SADA manages its own Benevolent Fund to assist members of SADA who, through no fault of their own, incurred financial hardship.
The Benevolent Fund was established by Dr Alan Deverall in the early 1940’s.
The day-to-day management of the fund was done by Mr Chris Schultz, under supervision of the Benevolent Fund Committee which, over years, consisted of National Councillors from the Western Cape. Initially Mr Schultz administered the fund at no charge, but later received an honorarium in respect of this work.
Mr Schultz passed away on 27 February 2009, after 42 years of service, whereafter the administration was done by Dr Roux Vermeulen who, at the time, was Chairman of the Benevolent Fund Committee. The administration of the Benevolent Fund was transferred to SADA Head Office in June 2013. Fund Revenue
The Fund relies on voluntary sponsorships by SADA members as well as the Branches. In addition to members’ voluntary levies, some Branches may be initiated by SADA Head Office as required.
Individuals are eligible for funding from the Benevolent Fund only if:
- They have been a member of SADA for an uninterrupted period of ten (10) years prior to the date of application;
- They are the spouse of a deceased dentist who was a member of SADA for an uninterrupted period of ten (10) years prior to the date of application;
- It can be verified that their personal income/expenditure statement is such that it does not provide for the means to be financially sustainable;
- Financial problems experienced are deemed to have occurred as result of unforeseen circumstances and not as result of irresponsible financial planning and mismanagement.