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Media Release: TMNP Congratulates the SAPS on Arrest of Alleged Mugger

Date: 2007-08-30

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Cape Town, 30 August 2007- Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) Park Manager Brett Myrdal has welcomed the arrest by the SAPS of an alleged mountain mugger yesterday.

Cape Town, 30 August 2007- Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) Park Manager Brett Myrdal has welcomed the arrest by the SAPS of an alleged mountain mugger yesterday.

The alleged mugger was busted from a hide out on Table Mountain.

The arrest follows high-level meetings between the park managers and the SAPS in the last two weeks. 

TMNP is scheduled to meet MEC for Community Safety Leonard Ramatlakane to discuss security on Table Mountain today and to expedite and detail this funding support.

The Park officials requested R4m from Province and the R5.4 from the City to fund visitor safety measures in December 2006.  Myrdal has also appealed to SAPS to support TMNP in the fight against crime.  

The requests included the deployment of SAPS officers on the mountain, the use of anti-crime intelligence, an increase in the number of CCTV cameras, the hiring of private armed reaction back up units and to increase the number of dog patrols.

"We have a presence of 52 rangers who patrol the mountain on a 24-hour cycle and 200 volunteers during weekends, but this simply isn't enough," said Myrdal. "The park is vast and unfenced, making it easy to people with criminal intent to move freely from one place to another.

 "The time for City and Province's increased support is now," said Myrdal "We have led through action, and assumed responsibility for visitor safety on the mountain since 2004. Now its time for us to receive the support we need."

According to Myrdal, it is imperative to assume a collective responsibility for the safety and security of all residents and tourists in Cape Town.

Criminals do not restrict themselves to the city alone, but are a feature of our urban environment of which Table Mountain National Park is an integral part.

Myrdal stressed this week that a united front between all stakeholders was essential in preparation for the 2010 World Cup during which time an increase in visitors to the Park was anticipated.

Other major parties that have been invited to TMNP's September workshop include Cape Town Tourism, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, the Table Mountain Cableway Company, the TMNP Park Forum, the SA National Biodiversity Institute and volunteer organizations who can practically help on the mountain.



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