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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
Patrons have neither executive nor voting powers in respect of the structures of the Association
Supporter/Friend of the DPSA shall be available to all Parkinson's supporters
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 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
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.
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.
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
The Company is a Non-Profit Company as:
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:
|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|
The Dance for PD SA (NPC) has approved the following two committees with its selected committee members.
Julie Symmonds: +44 7496 231913
Carmen Davidson: 083 795 5610
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