What does the SAMAA do?

In short, the SAMAA provides a service to its members.
This service includes, but is not limited to, advice and guidance, registration of clubs and flying sites, public liability insurance cover, event approvals, communication through a newsletter and the web, management of radio frequencies, flying proficiencies, rules and regulations, local, regional, national and international competitions, representation, shared use of airspace, and affiliations to other bodies with similar interests.
 

When was the SAMAA started?

In August of 1937, the South African Model 'Aeronautic' Association was formed on initiation of Viv Gracie of Cape Town, Phil Dalgety of Durban, and Alf Yardley of Johannesburg. Up to the mid-1950s, the activities were mostly free flight and control line. In 1958, radio control activities became popular and a body was established to take care of competitive activities.
In 1986 there was a move to once again unite all aeromodelling activities under a single body.

Where does the SAMAA operate from?

Currently, the SAMAA has an office in Bonaero Park (Kempton Park), where the day-to-day administration functions are processed.
An elected management committee, consisting of volunteers, perform various functions, like marketing, promotions, finances, compliance, development, special interest groups, clubs, dealers, etc. Election of office bearers takes place every two years, to ensure a steady stream of new ideas and enthusiasm.
 

Where do SAMAA members practice their activities?

There are nearly 200 clubs and flying sites in South Africa, where members of the SAMAA may practice their hobby and sport.
The major metropolitan centres are well served with a variety of clubs.
There are also clubs in the bigger towns, and even clubs and flying sites in rural locations.

SAMAA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

DANIE POTGIETER – Chairman
Tel: 082 875 8228
flyf3a@gmail.com
BURT BOTHA – Vice chairman
Tel: 082 771 3485
burtbotha2@gmail.com
BOB SKINNER - General Manager
Tel: 011 973 3679
admin@samaa.org.za
LINDA DOLD – Assistant GM/Secretary SAMAA
Tel: 011 973 3679
admin@samaa.org.za
JOHAN BLOM – Development
Tel: 083 269 3603
johan@sxt.co.za
DANIE POTGIETER – Special Interest Groups Chair
Tel: 082 875 8228
flyf3a@gmail.com
JUANITA SMITH – Treasurer
Tel: 083 630 8975
info@alshobbies.co.za
ALEC GROENEWALD – Compliance

 

SAMAA INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS


 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES



Regular/Adult Membership - R430
Junior Membership - 18 & younger - R240
Senior Citizen/Retired - 60 + - R430