Newsletter December 2013
2013 has certainly been an eventful year, with our Club becoming richer in another beautiful property – Wilgepoort, Petro Grobler becoming the first female President of the MCSA, our members exploring new corners of the globe, and Nelson Mandela – the icon of democratic South Africa – passing away.
We hope that 2014 proves just as exciting; preferably dominated by pleasant events, but we are always ready to face another challenge and to relish in the unknown. Our Section Committee would like to wish you memorable holidays, whether you’re spending them mountaineering in the big mountain ranges of our world, rock climbing in the crags around Jo’burg, or scaling dunes on your way to the sea from the beach-front hotel. We also wish you a joyous Merry Christmas, and success in all your endeavours in the New Year!
Dobek Pater, Chairman
Wilgepoort access now secure
On 25 March 2013, Wilgepoort was registered in the name of the Mountain Club of South Africa, having been purchased outright by the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections.
It had been a few decades since its discovery by Magaliesberg Section members.
Since then Wilgepoort had been on the two Sections’ club meet lists.
The discovery opened up the area to other climbing venues along the Wilge River such as Tagatikloof, Magageni, Scheeperskloof and Rooipoort.
However through the years, access to these latter venues was curtailed one by one.
Wilgepoort was the only venue in the area the club had some access to. However it had its own share of access problems over the years, ranging from being completely out of bounds to alternative access to limited access.
At a Magaliesberg Section Forum held in 1999 the importance of securing access to Wilgepoort by buying it, was reaffirmed. However, the property owner proved to be a very resistant seller.
On 13 December 2012 at a Special General Meeting, MCSA Johannesburg voted in favour of buying Wilgepoort.
Long known as a winter climbing venue, Wilgepoort is now also valued for its summer climbing, deep water soloing and slack-lining at Big Pool, and car camping. See more info about Wilgepoort here.
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