Chairman's Letter


1 April 2019

Welcome to my first letter, a new initiative born out of one of the requests from our very successful and well-attended 2019 AGM, to keep members informed of the goings-on in the club.

For those who missed the AGM, there was a lot of vigorous discussion and ideas on how to reverse the decline in membership and increase revenues in order to grow the club and avoid losing Base 4, our home. This was followed by a delicious spit-braai and 15 of us camping over on Saturday night enjoying the club’s facilities.

The election of the new committee, with four new members stepping up to replace the two members who resigned, has resulted in a lot of new energy and debate within the committee. This bodes well for the future as we have been tasked with rejuvenating and growing the club to its former position as the premier 4x4 club in the country. We are the only off-road club in the Johannesburg and surrounding areas to have our very own club house, off-road obstacle course and camping grounds.

The new committee had its first meeting at Base 4 on Saturday afternoon, 30th March. A meeting I hoped would only last one-and-a-half hours went on for three hours! The new members do have a lot of new ideas. Dave Bell also took us through the Club’s constitution as well as some of the contracts the Club has with other entities – Tiger Wheel & Tyre and Halfway Toyota – we now know our responsibilities!

On 23rd March, 19 of us in 12 vehicles met at De Wildt for a great day testing our skills and socialising afterwards. For more on this outing please read another of Oom Jan’s great reports here.

On the 5th April, 15 of us in 8 vehicles leave for the Kgalakgadi to spend 9 nights wild camping with the bare minimum of facilities, so not only are we going to test our driving skills in the Kalahari sand, but test our Bear Grylls skills of surviving in the wild – okay we all have well-equipped 4x4s so this last test should not be too difficult as we will also spend a couple of nights in lodges. There are also five members who took up the very special rate the club negotiated with Simon Steadman to spend Easter Weekend on his Black Leopard 4x4 Trail.

The new committee has built on and added to the Outings and Events initiated by the hard work of the old committee. Please consult the Outings and Events Calendar and support your Club! We have a number of other exciting outings and events planned this year, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We also really need your support: A major problem, besides the decline in membership, is the underuse of Base 4. Open days are poorly attended. The committee is requesting that members engage with us as to what you would like us to do to rekindle your interest so that we can all derive a benefit out of our membership and our beautiful club house and grounds. We are planning to have speakers and fun events to entice you to come to open days. Base 4 is a great place to come to with your family, especially your children or grandchildren and have a picnic under the trees by the Lapa. It’s a safe environment for them to ride bicycles and generally have a great time outdoors.

As Dave Nixon and I will be away in the Kgalakgadi, we will miss the next Open Day on the 14th April and Dave Bell will stand in for me. Karl is busy trying to get Front Runner to bring one of their fully-kitted vehicles to demonstrate their wares. Who knows, maybe they will even offer us a discount for the day! So please come along and support us.  


Peter Hutchison
Four Wheel Drive Club SA
Cell: 082 825 1893


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