Meeting at Chosspile
Sunday 29 Jan
I had a meeting with Ampie, the manager of Mount Amanzi (MA) the Sunday 29 Jan morning at 8 to 9am. The meeting went well and things are moving forward. The access is still solid and if anything has improved. Given (the old guard) has disappeared but MA have 2 individuals who currently work for them and are free on alternative weekends. The one is called Allan Phosa and the other is still to be decided . They will let us know as there are a few who are keen and they will choose the best one. These guys have been working for MA for years and are completely trustworthy and good workers. Allan started last weekend and is doing fine. Also if MA select them, many of the problems are off our hands. He asked if the MCSA (JHB Section) could still continue pay the R400 per month as they currently are doing but this will now be split between the new guys with the R5 per car as was with the old guard Given. They also asked if the MCSA supply the bibs with MCSA logo as originally agreed to identify them better. Thus all current arrangements including the costs will stay the same except there are new guards who are part of MA and managed by them. In the week unfortunately there will be no guard, but climbers can still climb. They also asked if we could make a note of the new number for MA: 012 381 5400.
Their future plan is to have the climbers park in a designated area inside the resort and cross a wide still section of the Crocodile river via a pull yourself across float/barge and then from the other side walk up to the climbing. This will eliminate all gate issues, parking will be more secure, a bit more fun in the package with a added gentle arm warm up, but the approach will take a bit longer. The guard will still be there with his radio. The idea behind this is that MA want to expand what is on offer to their guests, so that guided groups of walkers will be coming across the river and up past the climbing (Including Lord of the rings area) at least twice a day. We must understand that they have their interests to also consider and we have to share the crag as it is not ours.
The owners of the crag (Mr Bezhuidenhout of Rissic Estates) is adamant that nobody must trespass onto the land from the dam wall side and properly have such climbers arrested if he hears about it from the guides of these walking groups. This will simply cause a lot of unnecessary trouble for this climber and considerably jeopardise future access and seriously piss off for the majority of the Gauteng climbing community.
I am planning to have another work meet there as the path needs attention, and the section under and along the Harry Potter section needs to be stabilised. I would like to propose to have this Sat 18 Feb. Please all who are keen come along to help with all tools to insert poles as before, meet at MA reception at 9am. If you cannot make it yourself, you can give a donation of R125 per worker from the community down the road which worked well last time. I will arrange and manage these workers, if you want to donate a days work give me a ring on 083 669 3028.