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Cape Research Centre

Research Procedures

The Cape Research Centre (CRC) administers and coordinates research for the Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, Table Mountain, Tanqua Karoo and West Coast National Parks.

The procedure to follow when applying for a research permit for these parks is outlined in the Guideline Document. Research applications are reviewed five times per year. Deadlines for submission of applications to be processed in 2013 are as follows:

  • 10 January 2013
  • 04 March 2013
  • 03 June 2013
  • 09 September 2013
  • 04 November 2013

Researchers can expect to have the process finalised with the research permits issued within 4 - 6 weeks following the relevant submission deadline.

The researchers will be asked to complete and sign a research agreement and indemnity form upon approval of the research application at the Research Committee Meeting. Upon receipt of the signed documents, the Science Liaison Officer will issue the researcher with a research permit. Some researchers might be asked to provide further information and the process might take longer to finalize. Please refer to the Guideline document for further information.

These are the contact details of the Science Liaison Offices and the parks they are responsible for:



Science Liaison Officer

Cape Research Centre

Agulhas-, Bontebok-, Namaqua-, Table Mountain-, Tanqua Karoo- and West Coast National Park

Ruth-Mary Fisher
Tel: (021) 713 7511
Fax: (021) 712 0131


Garden Route National Park (formerly Wilderness, Knysna National Lakes Area, ex-DWAF Forestry areas and Tsitsikamma National Park)

Jessica Hayes
Tel: (044) 343 1302
Fax: (086) 710 6003


Multi-park applications (including parks across offices) and all other parks

Rheinhardt Scholtz
Tel 013 735 4254
Fax 013 735 4055