We offer the following categories of membership, each with different options from which to choose. We also have a free Supporter level.
For members and supporters who would like to become active volunteers, the WESSA KZN Region hopes to shortly begin piloting introductory and volunteer induction courses to provide mentoring and skills development as part of our Green Matchmaking and Environmental Leadership programmes. For more information, download a Green Matchmaking form here.
EFT │ DIRECT DEPOSIT: Bank account details for direct payments.
Deposit reference: Name + MB number if an existing member.
Account: WESSA Membership
Bank: First National Bank
Branch & Number: Howick 22-07-25
Account Number: 62 219 969 732
Swift Code: FIRN ZA JJ
Digital African Wildlife & Environment: To reduce our impact on the environment and the increasingly high costs of printing and posting thousands of magazines, African Wildlife & Environment is now available in a digital format. As such, we have introduced membership options that include African Wildlife as an online flip-page magazine, plus an easy-to-read, scroll down, printable version in a PDF format. Members subscribed to print copies of African Wildlife will continue to receive these but may opt for the new, more affordable digital option at any stage.
Please note: Unfortunately, EnviroKids is no longer available as part of our membership options. See notice on home page for more details
General members receive:
- Membership certificate
- According to level subscribed to,quarterly in-house magazine (digital or print)
- Activity newsflashes & e-newsletters
- S18A Tax Receipt for donations
Special sponsors receive: All of the above benefits plus complimentary print issues of African Wildlife & Environment; S18A Tax Receipt; Certificate of Appreciation.
Supporters receive: Letter of Acknowledgment │ Activity newsflashes & newsletters.
As a non-profit environmental organisation we rely on the support of our members, sponsors and the general public. As such, we are most grateful for any additional donation you are able to give. WESSA is a Section 21 company registered as an Incorporated Association not for gain with Section 18A status.
2019-20 General membership (without magazine) or with quarterly digital African Wildlife & Environment
2019-20 General & School Membership with printed African Wildlife & Environment
Schools and educational institutions qualify for a special discounted membership which includes the following benefits:
- Quarterly print copy our in-house magazine African Wildlife & Environment
- Use of the WESSA School Member logo on signboards, websites and other materials such as letterheads and brochures
- Newsletters and activity newsflashes
- Learners, teachers and parents qualify for a reduced rate should they wish to become WESSA members.
Invest in the sustainability of our country
WESSA Business Membership consists of an annual membership fee and a contribution in support of WESSA’s work. There are five levels from which to choose, with the level determined by the amount of the contribution. We also have a range of ways to customise your membership to cater for special requirements and projects. This includes group membership for staff and participants in projects as well as whatever assistance we can give towards special day community action and sustainability initiatives in your company.
The membership fee provides the following benefits:
- Membership subscription
- WESSA business member logo according to the level of membership subscribed to
- Certificate of Acknowledgement
- Acknowledgement of support on the WESSA website and in the WESSA Annual Review
- Quarterly issues of WESSA’s in-house magazine, African Wildlife & Environment
- E-newsletters and activity newsflashes
- Staff of business members can sign up as free WESSA supporters to receive newsletters and newsflashes about events and activities. They also qualify for a reduced group rate should they wish to become full Wessa Members.
Platinum to Bronze Levels: A tax invoice is issued for the membership fee of R 1 500 and a Section 18A Tax Certificate for the contribution amount (see details above.) If preferred, a tax invoice can be issued for the full amount.
Small Business Level: A contribution is optional but any donation in support of WESSA’s work will be very much appreciated. This can be added to the membership fee and a Section 18A Tax Certificate will be issued. If preferred, a tax invoice can be issued for the full amount.
NOTE: Levels 01 – 04 receive additional free magazines according to level.
WESSA is a Section 21 Company registered as an Incorporated Association not for gain WESSA is an accredited facilitator of Socio Economic Development and more than 89% of the direct beneficiaries of WESSA’s projects are Black South African citizens as defined by current B-BBEE legislation.
Friends & Affiliates Membership
Caring for the Earth in your Community
About Friends Groups: The Friends Groups concept is a WESSA initiative which began in the Western Cape in the early 1980s. In 1985, the ‘Friends of Nature Areas’ project was established with the objective of involving the public in safeguarding natural resources and working with the owners or managing authorities towards this end. At first, the scheme focused only on nature reserves but later became a widely used model applied to any area that needed protection and support, including historical heritage sites.
Friends Groups affiliated to WESSA encourage collaborative citizen efforts in caring for the Earth. Friends are volunteers who band together to conserve, rehabilitate or prevent inappropriate developments in natural or semi-natural areas or places of special interest. These areas can be large formalised nature areas or small informal pockets of terrestrial and/or aquatic environments in various states of conservation worthiness.
WESSA has years of environmental experience and can help provide networking opportunities plus exposure through channels such as: newsletters; national publications; the WESSA membership web portal; Facebook pages and other social media channels. Affiliation allows an affiliated Friends Group or organisation to use WESSA’s name and logo on signboards, websites and other materials such as letterheads and brochures. This can help raise the profile and credentials of the group, which assists with fundraising efforts.
Affiliation to WESSA of independent environmental groups or organisations: Independent, environment-based, non-profit organisations with the same or similar aims as those of Friends Groups may become affiliate members of WESSA, thus strengthening the conservation movement. Groups caring for monuments, sites of historical, archaeological or cultural importance, and other similar, community-based initiatives may also apply to become affiliate members.
WESSA Friends Group and Affiliate members qualify for:
- Use of an affiliate member logo
- Full portal access
- African Wildlife & Environment (print or digital depending on option) – 4 per annum
- Newsletters and activity newsflashes.
- Members of affiliates can sign up as free WESSA supporters to receive newsletters and newsflashes about events and activities. They also qualify for a reduced group rate should they wish to become full Wessa Members.