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September 4th, 2008

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AGM agenda and president’s report

Dear All,

Below please find the agenda for Saturday’s AGM, and the annual
president’s report for consideration at the meeting.

Regards,
Konrad Scheffler

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Agenda:

a) Adoption of the minutes of the previous AGM.
b) Receipt and consideration of Officers’ reports.
c) The adoption of the annual financial statements.
d) Confirmation of election of Council Members.

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September 2008
South African Go Association
President’s report for the year 2007/2008:

The 2008 AGM brings another transition to the SAGA administrative
landscape, with some fresh blood replacing the outgoing president and
treasurer. Reflecting back over the year we find that much go has been
played, many promotions were earned and a whole bunch of brand new
players recruited. Despite the Hikaro no Go bubble being well and
truly over by now, and membership levels being back down to that of
the pre-HNG period, these are good times for SA go.

This year’s AGM is a little earlier than last year, so we have no
South African championships to report on: the 2007 results were
reported last year and the 2008 competition is scheduled to be held
later this month in Johannesburg, featuring defending champion Victor
Chow, veterans Ben Gale, Julius Paulu and Konrad Scheffler, relative
newcomers Sipho Mampe and Andrew Davies, and first time qualifiers
Andre Connell and John Leuner.

2008 featured another African Oza, kindly sponsored by the Toyota
and Denso corporations and attended by players from South Africa,
Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Morocco, with visiting professional Enda
Hideki from the Nihon Ki-in in attendance. This time the event was
hosted by the Cape Town Go Club who ensured another fantastically
successful tournament. The winner, once again, was Victor Chow 7 dan.

The rest of the annual go calendar is also still going strong,
including the quarterly internet events, South African Open (which was
co-hosted with the African Oza) and several regional club championships.

The South African representative at the 2008 World Amateur Go
Championship in Japan was Konrad Scheffler, with Paul Edwards having
qualified to represent South Africa at the forthcoming Prime
Minister’s Cup International Baduk Championship in Korea. We will also
be sending a team to the World Mind Sports Olympiad in Beijing.

I’d like to thank the people who served with me on the 2007/2008 SAGA
Council: Ben Gale, Andries Kruger, Andre Connell, Chris Welsh, and
especially Sakkie Buys who is stepping down as treasurer after a truly
heroic term of about 16 years service. Sakkie will be helping new
recruit Andre Connell to ensure a smooth transition of the financial
administration, so we haven’t seen the last of him yet. Also a big
thank you to the new council members who have agreed to come on board,
restoring the council to full strength after a year of being
short-staffed: Andrew Davies and Steve Kroon are joining the team, and
Chris Welsh takes on a regular council slot instead of his previous
role as regional representative. I’m confident that this new council
can only be a step forward for South African go.

Konrad Scheffler
SAGA president 2007/2008

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