Starting from the end of May and during at least the whole of June (incl the 30 June weekend) the MCSA has contracted two security personnel to patrol the Northern end of the MCSA Tonquani, Boulder Kloof and Cederberg properties.
These guards are employed by a security firm (Biz 32 Afrika Security) and are tasked with patrolling to help stop the spate of muggings and attacks on hikers and climbers that has seen a significant increase recently in all the properties in the area. The main focus of the guards is to identify individuals that are a threat to members and visitors to MCSA property and the guards are therefore not specifically focussing on identifying trespassers. Their patrol area has been set as the area from the lower pools at the bottom of Tonquani gorge, along the Northern edge of MCSA property, the area North of Boulder Kloof up to the road that enters from Calabash side. They are equipped with cellphones & radio’s.
Over weekend they will be patrolling this property several times a day and they should be easily recognisable in their black uniforms. Should you encounter them you can identify yourself as an MCSA member or permit holder and enquire if they have seen any signs of potential suspicious characters to keep informed about security threats. The security firm’s director of operations is Jaco and he can be contacted on 072 996 6818 about the patrols or any security issues during this time. Any observations hikers and climbers have with regards these security guards can be passed on the MCSA Committee members.
The MCSA expresses it’s thanks to Utopia (the neighbouring nature resort to the East) who has been very helpful by facilitating their accommodation over weekends.
The MCSA will evaluate the effectiveness and on-going cost of this effort after this initial period and are in on-going discussions with neighbouring property owners who are also concerned about the security issues. Watch out for more announcements on the MCSA mailing lists and/or enquire with the MCSA Administrators when booking permits.
For more information contact Grant Rens (MCSA Johannesburg member focussing on security) on 082 353 9662.