SANParks introduces Level 4 Activity Permit for weapons for TMNP

Due to the high levels of crime in certain SANPark areas we have introduced a new Activity Permit for self-defense weapons for the Table Mountain National Park.

This will allow visitors to legally carry a variety of weapons to defend themselves. The new Level 4 Activity Permit can be obtained at any of the 7 Sales Outlets for Activity Permits around the Cape Peninsula.

TMNP regional spokeswoman Merle Collins says: “There unfortunately has been a minor uptick in crime. We have tried to deny it, but it does not seem to be going away.  So we need to enlist members of the public to help us in the fight against this scourge.

President Ramaphosa’s budget cuts are not helping either.  SANParks now has an overtime freeze in effect, so our staff are only able to patrol Monday to Fridays until 15:30. Unfortunately a lot of recreational activities occur after that time or on weekends. Therefore it is now highly recommended that members of the Public apply for one the new Level 4 Activity permits in order to ensure their own safety outside of our working hours.

Below is a list of the different types of Level 4 Activity Permits that will now be available, and the respective annual fees.

Level 4A – Pepper Spray, Tazer, knife, panga and Paintball guns –  R100

Level 4B – Handgun (our recommended option) – R500

Level 4C – Rifle / Shotgun – R999

Level 4D – Attack dog, such as a pit bull, Rottweiler, German shepherd, Boerbull (owners must clean up after animals) – R400

Level 4H, (as in Heavy artillery) – FORBIDDEN this includes full automatic rifles, chainsaws, hand grenades (exceptions for hang gliders and paragliders after they have the training course)

Level 4T – Traditional weapons. e.g. Knobkierie, Sjambok, Spears, Bow and Arrows.  *Note that cricket bats are considered traditional English weapons. R99.

NOTES:
You will need to produce the actual firearm and corresponding valid South African firearm license in order to apply for Level 4B or C.

Please do NOT bring your attack dog for Level 4D application as this may make our staff slightly uncomfortable.

For rock climbers, we recommend handguns and sawed off shotguns. Knives and chainsaws are not advised for obvious safety hazard of cutting your own rope. For hang gliders, we recommend hand grenades due to their airborne effectiveness.

If you already have a Level 1 Activity permit for dog walking, you can upgrade to a Level 4D for the nominal fee of R200 per annum.

Note that these activity Permits apply only to TMNP. Firearms are prohibited in all other SAN Parks with Elephant, Rhino, etc. as you may be mistaken for a poacher and be subject to immediate arrest.

April 1, 2018.

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15 Responses to SANParks introduces Level 4 Activity Permit for weapons for TMNP

  1. Patrick Apr 1, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    This is great news! Well done to TMNP for picking up the ball. Hopefully we can have similar initiatives in Gauteng. Personally I would like to see a permit for Novichok nerve agent which can be used to lace wallets, cameras, cellphones, keys etc. This will obviate any need for police work because the kreemeenals will be dead before they complete the walk out and we can recover our stolen stuff on the way out when we go home.

  2. Carl Apr 1, 2018 at 8:14 am #

    Hahahaha

  3. ColinWP Apr 1, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    What a great idea, what about a Sword Cane, or a Tazer Hiking Pole? – thanks for the very good laugh!

  4. Milliza Apr 1, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    😂

  5. Phlip Apr 1, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    😂 I got up to level 4H before I realised what day it is.
    Had me going and swearing for a couple of moments there… Especially with the 4B recommended option.

    Well done, this is the best we’ve had in a while!

  6. ZakH Apr 1, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    Look at the date 1 April are we sure this isnt april fools I fail to see how they can declare hand grenades legal within their borders and advise people to drop them from gliders.

  7. Richard Tichauer Apr 1, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    Ah my this is the best April fools joke I have heard in a while. Well done Justin. Haha

  8. Willem Boshoff Apr 1, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    *Note that cricket bats are considered traditional English weapons. R99.
    LOL!!

  9. Liz Apr 1, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    TMNP regional spokeswoman Merle Collins says: “There unfortunately has been a minor uptick in crime. We have tried to deny it, but it does not seem to be going away.”

    I read up to this point and realized this has to be a joke 😄

  10. Fats Apr 1, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    Some of the headlines I read had my eyes rolling but this one made me laugh.. Thanks guys

  11. Justin Lawson Apr 1, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Happy April Fools everyone 🙂

    Big UP to Robert from CityROCK who put this piece of comedy together.

  12. Andy Holloway Apr 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    Sawed off shot guns are illegal. Hand granades are illegal. Permit or not.

  13. Chris Apr 2, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Didn’t realize we had a crime problem Robert 😉

  14. Oliver Kruger Apr 2, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

    That seems to be in pretty poor taste…

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