Board Responsibilities

SAAFF Constitution 03-04-2012(clean)In terms of its Constitution, the Directors assume responsibility for specific portfolios which include:

  • SARS Customs                                                                  Richard Mallabone
  • Maritime and Ports                                                          Mike Walwyn
  • Cargo security                                                                   Margrit Wolff
  • Regional and Border                                                        Lin Botha
  • Road Transport                                                                 Lin Botha
  • Membership and Public Relations                                 SAAFF Secretariat
  • Transformation, Employment Equity, B-BBEE           Natachia Antonis
  • Education and training                                                    Natachia Antonis
  • Supply Chain Management                                            John White
  • Finance and Administration                                           John White
  • FIATA and other affiliations                                           Basil Pietersen / David Logan

Chief Executive Officer

The Association employs an Executive Officer, one of whose main functions is communication with members.  The Executive Officer must foster the relationship between members and the Association, ensuring that their concerns and queries are effectively addressed.  Another important responsibility is to develop close working relationships with organisations that impact on members and their clients such as Customs, the National Ports Authority, SA Port Operations, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Department of Health, SAPS, SARS, airlines and shipping lines.


Where it is to the advantage of members, the Board will appoint external consultants to deal with specific issues.

Objects of the Association

The objects of the Association are provided in the Constitution, a copy of which may be found on this page.    Two notable ones are to:

  • promote and maintain a high standard of ethical conduct among members, board members and the Association’s employees, and
  • take such action as may be reasonable and achievable to advance the interests of members.


On a more specific note, the Association aims to:

  • ensure that members of the Association receive value
  • raise the level of industry skills development
  • drive and/or participate in initiatives to improve cargo security controls
  • improve the level of networking at senior levels with Government, service providers, and other organisations which interface with the freight industry
  • deal with issues which are adversely affecting Government’s policy on South Africa being a transit route into and out of Africa
  • encourage senior personnel of members to participate more in the affairs of the Association