|Brief summary of venue||WE NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO MAGAGENI. Magageni is an amazing wild African climbing venue on the escarpment upstream from Loskop Dam. Routes range from 50 to 120 metres and the rock quality is mostly excellent.|
|Permit/ permission info||Magageni is private property; permission must be obtained from the owner and rules strictly adhered to. At present (start 2012) access has been jeopardized, though we hope to re-establish access again.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||Two hours.|
|Parking information||On designating camping site.|
|Info on walk in||The walk from the campsite to the start of the routes takes 20-30 minutes, and follows a dirt track to the base of the cliffs.Do not drive down this road as you will not be able to get back up again!|
|Accommodation||Car camping - the campsite is under the trees on top of the cliffs and has no facilities.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Water is unreliable at the camp site and should be brought in. There is good water at the bottom of the cliff though.|
|Climbing route guide||Scanned version available from Ulrike Kiefer, otherwise online on www.climb.co.za/wiki/index.php/Magageni|
|Climbing information||Currently the area has over 30 recorded routes from grade 13 to 20; there’s good potential for new routes. The crags consist of an East and West Wing, split by a waterfall with a deep pool at the base. The West Wing is the main event with routes between 100 and 150 metres high. It is very hot in the morning and some of the faces still catch sun in the afternoon. You can find shady routes here though if you start climbing late enough. The East Wing is shorter (up to about 60 metres high) and not as extensive. There are, however, some excellent routes. The descent gulley/track descends to the east of the East Wing.|
|Child friendly||The owner does not want small children to visit at present.|
|Swimming||Yes, there’s a big pool at the bottom of the crag.|
|Camp fires||Allowed, bring own wood.|
|Other attractions||Pristine flora and some game has been introduced, there’s also a big pool and waterfall; hiking is possible on the property as well as following the stream towards Loskop Dam.|
|Dangers||The property is fenced in and absolutely safe.|
|Contacts||Access to be arranged via the MCSA Jhb Section, Tel: 011 067 0326 (15h00-18h00 weekdays), Fax: 011 067 0326, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org For copies of the RD, contact Ulrike Kiefer, Email:email@example.com|
We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.
The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.
WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
Because it is the right thing to do.
...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.
HOWEVER, during this crisis:
- Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
- Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
- Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
- S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.
We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.
MCSA Search & Rescue