Membership Rules and Policies

All members of Tarka Development Group commit to abide by the following rules and policies:

  1. No member may discriminate against another person on the basis of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.
    1. Race is a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits; most often skin colour;
    2. Gender is the behavioural, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex, but sometimes presented by someone of another sex;
    3. Sex is one of two biological categories: male or female;
    4. Pregnancy is the state of carrying a developing embryo or foetus within the female body;
    5. Marital Status is a person’s state of being single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed;
    6. Ethnic or Social Origin is the ancestral race that an individual belongs to;
    7. Colour is the physical skin colour of a person as a result of melanin in the skin;
    8. Sexual Orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender;
    9. Age is the length of time that a person has lived;
    10. Disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities;
    11. Religion is a particular system of faith and worship;
    12. Conscience is an inner guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behaviour;
    13. Belief is an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof;
    14. Culture is the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular society;
    15. Language is a system of communication used by a particular society;
    16. Birth is person’s origin, descent, or ancestry.
  2. Members commit to being honest and having strong moral principles – knowing what is right and wrong in a larger context and acting on that knowledge.
  3. Members commit to conduct themselves honourably – respectable and respectful.
  4. Members commit to serving their community, in whatever way they can, for the greater good of all.
  5. Members commit to remaining hopeful and confident of the future while working to make the future a reality.
  6. Members commit to partnering with others to promote the common goal of an improved future.
  7. Members commit to attend the Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meeting insofar as possible. Where such a meeting will deal with constitutional matters, members commit to attend, unless a reasonable situation exists preventing attendance, and is communicated to the Office Bearers in due time ahead of the meeting.
  8. Members may not speak on behalf of the organisation unless authorised to do so by an Annual General Meeting, Special General Meeting, or a written resolution by the Office Bearers. Such an authorisation, where given, must have an expiry date no later than one year from the date of the authorisation.
  9. Members may not commit the organisation or its resources unless authorised to do so by an Annual General Meeting, Special General Meeting, or a written resolution by the Office Bearers. Such an authorisation, where given, must have an expiry date no later than one year from the date of the authorisation.
  10. Where a member is found guilty of a criminal offense which results in a prison sentence, membership will terminate immediately.
  11. Where a person has been found guilty of a criminal offense and has served a prison sentence, it must be brought to the attention of the Office Bearers at the time of applying for membership. Membership may not be unreasonably withheld, but may be decided within the context of the offense committed, the time served, the time elapsed since time served, and the organisational values. The decision to approve or deny membership in this instance is at the reasonable discretion of the Office Bearers.
  12. Members with criminal records are not eligible as Office Bearers.
  13. Members who relocate out of the municipal area of Tarkastad will retire as members.
  14. Where a member is alleged to be in breach of the rules and policies guiding membership, the Office Bearers must:
    1. serve a notice to the member of the alleged transgression within 3 days of receiving the allegation;
    2. schedule an enquiry at which the member can present their case, and notify the member of the enquiry no earlier than fourteen days before the enquiry;
    3. weigh the facts presented and come to a verdict no earlier than seven days after the enquiry;
    4. if a breach has occurred, decide on remedial action to be taken no earlier than seven days after coming to a verdict;
    5. inform the member of the outcome no later than 3 days after deciding on remedial action, or coming to a verdict if a breach did not occur;
    6. conclude the entire process within 45 days.
  15. Where a member is not satisfied with the outcome of an enquiry, such member may refer the matter to an independent ombudsman or arbitrator within 30 days of receiving the outcome, at own cost, whose finding will be binding on both parties.

Reviewed March 2016