Officers of the Council
The President of the SACC is elected by the National Conference and presides over the National Conference and all meetings of the Central Committee. A Senior Vice President and a Vice President are also elected by the National Conference, to deputise for the President whenever necessary.
The Senior Vice-President is President’s deputy and acts on his or her behalf if the President is absent or incapacitated.
The General Secretary is the principal executive officer of the Council and manages its day-to-day activities. He or she is appointed by the Executive Committee and serves as its professional assistant, ensuring the implementation of programmes, plans and policies, appointing and supervising departmental and programme directors, reporting to Council and acting as primary spokesperson for the Council. The General Secretary is also required to facilitate fund raising on behalf of the Council.
The National Conference
The National Conference is the supreme governing body of the SACC and is responsible for the formulation of policy. It is made up of members of the National Executive Committee and representatives of each Christian denomination, or associations of Churches, that are full members of the SACC.
The National Conference meets once every three years.
The Central Committee
The Central Committee interprets and implements the policy and programmes approved by the National Conference and oversees the administration of the Council’s affairs when the National Conference is not in session. It also admits new members to the Council; sets membership fees for various categories of membership and oversees the Officers of the Council and members of the Executive Committee.
The Central Committee consists of the members of the National Executive Committee; the leader and chief executive officer of each full member of the Council (or their representative); one woman and one youth delegate appointed by each full member of the Council; one delegate appointed by each observer or associate member of the Council; and one delegate appointed by each affiliated Provincial Council of Churches.
The Central Committee meets at least once a year.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is responsible for managing the Council’s finances in accordance with sound financial principles and interpreting and applying Council policy in the period between National Conferences. It is also responsible for appointing a General Secretary and, if necessary a Deputy General Secretary.
The Executive Committee oversees the development and implementation of programmes, assists with raising funds and appoints sub-committees and delegates powers and duties to them. It is also responsible for the management of Council staff and, more generally, to build the image of the Council and foster good community relations.
The Executive Committee meets at least four times in a calendar year.
Members of the Executive Committee
|Rev Ziphozihle Siwa||Methodist||President|
|Rev Frank Chikane||AFM International||Senior Vice President|
|Father Michael Lapsley||Institute for Healing||Deputy President|
|Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana||Ethiopian Episcopal||General Secretary|
|Dr Kobus Gerber||Dutch Reformed|
|Dr André Bartlett||Dutch Reformed|
|Rev Molo Mzwandile||Methodist|
|Bishop Ndanganeni Phaswana||Evangelical Lutheran|
|Dr Leepo Modise||Uniting Reformed|
|Sr Anna Hermenegid Makoro||Roman Catholic|
|Ms Nomusa Sebata||Methodist|
|Reverend Boitumelo Senokoana||Uniting Reformed|
|Ms Ndidi Mpye|
|Rev Moss Ntlha||Evangelical Alliance of South Africa|
|Adv Palesa Ncholo||Anglican|
|Reverend Senamo Molisiwa||African Independent Churches Development Programme|
The National Church Leaders Forum
An additional governance structure, the National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF) was established by the SACC on 24 March 2015 to ensure that the elected leaders of the member churches are institutionally visible and audible in the leadership and direction of the SACC.
The NCLF is constituted by all leaders of the member churches for purposes of directing the theological positions of the Council on a variety of matters. The NCLF also leads the debates of the National Conference and forms part of the Council’s policy-making processes.
The Chairperson of the NCLF is Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of South Africa; and the Deputy Chairperson is Prof. Mary Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel, Moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church and Africa Vice President of the World Council of Churches.