In addition to climbing and hiking, the club is actively involved in Conservation and people who later went on to become ‘founder members’ of the club, were actively involved in conservation some years before it was established. Members were also actively involved in the listing, in December 2000, of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; in 1994 the Magaliesberg being declared a Protected Natural Environment (MPNE) in terms of the Environmental Conservation Act 73 of 1989; MPNE being re-named the Magaliesberg Protected Environment (MPE) in 2003. And more recently in 2015, the Magaliesberg Biosphere being declared by UNESCO MAN and the Biosphere (MAB) International Co-ordinating Council in Paris.
The designation of the Magaliesberg Biosphere gives the region international status and has the potential to stimulate genuinely sustainable development, encourage responsible tourism and present the region positively to the world. It will inspire research and education and facilitate collaboration, recognition and funding. Above all it will be a place where all South Africans can celebrate with pride the immense antiquity, enthralling biodiversity and rich history of our shared inheritance.
MCSA members have served, and still serve, on the UIAA Access Commission and the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission.