Academic journal article Akroterion

The Classical Association of South Africa: February 1979-January 1981

Academic journal article Akroterion

The Classical Association of South Africa: February 1979-January 1981

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This instalment rounds off the history of the Classical Association of South Africa for the first twenty-five years. (1)

1. Thirteenth CASA conference, 30 January--2 February 1979, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg

1.1 Conference proceedings

At the First Business Meeting on 30 January, the Chairperson, Prof Dietrich, welcomed the 42 delegates. (2) Among the matters arising was the resolution that the periodicals received in exchange for Acta Classica were to become the possession of the University of South Africa, with the understanding that CASA members would have access to them and receive free photocopies of articles. Concerning the prerequisite for law study, (3) Prof Kriel reported that he had consulted with the Secretary and Chairperson of the Bar Council and with the Association of Law Societies. It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the law societies for the time being.

The Treasurer's report was then tabled by Dr Basson. There was a credit balance of R586 in the savings account. The sum of R1 000 invested in paid-up shares in April 1967 had grown to R2 174. An amount of R2 000 had been paid toward the printing costs of Acta Classica, which included an accidental overpayment of R250 in 1978, while R450 had been paid to Akroterion. The Treasurer's recommendations that the excess payment of R250 be paid to Acta Classica and that the interest accrued on the fixed investment be deposited in the savings account were approved. The membership of the Association had increased to 163 full members, 44 associate members, 38 student members and 12 honorary and life members. Subscriptions totaling R122.85 had been paid to FIEC for the three years 1976-1978.

Prof Naude, treasurer of Acta Classica, reported that the number of exchange periodicals now stood at 78, and that this was an important component in the editorial committee's application to the Human Sciences Research Council for an annual grant (now R1 500). Prof Naude explained that the publishers, A A Balkema, tried their best to keep costs down, receiving 33,3% of all sales plus 20% of all copies handled (sales and distribution). For example, the calculations for vol. XX were as follows: sales 192 x price per volume R7,50 = R1 440, 33,3% = R480, plus number of copies handled 470 x R1,50 = R705, giving a profit of R1 185. This left an accumulated credit of R482 on the journal's account. Vol. XX (1977) had cost R4 300 and the balance of R3 818 had been paid. The cost per page averaged R18,50. Contributions from universities had been encouraging: R400 in 1977, R829 in 1978. It was recommended that letters of thanks be sent to the publishers and to the universities which had made financial contributions to the journal; that the grant from CASA be increased to R1 000; that the incumbent editorial committee be re-appointed for the period 1979-1980, with the addition of Prof Vogel as Assistant Editor; and that the following collaborators be added to the list: Proff Drijepondt (University of the Orange Free State), Botha (University of Port Elizabeth), Benade (University of the North), Van der Walt (University of Zululand), Els (University of Fort Hare), Snijman (University of the Western Cape), Cipolla (University of Durban-Westville) (4) and Saddington (University of Rhodesia). The recommendations were accepted.

The report on Akroterion was read out on behalf of the Editor, Prof Smuts, who was abroad. Appreciation was expressed to the collaborators, CASA and the University of Stellenbosch. Concern was also voiced about rising costs.

The FIEC representative, Prof Arnheim, explained the problems he had encountered, in particular the fact that this body did not provide information on international conferences. Prof Louw's proposal that the incoming Executive Committee should reconsider the advisability of continued membership and also investigate the possibility of affiliation with other bodies, was accepted. …

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