<p>The devastating March 2015 fires which burnt Upper Tokai plantation have refocused the public’s attention on the future of the area. Over the past few months a range of letters, opinions, sms’s, advertisements and campaigns have been published and aired in the media and other platforms on the safety issue and status of remaining plantations in the Lower Tokai area of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). </p>
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 regarding arrangements for various attractions, facilities and areas in the Table Mountain National Park during the 2015/2016 Festive Season.
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.
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: www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week/default.php
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest update on the fires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), as on Friday, 6 March 2015.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Information regarding to the December 2014/January 2015 festive season in Table Mountain National Park.