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Media Release: Table Mountain plaque missing

Date: 2009-07-24

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform the Cape Town public that the “Table Mountain Proclaimed a Natural Monument 1957” plaque has been stolen.

The brass plaque, which is 150cm long and 70cm wide, was mounted on a granite rock in the Platteklip Gorge precinct and is of huge heritage importance. The Park noticed its disappearance during the middle of this month and is busy investigating. The smaller Monument’s Council emblem which was fitted above the main plaque is also missing.

The plaque was mounted on a granite rock in 1982 after two disasters struck Cape Town - a fire in January and flash floods during the winter of the same year – forced the then managing authority to remove it from a big sandstone rock.

Table Mountain National Park and seven other protected areas make up the world heritage site known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is in proportion to size, the richest area for plants anywhere in the world. The species density in the Cape Floral Kingdom is also amongst the highest in the world and also displays the highest levels of endemism at 31.9% and it has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hotspots.

Members of the public who know of the whereabouts of both plaques are urged to make contact with Table Mountain National Park at (021) 701 8692.

Inquiries:
Phumeza Mgxashe, Communications Manager, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: (021) 701 8692, Cell: 083 480 1522, E-mail: phumezam@sanparks.org

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