Guidelines for Ethical Conduct
The Association’s mission is as follows:
The South African Football Association, as the governing body of football in South Africa, is committed to:
– Promoting and facilitating the development of football through sustainable infrastructural and training initiatives;
– Engaging in pro-active dialogue with the government to generate a partnership in recognition of football as a national asset;
– Creating an image as being a stable, progressive and innovative institution;
– Creating a mutually beneficial relationship with the corporate world;
– Contributing to Africa’s ascendancy in world football through the hosting of major events in Africa, while aspiring to become a leading football nation.
– In achieving this mission, the Association recognises that its staff are its greatest asset. The purpose of the Association’s Code of Conduct is to guide and enhance the conduct of staff in performing their duties in pursuit of this mission.
The Association community is complex, with a diverse population of staff and officials. As an organisation, it plays an important role in society generally. The primary role of the Association in advancing the game of football requires that it safeguards its institutional autonomy and protects its freedom of association. In advancing these objectives, it encourages innovation in ideas and methods. The Association values a collegiate environment as the best means of fostering the advancement of the sport.
These aspects of the Association’s character and status as an organisation are reflected in the standards for staff conduct outlined in the Association’s Code of Conduct (comprised of the Principles and these Guidelines for Ethical Conduct). The Code of Conduct has the endorsement of the Association’s National Executive Committee.
The Association’s ethical code identifies five fundamental ethical values that should guide the behaviour of Association staff and officials. These are:
– respect for the law and system of government
– respect for persons
– economy and efficiency
The Code applies to all officers and employees of the Association, whether full-time, part-time or casual appointees, and to members of the National Executive Committee. Others acting in a voluntary capacity are also expected to act in a manner consistent with the ethical obligations, while participating in the life of the Association’s community.
While the Code of Conduct expresses the professional commitment of staff and officials in their service to the Association, the Association as an institution also encourages its staff and officials to aspire to the highest standards of conduct. The focus is therefore supportive and educative. Reference is made to specific Association policies which provide detailed guidance on particular points and which will assist staff members and officials in carrying out their duties and responsibilities appropriately.
However, the Code of Conduct does regulate staff and officials’ behaviour. Thus, where conduct falls below the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct, staff and officials may be counselled in accordance with normal performance management strategies. Significant departures may amount to misconduct on the part of the individual staff member or official.
Staff and officials having concerns regarding the application or contravention of the Code in a particular situation should be aware that grievance procedures exist in respect of many Association policies. Where grievance procedures do exist, concerns should be raised with the officer designated in that policy.
In other situations, staff or officials should consult their immediate supervisor, head of department, or if applicable, a designated person such as a departmental ombudsman.