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Media Release: Rehabilitation of Orangekloof Forest Underway

22 October 2007

Cape Town, 18 October 2007 - Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) today reports completion of the significant second phase of the rehabilitation of the 250m-long Orangekloof road, illegally constructed by the Water Works department of the City of Cape Town in May 2007.

TMNP has drawn up a three year forest rehabilitation programme to be funded by the City of Cape Town. The first phase required immediate anti-erosion measures due to the sandy soils on the steep slopes along which the road was constructed. This was implemented as soon as the road was discovered by the managing authority of Orangekloof, namely TMNP, early in June 2007.

The second phase included the planting of a combination of 350 trees, (namely) including Wild Peach (Kiggelaria africana), Wild Olive (Olea europaea subsp. africana) and Cape Holly (Ilex mitis), all from the TMNP nursery at Newlands, and shrubs transplanted from existing firebreaks within the Orangekloof forest.

The SANParks forest rehabilitation team grows local indigenous plants from seeds collected from the Peninsula, and is responsible for the supervision of the restoration process at the site.

Over the next two years, the TMNP plans further reinforcement of the anti-erosion measures and monitoring the re-growth, replanting relevant species in cluster form where necessary.

The road was constructed between Monday, 28 May 2007 and Thursday, 31 May 2007. No approval was given by the TMNP for the construction. The Water Works department at the time claimed to be complying with the City’s disaster management plan.

The construction of the 250m long road destroyed fynbos and a number of Afromontane species, namely, Yellowwood, Wild Pear, Boekenhout and Rooiels trees.

For further information, please contact:
Phumeza Mgxashe
Spokesperson – Table Mountain National Park
Cell: 083 589 8588
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