Constitution

Mission and Vision

ZEJA promotes self control among journalists, individuals, companies, organisations and communities to safeguard jealously the environment through the application of life serving programmes and activities to avoid climate change.

OUR VISION: To become a world-class environmental and climate change watchdog, training and advocacy institution.

OUR MISSION. ZEJA is an NGO working with the country`s media organisations, journalists, environmental and climate stakeholders to promote positive and adaptive practices on the environment and planet as well as offering communities a voice of reason to avoid unnecessary land abuse and climate change as well as to empower them with the resources tapped from their God given land.

OUR VALUES: Thrift, Advocacy and awareness, Training, Community empowerment, Positive leadership, Shared learning, Social responsibility

MEMBERSHIP GROUPS: Media houses, Journalists, Stakeholder Government institutions, Forestry companies and organisations, Civic society, Training institutions including colleges/universities, Communities, Schools and school children, Logo interpretation

Constitution

Article 1: Name and Headquarters

The Organization shall be known as the Zimbabwe Environmental Journalists Association (ZEJA). ZEJA headquarters is located at Number 158 Fife Avenue, Harare. This office may be transferred to any other physical address, town or city as decided by the General Body.

Article 2: Emblem

The emblem and/or motto of the ZEJA shall be such as may be decided by the General Body. The General Body shall prescribe the manner of which, and by whom, the emblem and /or motto will be used.

Article 3: Aims and Objectives

  • Creating and promoting a greater awareness of environmental issues among the people and journalists in Zimbabwe.
  • Organizing dialogues with decision-makers in the media with a view to giving greater emphasis to environmental issues.
  • Encourage greater exchange of ideas and information on environmental issues in the region among journalists.
  • Creating a network of journalists in Zimbabwe through whom public concern for the state of the environment can be stimulated.
  • Promoting the activities of its members.
  • Organizing national, international, regional workshops, seminars and study tours for journalists on environmental matters.
  • Encouraging the institution of awards for excellence in the promotion of environmental awareness.
  • Undertaking any other activity that ZEJA may consider appropriate; Making ZEJA a financially stable, effective, efficient networking organization.
  • Co-operating with other stakeholders such as NGOs, and UN agencies to improve the cause of protection of environment.
  • Providing the public and journalists with information / resources in order to encourage them to promote international cooperation between media professionals by developing contacts between members and by informing them in various ways (list servers, web sites, international bulletins, fields trips) about events or problems they are aware of.

Article 4: Membership

(a) The ZEJA has two categories of members: 
(i) Full Membership: open to the national forum of environmental journalists or any organization known by any other name and which subscribes to the aims of ZEJA; 
(ii) Associate Membership: can be offered to legally constituted international, regional, sub-regional and national NGOs or journalists’ associations and bodies whose interests are similar to those of ZEJA.

(b) Membership of ZEJA shall be approved by the Executive Committee on behalf of the General Body. Every application for membership shall be submitted to the secretariat, who shall obtain the decision of the Executive Committee by means of a circular letter or otherwise. If the Executive Committee approves of the membership, the secretariat shall communicate the approval to the member within seven days of the decision. If, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, the application for membership is not acceptable it will submit the name for the decision of the General Assembly within the same period.

(c) Every applicant whose application has been approved as aforesaid shall be admitted as a member of ZEJA and shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership.

(d) Full members only have the right to one vote.

(e) Annual membership dues: Members pay annual fees, before the annual Congress. The amount of the full membership and associate membership fee is USD 10.

(f) Expulsion: The decision to expel a member will be taken by the Executive Committee. However, in cases where a member has not paid his fees for two calendar years, he/she will be dismissed.

(g) Resignation: Any member who wishes to resign from ZEJA shall give three months notice in writing to the Secretary-General and shall pay up all outstanding dues.

Article 5: Rights and Privileges of Membership

Full Members shall have:

(i) The right to participate in the ZEJA activities and to make use of the facilities provided;

(ii) The right to speak and vote at all ZEJA meetings;

(iii) The right to stand for elections, to hold office, to vote, propose and nominate or second candidates for elections;

(iv) Any other privileges as the Executive Committee may, from time to time, prescribe;

(v) Associate members shall enjoy all the facilities and privilege except the voting rights.

Article 6: Board of Trustees

(a) The supreme authority of ZEJA is vested in the meeting of the Board of Trustees. Forty percent of the full members at least representing five founding members of the total members of ZEJA members must be present at the meeting of Board for its proceedings to be valid and to constitute a quorum;

(b) A meeting of the ZEJA Board shall be held at least once every year;

(c) The Board shall be the principal review and deliberative body of ZEJA and shall be responsible for determining policy and the work program;

(d) Election of an Executive Committee comprising a Chairman, Vice Chairman, a Secretary-General, Treasurer and 7 members, will hold office for three years;

(e) The Annual Report of ZEJA including the financial report since the previous Board should be prepared;

(f) Administrative and budgetary matters;

(g) Any other matter that may be put before it;

(h) The meeting of the Board shall elect an Executive Committee comprising of 11 members for a three-year term.

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