Dr Ian Glass (SAAO) writes:
This year's ASSA Symposium was held under the auspices of the Johannesburg Centre of the Society at the SA Military History Museum in Saxonwold.
About 70 members of ASSA and its Centres attended, including several from distant parts of the country. The programme consisted of talks by amateur astronomers, professionals and others with allied interests outside the formal boundaries of astronomy, as well as visits to places of interest. The local arrangements, including teas and lunches, proceeded flawlessly and those who attended agreed that the Johannesburg Centre under the leadership of Brian Fraser had done a magnificent job. Lerika Cross helped with the organization of the Symposium and helped to arrange speakers. Sharon Tait organized the name tags and the teas at the Observatory and the Planetarium. Members of the Centre went out of their way to ensure that the visitors were well looked after.
Attendees had the unusual opportunity during the breaks to stroll around displays of military hardware from the time of the South African War to the latest giant cannons of the SA Army, not to mention many interesting pieces of equipment captured during the Angolan campaign.
(The full version of this report appears in the 2004 December MNASSA)