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Date released: 18 NOVEMBER 2004 Read More

On Thursday 3 June 2004 the seas around the peninsula were proclaimed the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area (MPA) to help ensure that commercial and recreational use of our oceans is sustainable.

The MPA extends from Moullie Point to Muizenburg which amounts to approximately 1000 km2 of sea and coastline. The MPA includes six restricted zones within which there is a total ban on fishing or any extractive activities.

Click Read More to get the full story as well as access to downloads, maps and coordinates of restricted zones.

BOOK RELEASE – Mountains in the Sea – An Interpretive Guide to the Table Mountain National Park
Date released: 7 OCTOBER 2004 Read More

“Mountains in the Sea – An Interpretive Guide to the Table Mountain National Park” is a great new book, authored by well-known environmental journalist John Yeld and designed by Martine Barker, an Assistant Editor at the Cape Argus, funded by Fonds Francais Pour L’ Environnment Mondial (FFEM) and commissioned by South African National Parks (SANParks). In a reader-friendly, colour-coded format this indispensable guide fits easily into your rucksack and comprehensively explains the ecology, history and myriad recreational opportunities on offer in the TMNP.

TAHRS MUST GO TO ALLOW THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF KLIPSPRINGERS
Date released: 21 JULY 2004 Read More

SANParks is legally bound to its original 1999 decision to eradicate the Himalayan Tahr from Table Mountain . This became evident at the day-long meeting with the SANParks legal consultant on Friday 14 May which revealed that the High Court dismissal of the Friends of the Tahr (FotT) court action, by agreement with the FotT and SANParks, has tied our hands.

THE CAPE FLORISTIC REGION BECOMES SOUTH AFRICA’S SIXTH WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Date released: 30 JUNE 2004 Read More

The world agrees: the Cape Floristic Region was today honoured by the global community as South Africa’s sixth World Heritage Site.

It joins Robben Island , the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Sterkfontein – Cradle of Humankind, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape and the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park as South Africa ‘s World Heritage Site.

Proposed Marine Protected Area
Date released: 25 MARCH 2004
Valli Moosa, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, has proclaimed his intent to establish one continuous Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the Cape Peninsula. This will replace the existing network of Marine Reserves and Sanctuaries around the Peninsula and will stretch from Moullie Point to Muizenburg.

Once proclaimed, the MPA will form the marine component of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and will be managed in partnership between Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) and TMNP.

Please read the brochure to learn if it will affect you. The brochure is available in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans. Available from the downloads page

PARK NAME CHANGE POLL RESULTS
Date released: 16 FEBRUARY 2004 Read More
This week Capetonians said “Yes” to the name Table Mountain National Park.

The poll, asking the public whether they preferred the name Table Mountain National Park to the current Cape Peninsula National Park was conducted using print media and radio. The public were invited to say “yes” or “no” to the proposed name change using a toll free number run by an independent messaging service. Street surveys were also conducted by volunteers and Park staff. Park Forum stakeholder organisations were also invited to express their opinion.

Over 8000 people responded and the result is a resounding Yes. See figures below. If you would like access to the full results they are available at the Park’s Westlake offices.

Says Brett Myrdal, Park Manager, “The Park is now known all over Cape Town. This in itself makes the whole exercise worthwhile. Whether people said no or yes they did so because they felt strongly about their park, this is what it is about – building custodianship.”

Click here to view the Full Results

SANPARKS RE-INTRODUCES WILD CARD CASH BACK REWARDS
Date released: 4 FEBRUARY 2004 Read More
SOUTH African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the re-introduction of the cash back rewards on its Wild Card – the unique loyalty card system that replaced the old parks entrance fees.

The Cash Back rewards will be applicable to all Wild Card holders as well a all other Infinity card holders with effect from February 1, 2004 for the next six months only.

Essentially, the Wild Card evolved as a means to reward loyal patrons of national parks, after park entrance fees were replaced with a conservation fee based on daily park utility in June 2003.

 

THUMBS UP FOR CAPE TOWN’S BEACHES
Date released: 21 NOVEMBER 2003 Read More
Cape Town’s beaches are safe for bathing and comply with national water quality guidelines.

According to the 2003 annual report of the Cape Metropolitan Coastal Water Quality Committee, the latest results indicate a general improvement of water quality along the False Bay and the Atlantic coastlines.

“Although considerable effort is put into maintaining good water quality, it must be acknowledged that this year’s below average winter rainfall may have been the main contributing factor,” says Committee Chairman, Mark Obree of the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Transport, Roads and Stormwater.

 

CAPE TOWN LEADS THE WAY IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Date released: 20 NOVEMBER 2003 Read More
THE City of Cape Town is the first local authority in Africa to adopt an integrated metropolitan environmental policy (IMEP).

The first three strategies to be implemented are those dealing with the Coastal Zone, Biodiversity and Environmental Education and Training.

Announcing this in Cape Town today (14 November 2003), Cllr Themba Sikhutshwa, Mayoral Committee Member for Planning and the Environment, said this was a major milestone for environmental management in the developing world.

 

GAME CAPTURE PHOTOS
Date released: 4 NOVEMBER 2003 Read More
On 29 September 2003, four CPNP conservation staff (Monique Ruthenberg, Dereck Maarman, Willie Fredericks and Norman Johnson) travelled to the Karoo National Park to assist the SANParks Game Capture team in capturing some Eland bulls to be relocated to Cape Point and the West Coast National Park.

 

GAME RELEASES AT THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
Date released: 12 OCTOBER 2003
Visitors to the Cape of Good Hope section of the Cape Peninsula National Park this holiday season may be lucky enough to see some of the antelope recently relocated there.

The first consignment of animals released was 12 Red Hartebeest relocated from the Karoo National Park. The herd comprised one adult male, eight adult females, two sub-adult males and one sub-adult female. All the animals relocated were in good condition, and appeared to have settled down shortly after their release.

The antelope were released near Buffelsfontein where a temporary ramp was build to ensure their safe offloading from the transport vehicle. Some of tghe CPNP’s personnel accompanied the capture team to assist in the capture and loading of a further two Eland bulls for release at the same location.

CPNP staff will monitor the herds movements over the next few weeks to determine how they are adapting, and to establish where they are settling down.

 

A PAIR OF KLIPSPRINGERS SPOTTED IN COGH SECTION OF THE PARK
Date released: 23 September 2003
A pair of klipspringer, accompanied by a newborn lamb, were seen by CPNP staff and contractors on the trail that runs from Main Gate via Rooihoogte to Sirklesvlei in the CoGH section of the park. These animals had not previously been recorded in this area so it was good to get feedback about their presence. They remained long enough for staff to get a good view of the family group. Hikers in the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Park should be on the lookout for signs such as spoor, or their high-pitched call. This is without doubt the best way to see the animals as they are not often seen due to their camouflage colouration and their generally shy nature.

The first klipspringers were re-introduced into the CPNP three years ago, and it is expected that the next group of animals will be captured and released by the SANParks capture team before the end of October. Additionally, Eland and Red Hartebeest will be released at the same time into the Cape of Good Hope Section.

 

CITY INVESTS R13 MILLION IN NATIONAL PARK
Date released: 19 September 2003 Read More
THE City of Cape Town has extended its investment in the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) for a further four years and committed another R13 million this year for projects to improve access to the park for city residents.

According to Councillor Themba Sikhutshwa, Mayoral Committee Member for Planning and the Environment, these projects include the provision of a “Green Bus” to transport disadvantaged residents to the park, the upgrading of braai and picnic sites, and the general improvement of public amenities.

Sites earmarked for upgrading include Newlands Forest, Wildschutsbrand and Perdekloof near Cape Point, Deer Park in the City Bowl, the Noordhoek car park, Oudekraal and Signal Hill.

 

TOP ARCHITECTURAL AWARD FOR BOULDERS
Date released: 18 September 2003 Read More
THE brand new information centre at the Boulders penguin sanctuary near Simon’s Town has received a top accolade from the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA).

The Institute’s regional awards of commendation are made annually in recognition of outstanding architectural design and the Boulders facility has been further nominated for the national award by the SA Institute of Architects to be announced later this year.

 

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG – BAMBI PICS!
Date released: 11 September 2003 Read More
Spring has sprung in the Cape Peninsula National Park. This bontebok foal was spotted at Buffels Bay in the Cape of Good Hope section of the park. According to CPNP section ranger, Justin Buchmann, September is breeding season for buck species such as bontebok and eland. Visitors to the area will also be able to view spectacular carpets of wildflowers.

 

 

SILVERMINE LAUNCHES WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY BOARDWALK
Date released: 04 September 2003 Read More
PEOPLE with physical disabilities are now able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Silvermine Dam with the opening of the new boardwalk by the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP).

The 650 meter long, elevated wooden boardwalk traverses the popular hiking trail around the reservoir and features several picnic spots and braai areas.

“This is one of the finest achievements of the Cape Peninsula National Park as it celebrates its fifth anniversary,” said Maxwell Moss, wheelchair-bound member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs & Tourism, who officially opened the boardwalk today (September 4, 2003).

 

PARK RANGERS TAKE TO THE WATER
Date released: 29 August 2003 Read More
NOT content with confining their conservation duties to land, 15 rangers from the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) have taken the plunge and are now training to skipper small craft on sea.

“The waters around Cape Point will soon be declared a marine park, so it seemed logical to start preparing ourselves for this new territory,” says Justin Buchmann, CPNP section ranger.

Justin and his colleagues are taking lessons from seasoned skipper, Geoff Hawkins of Scarborough, who is provincial safety officer for the Western Province Deep Sea Angling Association and an authorised agent of the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

 

FYNBOS POACHERS CAUGHT RED-HANDED BY PARK RANGERS
Date released: 28 August 2003 Read More
ALERT field rangers of the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) have caught two fynbos poachers in the Red Hill area above Simon’s Town with hundreds of cuttings on them.

CPNP field rangers, Amos Lombo, Willie Fredericks, Richard Maarman, Norman Johnson and Quinton Jacobs, were doing their normal patrols in the area late one Friday afternoon when they noticed a green Valiant bakkie parked in a field of fynbos about 300 meters from Redhill Road.

“We had been tipped off earlier about the vehicle which belongs to a notorious flower poacher,” says Lombo. “We approached the suspects and found that they had raided the area of about 800 stems of proteas, leucodendrons and ericas”.

 

THIS ZEBRA CROSSING IS FOR PENGUINS
Date released: 23 June 2003 Read More
IN an attempt to reduce penguin fatalities on Simon’s Town main road, the City of Cape Town has been prompted by Cape Peninsula National Park managers to install what is probably the world’s first ‘penguin crossing’ to caution motorists to slow down for these feathered pedestrians.

The colony of African penguins live cheek by jowl with Simon’s Town residents in a natural protected area at Boulders Beach, which forms part of the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP).

Despite various attempts by CPNP managers to contain the birds to their natural environment, some continue to venture across the main road in search of suitable nesting areas during the annual breeding season.

 

BOULDERS GETS AWARD FOR WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY BOARDWALK
Date released: 18 June 2003 Read More
THE wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at the Boulders penguin colony near Simon’s Town has helped earn the Cape Peninsula National Park and SANParks a national award for providing access to people with disabilities.

The Rob Filmer Awards are hosted annually by Eco-Access, the country’s leading environmental/disability organisation. Filmer, a former conservationist with the former Transvaal Provincial Administration lost his sight and experienced renal failure through diabetes.

“SANParks has earned this special tribute due to its commitment and cumulative efforts to make most of its twenty national parks accessible to all visitors regardless of their physical, sensory and mental ability,” said award presenters, Rob and Julie Filmer.