Another mugging sees a well know hiker / author, Bruce Mackenzie mugged for his camera and cash. Bruce co-authored ‘Common Wildflowers of Table Mountain” and this is apparently his *second* mugging on the “Maskew Path” – on the way up towards the well known Kramat.
The incident occurred at about 10h00 but we have no further information at this time. I will speak to him tomorrow. It does not seem as if he was injured.
After visiting with City Tourism and City Law Enforcement officials 2 weeks ago and one or two other interventions in-between I can say that, in my opinion there is not much more that will be done by TMNP to address the issue. Not this summer anyway. They are in the process of mobilising an additional 50 odd rangers this year and now have 8 dogs and counting. It’s clear that for now this “Ranger/Dog” strategy (since 2006) is deemed sufficient and adequate to deal with the problem. There is no sign of any documented i.e. well thought out and planned, joint forces strategy for this summer either.
TMNP further refuses to issue any form of information to us (i.e. all of us) in the form of signage or even early warnings in areas where these muggings are now fairly commonplace. Neither will they locate their rangers at entrances to the more well known paths to properly inform people of recent events. We offered TMNP the use of both an early warning and an incident logging platform, at no cost, in June this year. They have yet to use the system.
Looking ahead we can only share information with each other and try to continue this ‘awareness’ campaign in the hope that we prevent a few muggings. We urge you to ensure your friends, family and visitors to Cape Town are aware of the situation and that they choose carefully where and when to walk in these ‘hotspot’ locations.
We are now up to 38 incidents for 2011 to date.
I truly feel like a stuck record now.
Follow us on Twitter – @TablemntnWatch as well where we send out warnings
as soon as we are informed.