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CODE OF CONDUCT


Every Member of the Club shall conform to the following Code of Conduct:


1 To keep his car and caravan in good roadworthy condition and to ensure that the caravan complies with the requirements of the National Road Traffic Act (act 93 of 1996)

2 To insure car and caravan in Accordance with such Motor Vehicle Insurance Laws as apply and to obtain the necessary endorsement of the car policy if that is required when towing a caravan.

3 To cause as little inconvenience to other traffic as possible by keeping well to the left or giving way to faster traffic and to travel at a reasonable speed considering the condition and width of road and with special regard to the ability to stop or to the behaviour of the caravan at various speeds.

4 Not to tow a caravan so large and heavy that the towing car cannot hold it steady under all normal conditions.

5 To secure the previous permission of the owner of the land or site on which he desires to place the caravan, and pay just dues.

6 To place the caravan where it will not interfere with the convenience and enjoyment of others.

7 To dispose of all rubbish and waste where facilities are available for doing so; where no facilities exist, to bury it or take it with him when he leaves and to dispose of it in a proper manner when he is in a position to do so.

8 To keep the pitch scrupulously neat and tidy, to leave it in as clear a condition as possible and not to foul the ground with waste water.

9 To observe a standard of behaviour which will not cause undue disturbance or annoyance to fellow caravaners and others.

10 To merit and win the regard of all land and site owners and road users, so that the Members of the Caravan Club will be regarded as persons beyond reproach.

11 To be particularly careful with regard to open fires and avoid all possibility of damage to property, trees etc.

12 To show courtesy and consideration to all with whom he comes into contact, to help other caravaners and campers in need of assistance.

13 To not make use of Club Insignia for the purpose of promoting any trade or profession or for any other form of advertising.




HISTORY


The Article that follows was printed in the Caravan Magazine in May 1964

On the 2nd June 1947, four caravan enthusiasts and their good ladies gathered in the lounge of a Johannesburg Hotel to consider the formation of a Club which would give them the opportunity of discussing their common interest and mutual problems. It was decided that the name of the first Club should be the Rand Caravan Club. A constitution was drafted, which is a condensed form of our present constitution. The following acting office bearers were elected.

Chairman/Treasurer Mr A.W. MAY
Secretary Mrs T.B. LLOYD

The first general meeting took place on the 28th July 1947, in the Victoria Hotel, Johannesburg attended by 17 members. Mr Eric Hoffman was elected Chairman, the office he held for 14 years. He is now the Club's first President and is still an active Caravaner.


At a special General Meeting held on the 29th September 1947, the name of the Club was changed to “The Caravan Club of Southern Africa”

The first Rally took place on the 12th October 1947 at Gillooly's Farm, Johannesburg and the first Marshal was Mr Wools Brockhoven.

The first Region was constituted in 1960 (Pretoria and Northern Transvaal) and at the time had nine very active Regions and a number of branches- stretching from the Zambezi to the Cape Peninsular, each with its own Committee to look after its own social affairs and all were responsible to a central body known as the National Executive Committee conducting the affairs of the Club through a full-time National Secretary with a permanent office.


A FEW OF MANY ACHIEVEMENTS



U
nder the auspices of the Club, a National Caravan Register was established and with the assistance of the main Motor Touring Clubs and "Caravan" magazine, facts and figures in connection with the use of caravans on the South African roads were collected with the object of approaching the Provincial authorities to recognize a caravan as a vehicle in its own rights and to bring taxation on caravans down to a more realistic figure. The Club has succeeded so far in the Province of the Transvaal of convincing the authorities of the caravaner's just plea and a substantial reduction in caravan licence fees was effected from the 1st January 1964. The hope is that in the other Provinces will follow this example in the near future.
Members of the Club serve on committees of several Organizations such as the S.A. Road Federation, S.A. Nature Union, Bureau of Standards etc- to look after the interests of caravaners in general and the Club in particular.

Here is a copy of an article published in the Caravan & Outdoor Life in September 1988


ALL IN FORTY YEARS


If we take a cue from wedding anniversaries, 1988 celebrated the Ruby anniversary of the Caravan Club of Southern Africa and the beginning of social caravanning in Southern Africa. Considering that, apart from the club's Secretariate, every member offers his services voluntarily; it is incredible what this vibrant club has achieved for caravanning in just 40 years.

When this club was born there were no caravan manufacturers in this country, nor were there any caravan parks as such, merely a handful of derelict camping sites. Caravans were either home built, imported or acquired from the few pre-war South African Eccles models built by a factory in Standerton in which Eddie Andries, the grandfather and father of caravanning in this country, was involved.

The first committee meeting of the CCSA was held in Johannesburg in 1948. At the meeting were Hector Anderson, Syd Lipshitz, Eddie Andries, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Drury, Eric & Ivy Hoffman and Theo & Joan Day.
For the first rally the club persuaded the owners of Gillooly's Farm, just outside Johannesburg, to allow this historical event to be held there. It was this happy get together that kindled the flame of the campfire which has burned for the past 40 years and around which everlasting friendships have started, and an exciting new outdoor lifestyle introduced to our country.
Among those nine caravaners who formed the first committee were two people who possessed exceptional leadership qualities. Backed by the remaining seven dedicated caravaners they were responsible for fashioning and developing caravanning in all its facets along sound lines. We pay tribute to the late Eric Hoffmann, who became the club's first president, and Eddie Andries who pioneered South Africa's caravan industry. Eddie celebrates his 90th birthday on the 29th of this month and he is still a Caravaner.
It was Eric Hoffmann who from the start set a high standard of membership for the club. His distinguished personality and complete knowledge of the caravan movement and its potential in tourism development, gained for him considerable respect in official quarters and international caravanning circles. He contributed more than anyone else to the CCSA's success and two important awards are named after him, the Eric Hoffmann award and the Eric Hoffmann Caravaner of the Year trophy.
Eddie Andries concentrated his efforts on building a solid foundation on which the manufacture of caravans in South Africa could build a future. Having been involved in the manufacture of caravans before WW11 he started to design and build his own make of caravan and the sturdy Andre caravan was introduced. These were largely supplied to the Department of Post & Telegraphs for erection crews out in the fields. When Africaravans was formed and started to manufacture the famous Gypsey caravan series Eddie threw his lot in with the new company. He pioneered Viking Tours which gave caravaners the opportunity to enjoy packaged tours of Europe. He also started and edited the first caravan magazine in South Africa, the Caravanews, and took a keen interest in caravan park development.
In the takeover of Africaravans with the formation of CI Caravans Eddie became a Gypsey caravan dealer. Later, when the South African Caravan & Camping Council was formed, there was no better person than Eddie to become its secretary under its president Colin Corbett, another prominent pioneer in the caravan industry. When Eddie retired from this position he had built the Council up to be highly respected both in Government and international circles and in a very sound financial state.
The most coveted award in the caravan movement in the RSA is the Eddie Andries Trophy, originally presented to Eddie for his tremendous contribution to Camperism. Eddie converted it to a floating trophy to inspire others in this field.

Fortunately Eric Hoffmann & Eddie Andries both respected the part being played by caravan park operators in building up an important section of Southern Africa's valuable tourist industry. The CCSA, from its early days, fostered liaison with international clubs and encouraged caravan tours of Southern Africa. These have become most entertaining thanks to the co-operation of the club's 43 Regions. It is because of these tours that our caravan parks have a reputation of being above average by world class. Also, that South Africa is rated as a caravaners paradise due to its many scenic spots best viewed by caravanning its excellent road network, our well furnished caravan parks, and the co-operation of the Caravan Club and the friendliness of the people in general. Because of the growth of the CCSA and the dedication to caravanning of its members the caravan parks and resorts enjoy good support. Its 43 Regions hold regular monthly national and regional rallies which mean that some 550 weekends a year are spent by the club at caravan parks. To this number must be added the school holiday periods and the caravan tours organised by the Regions through the Club's Touring Committee.
What of the Club's future? The courage, the determination to succeed and the integrity are all evident in the members who make up the National Executive under the leadership of its president, Piet van der Walt and its Vice president Bertie de Kock. These members are voted into their offices at a National Convention which is held annually, and are chosen for their ability, dedication and for their love of the game.

The Club's current project is to form a Federation of Caravan & Camping Clubs. This will enable all the various clubs to be able to talk with one big voice without the clubs losing their identity.

Since this article the club has celebrated its "Golden Anniversary". This was a magnificent function held at the Merlyn Conference Centre in Johannesburg and coincided with the 1988 National Convention. There were many changes to the Club structure during the period 1988 to 1998. National Council was downsized from 14 National Councillors to an Executive Committee of 4 National Councillors- now known as Executive Councillors, a President and Vice-President, Provincial Councils were established to run the affairs of the four Provinces as defined by the National Convention and they were mandated to carry out the tasks as decided by Convention.


Since then the Cape Province was split into the Eastern Cape and Western Cape and the former Transvaal Province was split into Three Areas known as Area A, Area B and Area C all known as the Northern Regions - each with their own Provincial Committee and there are currently 7  Executive Committee members - now known as National  Councillors representing each  Province on the National Council