Search & Rescue

Mountain Rescue in KZN province.
Dial:  0800 005133

In the event of a mountain rescue emergency it is best to try and contact the local KZN Wildlife ranger in the Drakensberg, and report the matter to them first. If this is not possible, or if you are not in the Drakensberg, you must dial 0800 005133 and report that this is a "mountain rescue". The operator will in turn contact one of the MCSA rescue organisers.

Rescue Convenor

Gavin Raubenheimer
Cell : 082 990 5876
Email : rescue

The KwaZulu-Natal Section has, since 1919, assisted and then later took the lead, in providing mountain search and rescue services in the province. The volunteer teams are based in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Zululand, and are trained in most aspects of mountain and high angle rescue. This service is provided in conjunction with the Provincial EMRS, SA Police Services and SA Air Force. The following services are provided:

  • High Altitude Mountain Rescues in the Drakensberg
  • Search and Rescue of missing persons in the Drakensberg
  • High angle and steep slope rescues in other areas of the province
  • Body recoveries in mountainous areas
Rescue statistics, reports on rescue operations and photos (of both training exercise and actual operations) can be found on the Stats and Reports page.

If you are interested in joining the rescue team, please review the document at the bottom of this page titled "About the Mountain Search and Rescue Team" and/or contact any of the rescue organisers listed below. It would also be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the following documents (which are available as attachments at the bottom of the Technical Notes page):

  • Rescue Team Standards and Currency
  • Rescue - Minimum 2 day kit
  • Night flying instructions
MCSA Rescue Organisers Cell
Gavin Raubenheimer (Convener) 082 990 5876
Steve Cooke 082 554 4883
Bruce Sobey 083 440 6753
Colin McCoy 082 546 7963
MCSA Assistant Rescue Organisers
Scott Sinclair 083 235 4938
Murray Sanders 071 301 5488
Trevor Johnson 076 123 6196

Daniel Ryding,
20 Oct 2012, 00:31