What is a Warden system?
A warden system is a mechanism for communicating news and information to a
defined group of South African expatriates abroad. The reason for a warden
system is to ease communication between LOSA and a significant (in terms of
numbers) expatriate community in Taiwan.
What is a Warden?
A warden is an elected volunteer who
acts as a nodal point for the distribution of news and information to South
African citizens living within a defined geographic area abroad.
The warden can thus be described as ”„an intermediary”¦.
Wardens are not tracing agents and have no function other than a liaison
function between the LOSA and the citizens within his / her warden district.
Requirements to be appointed as a Warden:
A warden must:
appointed by the South African expat community within a
a South African national (cannot have dual nationality),
active, well-known and a
prominent member of the South
African community within the
region (including being legally in
”P Be of upstanding and
sound character and integrity.
”P Have no criminal record
or associates with people that are
involved in criminal activities.
”P Have their own
transport and communication equipment.
”P Have the ability to
speak the local language (Chinese).
The duties of a Warden include, but are not limited to:
be accessible and available 24/7.
able to meet with officials from LOSA on a regular basis.
and inform the LOSA of all means of communication
available in order to reach South African citizens promptly in
”P should have readily
accessible lists with names and contact
details of South African citizens within his/her district,
including confidentiality requirements.
”P work closely with LOSA
to develop and identify evacuation
”P should communicate with
LOSA and report on the status in
his/her district on a regular basis after South Africans are
arrested or during and after natural disasters (earthquakes /
maintain regular communication with all SA citizens
registered with him/her.
”P designate a Deputy
Warden (that complies with the
requirements of a Warden) to perform duties in his/her
Appointed Wardens, by the SA community in Taiwan, are required to submit the
following to LOSA:
1. A letter, including the
name list with signatures of the South Africans,
that appoint you as a Warden / representative for the SA community in
your area. (Include the list of South Africans that you will be
for (including their title, full names (as on SA ID) and SA ID
and their signature next to their details);
2. Your full CV with relevant
contact details and physical address;
3. Police clearance
certificate (both local and from SA)
4. The area in Taiwan that you
are covering / responsible for; and
5. The amount of South
Africans that responsible for.
After the documentation is submitted to LOSA, the ”„appointed Warden”¦ will be
required to undertake an interview with officials from the LOSA.
Should the appointed Warden meet the minimum requirements as indicated then
the LOSA will sanction the appointment of a warden.
Please note, should your area not have a Warden, then the
South African community in Taiwan can appoint a Warden to
act on their behalf.