WESSA KZN Youth Newsletter October 2019 – Update on Regional Transition

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Post Date: 4 Nov 2019

Dear WESSA members, 

WESSA KZN Youth Newsletter

We are delighted to be sending you the first issue of our Youth Newsletter (see attached), which gives an overview of some of the events and activities our youth volunteers have participated in over the past six months. This has been a collaborative effort but we are especially grateful to Josh Goldman for setting the process in motion. We hope to continue bringing you a monthly Youth Newsletter in order to report on the progress we are making towards growing and revitalising the WESSA KZN Region, as well as a more in-depth Regional Newsletter on a quarterly basis.   

With our growing core of youth volunteers, proposals outlined in previous communications with members will be developed in the New Year. To this end, we are planning to form Youth Action Groups that can initiate WESSA life projects (Local Initiatives For the Environment) and support existing branches. We also intend to pilot Green Matchmaking induction courses for new and existing members and supporters who would like to become active volunteers. 

Transition to regional administration

In April this year, we advised all our members that WESSA Membership is in the process of transitioning to a regionally administered membership. This requires the introduction of new systems and members will now be dealing directly with their regions. In view of these changes, please make a note of the following contact information for the WESSA KZN Region: 

KWAZULU-NATAL Contact Position Telephone Email
Regional Committee Pieter Burger Board & Regional Representative 031 573 1054 pieter@burgerip.co.za
Regional Committee Margaret Burger Regional Chair 083 630 5380 kzn.chair@wessalife.org.za
Regional Committee Jenny Duvenage Regional Coordinator 031 303 6099 kzn.membership@wessalife.org.za
For online information & payments, go to: www.wessalife.org.za

For new member and supporter sign-ups; payment and renewal queries; info updates; donations; the issuing of S18As; requests for invoices etc. please contact:

Jenny Duvenage: kzn.membership@wessalife.org.za

It will also greatly assist us if, when sending emails and payments to the Central Membership email: membership@wessalife.org.za  you identify as a KZN regional member by:

  1. Adding KZN to your email subject line
  2. Adding KZN to your payment reference together with your membership number


We have been sending out renewal notices in 3-month batches since April. The final batch for October – November will be going out shortly. Thereafter, renewal notices will be generated automatically, via our WESSA life web portal, a month in advance of the last paid date. This will greatly simplify the renewal process and if members also pay online, they will immediately receive a customised membership certificate as acknowledgement of their payment and support for WESSA KZN.     

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our members who have renewed their 2019-20 memberships. Your continued support is very much appreciated. As WESSA membership, our ability to: initiate grassroots environmental projects; act as an environmental watchdog; participate in public forums; comment on EIAs; and endeavour to protect the environmental rights of communities is determined by the strength of our membership base. The empowering of youth to lead the way has also never been more important!

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

With best wishes

The WESSA KZN Team  
Pieter, Margaret and Jenny

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