WESSA's 90th AGM took place on Saturday 17 September at the Skukuza Conference Centre in Kruger National Park, hosted by the WESSA’s Lowveld membership branch. Considering the special history that the organisation shares with SANParks, it is only fitting that members and supporters from around the country returned to WESSA’s roots in Kruger to mark the milestone occasion. The association goes back to 1926 when members from the then disbanded Transvaal Game Protection Association (TGPA) formed the Wildlife Protection Society and went on to successfully campaign for the establishment of the National Parks Board, and the proclamation of the Kruger National Park.
The programme at the celebratory event was aptly structured around the theme of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” and guest speakers – all game-changers in the field of conservation – had the audience enthralled as they shared personal and professional insights into their work on a variety of important projects.
At the AGM event we paid tribute to a wide range of outstanding environmental achievements with the presentation of the organisation’s Annual Awards. We also played tribute to outgoing Chairman Dr Richard Lewis for his more than 13 years of service to WESSA as a Board member, including six years as Chairman. Dr Lewis was commended for his “enthusiasm and strategic planning skills” in re-positioning WESSA to meet today’s challenges and for “his unstinting support for the mission and vision of the organisation”.