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The Club was delighted to welcome UIAA President, Frits Verlandt who visited South Africa recently. For more details and photographs go to Frits Vrijlandt visit

The January 2013 Newsletter has been posted with news about the new Mountain Protection Commission, which is a new platform intended to promote engagement and sustainability in mountain tourism. There is also an announcement about a meeting in Munich to discuss the dangers of via ferrata.

Via  Ferrata Advisory

The UIAA (translated the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) is the recognised international federation for mountain sports and the acknowledged expert on all international
climbing and mountaineering matters. It has 92 member associations in 68 countries representing over 2,5 million individual members.

The MCSA was invited to join the UIAA in 1995 and is the only body in Africa that is part of the UIAA.

Through its membership of the UIAA the MCSA is afforded many opportunities. Some being in the form on knowledge access to the UIAA commission, on which representatives of the MCSA also sit, and international expeditions and training initiatives. There are also youth meets every year.

The Club President usually attends the annual General Assembly of the UIAA. (See Reports.)

To find out more information visit the UIAA website. A conversation on the advantages and disadvantages of membership are now found in the two subpages below.