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Media Release: TMNP Crime Prevention Update

01 August 2007

Cape Town, 1 August 2007 - In another effort to ensure visitor safety on Table Mountain, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) acquired five kennels for the five dogs used in patrols in the northern section of the Park, in July 2007.

The kennels will enable the visitor safety team to have use of the animals on patrols regularly. Previously, they had to be transported to a safe location outside the city centre of Cape Town and considerable time was spent moving between the two locations, daily.

TMNP has 20 dog handlers in its visitor safety team of 52. In addition, the Park has 200 safety volunteers who patrol various parts of Table Mountain on weekends.

Also, in a separate development, Mr. Vito Viglietti, an Honorary Ranger, has donated eight two-way radios to the team to bolster the crime-fighting efforts of TMNP. The radios cost in excess of R7 000 each. Honorary Rangers are members of the public who volunteer their time and other resources to SANParks.

The park employs various strategies in combating crime on Table Mountain such as surveillance, observation and access control. You can also read about the Table Mountain Safety Action Group.

For further information, please contact:
Phumeza Mgxashe
Communications Manager
Table Mountain National Park
Tel: 021 701 8692
Cell: 083 589 8588

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