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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.

Happy 2019!

Happy 2019!

Amazing news from South America!

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

Dear Freedom Climbers! We had a wonderful 2017 and now its time to make plans for the new year. We are more than grateful for your involvement and the time you shared with AFC in 2017. We did our best to offer the warmest welcome whilst climbing Kilimanjaro — the highest summit in Africa. And as always, wherever you travel your safety and comfort is our priority. We are so looking forward to offering more events in the coming year. We're going to add new routes to our map and there will be up-to-date hotels and climbing camps on the list as well. We'll be thrilled to see talented young people and devoted mountaineers joining our team! Let the New 2018 be the time of your dreams, luck and happiness. We wish you and your family the very best and every success! Sincerely, AFC team!

Open Letter to Minister Fikile Mbalula

Open Letter to Minister Fikile Mbalula

During April 2016, Minister Fikile Mbalula made the following announcement: “As part of women empowerment and creating hope for young women all over the country and our quest to expand on the basket of Recreation programmes we offer, we will facilitate an expedition to Mount Everest, where the intention is to have the first black South African to summit #SRSAbudget2016” via Twitter. We have now been advised that women who are ready to attempt Mount Everest this year have to do so if they are paying for themselves as the Department is committed to funding the expedition in 2018. If the record is broken this year, funding for 2018 will be withheld. The purpose of this letter is to make a public plea to the Minister to reconsider this decision.