People

Abraham De Wet

Abraham De Wet

CDO

+27(0)

abraham.dewet@365masterdata.com

Peter Theunissen

Peter Theunissen

CIA

+27(0)82 441 3018

peter.theunissen@365masterdata.com

Bridget Theunissen

Bridget Theunissen

Public Officer

+27(0)82 852 5717

bridget.theunissen@365masterdata.com

Grant Joyce

Grant Joyce

CCO

+27(0)82 312 9047

grant.joyce@365masterdata.com

Daniel van Boxel

Daniel van Boxel

CAO

+27(0)82 581 2145

daniel.vanboxel@365masterdata.com

James Hyslop

James Hyslop

CEO

+27(0)83 326 8887

james.hyslop@365masterdata.com

Evan Schotel

Evan Schotel

CPO

+27(0)82 447 8875

evan.schotel@365masterdata.com

Magesh Govender

Magesh Govender

CTO

+27(0)72 693 5568

magesh.govender@365masterdata.com

Constitution
  1. Name
    The name of the group is 365MasterData Co-operative
    The co-operative trades as 365MD
  2. Objectives
    1. To buy, store, process, package, distribute and sell IT services and other products
    2. To raise funds and receive contributions where appropriate to finance the work.
    3. To open bank accounts.
    4. To make rules and standing orders for categories of members and their rights.
    5. To take out insurance.
    6. To organise meetings, training courses and events.
    7. To work with similar groups and exchange information and advice with them.
    8. To take any action that is lawful, which would help it to fulfil its aims.
    9. To promote the continued growth of the co-operative by means of an apprenticeship program.
  3. Membership
    1. Membership of 365MasterData Co-op shall be open to anyone who is interested in helping the group to achieve its aim and willing to abide by the rules of the group.
      1. This is at the discretion of the existing members
      2. The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse membership to an applicant, where it is considered such membership would be detrimental to the aims, or activities of the group.
    2. Every member shall have one vote at general meetings.
    3. Registration and termination of membership.
      1. Any member of the association may resign his/her membership and any representative of a member organisation or section may resign such position, by giving to the secretary of the association written notice to that effect.
      2. The Management Committee may, by resolution passed at a meeting thereof, terminate or suspend the membership of any member, if in its opinion his/her conduct is prejudicial to the interests and objects of the association, PROVIDED THAT the individual member or representative of the member organisation (as the case may be) shall have the right to be heard by the General Committee before the final decision is made. There shall be a right of appeal to an independent arbitrator appointed by agreement.
    4. Management
      1. 365MasterData Co-op shall be administered by a Management Committee of not less than three (3) people and not more than fifteen (15) members elected at the group’s Annual General Meeting. Committee Members must be at least 18 years old.
      2. The officers of the Management Committee shall be:
        1. The Chairperson
        2. The Treasurer
        3. The Secretary
  1. and such other offers the group shall deem necessary at the meeting
    Voting at Management Committee meetings shall be by show of hands on a majority basis. If there is a tied vote, then the chairperson shall have a second vote.
    The chairman shall have the power to set up sub-groups and working parties as deemed necessary and who shall be accountable to the committee.
  1. Finance
    1. Any money obtained by the group shall be used only for the group.
    2. Any bank accounts opened for the group shall be in the name of the group.
    3. Any cheque issued shall be signed by at least two of any three nominated signatures.
    4. The Management Committee will ensure that the group stays within the budget.
  2. Committee Meetings
    1. The committee shall meet at least four (4) times each year.
    2. The quorum (minimum number of people required) for a meeting shall be five (5).
    3. The committee shall be accountable to the members at all times.
    4. All meetings must be documented and available to any interested party.
    5. All committee members shall be given at least seven (7) days’ notice of a meeting unless it is deemed an emergency meeting.
  3. Annual General Meeting
    1. An Annual General Meeting shall be held within six months of the close of the financial year of the Co-op, the business of which shall include:
      1. the receipt of the accounts and balance sheet,
      2. the election of Committee Members, if it has been decided to have such a Committee.
    2. The quorum for Annual General Meeting shall be at least eight (8) persons of which no more than four (4) shall be committee members.
  4. Alteration of the Constitution
    1. Proposals for amendments to this constitution, or dissolution must be delivered to the secretary in writing. The secretary in conjunction with all other officers shall then decide on the date of a meeting to discuss such proposals, giving at least four weeks (28 days) clear notice.
    2. Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by at least two thirds of those members present and voting at any general meeting.
  5. Disssolution
    1. The group may be wound up at any time if agreed by two thirds of those members present and voting at any general meeting. Any assets shall be returned to their providers, if they require it, or shall be passed to another group with similar aims.
    2. At no time shall the status of the co-operative be change from a co-operative to a company.
Principles

Voluntary and open membership
All co-operative societies must have an open and voluntary membership. Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Anti-discrimination
To discriminate socially is to make a distinction between people based on class or category. Examples of social discrimination include racial, religious, sexual, sexual orientation, disability, and ethnic discrimination. However, this does not prohibit the co-operative from setting reasonable and relevant ground rules for membership, such as residing in a specific geographic area or paying a membership fee to join, so long as all persons meeting such criteria are able to participate if they so choose.

Motivations and Rewards
Given the voluntary nature of co-operatives, members need reasons to participate. Each person’s motivations will be unique and will vary from one co-operative to another, but they will often be a combination of the following:

  • Financial – Some co-operatives can provide members with financial benefits.
  • Quality of life – Serving the community through a co-operative because doing service makes one’s own life better is perhaps the most significant motivation for volunteering. Included here would be the benefits people get from being with other people, staying active, and above all having a sense of the value of ourselves in society that may not be as clear in other areas of life.
  • Giving backback – Many people have in some way benefited from the work of a co-operative and volunteer to give back.
  • Altruism – Some volunteer for the benefit of others.
    A sense of duty – Some see participation in community as a responsibility that comes with citizenship.
  • Career experience – Volunteering offers experiences that can add to career prospects

Democratic member control
Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.

Member economic participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

Democratic control
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative.

Limitations on member compensation and appropriate use of surpluses
There are at least four purposes for which surplus funds can be used, or distributed, by a Co-operative.

  • Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership.
  • Developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible;” in other words, the surplus can be reinvested in the co-operative
  • Benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative.
  • Supporting other activities approved by the membership

Autonomy and independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy. Education, training and information.

Education, training, and information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Cooperation among co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Concern for community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

Structure
  1. A co-operative is a business model that gives people who are members of the co-operative a say in how the business, they are members of, is run.
  2. Ownership matters. It gives people a say in things that they care about.
  3. Being an owner in a business gives people motivation and a stake in the success of the business.
  4. Over the last twenty-four years, the number of people that have control of the businesses that shape our lives have become smaller, not larger.
  5. It is not a surprise, that when asked, people say that they have no influence, no influence at their work place, over the business, over the economy as a whole.
  6. Co-operatives however offer a solution. From the outside, they may look like any other business, but inside they are very different.
  7. Co-operatives are owned and controlled together by people who are closest to the business. Employees, residents, customers, suppliers, not distant shareholders.
  8. They have an equal say in how the business is run, and they even decide what to do with the profits.
  9. Co-operatives work. They are found in every sector, from regular businesses, to farmer-controlled businesses, co-operative eateries and financial institutions.
  10. World-wide, some of the most famous brands are produced by co-operatives. From sparkling wine to butter and tender peas. Even some of the most famous sporting clubs are co-operatives, owned by the players and supporters.
  11. The potential contribution to the economy is vast. This in turn, will boost the productivity of the country, increasing the value of our currency. This has the added advantage of promoting entrepreneurship.
  12. Co-operatives give its members, in fact all of us, control over the things that matter.