Mervyn Reddy, Vaijeshwari Reddy, Ashwin Trikamjee, Sally Naidoo, Richard Govender, Roger Naicker, Rasagee Gounder and Tilley Hanif at the meeting.
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS) hosted a successful biennial general meeting at the SAHMS auditorium in Longrey Medical Centre, recently.
Attorney, Ashwin Trikamjee was re-elected president but indicated that this will be his last term in office and that the executive were made aware that a succession in leadership will be required.
Dr Dorie Moodley retired as vice president but was elected as a trustee. Other officials who were elected include vice president, Ms Vasugi Singh, secretaries, Mr N Puthasigamoney and Mr Neeran Besesar and treasurers, Ms Anita Ramsumer and Mr Vijay Misra.
The meeting was very well-attended with delegates representing Hindu temples and institutions throughout the province.
The SAHMS is an umbrella body to which Hindu organisations are affiliated. Senior officials of the South African Tamil Federation were in attendance and participated in the deliberations.
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The SAHMS plays a vital role in mediating in disputes that have recently been on the rise in temples.
Having realised the dire need to enhance and reinforce the administrative and management capacities of temple committees and religious organisations, the organisation hosted a series of workshops where valuable knowledge on good governance was imparted to delegates.
The annual reports presented at the meeting indicate that the SAHMS had been assisting in mediations at fourteen organisations.
After the meeting, a sumptuous lunch was served. Officials of the Umkomaas Sri Siva Soobramoniar Temple were in attendance including chairman, Sally Naidoo, trustee, Roger Naicker and committee members, Rasagee Gounder and Tilley Hanif.