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ABOUT TASKS

FORMATION OF TASKS

At the National RECSKASA Sea Kayak Convention held in Hermanus in 2001, RECSKASA members voted unanimously to restructure it to become more representative of sea kayaking interests not only in South Africa, but, in line with government policy to motivate an African renaissance, in Africa as a whole. It was decided that a society, rather than an association, would be the best format for a group dedicated to carry through such a mission. The main considerations were inter alia that:

  1. RECSKASA had fulfilled its primary task of representing sea kayaking at the outset of the finding of the sport in South Africa. This included dealing with SAMSA , the South African Marine Safety Authority, MCM, Marine and Coastal Management [previously the Department of Sea Fisheries], SATOUR, THETA, the Tourism, Hospitality, Education and Training Authority, local authorities and other related associations. A new group dedicated to representing and promoting sea kayaking in South Africa as well as Africa as a whole was needed. It required a new structure; an electorate and democratically elected chair and committee would be well-nigh an impossibility to achieve, or maintain, in a large and diverse continent such as Africa It would be better driven by a group of self-motivated persons who were prepared to buy into and contribute their services to a society dedicated to promoting sea kayaking and the structures which supported it, including making a contribution to a sustainable tourism infrastructure which would be of benefit to local communities. The South African government's stance on diminishing the roles of associations, at least in respect of the control of training standards, also obviated the need to maintain democratically-constituted and representative associations such as RECSKASA.

  2. The major objectives of such a society would be to promote all aspects of sea kayaking, both commercial and recreational. Implicit in this is a contribution of time and expertise to the conservation of the sea and coast in recognition of Africa's dependence on the sea for its future well-being.

To implement the above, the following steps were taken:

  1. RECSKASA was effectively restructured to become TASKS, The African Sea Kayak Society.

  2. TASKS was constituted as a society, to be managed by trust members who initiated the process initially and subsequently by those who were recommended and accepted by fellow trustees. Trustees serve on a board which manages the society. Commercial sea kayak suppliers either become trustee members, or register as non-voting commercial suppliers at costs to be determined from time to time. Recreational members either become trustee members or register for free as non-voting "Friends of TASKS, the African Sea Kayak Society".

  3. A website was established as TASKS' primary means of communication. The TASKS website sets out to: A. Promote sea kayaking as a whole. B. Promote recreational sea kayaking and training in Africa. C. Promote its members' commercial sea kayaking interests iro equipment, guide training and touring in Africa. D. Promote sustainable development of communities in Africa who are dependent on the coast for their income. E. Promote the conservation of the African coast and the sea.

 

READ MORE ABOUT TASKS

1. A Brief History of TASKS

2. The Formation of TASKS

3. Guide training in new education dispensation

4. Transformation of river association

5. Sea kayaking association promotes clubs and training

6. TASK guidelines To Local Councils

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