MISSION 02 of 2012
Name of Mission: Coal Mining for UNTV
Date of Mission: 7 February 2012
Aircraft used: Cessna 206
Pilot: Martin den Dunnen
Beneficiary: United Nations TV Production Unit
Objective of the flight
To acquire still photos and video footage for a TV Documentary on coal mining around the world
Beneficiary’s report by Gill Fickling of the United Nations TV Production Unit
The UNTV team were in the region to shoot a television feature for inclusion in the United Nations Dept of Public Information’s broadcast show “21st Century”. This monthly magazine-series is distributed to more than 60 broadcasters around the world and covers UN priority issues. Features are shot around the world and run, on average, for 10 minutes each.
The team, comprising UNTV Producer, Gill Fickling, and freelance cameraman, Alistair Lyne, were in the Mpumalanga and KZN region filming a story on the impact of coal-mining on the region, particularly from the social perspective. They filmed with local farmers in the region, recording their experiences of living next door to coal mines. The aerial footage shows the extent of open-cast coal-mining in the area, as well as the dependency of South Africa on coal for its energy, and will be included in this feature.
Pilot’s report by Martin den Dunnen
The purpose of this flight was to film the devastation wrought by all the coal mines, as well as the pollution caused by the big power stations in the area. Visibility was poor, as can be expected from this area, but, having removed the cargo door to allow the cameraman greater access, the video footage came out well. We were able to film the waterways and dams, open strip mining, long coal trains, other mines and the power stations.