SANParks launch aerial patrol in Western Cape

Posted by Anita Froneman on 24 December 2020

SANParks will now patrol Table Mountain National Park with helicopters as part of the strategy to address crime and security in the Park.

In recent years, Table Mountain’s parks have experienced many devastating fires, several of which were started by homeless persons living in the area, park fire manager Philip Prins told Daily Maverick.

‘Some of you may already have noticed a green and yellow SANParks helicopter patrolling over the Park, including the Rhodes Memorial, Hout Bay and Tokai areas’, said Parkscape in a statement.

‘We sincerely hope that this initiative is part of a long-term/permanent solution to addressing crime and the safety and security of both the Park (its fauna and flora) and its diverse range of users and stakeholders. We look forward to further initiatives from the new “mega security centre”, Parkscape added.

Hikers, mountain bikers and other visitors to the park are still urged to remain cautious when going visiting any of these areas. Safety apps such as Buzzer and Namola are helpful ways to increase security.

Picture: Unsplash

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