Boys and girls… should you choose to flout the law during the lockdown…
In and amongst a couple of things:
- Firstly don’t do it…
- Secondly, do not bullshit the relevant authorities and tell them you are staying at a well known establishment in the area, because then the authorities have to go and follow up with said establishment to find out if the two climbers are telling the truth and if the establishment needs to get a fine as well.
Two perp’s recently got fined for breaching the lockdown rules and the climbing community’s image is once again tarnished. These two climbers are jeapordising the already frail relationship with CapeNature in Rocklands. Potentially leading to (further) serious access issue to all future climbers.
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Since 10 April 2020 a total of seven people were caught after having illegally accessed and hiked in the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, according to Petra van Rhyn, spokesperson for CapeNature. CapeNature takes trespassing very seriously, even more so during lockdown. They work closely with the SAPS to ensure the transgressors are charged and fined for not adhering to the COVD-19 regulations, as well as the Conservation Ordinance. A fine of R2 000 is payable to CapeNature for a first offence and R40 000 and/or one year imprisonment for a second offence. In addition, for breaking the COVD-19 lockdown regulations a person could be fined R 2 500 by the SAPS. Although the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve is closed, it is still adequately manned and patrolled by CapeNature staff. #cederbergwilderness #cederberghiking #lockdown2020 #lockdownregulations #hiking #wolfbergcracks #cederbergmountains @capenature