The MCSA is the oldest amateur conservation body in South Africa and its members have contributed to increasing awareness of environmental issues as well as actual conservation for a long time. Valuable work in the field of alien eradication has been done as Club members often visit areas which are difficult to access.
The Club also acts as a pressure group for mountain conservation. The Club campaigned for the declaration of the Cape Peninsula and Magaliesberg Nature Areas, and members serve on management committees of both. The Club is a co-founder of the Habitat Council and the prime mover in the establishment of the Magaliesberg Protection Association and the Federation of Drakensberg Users Group (FDG). Members serve as Honorary Forest Wardens and advise on the conservation of the Drakensberg, administer programs to eradicate alien vegetation in mountains and contribute to the Protea Atlassing Project.
Most activities are regionally based. We participate in the annual International Mountain Day annually on 4 December.
The MCSA actively supports mountain conservation efforts. We have been involved in research projects such as Protea Atlas Project, and are involved in alien eradication in many of our mountain lands.