The Waterberg Nature Conservancy (WNC) was started in 1989 by Clive Walker for Waterbergers to communicate, meet and assist each other, and to help those who live in and have an interest in the Waterberg.
Living in this stunning area is very rewarding. As a member of the WNC, information sharing, help and a sense of community is never far away. From its early beginnings with only a handful of members, the organisation has grown its membership substantially. The core principles however remain the same:
‘To conserve the ﬂora, fauna, wilderness areas, historical sites, river systems and natural heritage sites in the Waterberg.
To promote and conserve the common interests of its members in the protection and conservation of wildlife, ﬂora, fauna and wilderness qualities of the Waterberg.
To support or oppose legislation affecting the WNC members in these areas.’
The WNC, steered by its volunteer Executive Committee (EXCO) to follow the WNC constitution, not only retains these core principles, it keeps members informed on relative research and legislation. Further communication is provided by our newsletter ‘whatsUp!’ which has a circulation of more than 900 as well as our Facebook page. There are five general meetings a year at which members and their guests are entertained and educated on a wide variety of topics by local and visiting speakers. Meetings are concluded with a braai when matters of mutual interest are discussed whilst socialising over refreshments. Education is a key area for the WNC and in March 2018 the “Teaching Crèche Teachers How To Teach” programme was started. The WNC identified the real necessity for very young children to be stimulated and taught properly, giving the basis for early childhood development and preparing them for formal education.
Whereas membership and meeting attendance is at an all time high, the WNC welcomes new members both to communicate and spread its message and to maintain a sound financial position. The WNC is committed to continuing that situation.