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Media Release: Attempted robbery in Deer Park (Table Mountain National Park)

21 November 2005

At around 19h30 this evening there was an attempted robbery in Deer Park. Two men tried too steal a bicycle from a local cyclist. The cyclist escaped unharmed and the perpetrators ran away. The cyclist reported the incident to a Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) ranger and a team of TMNP and the South African Police Services (SAPS) were immediately deployed to the area. A formal charge has been laid.

TMNP management has prioritised visitor safety and management has broadened the core business focus of biodiversity conservation to include visitor safety. By 1 December there will be an extra 18 Visitor Safety Officers (VSO) in the field increasing the current compliment of 42 VSO’s to 60. This will increase incrementally to 75 during 2006. TMNP is working in partnership with both the SAPS, the City police plus provincial and tourism authorities.  As the TMNP is an open access park surrounded entirely by a City, people are advised to be as aware of their surroundings as they would be in the City centre, to stick to well populated areas and to undertake their recreational activities in a group. 

During the holiday season between 50-60 TMNP volunteers, 20 Bambanani Volunteers and cadets from the Chrysalis Academy will be assisting the TMNP Visitor Safety Programme.

Fiona Kalk
Communications Manager
Table Mountain National Park
tel: +27 021 701 8692
fax:+27 021 701 8773

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