WOULD YOU LIKE:
- The freedom of the outdoors
- Camping in the wilds
- Enjoying your 4x4 for its intended use
- Making new friends with common interests
- Being part of a family-orientated club where the entire family is always considered?
- Belong to an organised structure that will enhance your 4x4 experience
Then join our club - the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa. (FWDCSA)
a.) CLUB HISTORY
The FWDCSA Port Elizabeth branch was started in 1992 by a small group of passionate
4x4 enthusiasts who felt the need to co-ordinate and structure themselves in order
to reduce individual organizing efforts. They then joined the National Four Wheel
Drive. Club of South Africa and until today operate under this banner. This national
club in turn is affiliated with the Association of All Wheel Drive Clubs of SA (AAWDCSA).
As a FWDCSA member you will receive regular updates informing you of events within
the club and the 4x4 world in South Africa regarding legislation, competitions,
safari opportunities and much more, as well as entertainment and fun articles. Our
club promotes healthy fun, rivalry and camaraderie, therefore a good sense of humor
c.) UNITY IS STRENGTH!
We as drivers of 4x4 vehicles will find ourselves in future with less freedom and
more restrictions. This is largely due to those "Bundu Bashers" with little consideration
for the environment or the good-natured image of 4x4'ers. That's why some environmental
groups outside of AAWDCSA, together with government, are lobbying to effectively
ban 4x4 leisure activities. Now is the time to join the FWDCSA to ensure the continuation
of our way of recreation, working towards conservation and legislation, rather than
against it. The AAWDCSA is engaging the authorities in finding means to assist in
preserving our heritage whilst having the freedom to explore it.
Our club operates on a limited 29MHZ frequency for convoy communications and safety.
We are members of ORRA (Off Road Radio Assoc.) who control and issue radio licenses.
(They also provide training and information where necessary)
e.) SOCIAL EVENTS
We have regular social get-togethers where members and friends can partake in varied
events such as bring & braais, dances or other fun social activities. Children are
always welcome and are specially catered for. Our socials are informal and entertaining.
Our run coordinators organize day/week-end trips to various off-road trails in diverse
terrain in close proximity of Port Elizabeth, some of which are not open to the
general public. A standard trail rating system is used to ensure that drivers are
aware of the experience and equipment levels required to participate in an event.
We have an even balance of challenging routes as well as echo scenic runs.
g.) CODE OF CONDUCT
- Be considerate and helpful to all.
- Drive responsibly at all times.
- Keep your vehicle mechanically sound.
- Prevent soil erosion.
- Adhere to laws and regulations.
- Respect wildlife, plants and trees.
- Obtain permission before entering private property and state land.
- Prevent fires at all times.
- Safeguard water supplies.
- Leave all gates as found.
- Respect the right of others to peace and solitude.
- Keep to roads and tracks.
Know your own and your vehicles capabilities. Remember that your vehicle is not
a missile to be aimed at Mother Nature, but a tool with which to discover it. We
want future generations to commend us and not condemn us.