‘Litter is on our to-do list’ – park

2016-03-01 06:00
 Sanparks has committed to clean litter along the route to Peers Cave.  PHOTO: Brian Moore

Sanparks has committed to clean litter along the route to Peers Cave. PHOTO: Brian Moore

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Dumping on route to Peers Hill has been exacerbated by vagrancy on adjacent properties and a lack of resources following fires in the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park.

This after residents reported dumping along the roadway between the Sunbird centre and Ou Kaapse Weg, at the start of the walk to Peers Cave during a recent hike.

Jaclyn Smith, senior section ranger for Silvermine, says the road from Ou Kaapse Weg to Sunbird Centre is on Sanparks’ maintenance schedule to complete and a top priority.

“We have already purchased the necessary materials for the work to be completed and we have a team that will be completing the repair work shortly. The only hold-up was the availability of the team to complete the work as they were assisting with other projects across the park. The road verge will be trimmed back as well,” she says.

Management of the park is “aware of the condition of the road”, explains Smith.

“The work would have been completed sooner. However, most of our efforts in terms of maintenance was focused on preparing Silvermine East and Silvermine West after the fires we had in time for the festive season demand. Our regular maintenance schedule was interrupted as a result. Now that we have reopened those sections, we intend speedily resuming work according to our planned maintenance schedule,” she says.

The road and road verge is maintained on a quarterly basis, Smith says.

However, litter along the footpath to Peers Cave starting from Ou Kaapse Weg often comes from vagrants living on private property, on which the first few hundred metres of that footpath falls, says Smith.

“The rangers have included this area as a part of their patrols – as with many other areas along the urban edge we deal with illegal occupation of Sanparks property. The challenge lies in dealing with portions of land that are not Sanparks property. We do not have jurisdiction to fine or arrest offenders on private or City of Cape Town property,” she says.

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