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MCSA has amended their recommendations!

MCSA has amended their recommendations!

On April 1st, 2022, AFC filed a formal grievance against MCSA for their recommendations to the South African Goverment. The issue has now been amicably resolved with MCSA.

Correspondence on MCSA

Correspondence on MCSA

AFC Management has taken the difficult but necessary decision to file a formal grievance against the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA). The outcomes of this process will hopefully clarify MCSA's mandate as a full member of the UIAA.

Happy women's day, South Africa!

Happy women's day, South Africa!

Today we are celebrating national women's day in South Africa. This day commemorates the 1956 march by an estimated 20,000 women who protested the apartheid government laws that required black people to carry a passport that allowed them to work and move around in designated white areas. At the time, the minority white population controlled 63% of the land. May we honour those women by continuing to fight for what is just and what is right. Happy women's day, South Africa!

Environment, race and social justice intersect

Environment, race and social justice intersect

Black Lives Matter movement in the US has been an emotional undertaking for us on a few levels. Procedural inequalities have thus far seemed to be an issue for the adversely affected races and this unity in all races denouncing racism is welcome. While the movement is centred around the racial profiling of black people by the police in the US, how are the same institutional bias affecting people of colour in the outdoors? The role of government in shaping or destroying the culture of black people and how black people ultimately interact with nature cannot be understated.

Appointment of AFC Advisory Board

Appointment of AFC Advisory Board

AFC Advisory Board consists of experts in non-profit sector, philanthropy, fundraising, business and social development, governance and academia. They serve as ambassadors and advocates, as well as providing strategic advise and oversight that can assist AFC with their strategic and compliance objectives for 2020 - 2022 period.

Effects of COVID-19 on high altitude mountaineers

Effects of COVID-19 on high altitude mountaineers

High altitude mountaineers typically pursue their sport in remote locations away from civilisation, but they couldn't escape the fallout of COVID-19 that caused travel restrictions and spurred quarantines around the world. We had a chat with one of our members Tumi Mphahlele about what this means for her. Tumi was part of the first South African women's team due to attempt Mt Everest in April. The expedition was suspended due COVID-19 pandemic.

Suspension of scheduled hikes and expeditions

Suspension of scheduled hikes and expeditions

As of 21st March 2020, all our scheduled hikes and expeditions are suspended until further notice.

Leave no trace behind!

Leave no trace behind!

Focus should be on ethical climbing to minimize climbers' ecological footprint.

Inequalities and Sport in South Africa

Inequalities and Sport in South Africa

Inequality affects sports demographics in SA - and mountains are not an exception.

Thank you for the donation, Chelsea FC!

Thank you for the donation, Chelsea FC!

Official Chelsea FC home shirt, from the season 2019/20, signed by the first team.