|Membership

How to Join
Join us on a THURSDAY night (currently every 2nd and 4th Thursday of a month – details on our Calendar on the website) at 6pm in the club office (173 Republic Rd – inside CityRock   :   on Public Hols if we are not open) for a talk about joining the MCSA Johannesburg Section.  NB:  THESE TALKS ARE CURRENTLY NOT BEING DONE EVERY THURSDAY , BUT every second and fourth Thursday of the month – check our calendar for the dates.  In this talk we cover what the club is about, our code of conduct, how to join, activities, land access and what is going on.  After that you can fill out the forms, give us a photo in electronic format and pay the fees.  Thereafter it takes about two weeks for your membership to be processed and you to be issued with a card.

You’ll also find out that we have a two-way relationship with our members – we also have expectations of you! For eg our members patrol our reserved mountain areas and play a vital role within the club (presenting our slide shows, assisting with hosting meets and Wednesday night events and conservation).

Why?
We want to get to know you, and we’d like you to get to know us. And it’s a great way to find out first-hand about access and activities of the Club.

Contact the MCSA Johannesburg Administrator (admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za / tel: 061 461 8259 weekdays 3 – 6 pm) about the next prospective members’ meeting, or check on the calendar.

From August fees reduce by half for ordinary categories, and once the next year’s fee is determined (late Nov) membership applications will be processed for the following year and hence essentially December in the current year will be free.

2019 FEES:

Category 2020 Fee (R)  
Ordinary Member (Single) (25 – 65) 795.00
Ordinary Members (Married) 1260.00
Country Member (Single) 565.00
Country Member (Married) 745.00
Senior Member (65 years and older) 380.00
Senior Member (Married) 610.00
Youth Member (between 18 and 25) 380.00
Junior Member (up to 18 yrs) 135.00

Entrance Fee* (deferred till age 25)

300.00     Per person / once-off

Note:  Country membership is defined as any member or applicant whose place of ordinary residence
is such as to preclude him/her from making effective use of the Sections facilities – generally who lives
at least 50 kms from the offic, and such person is in any event subject to all the rules relating to an
ordinary member.

Country member:

    • Message from National Search & Rescue:Notice regarding Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 lockdown

      We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.

      The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.

      WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
      1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
      2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
      WHY?
      Because it is the right thing to do.
      ...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
      The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
      Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.

      HOWEVER, during this crisis:
      - Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
      - Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
      - Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
      If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
      - S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.

      We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.

      Thank you.
      MCSA Search & Rescue

    Reminder:

  • MCSA Office is closed.
  • CityRock is closed.
  • Contact  
    This Newsletter is our primary method of communication with you. Please notify us if your email or other contact information has changed: admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za.
  • Communications will still be sent out via this medium.
  • "It is with further consideration of isolation that all MCSA meets have been cancelled pending further notice" steve Hoffe. Chairman.