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Media Release: Minister Receives 'go Green’ Pass From National Park

Date: 2001-06-27

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The need for commercial development in the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) can be drastically reduced if every one of the Capetonians who visit the park each year were to purchase a Go Green card.

The cut-price season ticket, which offers unlimited access to the CPNP's pay points as well as special discounts atCape Town's prime leisure destinations, is aimed not only at promoting Cape Town but also at generating muchneeded revenue for the CPNP.

Speaking in Cape Town at the presentation of the 5 000th Go Green card to Mohammed Valli Moosa, Minister ofEnvironmental Affairs & Tourism, CPNP park manager Howard Langley said that for every few thousand Go Greencards sold, one less commercial development was needed.

"Last year, the Park received 4.7-million visits, of which about 1.7-million went through the park's pay points,namely Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders, Silvermine and Oudekraal. The remaining 3-millionvisits were to the open access areas of the park. If we assume that the 3-million visits were made by 300 000Capetonians going through the park ten times each, if everyone of them purchased a Go Green card at an averageprice of R85, it would amount to over R25-million a year. That represents more than half of the park's R40-millionannual budget," said Langley.

Minister Moosa praised the CPNP on its efforts to become financially self-sustainable and urged all South Africansto "buy into" the park by buying a Go Green card.

Annual Go Green fees are R145 for a family card, R75 for an individual card and R37.50 for a pensioner's card.

Benefits include:

  • Free entrance to the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders, Silvermine and Oudekraal for a year.
  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway: Adults pay student rates.
  • Two Oceans Aquarium: Adults pay student rates.
  • Robben Island. Children accompanying adults go free.
  • Spier Estate. Range of discounts and "buy one, get one free" offers.
  • Baxter Theatre. Range of discounts and "buy one, get one free" offers.
  • Imax. Two free children’s tickets with every two adult tickets bought.
  • Getaway magazine. Discount on subscriptions.
  • Flying Dutchman Funicular at Cape Point: Free rides between the start of operating hours and 11.00 in themorning, and between 15.00 and closing time in the afternoons.
  • Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point: Go Green cardholders and a maximum of nine guests will receive a10% discount on normal a la carte meals and drinks.
  • Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch offers the same deal as the Two Oceans Restaurant.
  • Zevenwacht Estate offers a 10% discount on meals and beverages at its restaurant, plus a 10% discount onwines and cheeses purchased at its wine tasting centre.
  • Muizenberg Toy Museum offers a 50% entrance fee discount to the holders of family Go Green cards, andfree entrance to holders of individual and pensioner cards.
  • Gugu le Afrika Restaurant in Khayelitsha offers a 5% discount on its already affordable traditional Africancuisine.
  • The Khayelitsha Craft Market. 5% discount on purchases.
  • The Word of Birds in Hout Bay. Adults pay pensioner/student rate, pensioners and students pay child rates,and children pay lowest school group rate.

Go Green cards can be purchased from the CPNP's Head Office at Westlake, at the Boulders in Simon's Town, theV&A Waterfront visitor centre, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Peninsula Tourism's seven offices, and soon atthe Cape of Good Hope gate.

Stephen Hulbert
Telephone 021-701-8692


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