of statistical theory and its application towards improving the quality of life of all South Africans.
The Association shall strive to accomplish this mission:
· to create a forum for nurturing, attracting and retaining statisticians in South Africa, and advancing their interests;
· to actively market the discipline of statistics in order to improve the general perception and appreciation of the discipline
· to support members by providing a platform for networking opportunities and publications
· to produce timely and high quality up-to-date publications, including the South African Statistical Journal (SA Statist J) and the Conference Proceedings, and communicate to its members relevant information and news through the Newsletter.
The Association will arrange an annual conference and will communicate with members by means of the SASA Newsletter, the official Newsletter, and by making available to members the SA Statist J, the official journal, and/or any other publication; and will in general carry out in a judicious and organised manner any function or act in pursuance of and promoting the above goals.

 

Note: SASA does not have collections of statistical data. Please contact StatsSA if you are looking for South African statistics. 

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Announcements

SASA Conference Proceedings 2016

SASA Conference Proceedings 2016
SASA will once again be producing proceedings of peer-reviewed papers from its annual conference. Presenters who would like to submit contributions for review and inclusion in the proceedings are requested to take note of the following:
The deadline for submission of full paper(s) is 1 September 2016. 

Details for submission on the SASA website here.

SASA Website Jobs

SASA Website Jobs
Just a reminder that jobs are regularly advertised on the SASA website at www.sastat.org.za/job-opportunities 

Meet the Statistician's Page

Meet the Statistician's Page
The SASA website will have a new feature - a 'Meet the Statistician' page. Each week we would like to introduce a SASA member on the website in order to let young and old and all in between get to know all the members. You are welcome to nominate yourself as the next profile - just send Dr Fabris-Rotelli an email with a good quality photo of yourself, your academic qualifications, where you work/study, what research you are interested in and anything else you like. Maximum half a page of information please.
This week we start with a page for Prof Tim Dunne who we lost a few weeks ago in a car accident. 
Meet the Statistician: Prof Tim Dunne

New SASA Constitution

New SASA Constitution
Thank you for voting during the constitution revision in 2015. 
This report serves as the final outcome of the SASA 2015 constitution revision. This revision was undertaken as per the constitution requirements of a five yearly review. 
The revision required several important changes identified by the EC between 2011 and 2015, most notably an update on the Association’s vision, mission and goals. This was driven in 2013 under the Presidency of Dr Roelof Coetzer.
The revision was presented to the AGM in December 2015, and after debate put to the vote early in 2016. A total of 77 votes were received, of which one was submitted in error. The voting system inadvertently was structured to allow all members, including student participation. Fortunately only one student member voted ensuring minimal contamination.
In summary, 58 votes were in full support of all revisions. A total of 19 votes supported some revisions whilst no votes were received against the revision. Of the 19 partially supported votes, the most contested amendment was based on the new vision, mission and goals of the Association. In this category, three votes opposing the revision were received, indicating that in excess of 95% of voters were in agreement of the changes. Given the overwhelming majority vote in favour of the revision, the 2015 revision was accepted as voted.
Note: The requirements for approving the revision as stipulated in the constitution are that at least 2/3 of the voters must support the revision. Refer to clause 17.2.
The new 2015 constitution is available on the website: 2015Constitution

SASA Expert List

SASA Expert List
If you would like to be added to the Expert List on the SASA website:
http://sastat.org.za/statistical-consultants-expert-list
send Dr Fabris-Rotelli an email. with all the needed information. 

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