|Simphiwe Maphumulo - president of MSSA|
The role of the president is a purely constitutional one.
The president is the public officer, he is the mouth-piece of MSSA, he represents MSSA at official functions, and he chairs the Management Board Meetings, executive Committee and Annual General Meetings.
Thus the President is only able to give the official view as decided upon by the various committees.
Of course some would have it another way.
In some organisations, like the Old Edwardian Society, the President only has to look after the dignity of the organisation - like the British Monarchy - where the Queen does not interfere in the sordid matter of politics, but instead maintains the dignity of the state.
Similarly, in the Old Edwardian Society, it is the Chairman who gets down to the everyday business.
However, no matter what form an association takes, whether it be SASCOC, IOC, FINA, SARFU, ASA, the president may only exercise the powers accorded to him/her by the body's constitution, and may only represent the agreed will of such body.