More armed rangers will now be patrolling Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
South African National Parks (SAN Parks) CEO, Dr David Mabunda said the impact of crime in recent years in parts of the park has resulted in the decision to increase by 50 the number of rangers patrolling the area.
They will be responsible for visitor safety and rescue, anti-poaching, disaster management and crime prevention in general. SAN Parks has also decided to expand the number of dogs used in the park as an additional security measure.
In a statement, SAN Parks said it would continue to maintain its relationship with SAPS, the City Metro Police, the provincial government and its other partners in a multi-stakeholder approach to combating crime on Table Mountain.
Dr Mabunda concluded: "We cannot allow the internationally iconic status of TMNP to be negatively impacted by ongoing crime in the area. The economic implications for Cape Town and the country are significant. At the end of the day, the Table Mountain National Park is there for all, and we want both our domestic and international visitors to be able to enjoy the park to its fullest, without any fear."