Just to add to the discussion: as I understand it the MCSA apology was also in part a reaction to the Greg Child / Outside Mag article that affected perceptions from abroad as well. See:
The timing of the apology was not ideal, but I urge the critics to take a look around in the SA sporting / recreational community to see how many sporting bodies / clubs even made the effort to do something similar (even after 12 years). For the MCSA there seems to be a no-win situation
* Apologise and people like Dom do not believe you and say that it is too late, insincere and by implication done by a bunch of racists (even though the Club has not in any way participated in or supported discriminatory practices in recent years)
* Do not apologise and people say the Club is a bunch of racists from the apartheid era for not making one (even though the Club has not in any way participated in or supported discriminatory practices in recent years)
The MCSA membership is just a reflection of the pre 1994 SA legacy situation when it comes to most of South African outdoor recreational activities whether you talk hiking, climbing, 4x4, sports fishing, etc. Blaming the MCSA give the anti-MCSA's flame fuel and maybe some satisfaction, but ignores the reality. The SA climbing community needs to work together to grow itself into a more representative and very importantly bigger community.
Lastly and more positively I can not describe to you how good it was to hear two climbers on a trad climb calling to each other in Zulu (I think it was Zulu). I sincerely hope that will become more commonplace in my lifetime and that someone will help educate me by producing a translation of “on belay climb when ready” and all the other calls in all official languages.