The Bateleurs - Flying for the Environment
November 2014
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Dear Bateleurs members and subscribers

It has been while since you have received news from us but rest assured this by no means implies a lack of activity. As you are aware, The Bateleurs has gone through a transition period. I replaced Joan Cameron in September 2013 and we have a new office in the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s building in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. 

This newsletter provides an update on all the missions flown from April 2013 up to the middle of January 2014. Links are provided for each mission that will route you to our website to read more about a mission.  Please note that our website only provides basic information as it is in the process of being revamped.

We have flown 47 missions consisting of 52 flights from January 2013 to the middle of January 2014. The generosity of our pilot members and sponsors has enabled us to fly these missions and to do what we do best namely to provide an aerial perspective on environmental issues. Judging from the number of flight requests that we have received during 2014 and are still receiving, the need for the service that we provide is growing substantially.
To all our pilot members and beneficiaries who have been sending their flight reports without fail, I want to assure you that these reports are read and kept on file to go into our newsletters and Annual Report.

We have exciting plans in the pipeline for The Bateleurs. I am not going to reveal more except that you will all receive a “Save the Date” for 2015 shortly. This event will not just be for our Gauteng members but for everybody that has been part of The Bateleurs nationally. I would just like to say a special thank you to Shannon Weber and her team from The District as well as to Lantz Mattinson for making this possible.

We also have quite a few new Bateleur pilot members. Welcome to all of you and I hope that you will spend many gratifying hours in the sky flying for us.

Our next newsletter will be published during the first two weeks of December and will provide you with an update on missions flown during the first six months of 2014.

Kind regards
Zelda Hudson
MISSIONS from April 2013 to 15 January 2014
Sand mining along the Umgeni and Umlazi Rivers:
Aircraft used: Cessna 172  
Pilot: Barry de Groot
Beneficiary:University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Zululand Anti-Poaching Patrols  (24 missions)

Aircraft used: Various LSA’s 
Pilots: Steve McCurrach; Roger Ford; Miles Pearce; Len Kohler; Grant Warren
Beneficiary: Zululand Wildlife Security Initiative (ZWSI)

Wild Dogs from Thanda to Tswalu
(sponsored by
King Air Charter)

Aircraft used: King Air 200
Pilot: Arthur Karatzas
Beneficiary: Endangered Wildlife Trust

Mooi River fuel spill

Aircraft used: Cessna 172
Pilot: Barry de Groot 
Beneficiary: Department of Environmental Affairs: Environmental Management Inspectorate

Hippo count iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Aircraft used: Cessna 210
Pilot: Clive van der Spuy
Beneficiary: University of Cape Town

Dugong survey Bazaruto National Park, Mozambique

Aircraft used: Fox Bat A22
Pilot: Brett Hill (Paul Dutton as observer)
Beneficiary: Endangered Wildlife Trust

Aquatic weed infestation uMngeni and Duzi Rivers

Aircraft used: Cessna 172
Pilot: Barry de Groot
Beneficiary: Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT)

Leopard tracking in the Swartberg

Aircraft used: Jabiru
Pilot: Barry Lipschitz
Beneficiary: Landmark Foundation: 

Red-Billed Oxpeckers from Limpopo to Mokala

Aircraft used: Baron Beechcraft
Pilot: Noel McCullough
Beneficiary: Endangered Wildlife Trust

Donkey survey Northern Namaqualand

Aircraft used: Piper Dakota
Pilots: Mark Rule & Steve Sheehy
Beneficiary: Conservation South Africa

Red-Billed Oxpeckers from KNP to KZN

Aircraft used: Piper Cherokee 
Pilot: Brett Gehren
Beneficiary: Endangered Wildlife Trust:

Nyl River floodplain sewage spill

Aircraft used: Cessna 182
Pilot: Hill van Schalkwyk
Beneficiary: Naboomspruit Community Forum

The Bateleurs is a registered beneficiary of the Woolworths MyPlanet Programme

How can you support us?
Get your free MyPlanet card (no monthly fees, no costs to you!) and nominate The Bateleurs as your charity. Swipe your card at partner stores when you shop. They will donate a percentage of your purchases on your behalf.
  1. If you don't have a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card yet, simply apply for your free card now and select The Bateleurs. 
  2. If you already have a MySchool card, but would like to change your beneficiary or add a charity, simply call the Client Service Centre on 0860 100 445 or email them on - there is no need to get a new card!


Our thanks go to our Bateleurs volunteer pilots and our sponsors

Haggie Charitable Trust; Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer; Felix Schneier Foundation; Rob Davies; WBHO Construction; Afrihost; Datapro
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