The objectives of the Society are to promote knowledge, the cultivation and conservation of succulents and to make a contribution to the protection and conservation of all indigenous flora and their habitat.
The Society publishes the journal ALOE that appears biannually. Articles in the journal range from popular information on the cultivation of the succulents to scientific descriptions of new succulent species. Colour photos of plants in habitat are included in each issue. The illustrations are helpful in the identification of plants, both in collections and in the habitat. In the journal emphasis is placed on plants from Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and Madagascar. The journal has already attained international status and is highly esteemed among succulent enthusiasts the world over.
In addition a number of very successful conferences on African succulents were organised by the Society, starting with Succulenta ‘76 (Pretoria), followed by Succulenta ‘90 (Johannesburg), Succulenta ’93 (Pretoria), Succulenta ‘96 (Johannesburg), Succulenta 2000 (Cape Town), Succulenta 2003 (Calitzdorp), Succulenta 2006 (Calitzdorp) and Succulenta 2010 (Laingsburg). In 2012 another very successful conference, this time on aloes, the Inhlaba Indaba (talking about aloes), was hosted at the scenic Blyde Canyon resort in Mpumalanga . In addition the Society co-hosted the 25th congress of the IOS in Cape Town in 1998. Future conferences will be announced on the website.