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10_Mar 2011

Dear MCSA member

In this News Bulletin:

1) Mountain Search and Rescue Emergency Numbers

2) Annual Dinner - 2 April 2011

3) MCSA Web site and News

4) Annual Memorial Service - feedback

5) Club/SA Snippets

6) Other snippets



Members are reminded of the correct numbers to call in case of a mountain rescue related emergency (injury, lost persons etc.). The numbers to call are listed below. In case of more than one number being listed, they are listed in order of priority. The names and numbers of the various convenors of the MCSA Search and Rescue teams are included for general questions or as alternative emergency numbers:

Western Cape: 021 937 0300, 073 217 6351 (Rik de Dekker), 082 675 0901 (Roy White)

Hottentots Holland (Somerset West): 021 937 0300, 072 904 6150 (Neal de Kock)

For Mountain Security / crime related incidents in the Cape: Call 086 110 6417

Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth): 072 324 4985 (Vodacom), 073 755 2250 (MTN), 10177  (Metro), 072 142 0558 (Natalie van Loggerenberg) - note: numbers changed recently

South Cape (Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George): 082 339 1240 (Drew Scott), 082 323 4349 (Rogan Hindmarch), Tel: 10177

KwaZulu-Natal (Durban / Pietermaritzburg):: 0800 005 133, 082 990 5876 (Gavin Raubenheimer) Gauteng (Gauteng, Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga), 074 125 1385, 074 163 3952, 082 378 2032 (Sean Buchanan)


2) ANNUAL DINNER - 2 April 2011

Tygerberg Section invites members of all MCSA Sections and their friends to the MCSA Annual Dinner which is to be held on 2 April 2011 at De Oude Welgemoed Restaurant, Pandoerstraat, Welgemoed. The guest speaker will be the inspirational motivation speaker, Don Wessels (http://www.donwessels.co.za/personal-background/index.html). Bookings are to be done before 18 March 2011 with Ferdie Botha (elbiebotha@gmail.co).

More details about the event: 18:00 for 19:30; R300pp for a 3-course meal and a welcoming glass of sherry - bring your own wine or cash bar; dress: smart casual.



In 2010 an appeal was made by the watchdog of the Magaliesberg, the Magaliesberg Protection Association (MPA), for members and  Sections to contribute to legal costs that is to be incurred in fighting a the precedent-setting, illegal building in 2008 of Kgaswane Country Lodge within the boundaries of the Magaliesberg Protected Environment. Paul Fatti, chairman of the MPA writes: "After a lot of work, submitting affidavits and responding to the responses from the other side, and having had a day in the Mafikeng High Court arguing for an interdict restraining Kgaswane Country Lodge from continuing with construction activities, we are now braced for the main review hearing, which has been set down for the 5th and 6th May, 2011." He also writes that "despite the Advocates charging us only 50% of their normal fees and the big discount that Cameron Cross Inc (the environmental lawyers who have been assisting us in this matter) are giving us on their fees, almost R260 000 has been spent on the matter so far. So it seems that our original estimate of R300 000 for the review was a bit low and that R400 000 will be nearer the mark. We have been encouraged by the very generous donations that the MPA has received from a wide range of supporters, including members of the Mountain Club of South Africa and the Johannesburg Hiking Club, as well as from several concerned individuals. We have also received generous donations from the Cape Town Section of the MCSA and from the North-West Eco forum...  we are once more calling for donations."

Again, any contribution, no matter how small, will be welcome. All donations should be deposited in the Cameron Cross Inc. trust account at Standard bank, the details of which are: Trust account number: 410 290 351;Branch: Centurion; Branch Code: 012 645 40; Reference: MPA718. Please e-mail Tandina Charters at Cameron Cross (tandinac@cameroncross.co.za) when you have made the deposit, with a copy to the MPA Secretary, Barbara Reid (sleighb@iafrica.com). Members interested in receiving the full MPA statement on this matter, can email Barbara or Paul (paulfatti@gmail.com).



To subscribe to receiving the latest news on happenings in the Club that is posted on the MCSA web site, click on the RSS icon that appears in the URL line http://cen.mcsa.org.za on your browser (or sign up at our 'breaking news page'). You will receive an e-mail when any news is posted on the page.



For feedback on the MCSA Annual Memorial Service of 27 February, and a link to a slideshow, see: http://cen.mcsa.org.za/members/remembrance (Thanks to Mike Scott and Michael van Breda).



6.1) BMC INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CLIMBING MEET:  Roy Harris of Johannesburg Section will be representing the MCSA at this meet taking place in May in North Wales.

6.2) CEDERBERG CLIMBING MANAGEMENT PLAN (From CapeRockNews): Various members of the climbing community recently met with CapeNature to discuss the Cederberg Climbing Management Plan. The management plan basically covers sport climbing and bouldering in Rocklands and Truitjieskraal. CapeNature is revisiting the management of climbing in these areas in particular with regards to: the permit system, zoning of areas, environmental impacts to date and the practical management of area (ie physical ranger on site). The climbing representatives provided feedback to CapeNature about a new route permit system, numbers of climbers using area (specifically foreigners), concerns related to the protection of this sensitive biosphere and better management of these areas and Kliphuis campsite.

Climbers must look out for possible changes to the management of Rocklands specifically. Also, please: No littering (and yes, please clean up after others), no dogs, pad softly (no shortcuts, don't drag your pad, and try not to damage the fynbos), adhere to the new route permit system, coach/challenge others on the good behaviour expected in this sensitive area.

If you have any concerns/queries, please contact the MCSA CT Rock subcommittee through mcsacapetown@iafrica.com

6.3) MOUNTAIN GUIDES DIRECTORY: A Mountain Guides Directory

(www.samountainguides.wordpress.com) was established as a one-stop to check to see if a guide is qualified/registered and legal. Not all guides are up yet but all qualified and registered guides are eligible to be listed.

Viewers can search either by province or activity to find mountain guides that work where they want to go. Before listing, guides must be on the Theta database to ensure they have the right qualifications, have a valid DEAT registration card with the correct registration, and the contact details for the guide must be correct.

From: Andrew Friedemann (Adventure Qualifications Network cc, andrew@aqn.org.za, www.aqn.org.za)

6.4) KANCHENJUNGA TREK - April 2011:  A trekking trip to Kanchenjunga in the Himalaya will take place from 1 April to 1 May and will involve 23 days trekking. It will mostly be a camping trek where porters carry the bulk of the gear. While circling the third highest mountain in the world, a maximum altitude of around 5400m will be gained. Anybody interested in coming along, should contact Corlius Jooste (0766805312; corliusj@gmail.com). More details can be found on  http://www.theherenowexperience.com/.

6.5) DASSIES ON TABLE MOUNTAIN: The Senior Section Ranger for the Central Section of Table Mountain National Park [Fish Hoek to Hout Bay] is doing research on Dassies and is asking members to keep a look out for Dassies in this area and, if possible, note what they are eating at the time. All comments, observations and pictures are welcome and can be sent to shirleym@ct.kanteys.co.za

6.6) MONTAGU ROCK RALLY - 16 April:  The event will happen at De Bos,  so give them a call if you want to book accommodation now.


- The new KZN Section web-site is now live at http://kzn.mcsa.org.za/

- Stellenbosch Section also has a new web site: http://ste.mcsa.org.za

- Swarttobie Hiking Trail along the West Coast at Lutzville and Koekenaap:Gerrit and Erna Kritzinger of Tygerberg Section - https://picasaweb.google.com/gerrit.kritzinger/Swarttobie20101011?authkey=Gv1sRgCP-qw6Sy4v--nQE&feat=directlink

Fynbos, Namibia etc: Riaan Wolhuter of Stellenbosch Section - http://www.wildscapes.co.za/portfoliosmain.php

***Members are again requested to send in the URLS of their mountain adventures.***

6.8) 'MOUNT MANDELA': John Tungay, who founded the Drakensberg Boys' Choir School and was a facilitator of negotiations during the final days of apartheid, wants the 3 149m Cathkin Peak, known in isiZulu as Mdedelolo, to become Mount Mandela; or at least to have the name Mandela incorporated into it. He feels it will help with nation-building and to revert to being a 'rainbow nation'.  Tungay now lives in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands and his idea was first published in the town's newspaper, Village Talk. His proposal has since received wide coverage (eg


6.9) SA MOUNTAIN SPORT MAGAZINE: Members new to this list might not know about the existence of SA Mountain Sport Magazine, edited by Cape Town Section member, Tony Lourens. In four issues a year (R90), one is updated on what's happening on the SA climbing scene and with some international news.

The March-May edition eg covers the MCSA Petzl Rock and Road Trip of end-December 2010, bouldering, British grit stone climbing, an ascent of Manaslu, an interview with legendary climber, Manola and more. Mark Johnston provides excellent gear reviews and there are great pictures.  Contact: info@mountainsport.co.za or go to www.samountainsport.co.za



7.1) EARTH HOUR (www.earthhour.org): Please remember to turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, at 20:30 on Saturday 26 March 2011.

7.2) EARTH DAY - 22 April 2011: This year's Earth Day theme is Billion Acts of GreenR.  The purpose of this theme is to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. For more information about Earth Day Network and some of the services Earth Day Network can provide through partnership, contact John Maleri (International Specialist for Earth Day 2011), Earth Day Network (maleri@earthday.org, Skype: john.maleri.EDN; www.earthday.org).

7.3) The Himalayan Club e-letter vol 21 is available at:



Best regards

Petro Grobler

MCSA eNEWS Temp Editor


Climbing is therefore only indulging in a desire. Is it an addiction that I like to accept with the utmost devotion? Is that maybe the answer, the key - the commitment that leads to fervidness? When the all-consuming addiction has unfolded entirely... then there is no way back. How else could it be, to spend so many years surrendering oneself to the subject of rock? Climbing has made a vagabond of me, a vagabond with an insatiable curiosity.

                  - Bernd Zanger, The Art of Bouldering, SA Mountain Sport no 36, 2011