Dear SAERA members

On behalf of the SAERA executive I convey to you all a message of goodwill, safety, health and good wishes for the new year amidst the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Our condolences to all that have lost colleagues, family and friends and to the families that have lost some of our colleagues due to the coronavirus. We start this new year with a sense of sadness, concern and with some inspiration to go beyond the darkest moments that we are experiencing as a nation and as a global citizen. In the midst of all of the uncertainties and challenges, I do wish you all a prosperous and fulfilling year ahead of you. There is plenty of hope and with our collective minds and actions we would be able to contribute to the solutions of our nation, including that related to our social, health, economic and educational concerns.

The year ahead is still uncertain. As the national research association, SAERA, through its membership, will continue to play a pivotal role in mediating the challenges that are being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities of SAERA will continue largely through digital means and communications and updates will be ongoing through our usual channels. We encourage you to actively participate in the activities of SAERA and to take leadership in promoting the agenda and objectives of SAERA through activities that you can initiate or participate in through and outside the forums of SAERA. We look forward to another productive year.

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All the best and keep safe

Labby Ramrathan
SAERA President