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The Park Management Plan Process


The National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 (NEM: PAA) requires that South African National Parks (SANParks) produces management plans for all national parks in consultations with stakeholders. The objective of a management plan is to ensure the protection, conservation and management of the protected area concerned in a manner which is consistent with the objectives of the NEM: PAA and for the purpose it was declared.

SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework

The SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework comprises generic policy statements applicable to all National Parks which informs the contents of the Park Management Plans. Download (PDF, 1.2MB) a copy of the document here.

Framework for Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks

SANParks has created a framework for developing and implementing management plans it practices so that interested members of the public, collaborators as well as employees have an understanding of our management processes, especially Strategic Adaptive Management.

  • Framework for Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks
  • Stakeholder Participation in Support of Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks (PDF, 1.5MB)

Process for Developing or Revising Park Management Plans

The Protected Areas Act requires that a national park be managed exclusively for the purpose for which it was declared. However, SANParks recognises that the environment is in constant flux, is interlinked with the socio-economic and political spheres and could be affected by societal values. Protected area management should therefore take cognisance of the ever changing environment and diversity of influences, and plan accordingly. In consultation with stakeholders SANParks will be revising the management plan of each park approximately every ten years.

Management plans that will be reviewed during the period 2014/2015 are:

  • Addo Elephant National Park (AENP)
  • Table Mountain National Park (TMNP)

Notice is given to all interested and affected parties that in terms of section 39, read with section 41 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 (NEM:PAA) that SANParks is revising the park management plans for Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) and Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). The TMNP management plan is also being revised in terms of section 21 of the World Heritage Convention Act No. 49 of 1999 as the Park forms part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.

The purpose of the park management plan is to guide the future management of the respective National Parks for the period 2015 - 2025. The NEM:PAA requires that interested or affected persons be given the opportunity to comment on the plan.

Please note, you are required to register in order to participate in this process by accessing the SANParks website at You can also register by telephone or post (see contact details below) and at the public information sessions. The stakeholder participation process will run from 16 February to 28 March 2015 for TMNP and from 23 February 2015 to 03 April 2015 for AENP.

Electronic versions of the management plans will be available on the draft plans page on the following dates:

  • TMNP - 16 February 2015
  • AENP - 23 February 2015

The plans can also be viewed at the following locations:

TMNP Simon’s Town public library AENP Alexandria municipal office
Fish Hoek public library Ndlambe municipal satellite office
Hout Bay public library Bushman municipal satellite office
Tokai public library Enon municipal satellite office
Claremont public library Kenton-on-Sea municipal satellite office
Mowbray public library SANParks office at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cape Town: central library Nelson Mandela Metro - Brista House, Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth
Khayelitsha public library Sarah Baartman District Municipal office, 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth
Town Centre public library,  Mitchells Plain Kirkwood municipal office
Langa public library Paterson public library
Gugulethu public library Fitz Patrick public library
Grassy Park public library Valencia public library
Bellville public library Nomathamsanqa public library
Athlone public library Kirkwood public library
Boulders visitor centre, TMNP Ikwezi municipal office, Jansenville
Tokai Manor office, TMNP Blue Crane municipal office, Somerset East
Kloof Nek office, TMNP Blue Crane public library, Somerset East

Please note:

Due to the raging fires within Table Mountain National Park, the public information sessions for the draft Management Plan scheduled for 4 - 7 March 2015 have been postponed. The new dates, venues and times will be announced as soon as possible.

Stakeholders are further invited to attend public information sessions at one of the venues listed below and comment on aspects relating to these plans.

Park Date and Time Venue


2 March 2015 (15h00 – 18h00) Roman Catholic Church, Pokela Road, Masiphumelele
3 March 2015 (09h00 – 12h00) SANParks Cape Research Centre, Upper Tokai Road, Tokai
3 March 2015 (15h00 – 18h00) Hout Bay Library, Melkhout Crescent, Hout Bay
4 March 2015 (09h00 – 12h00) Simon's Town Museum, Court Road, Simons Town
4 March 2015 (15h00 – 18h00) Newlands Conference Room, Newlands Forest Station, Union Avenue (M3)
5 March 2015 (09h00 – 12h00) Fish Hoek Municipal Hall, Central Circle, Fish Hoek
5 March 2015 (14h00 – 17h00) Cape Town Central Library, Drill Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town
6 March 2015 (09h00 – 12h00) Edith Stephens Nature Reserve, Govan Mbeki Road, Philippi
7 March 2015 (09h00 – 12h00) Khayelitsha Resource Centre, Makabeni Road, Khayeltisha
7 March 2015 (13h00 – 16h00) Rocklands Minor Hall, Cnr Spine & Park Roads, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain
AENP 9 March 2015 (09h00 - 12h00) Wentzel Park Hall, Sending street, Alexandria
9 March 2015 (15h00 - 18h00) Colchester Community Hall, Constitution Street, Colchester
10 March 2015 (09h00 - 12h00) Zenzele Community Hall, Alexandria Road
10 March 2015 (15h00 - 18h00) Enon Community Hall
11 March 2015 (09h00 - 12h00) Valencia Community Hall, Main Street, Valencia, Addo
11 March 2015 (15h00 - 18h00) Nomathamsanqa Community Hall, Main Street, Nomathamsanqa, Addo                                    
12 March 2015 (09h00 - 12h00) Bergsig Community Hall
12 March 2015 (15h00 - 18h00) Mzamomuhle Community Hall, Moses Mabida
13 March 2015 (10h00 - 13h00) Jansenville Town Hall, Main street, Jansenville

Written comments are to be forwarded either via email or by mail to Andre Spies, PO Box 787, Pretoria, 0001, by 28 March 2015 for TMNP and 3 April 2015 for AENP.

Management plans that will be reviewed during the period 2015/2016 are:

  • Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
  • Mountain Zebra National Park

All Stakeholders are thus invited to register to participate in the revision of the above mentioned management plans.

Draft Management Plans submitted to the Minister: Department of Environmental Affairs

The following draft plans have been submitted to the Minister: Department of Environmental Affairs, for approval.

Please note:

The draft management plans submitted to the DEA, are closed for comments from stakeholders.

Approved Management Plans

The Approved Management Plans for the various Parks are available for download here.

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