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== SEARCH AND RESCUE ==
 
== SEARCH AND RESCUE ==
MCSA Search & Rescue is a volunteer run organisation formed under the auspices of the MCSA and funded by MCSA members and donations. The first MCSA led rescue was in 1893. The MCSA offer wilderness rescue services to bona fide emergencies without charge as a community service. It works in conjunction with other public and private emergency services agencies such as the South African Air Force, WSAR, Off Road Rescue Unit, K9 Rescue, Police, Fire Services, Private Medical services and many others.
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MCSA Search & Rescue is a volunteer run organisation formed under the auspices of the MCSA and funded by MCSA members and donations. The first MCSA led rescue was in 1893 and since we have been involved in over 3 000 rescues (currently more than 150 per year). The MCSA offer wilderness rescue services to bona fide emergencies without charge as a community service. It works in conjunction with other public and private emergency services agencies such as the South African Air Force, WSAR, Off Road Rescue Unit, K9 Rescue, Police, Fire Services, Private Medical services and many others.
  
 
MCSA Search and Rescue's area of specialisation lies in the mountains and is able to respond to incidents in a mountainous or wilderness area which involves missing, overdue, stuck or injured persons.  
 
MCSA Search and Rescue's area of specialisation lies in the mountains and is able to respond to incidents in a mountainous or wilderness area which involves missing, overdue, stuck or injured persons.  
  
For emergencies contact the following numbers (primary numbers in '''bold''' - correct as of Jul 2012):
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For emergencies contact the following numbers (primary numbers in '''bold'''):
* Western Cape: '''021 937 0300''', Convenor : 082 338 3176 - Andy Wood, Convenor: 082 499 9656 - David Nel, Convenor (Hottentots Holland / Somerset West): 082 393 0407 - Gela Tölken
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* Western Cape (''Cape Town''): '''021 937 0300''', Co-Convenor: 082 499 9656 - David Nel, Co-Convenor: 082 290 2937 - Ant Hall, Convenor (Hottentots Holland / ''Somerset West''): 082 393 0407 Gela Tölken
 
* For Mountain Security / crime related incidents in the Cape: Call 086 110 6417
 
* For Mountain Security / crime related incidents in the Cape: Call 086 110 6417
* South Cape (Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George): '''10177''' - Metro, Convenor: '''082 339 1240''' - Drew Scott, Convenor: '''082 323 4349''' - Rogan Hindmarch
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* Garden Route (''Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George''): '''10177''' - Metro, Convenor: '''082 339 1240''' - Drew Scott, Convenor: '''082 323 4349''' - Rogan Hindmarch
* Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth): '''10177''' - Metro, '''072 324 4985''' (Vodacom), '''073 755 2250''' (MTN), Convenor: 082 572 5671 - Jason Schoeman
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* Eastern Province (''Port Elizabeth''): '''10177 / 041 585 1555''' - Metro, '''072 324 4985''' (Standby 1), '''073 755 2250''' (Standby 2), Convenor: 083 630 3903 - Shelley Puffett
* KwaZulu-Natal (Durban / Pietermaritzburg): '''0800 005 133''', Convenor: 082 990 5876 - Gavin Raubenheimer
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* KwaZulu-Natal (''Durban / Pietermaritzburg''): '''0800 005 133''', Convenor: 082 990 5876 - Gavin Raubenheimer
* Gauteng / Free State / North West / Limpopo / Mpumalanga: Primary: '''074 125 1385''', Alternative: '''074 163 3952''', Convenor: 083 274 1116 - Dean vd Merwe
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* Gauteng / Free State / North West / Limpopo / Mpumalanga (''Johannesburg/Pretoria''): Standby 1: '''074 125 1385''', Standby 2: '''074 163 3952''', Convenor: 084 385 5286 – Adam Griffiths
  
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'''When calling have the following information available:'''
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*Your name and contact number
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*Your exact location (GPS if possible) and where you parked/started your hike/climb
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*What has happened, when and where
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*Number of victims and bystanders
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*Injuries sustained and first aid given
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*Who else is on-scene to assist
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*Local weather
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Note:
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*Internet: https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR
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*The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) Search and Rescue National Convenor is Steve Cooke – 082 554 4883
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*All phone numbers are the emergency numbers that can be contacted in case of a mountain rescue emergency. Please specifically state that you are calling regarding a ‘Mountain Rescue Emergency’.
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*The primary cities from which the teams operate are shown in italics. Where a provincial coordination centre that uses MCSA Search and Rescue as a resource exist, the number of the provincial coordination centre is given as the priority contact number
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*Helicopter flight criteria applies, MCSA SAR reserves the right to perform its own assessment of incidents and may transfer incidents to more appropriate agencies or request additional assistance, assistance is dependent on resource availability, resources provided on a volunteer basis
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*Information correct as of November 2016
  
 
== HELP KEEP OUR ACCESS OPEN ==
 
== HELP KEEP OUR ACCESS OPEN ==
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Above all remember that many of the properties you climb on are privately owned and upsetting the owner (which has proved to be very easy) often causes them to close access.  
 
Above all remember that many of the properties you climb on are privately owned and upsetting the owner (which has proved to be very easy) often causes them to close access.  
  
== PERMITS TO VISIT THE MAGALIESBERG ==
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== PERMITS TO VISIT THE MAGALIESBERG & WILGEPOORT ==
 
The MCSA (specifically the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections) owns and manages several of the kloofs in the Magaliesberg. Access to these kloofs is controlled for conservation reasons and the number of permits is limited. Up to 20 persons per day can visit a kloof via the permit system (depending on the kloof). The permit fee goes towards conservation work on the properties (e.g. eradication of alien vegetation as well as fire breaks). MCSA members does not require permits to access MCSA properties when carrying their membership cards, in addition each MCSA member may be accompanied by a guest. '''Note that no facilities are provided and paths are not marked. '''
 
The MCSA (specifically the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections) owns and manages several of the kloofs in the Magaliesberg. Access to these kloofs is controlled for conservation reasons and the number of permits is limited. Up to 20 persons per day can visit a kloof via the permit system (depending on the kloof). The permit fee goes towards conservation work on the properties (e.g. eradication of alien vegetation as well as fire breaks). MCSA members does not require permits to access MCSA properties when carrying their membership cards, in addition each MCSA member may be accompanied by a guest. '''Note that no facilities are provided and paths are not marked. '''
  
Permits are available, subject to availability, at R35 per adult per day, R25 for students and high school scholars and R15 for children under 13 years (fee subject to change). No permits are available the first weekend of a month (members only). Different rates apply to commercial activities please enquire (additional restrictions apply).
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Permits are available, subject to availability, at R60 per adult per day, R40 for discounted people, including seniors, students and children (2017). Different rates apply to commercial activities please enquire (additional restrictions apply).
 
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|Castle Gorge||Marion Hüfner (JHB Hiking Club)|| 087 940 1903 (Mon-Fri, Weekdays 8h30 to 12h30) [mailto:jhc@mweb.co.za jhc@mweb.co.za] - [http://www.jhbhiking.org.za jhbhiking.org.za]
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|Castle Gorge|| (JHB Hiking Club)|| 078 885 6505 (Mon-Fri, Weekdays 8h30 to 12h30) [mailto:admin@jhbhiking.co.za admin@jhbhiking.co.za] - [http://www.jhbhiking.co.za jhbhiking.co.za]
 
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|Dome||Kari Low||083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)
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|Dome||MCSA Magaliesberg Admin||083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)
 
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|Grootkloof||Kari Low||083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)  
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|Grootkloof||MCSA Magaliesberg Admin||083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)  
 
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|Mhlabatini||Uschi Magg||(011) 807 1310 (Uschi Mon-Fri, 08h00-10h00)  
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|Wilgepoort||MCSA Magaliesberg Admin||083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)  
 
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|Tonquani complex (incl. Cederberg Kloof and Boulder Kloof)||Uschi Magg||(011) 807 1310 (Mon-Fri, 08h00-10h00)  
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|Mhlabatini||MCSA Jhb Admin||(011) 067 0326 (Mon-Fri, 15h00-18h00)  
 
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|Other||Uschi Magg||(011) 807-1310 (Mon-Fri, 08h00-10h00)
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|Tonquani complex (incl. Cederberg Kloof and Boulder Kloof)||MCSA Jhb Admin||(011) 067 0326 (Mon-Fri, 15h00-18h00)  
 
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Note that additional fees may apply for members / non-members may apply for parking on private land / access via private land (e.g. when non-members access Tonquani via Mountain Sanctuary Park an additional R50 per adult, R30 per child and R20 per vehicle applies) – please ask when booking permits and keep to the arrangement with neighbours to MCSA property.
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Note that additional fees may apply for members / non-members may apply for parking on private land / access via private land. – please ask when booking permits and keep to the arrangement with neighbours to MCSA property.
  
 
== LINKS ==
 
== LINKS ==
 
'''[http://www.mcsa.org.za http://www.mcsa.org.za]'''
 
'''[http://www.mcsa.org.za http://www.mcsa.org.za]'''
 
'''[http://www.theuiaa.org http://www.theuiaa.org]'''
 
'''[http://www.theuiaa.org http://www.theuiaa.org]'''

Latest revision as of 22:29, 5 March 2017

The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) is the largest and oldest mountaineering club in South Africa. It facilitates and organises various mountaineering activities including rock climbing and hiking). The MCSA is involved in mountain search and rescue, training, conservation of mountain areas and the procurement of access for mountaineering.

HISTORY

The MCSA was founded in 1891 and hence is one of the oldest mountaineering clubs in the world. The MCSA is one of only two mountain clubs in Africa which are affiliated to the world mountaineering body, the UIAA. Members of the MCSA have climbed and hiked on all the major mountain ranges throughout the world. Since its inception, the MCSA has published an annual journal. The MCSA Journal is one of the oldest mountain club journals still being published on an annual basis.

The Club is organised into 14 sections geographically spread over South Africa and Namibia and has more than 4000 members.

  • Amajuba
  • Cape Town
  • Eastern Province
  • Free State
  • Hottentots Holland
  • Johannesburg
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Magaliesberg (Pretoria)
  • Namibia
  • Paarl/Wellington
  • South Cape
  • Stellenbosch
  • Tygerberg
  • Worcester

The objectives of the Mountain Club of South Africa are to further the interests of mountaineering in South Africa and elsewhere, and in doing so inter alia to:

  • Organise and facilitate mountaineering
  • Procure and protect real rights in and access to mountains and mountain areas
  • Initiate and support actions towards protecting the natural beauty and wilderness character of mountains and to promote their effective conservation management
  • Promote the safety and training of mountaineers
  • Organise search and rescue parties
  • Promote the study of mountains and their environments, the preservation of historical and archaeological sites on them and the dissemination of information on mountains and mountaineering.

SEARCH AND RESCUE

MCSA Search & Rescue is a volunteer run organisation formed under the auspices of the MCSA and funded by MCSA members and donations. The first MCSA led rescue was in 1893 and since we have been involved in over 3 000 rescues (currently more than 150 per year). The MCSA offer wilderness rescue services to bona fide emergencies without charge as a community service. It works in conjunction with other public and private emergency services agencies such as the South African Air Force, WSAR, Off Road Rescue Unit, K9 Rescue, Police, Fire Services, Private Medical services and many others.

MCSA Search and Rescue's area of specialisation lies in the mountains and is able to respond to incidents in a mountainous or wilderness area which involves missing, overdue, stuck or injured persons.

For emergencies contact the following numbers (primary numbers in bold):

  • Western Cape (Cape Town): 021 937 0300, Co-Convenor: 082 499 9656 - David Nel, Co-Convenor: 082 290 2937 - Ant Hall, Convenor (Hottentots Holland / Somerset West): 082 393 0407 – Gela Tölken
  • For Mountain Security / crime related incidents in the Cape: Call 086 110 6417
  • Garden Route (Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George): 10177 - Metro, Convenor: 082 339 1240 - Drew Scott, Convenor: 082 323 4349 - Rogan Hindmarch
  • Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth): 10177 / 041 585 1555 - Metro, 072 324 4985 (Standby 1), 073 755 2250 (Standby 2), Convenor: 083 630 3903 - Shelley Puffett
  • KwaZulu-Natal (Durban / Pietermaritzburg): 0800 005 133, Convenor: 082 990 5876 - Gavin Raubenheimer
  • Gauteng / Free State / North West / Limpopo / Mpumalanga (Johannesburg/Pretoria): Standby 1: 074 125 1385, Standby 2: 074 163 3952, Convenor: 084 385 5286 – Adam Griffiths

When calling have the following information available:

  • Your name and contact number
  • Your exact location (GPS if possible) and where you parked/started your hike/climb
  • What has happened, when and where
  • Number of victims and bystanders
  • Injuries sustained and first aid given
  • Who else is on-scene to assist
  • Local weather

Note:

  • Internet: https://www.facebook.com/MCSASAR
  • The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) Search and Rescue National Convenor is Steve Cooke – 082 554 4883
  • All phone numbers are the emergency numbers that can be contacted in case of a mountain rescue emergency. Please specifically state that you are calling regarding a ‘Mountain Rescue Emergency’.
  • The primary cities from which the teams operate are shown in italics. Where a provincial coordination centre that uses MCSA Search and Rescue as a resource exist, the number of the provincial coordination centre is given as the priority contact number
  • Helicopter flight criteria applies, MCSA SAR reserves the right to perform its own assessment of incidents and may transfer incidents to more appropriate agencies or request additional assistance, assistance is dependent on resource availability, resources provided on a volunteer basis
  • Information correct as of November 2016

HELP KEEP OUR ACCESS OPEN

A great deal of work is done by the MCSA to keep access to climbing areas open, please adhere to all access arrangements and help keep climbing and hiking areas open to all. We are seeing many climbing areas overseas losing access and the same is happening in South Africa. Please support our efforts and help stem the trend.


Please contact the MCSA before visiting unknown climbing areas which might be sensitive to access, very often negotions are in progress and you visiting the area can upset them or even close the access. Always keep noise levels down at climbing areas, never litter, preserve the fauna and flora, do your ablutions far from rivers and bury them thoroughly. Remember that fires are usually prohibited in most areas, please respect this and other access conditions the owners may have set (e.g. in many areas you may only arrive and leave in daylight hours).


Above all remember that many of the properties you climb on are privately owned and upsetting the owner (which has proved to be very easy) often causes them to close access.

PERMITS TO VISIT THE MAGALIESBERG & WILGEPOORT

The MCSA (specifically the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections) owns and manages several of the kloofs in the Magaliesberg. Access to these kloofs is controlled for conservation reasons and the number of permits is limited. Up to 20 persons per day can visit a kloof via the permit system (depending on the kloof). The permit fee goes towards conservation work on the properties (e.g. eradication of alien vegetation as well as fire breaks). MCSA members does not require permits to access MCSA properties when carrying their membership cards, in addition each MCSA member may be accompanied by a guest. Note that no facilities are provided and paths are not marked.

Permits are available, subject to availability, at R60 per adult per day, R40 for discounted people, including seniors, students and children (2017). Different rates apply to commercial activities please enquire (additional restrictions apply).

Area Contact name Contact details
Castle Gorge (JHB Hiking Club) 078 885 6505 (Mon-Fri, Weekdays 8h30 to 12h30) admin@jhbhiking.co.za - jhbhiking.co.za
Dome MCSA Magaliesberg Admin 083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)
Grootkloof MCSA Magaliesberg Admin 083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)
Wilgepoort MCSA Magaliesberg Admin 083 845 1573 (Mon-Fri 08h00-10h00)
Mhlabatini MCSA Jhb Admin (011) 067 0326 (Mon-Fri, 15h00-18h00)
Tonquani complex (incl. Cederberg Kloof and Boulder Kloof) MCSA Jhb Admin (011) 067 0326 (Mon-Fri, 15h00-18h00)

Note that additional fees may apply for members / non-members may apply for parking on private land / access via private land. – please ask when booking permits and keep to the arrangement with neighbours to MCSA property.

LINKS

http://www.mcsa.org.za http://www.theuiaa.org