Sunday, 1 July 2018

Jaws Cave - Sunday 8 July

The monthly caving trip, Sunday 8 July is at Jaws. It is a dig at an interesting blowing hole so all help will be appreciated. Bring a dust mask and goggles and your great attitude! 
Meet 9am at the farm gate just outside Carltonville. For more information contact John 0739858068

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Stinkhole - 30 June

Hello everyone,

We're organising a trip to Stinkhole. Some of us will be surveying the cave, whilst others are doing a trip through the cave, possibly with some digging as well.

The cave has a short abseil of about 15 meters, then a number of muddy climbs down into the lowest levels where the pretty things are.

Meet at the cave at 9. Possible braai after the trip.

If you want to join the trip, let John know. 073 985 8068.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Nico's II - 10 June

Hello everyone,

SEC is going to Nico's II, Sunday, 10 June.

This is a members only trip.

Meet at Oaktree Garage at 08:30.

Expect a long and dirty trip!

A high ground clearance car is needed to get to the cave, so if you don't have one, catch a lift from the garage.

Message Steven @ 072 298 9861 if you are planning on joining.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Friday Night Caving - Scrambler Cave 11 May 2018



This coming friday night 11 May  Sharron Reynolds is leading a trip to Scrambler Cave.

The Cave is semi-friendly to visitors, because it involves a lot of climbing.
So if heights is not your thing, or you are not comfortable with climbing, maybe sit this one out.



Sharron is limiting the group size to 10 because it is already late in the season, and we need to be sensitive to the bats that will start hibernating there for the winter.

If you want to join, reserve your spot with Sharron asap.
You can contact her on 082 553 5258
Meeting 7pm at Oak tree garage



Upcoming Caving trip to Nick's Cave



Club Caving Trip to "Nick's Cave"
For our usual 2nd Sunday of every month caving trip this month (13 May)
We will be going to Nick's Cave, or as it is was originally named: David's Cave.

The Cave has an extension, discovered many years ago, but the path leading to the extension is not known anymore, and we will yet again attempt to rediscover this extension with this trip.

The caving trip is open to visitors, BUT the entrance is a vertical pitch of more or less 10m.
We will set up a ladder with a belay for cavers that is not SRT proficient, Or otherwise, you can just abseil down if you have the necessary skills for that.
If you are a  joining us, please notify me if you want to join and if you need any equipment eg. helmet and or light.  (Gerrie Pretorius 0784234261)

The cave can be dusty, so a dust mask or buff is recommended.

The cave is situated near Koster, and we will be meeting at the Total Garage as you enter Koster on the left at 9am.
As usual, we will not be waiting for latecomers, so don't be late.

For directions and exact location for meeting place, check out this map:


Sunday, 22 April 2018

SASA Bulletin 2017 Issue 45

Hello everyone,

The CPSS have created a new bulletin all about their amazing exploration and survey work in the Greater Wynberg Cave System, which is now one of the largest caves in South Africa.

Well done CPSS!

To download the bulletin click on the link below:

Download SASA Bulletin 45 2017

For more SASA Bulletins, go to our Publications page:

Publications


Monday, 9 April 2018

Gobholo Caving - SWAZILAND - 18th to 21st May 2018

Hi all,

SEC will be assisting an overseas visitor on some analysis he would like to do in the Gobolo cave in Swaziland 18th to 21st May 2018.

Gobolo is an extremely interesting cave.


Flowstone, cave feature, Swaziland
The Ghobolo Cave system is predominantly granite rock – which is VERY unusual as granite does not typically form caves. For this reason typical cave features like stalactites are rare. This flow stone is one of the few features of this type so far discovered in this cave.

Kindly arrange your own accommodation for the weekend though I would suggest :Legends Backpacker Lodge
Address: #1 Mantenga Falls Drive, Ezulwini Valley

This will be a SELFCATERING trip - there is a big shopping centre (Checkers/woolworths) very close by where you will be able to purchase any necessary food items.

OSHOEK is probably the best border post to use.

Customs and immigration regulations must be complied with when entering and leaving Swaziland. Officially recognised border gates should be used when travelling between Swaziland and neighbouring countries unless travelling by air, in which case you enter by Matsapha Airport. All border posts between Swaziland and South Africa are open every day of the year at the following times. The Swaziland name is given first, followed by the name (in brackets) by which the border gate is known in South Africa:

Bulembu (Josefsdal)
Gege (Bothashoop)
Lavumisa (Golela)
Lundzi (Waverly)
Mahamba (Mahamba)
Mananga (Border Gate)
Matsamo (Jeppes Reef)
Ngwenya (Oshoek)
Salitje (Onverwacht)
Sandlane (Nerston)
Sicunusa (Houdkop)
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 16.00
07.00 - 22.00
07.00 - 18.00
07.00 - 20.00
07.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 18.00
08.00 - 18.00

Ngwenya/Oshoek is the busiest border gate and it becomes heavily congested at certain times, such as at long weekends or when there are special events such as concerts. Queues can take several hours to move and you might think of using an alternative gate at these times to avoid long delays.

From experience - Normal days border crossing will take 10 - 20min - Busy days this may take 30 - 45min

Please let me know if you are keen to join.

Sharron
0825535258