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Operational Structure

Due to the fact that Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is fragmented by urban development and privately owned land, it is divided into four management areas.
Each area has an Area Manager who manages a team consisting of senior section rangers, section rangers and field staff.

These teams are responsible for all operational activities within their specific areas. These functions include: biodiversity management, alien clearing, fire management, visitor management and law enforcement.

  1. Area: North extends from Signal Hill to Constantia Nek.
  2. Area: Central extends from Constantia Nek to the Noordhoek/ Kommetjie Wetlands and includes includes Chapman’s Peak area, Kalk Bay Mountains and Elsies Peak.
  3. Area: South extends from the Noordhoek/ Kommetjie Wetlands to the Cape of Good Hope.
  4. Area: Marine includes the whole Marine Protected Area that extends from Muizenberg in the east around Cape Point ending at Mouille Point Lighthouse in the west.


The TMNP has various sources of funds the primary agencies being South African National Parks (SANParks) and the City of Cape Town.

When the TMNP was established in 1998 it was funded internationally by the Washington-based Global Environmental Facility (GEF). This was a six-year tranche of funding dedicated to start-up costs and alien clearing. Another source of early funding was the French Fonds Francais Pour L'Environnement (FFEM).
Now both tranches of international funding have been successfully spent and the Park has moved onto funding projects through a three-year Expanded Public Works grant from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Working for Water, an Expanded Public Works Programme administered by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) funds the TMNP's alien clearing initiatives.


The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is the national governmental department responsible for the quality and promotion of conservation and tourism in South Africa.
In 2004 DEAT granted the Table Mountain National Parks R35 million for the roll out of a three year expanded public works programme (EPWP).
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Marine and Coastal Management

Marine and Coastal Management (MCM), a division of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)is responsible for executing the functions for the Marine Living Resources Act (MLRA) throughout South African waters. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) was proclaimed under this legislation and SANParks was delegated as the management authority for the Area. We mange the Table Mountain MPA in partnership with MCM, there is a management agreement in place.
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The City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town is one of Table Mountain National Park’s most significant partners. Together the Park and the City are responsible for the administration of the entire Cape Peninsula. To this end the Park and the City meet on a regular basis to discuss matter of mutual concern such as visitor experience and tourism infrastructure. The City is also one of the TMNP’s major funders and has contributed significantly to the development of the Hoerikwaggo Trails.
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Cape Action Plan for People and the Environment

Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) is a programme of the South African Government, with support from international donors, to protect the rich biological heritage of the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). C.A.P.E seeks to unleash the economic potential of land and marine resources through focused investment in development of key resources, while conserving nature and ensuring that all people benefit.
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South African Biodiversity Institute

The South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is a valued partner to SANParks nationally. More locally TMNP and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens enjoy a good working partnership. Founded in 1913 the 36-hectare Gardens grow only indigenous plants and are gloriously situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
The Garden also bears the unique distinction of being the only cultivated garden in the world to be proclaimed a Natural World Heritage Site. In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) was declared a Natural World Heritage Site, it was a serial nomination comprising seven CapeNature reserves, Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
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World Wide Fund for Nature and the Table Mountain Fund

WWF-SA focuses on the prevention of degradation of the South African natural environment, the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. This is achieved through financing, networking, programme management and project development by engaging effectively with strategic partners to access and share resources. WWF-Marine has been especially supportive in assisting the TMNP in our marine conservation efforts.
The Table Mountain Fund (TMF) is a Capital Trust Fund designed to provide a sustainable source of funding to support biodiversity conservation within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR).
Our vision is that the people of the CFR are inspired to act collectively as custodians of our natural heritage, who see biodiversity conservation as a necessity not a luxury, with conservation an integral part of our economy able to deliver jobs and social development; and the natural treasures so conserved, accessible and to be enjoyed by all South Africans.
The main objective of the TMF is the conservation of the biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula and the CFR as a whole, including the adjacent marine systems.
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Expanded Public Works Programmes:

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) administered by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) assists in various environmental projects in the TMNP as well as other sensitive areas across the country.  All alien clearing undertaken in the TMNP is funded by Working for Water.
EPWP Projects include those under the following programmes:

  • Working for Wetlands
  • Working on Fire
  • Working on Land
  • Working for the Coast
  • Working for Wildlife

For more information, click here to visit EPWP’s website.

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