Some innovative ideas have been put on the table for improving the safety and security of mountain users in the Western Cape following a meeting between high-ranking officials.
A number of people, including tourists, have recently been mugged within the Table Mountain National Park, the rest of the metro, and the province. Hikers who get lost or run into trouble with the terrain are also rescued at regular intervals.
Proposals included using social media, tour guides, cameras and drones in different ways to assist those in need, Tourism MEC Alan Winde told News24 on Monday. He said another idea was to maybe develop a new mobile application.
Winde said his meeting with community safety counterpart Dan Plato, the Table Mountain Safety Forum and Pedal Power Association last week “went quite well”.
He said there was an agreement to reinvigorate the Table Mountain Safety Forum, as it hadn’t been meeting as often as it used to.
“The one grouping that couldn’t be there on Friday was Table Mountain [National Park]. Of course we will have a further meeting with the park as the core stakeholder. That is all in the process of putting forward a plan of what is going to be done.”
Plato’s office confirmed he had met to discuss issues including the safety of people in public spaces, specifically tourists or visitors.
“From the meeting various possible initiatives were discussed, including making extra safety officers available to help SANParks,” his spokesperson, Ewald Botha, said.
“Any and all proposals will have to be presented, considered and decided upon by the relevant authorities responsible for safety and for Table Mountain.”
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