webheading1
Hand Tremors
Home Who is the
PDSA?
SA Company Association Teachers
Classes
Donations News Links New York Contact Media
Home Who is the
PDSA?
SA Company Association Teachers
Classes
Donations News Links New York Contact Media
Home Who is the
DPSA?
SA
Company Association Teachers
Classes
Donations News Links
New York Contact Media

DPSA - GROUP

INTRODUCTION

Dance for Parkinson's South Africa (DPSA) is a vibrant program that embraces the role, and value of dance, focusing directly at people living with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson's disease.

We believe that the cumulative, and participatory effects of dancing directly impact the needs, challenges and experiences of Parkinson's. Dancing thus becomes a way of helping to live well with Parkinson's.

Dance for Parkinson's SA offers specialised dance classes to people with Parkinson's and their families, friends and care partners using the Dance for PD® method developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group in New York, USA. Founded in New York in 2001, this programme is now offered in more than 250 communities in 26 countries.

Dance for Parkinson's SA is the only company to offer Dance for PD® classes in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first and only in Africa. These classes are modelled on the original Dance for PD® program.

SEMI-INFORMAL STRUCTURE

The Dance for Parkinson's SA was formally founded in 2016 by Julie Symmonds with one idea in mind:

To assist all Parkinson's suffers country-wide under the Dance for Parkinson's SA (Pty) Ltd and the newly formed DANCE FOR PARKINSON'S S.A. Association (DPSA) that would speak and act for all.

This does not imply that any of the great organisations that already exist should be interfered with in any way.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The Association is a public, non-profit organisation established with the following main objectives:

Vision: To provide the Parkinson's communities with an uplifting and life enhancing movement program that will increase mobility, quality of life and bring a sense of validation and purpose back into their lives.

The DPSA's objectives specifically include:

  1. The provision of Dance for Parkinson's classes across the Republic of South Africa so that the programme is accessible to all those living with Parkinson's.

  2. The promotion of awareness of Parkinson's through community-based projects that empower and uplift those with Parkinson's

  3. Instilling a sense of well-being, improving quality of life and giving each participant with Parkinson's the tools needed to assist in living a life of meaning, physically, cognitively and emotionally.

  4. The presentation of training courses in all provinces throughout South Africa enabling trained teachers to add value to the lives of people with Parkinson's

  5. Developing a well-structured and maintained Dance for Parkinson's SA association

  6. The establishment of a Benefit Fund under the auspices of Dance for PD SA (NPC)to assist with funding for classes for people with Parkinson's

  7. Fundraising for the Dance for Parkinson's SA Benefit Fund through the arrangement of social functions /events /projects which will also strengthen bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the Parkinson's population

FOCUS OF OPERATIONS

  1. The Association offers community-based dance classes specifically aimed at people with Parkinson's, their families and care partners, with the goal of:

    1. addressing Parkinson's-specific symptoms through a scientifically based movement programme designed to enhance mobility and quality of life

    2. ensuring access to classes for all socio-economic populations across South Africa

    3. raising public awareness of this progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder

  2. To this end, The Association :

    1. Offers teacher training courses countrywide at regular intervals thus enhancing a dance teacher's portfolio while spreading the programme availability to an ever-increasing number of towns and communities.

    2. Is committed to promoting the programme and awareness of Parkinson's through continuous engagement with social media, national television and radio interviews & published media

    3. Arranges fundraising events towards the costs of running classes and CPD training for Dance for Parkinson's SA teachers

    4. Is continually involved with Parkinson's Support Groups, presenting demonstration classes and communicating this alternative method of addressing symptoms

    5. Is committed to ongoing networking with the medical fraternity (doctors, neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists) to foster symbiotic cooperation between the medical and creative art worlds

LEGAL STATUS

The Association is a body corporate with its own legal identity which is separate from its individual members and will continue to exist even if the members change. The Association may own property, enter into contracts, and sue or be sued in its own name.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EXCO)

The minimum number of EXCO members shall be 5 (five), and the maximum number shall be 16 (Sixteen) unless voted otherwise in an Annual General Meeting otherwise resolves.

POWERS OF THE EXCO

The EXCO may take on the power and authority that it believes it needs to be able to achieve the objectives that are stated in its constitution. Its activities must abide by the law and good governance.

The EXCO has the power and authority to raise funds or to invite and receive contributions.

The EXCO does, however, have the power to buy, hire or exchange for any property that it needs to achieve its objectives.

The EXCO has the right to make by-laws for proper management, including a procedure for application, approval and termination of membership.

Members will decide on the powers and functions of office bearers.

STRUCTURE & COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EXCO)

The EXCO shall consist of members as stipulated in DPSA constitution and elected by the members.

The management of the Association shall be vested in an Executive Committee (EXCO.

The Executive Committee(EXCO) shall consist of:

A Chairperson

A National Secretary

A National Treasurer

A Communications Officer

A National Membership & Database Officer

Three (3) Executives with portfolios

The EXCO shall be responsible for the day-to-day running of the affairs of the Association.

Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the EXCO shall have the full range of powers to give effect to the objectives stated herein.

Without limiting the generality of its powers, the EXCO shall have the following specific powers:

To appoint a Teachers Representative as a Non-Executive Director of the Dance for PD SA (NPC) board.

To appoint Ad hoc Executives as deemed necessary. The management and administration of such Executives to be determined by the EXCO;

To co-opt additional supernumerary members to the Exco for their expertise in certain matters at their discretion from time to time. Such co-opted EXCO members shall have no voting powers.

To authorize the establishment of PD Classes of the Association in South Africa as set out hereunder, as specified in the National Database.

To accept on behalf of the Association any donations and bequests to be applied for the furtherances of one or more of the objectives of the Association

To invest the surplus monies of the Association without any encumbrance

DPSA MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES AS PER THE DPSA CONSTITUTION

1. FULL MEMBERS

Certified Dance Teachers for PD

2. ASSOCIATE PD MEMBERSHIP

Members must be active class members with Parkinson's

3. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Only the Executive may consider and grant Honorary Membership status to people

4. PATRONS

Patrons have neither executive nor voting powers in respect of the structures of the Association

5. SUPPORTER/FRIEND

Supporter/Friend of the DPSA shall be available to all Parkinson's supporters

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Membership fees are to be paid annually in accordance with the ways and means indicated by the EXCO. Only members in good standing are entitled to all the privileges of the Association, and Dance for Parkinson's SA Benefit Fund.


THE FORMAL STRUCTURE OF THE DPSA

DANCE FOR PD SA (NPC)

The Dance for PD SA (NPC), registration No - 2018 / 261191 / 08 is registered as a not-for-profit company (section 21 company), with no members and is run by a Board of Directors as prescribed in its MOI.

The board consists of Two Executive and six-eight Non-Executive Directors who are represented on the Dance for PD SA (NPC) Board, in accordance with the MOI.

The Dance for PD SA (NPC) is approved and registered by SARS as a Public Benefit organisation registration No - 930065088 with Section 18A exemption

WHAT IS SARS 18(A) AND THE GUIDELINES FOR DONATIONS

INCOME TAX EXEMPTION SECTION 18(A):

The public benefit organisation has been approved for purposes of section 18A(1)(a) of the Act and donations to the organisation will be tax-deductible in the hands of the donors in terms of and subject to the limitations prescribed in section 18A of the Act with effect from 4 April 2019.

Donations made to or by the PBO are exempt from Donations Tax in terms of section 56(1) (h) of the Income Tax Act.

Exemption from the payment of Estate Duty in terms of section 4(h) of the Estate Duty Act No.45 of 1955.

INFORMATION PERTAINING TO S18A DONATIONS WHAT IS CONSIDERED A BONA FIDE DONATION FOR S18A PURPOSES.

A bona fide donation is a voluntary, gratuitous gift disposed of by the donor out of liberality or generosity, where the donee is enriched and the donor impoverished. There may be no quid pro quo, no reciprocal obligations and no personal benefit for the donor. If the donee gives any consideration at all it is not a donation. The donor may not impose conditions which could enable him or any connected person in relation to himself to derive some direct or indirect benefit from the application of the donation.

BONA FIDE DONATION FOR S18A PURPOSES

At present the following projects/funds are supported by the DPSA:

Dance for Parkinson's SA Benefit Fund

And other projects/funds approved by the DPSA Board from time to time, which are in line with 18(A) regulations.

Examples of what does NOT constitute a bona fide donation for purposes of section 18A?

Donation of services rendered such as a professional person renders a skill free of charge.

An amount paid for attending a fundraising dinner, dance or charity golf day.

The amount paid for the successful bid of goods auctioned to raise funds by an organisation and Memorabilia, paintings, etc., donated to be auctioned to raise funds

Amounts paid for raffle or lottery tickets.

Amounts paid for school fees, entrance fees for school admittance or compulsory school levies.

Value of free rent, water and electricity provided by a lessor to the lessee which is an approved PBO.

Payments in respect of the debt due

MAIN OBJECTS AS PER THE MEMORANDUM OF INCORPORATION (MOI)

NON-PROFIT COMPANY

The Company is a Non-Profit Company as:

  1. it is incorporated for a public benefit or another object as required by Item 1(1) of the First Schedule to the Companies Act;

  2. it is and this MOI is consistent with the principles set out in Items 1(2) to 1(9) of the First Schedule to the Companies Act;

  3. it is a public benefit organisation as contemplated in Section 30 of the Income Tax Act;

  4. It is prohibited from directly or indirectly distributing any of its funds to any person (otherwise than in the course of carrying out its stated objects) and is required to solely utilise its funds for the purpose for which it has been established.

MAIN OBJECTS

As contemplated in Part I and Part II of the Ninth Schedule to the Income Tax Act, the main objects of the Company are to provide the Parkinson's communities with an uplifting and life-enhancing movement programme.

Vision: To provide the Parkinson's communities with an uplifting and life-enhancing movement program that will increase mobility, quality of life and bring a sense of validation and purpose back into their lives.

The Company's objectives specifically include:

  1. The provision of Dance for Parkinson's classes across the Republic of South Africa so that the programme is accessible to all those living with Parkinson's.

  2. The promotion of awareness of Parkinson's through community-based projects that empower and uplift those with Parkinson's

  3. instilling a sense of well-being, improving quality of life and giving each participant with Parkinson's the tools needed to assist in living a life of meaning, physically, cognitively and emotionally.

  4. The presentation of training courses in all provinces throughout South Africa enabling trained teachers to add value to the lives of people with Parkinson's

  5. Developing a well-structured and maintained Dance for Parkinson's SA association

  6. The establishment of a Benefit Fund to assist with funding for classes for people with Parkinson's - training for dance teachers

  7. Fundraising for the Benefit Fund through the arrangement of social functions /events /projects which will also strengthen bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the Parkinson's population.

DIRECTORS OF THE DANCE FOR PD SA (NPC) - 2019-2022

DIRECTORS NAME PORTFOLIO
Patron/Non-Execitive Director Dr. A R Bird Fundraising/Communications
Executive Chairperson Mr. K J Viljoen Company Secretary
Chief Executive Officer Mrs. J J Symmonds Media/Communications
Non-Executive Director Mr. I A Brotherton Finance
Non-Executive Director Mr. J C E P Nieman Labour Matters/Finance
Non-Executive Director Mr. T L Symmonds Strategy
Non-Executive Director Dr. N L Siegfried Research
Non-executive Director Prof. Kate Wells P D Teachers Rep & Communications
Consultant Mr. H C Arthur Website/Communications
Consultant Ms. J Botes Fundraising Research

BOARD COMMITTEES (EXECUTIVE BOARD MANAGEMENT)

The Dance for PD SA (NPC) has approved the following two committees with its selected committee members.

  1. Corporate Governance Finance & Audit, and Risk Committee

    The role of this committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for the DPSA-Group. Typical task areas for small and midsized groups include budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.

  2. Communications/ Fundraising/Public Relations & Marketing

    The Committee is responsible for the implementation and execution of Communications, Fundraising, Media and Publicity Policy.

    The Communications Committee is responsible for communicating with the DPSA GROUP members through the distribution of information through the Website & WhatsApp news articles, DPSA GROUP Website, social media outlets and other communication methods deemed appropriate by the NPC Board of Directors and the EXCO of the DPSA Association.

    Establish and implement strategies for raising funds to assist in the operations of the DPSA-GROUP;

    Establish and implement strategies for raising the profile and awareness of the DPSA-GROUP

 Julie Symmonds: +44 7496 231913
 Carmen Davidson: 083 795 5610
 enquiries@danceforparkinsonssa.co.za

instagram facebook twitter

Home Who is the
PDSA?
SA Company Association Teachers
Classes
Donations News Links New York Contact Media
Home Who is the
PDSA?
SA Company Association Teachers
Classes
Donations News Links New York Contact Media

Dance For Parkinsons SA ® ©

 

`