Tag Archives: Cessna 172

Unlawful development on the Wild Coast

Pilot Barry de Groot (L) and Robert Stegmann of DEDEATPilot Barry de Groot (L) and Robert Stegmann of DEDEAT

Objective of the flight:

The objective of this mission was an aerial survey of the coastal conservation area on the Wild Coast to collect data in order to assess the current status of unlawful development.

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Mooi River fuel spill

Objective of the flight:

The objective of the mission was to gather photographic evidence of unlawful activities that have been undertaken on a farm in the Mooi River area. These unlawful activities resulted in a substantial fuel spill into a wetland area when the Multi-Products Pipeline was ruptured by the landowner.

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Aquatic weed infestation uMngeni and Duzi Rivers

The aim was to do an aerial survey to establish the status of the aquatic weed growth (water hyacinth and water lettuce) along the Duzi and uMngenie Rivers from Pietermaritzburg down to Durban.

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Wattled Cranes annual nest site survey

Objective of the flight:

With only 240 individuals left in South Africa, the Wattled Crane is in eminent danger of local extinction. The Wattled Crane Recovery Programme is a conservation initiative made up of five partner organisations and the EWT is responsible for collecting abandoned eggs from the wild where the chicks are then raised in captivity for the eventual aim of reintroduction into suitable habitats. The objective of the flight is to locate Wattled Crane nests where there are two eggs in order to facilitate the collection of the eggs by EWT fieldworkers. 

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Sand mining along the Umgeni and Umlazi Rivers

Objective of the flight:

To identify sand mining sites along the uMgeni and uMlazi Rivers and to determine the associated impacts in terms of water quality and vegetation loss.

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