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Media Release: Whale mass-stranding training session held at False Bay

Date: 2016-05-31

On Saturday 28 May 2016, 90 local members of the South African Stranding Network (SASN) attended a three hour training session that was jointly presented by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Branch Oceans and Coasts and the City of Cape Town (COCT) at the NSRI Strandfontein beach rescue centre. During the training session two life-like model whales were used in simulations of rescue procedures for stranded cetaceans that have been adopted under a National Response Plan developed by this network and coordinated by the DEA. 

Fuel reduction burns to take place in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2016-04-22

21 April 2016:  The Fire Management Department will be conducting controlled burns in various sections of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in the coming weeks. The TMNP is in the process of conducting a series of fuel reduction burns in the northern, central and southern sections of the park as done annually. 

Media Release: Revised EMP for Road Cycling And Mountain Biking in the TMNP Relased for Comment

Date: 2016-04-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Table Mountain Mountain Bike (TMMTB) Forum have over the past few months been revising the current 2002 cycling Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). A draft of the revised EMP will be released for public comment on Monday, 4 April on the TMNP and TMMTB Forum websites while hardcopies of the report and maps will be available at various libraries throughout the Cape metropolitan area and selected TMNP offices.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park in shock

Date: 2016-03-08

Table Mountain National Park is in shock today because of the reported senseless murder of a 15-year old female in the lower Tokai section of the Park late Monday, 7 March 2016 afternoon. 

Media Release: Prescribed burning in the Table Mountain National Park due to take place in coming weeks

Date: 2016-03-07

Table Mountain National Park is in the process of obtaining a burning permit to conduct a number of biodiversity burns in various sections of the Park. These prescribed burns will take place between March and April 2016 under favourable weather conditions i.e. temperatures under 25°C with moderate winds of less than 20km/hr and 2-3 days after light rain has fallen. 

Media Release: Another tragic accident on Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2016-02-09

The management of Table Mountain National Park wishes to express their sincere condolences to the family of the young man who fell to 30 metres on Lion’s head on Friday evening. Unfortunately the 26 year old from Paarl died of his injuries before he could be rescued.

Media Release: Body found on Table Mountain

Date: 2016-02-02

1 February 2016 - The Management of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) wishes to express their sincere condolences to the family of the deceased male that was found near Breakfast Rock on the popular Kasteelspoort hiking route above Camps Bay yesterday morning.  Details of the identity of the man are being withheld until next of kin have been informed of the tragedy. 

Media Release: Gale Force South Easterly Fanning across Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2016-01-12

12 January 2016 - The weekend saw the ignition of several vegetation fires across sections of Table Mountain National Park. Fires at Devils Peak and Signal Hill were largely contained but because of gale force south easterly winds these areas continue to be monitored. The biggest concern however is a fire that started on Sunday near the Red Hill informal settlement which was contained on the same day but flared up once again in the early hours of Monday morning.  This fire is now covering an expanse from Red Hill to Ocean View via Scarborough and Misty Cliffs.

What to do this holidays in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-12-15

15 December 2015 - Summer holidays are upon us and with the sun rays heating up the Mother City here are some helpful tips and special promotions to help you enjoy Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and surrounding sites. Please see below tips to enjoy a safe and happy holiday within Table Mountain National Park.

Media Release: Update on the reopening of Tokai - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-12-07

04 December 2015 - As a result of the March 2015 fire the Tokai plantation section of Table Mountain National Park has remained closed for the following reasons:

Information for the 2015/2016 Festive Season - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-11-12

Information regarding arrangements for various attractions, facilities and areas in the Table Mountain National Park during the 2015/2016 Festive Season.

The Cape Aflame - Cape Town's dance with fire, an exciting illustration

Date: 2015-09-21

The Cape Aflame Project is an independent, citizen-led initiative benefitting the SANParks Honorary Rangers and other organisations providing public services particularly those rendered during the devastating Muizenberg wildfires of 2015.

Media Release: Free entry for South African National Parks Week

Date: 2015-09-16

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one week from the Monday, 14th to Saturday, 19th September 2015. The only exceptions this year are Agulhas National Park, Namaqua National Park, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Table Mountain National Park. Certain parks have extended the week into the weekend, for Individual Park dates please visit:

Media Release: Post-fire rehabilitation update in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-08-21

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) takes pleasure in announcing the re-opening of certain burnt areas which had been closed off to the public.  The areas had to be closed off following the March fires for the safety of visitors, and to allow natural systems to recover.  Restoration work started immediately after the fire with attention to both restoring access as well as the natural elements. TMNP Management was encouraged by the general compliance to these closures and appreciates this patience with the restricted access.  Now, five months after the fire, fynbos recovery is showing great progress and mountain lovers can once again look forward to their favourite hikes and to see the wonders of fynbos.  

Rare bird alert in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-08-05

On the 3rd of August 2015, news trickled through of an odd bird seen at Perdekloof Picnic Site near Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). 

Media Release: Silvermine and Tokai to remain closed to the public

Date: 2015-03-12

In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Media Release: Mopping up begins as fires are contained

Date: 2015-03-10

Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.

Media Release: Working On Fire helicopter pilot killed

Date: 2015-03-09

8 March 2015 - It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopter pilots, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed whilst attempting to make a forced landing.

Media Release: SANParks expresses their sincerest condolences

Date: 2015-03-09

The chairperson of the SANParks Board, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Board, Management and staff to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Willem Hendrick ‘Bees’ Marias, who tragically died in a helicopter accident while fighting fires in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park today.

Media Release: Cape Point fire still burning in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-06

The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continues to burn with crews basically forced to stand down at 23h00pm last night due to strong wind conditions making the situation extremely challenging for those on site with total costs of fighting the fires now climbing towards the R5 million mark. 

Media Release: Counting the cost of the Table Mountain National Park fires

Date: 2015-03-06

5 March 2015: The cost of containing the multiple fires on Table Mountain National Park continues to rise. Current estimates are that the infrastructure damage in the National Park alone, since the fires started is already more than R5 million.

Latest update on the fires in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-06

The latest update on the fires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), as on Friday, 6 March 2015.

Media Release: No let-up on fire in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-03

A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites,  board walks continue to be at risk. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers renovate People’s Trail Hut in TMNP

Date: 2015-03-02

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut. 

Media Release: Serial muggers handed 8 year prison sentence after TMNP ranger arrest

Date: 2015-02-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) has various plans in place to deal with safety and security in the park often lede to break-through’s such as the arrest of two serial muggers positively identified by the Table Mountain Visitor Safety Unit Rangers on Signal Hill in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Media Release: Table Mountain Rangers launches manhunt for perpetrators in heinous attack

Date: 2015-02-12

12 February 2015: Following a second mugging on Saturday 8 January 2015 in approximately the same vicinity of a previous mugging three weeks ago, Table Mountain National Park rangers have launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators.  Rangers are daily combing the area in their search to prevent and apprehend the suspects.

Cape of Good Hope water line upgrade commences

Date: 2015-01-27

21 January 2015: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform visitors of the upcoming infrastructure projects in the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) section of the Park. 

Table Mountain National Park - Information for the December/January festive season

Date: 2014-11-04

Information regarding to the December 2014/January 2015 festive season in Table Mountain National Park.

Cape Point Nature Run - Closures

Date: 2014-11-04

The Cape Point Nature Run takes place this weekend (9 November 2014) inside the Cape of Good Hope. As a result there will be minor closures taking place at Cape Point to accommodate the race.

Media Release: Annual rate increase - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2014-11-03

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) announced their annual tariff increases which are required to keep up with the increased cost of managing the national park.  The annual rate increase took effect on Saturday, 1 November 2014. 

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