This incident as well as continued (unrelated) problems with climbers not paying the access fees and in rare cases people swearing and shouting racial slurs at the guys collecting the money is straining the relationship with the owners and if this continues, could severely impact access to this crag.
I would like to, on behalf of the MCSA and I believe the general climbing community (please comment here if you differ) please ask all climbers that use the Bronkies crag to consider:
- The crag is on private property and the owners have the right to improse access conditions and ask us to leave if we do not keep to the arrangements
- This is one of the most important and regularly visited general sport climbing crags in the Gauteng area and we as the climbing community can not afford to loose access to this crag (not to mention the thousands of Rands and hours that went into bolting the crag)
Over the next few months we will keep a close eye on things and if the current problems continue we might be forced to (with the support of the owners) take firm action against individuals or in extreme cases reintroduce the restricted access arrangements (these access restrictions were in place several years ago when the relationship was still being strengthened and more control was needed).
I understand that some times there are some problems (e.g. some times it takes a while for they guys to come down to collect the money), but this is not our property and we are in no position to tell them how to run it. We have however confirmed the standing arrangement with the owners that the car registration numbers and if possible names of all transgressors be kept for follow-up purposes. Up to now these names have not been made public (I have several names and car registration numbers who have not paid in the past), but I think we need to start doing that as these climbers are putting your and my access to this crag at risk.
I ask all climbers to assist us in nipping these problems in the bud by keeping to the rules (if not, please stay away). We need to keep this little gem of a crag open to all
Dean van der Merwe