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WESSA is a membership-based organisation and, throughout South Africa, our members initiate environmental projects and organise educational events and activities in their local communities. By joining WESSA, you will be helping to provide valuable support for these volunteer initiatives and will be part of a growing environmental network operating at a grassroots community level via our branches, partners, business members, affiliates and friends groups.

Click here to download our bumper, Membership Newsletter (October-December 2020) with report back from our Regions, along with other green news and happenings,.

2021 is the year of Reimagining WESSA in order to adapt to the changing circumstances in which we now find ourselves. It is also a landmark year for WESSA as we celebrate 95 years. This is a remarkable achievement, with WESSA’s success and reputation due in no small part to both its longstanding members and new rising stars. Our older members are often unsung heroes who, over the years, have worked tirelessly caring for the earth in their local communities and continue to do so to this day.

To celebrate 95 years, we would love to hear about your memories and experiences as a member or supporter of WESSA. We also welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have as we rise to meet the challenges before us.

Jenny Duvenage
WESSA Membership
On behalf of the regional chairs

At the 90th celebration of the Wildlife and Environment Society in 2016, Keith Cooper was awarded the Gold Medal Award for his conservation work. From left to right: John Green (Chairperson of the Western Cape), Keith Cooper, Dr Richard Lewis

A tribute to Keith Cooper

WESSA’s Conservation Director of 30 years, from 1972-2002

In the words of Paul Dutton, “Another dedicated, stalwart Conservation Warrior has passed on.” It is with great sadness that we heard of Keith’s sudden passing on Saturday 20th June. He will be greatly missed by all. Click here to read a full tribute to Keith by Margaret Burger, Chair of WESSA KZN who was working with Keith on his latest project at the time of his death. We have set up a special remembrance page where we will assemble all tributes, messages, photographs, personal recollections … and a history of the amazing work that Keith undertook in a lifetime dedicated to caring for the Earth.  

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