Shell Collectors SA

Passionate about Shells

"To further the study of Mollusca in general, and South African Mollusca in particular, and secondly, to add to the existing data and scientific records concerning South African Mollusca."



Shell Collectors SA, or SCSA, is the umbrella organisation for the regional Shell Clubs within South Africa. Our Mission is to create a favourable, inviting, open and relaxed environment within which the shell collecting community may function.

SCSA has an illustrious history which began in May 1958 as the Conchological Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). The initiative to start the CSSA followed after a group of collectors realised that the stretch of coastline where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, is a treasure trove for collectors. Our coast is home to a large number of endemic species, and the CSSA provided the official grounds through which information about our species could be communicated to all.

The Mission statement, established in the 1960's, is carried over to the SCSA, and reads:

"To further the study of Mollusca in general, and South African Mollusca in particular, and secondly, to add to the existing data and scientific records concerning South African Mollusca."

On a more personal level, our goals are to encourage shell collectors from all walks of life to share their experiences, learn from each other and grow their collections through various forms of trade.

To this end we invite all collectors to participate in monthly Club meetings and shell-related events, contribute to our local publication - The Strandloper - attend Workshops and events, where all can share and learn, and actively participate in our shell raffles, auctions and other trading opportunities within the Clubs.

We invite newcomers to this hobby, or to our organisation, to navigate the Site to see who is who in the zoo, where our meetings are held and how to get hold of us.


Our Constitution has been revised again and was approved on the 4th of June 2018. You may download a copy here.

Application Form

Membership to SCSA is R100 or $25 per year. Membership affords individuals with the opportunity to receive new copies of The Strandloper, the SCSA Newsletter (Sea Bones), as well as other forms of communication. Automatic appropriation to the Annual General Meeting is also guaranteed.


To download the Membership Application Form, click here for the MS Word version, and here for the PDF version.

Completed Application Forms should be routed to the SCSA Treasurer (contact details at the bottom of the page).

Who's Who

SCSA Patron
We are in the process of selecting a new Societal Patron
Current SCSA Committee

Andre Meredith


Anton Groenewald


Maurice Evans


Ken Brown


Alwyn Marais

Scientific Officer

Shell Clubs

Regional Shell Clubs

The following regional Clubs or Groups resort under Shell Collectors SA:

Pretoria Club

Durban Club

Cape Town Club

Jeffreys Bay Club

Shelly Beach Club

Click on the arrow next to the Club name for more information, including location, meeting times and Club Chairperson contact details.

Club Fees

Fees for membership at the regional Shell Clubs is R50 per year.

Shell Club membership affords the individual the opportunity to attend Club meetings, partake in monthly shell raffles, qualify for special Club discounts, partake in outings and enjoy meeting refreshments.

Links to International Shell Clubs

Shell collecting is a true "international hobby": many collections contain specimens from around the world, and this requires collaboration with overseas collectors and dealers. It is important to network with other Shell Clubs worldwide - sharing of knowledge is very important, and building ties with other collectors is not only recommended to strengthen our knowledge base, but, of course, to make new friends.

Below are links to the websites of some of our international collecting friends - please click and visit!

If you would like to be added to our website, please email the Webmaster and we will gladly do so!

We would love it if you could post a link to our Website on yours as well...)


News & Info


AGM 2021

After having our AGM for 2020 cancelled due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, we are finally heading to our 2021 AGM! It is currently scheduled for 27 November 2021, at 10h00, and will be held at the Pretoria Netcare Unitas hospital. Unfortunately we will not be able to host the regular Shell Display as in years before due to strict Covid restrictions imposed by the hospital, but we have managed to arrange that we continue with our AGM Auction - to be hosted by Society stalwart Roy Aiken. It is promising to be a festive affair! Another Society stalwart, Alwyn Marais, will provide the AGM Talk, and it is certain to be informative, as always.

Shell trade will also take place once formal proceedings have ended.

It is a Voting Year (2020 would have been the event for this, but alas..), so time to get your nominations in for candidates to fill the positions of President, Editor, Treasurer, Secretary and Scientific Officer. All nominations and Proxies to be sent to the Secretary.

Looking forward to seeing many there - it's been a long while since we have had a proper get-together, and this is an opprtunity for us to socialise and pick up where we left off in 2019.

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