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.
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.