Talking safety on the mountain

2016-10-11 06:00

In order to prepare for the festive season and improve safety on Table Mountain, the police, various improvement districts and other organisations came together recently to create awareness about safety and the responsibilities of the various roleplayers.

The purpose of the joint operation, held on Heritage Day, was to create awareness and for the public and officers to meet.

Some of the parties involved included the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID), Metro Police, traffic officers, Law Enforcement, Hikers Network, Sanparks, the Pedal Power Association, Table Mountain Bikers and neighbourhood watches.

Following the number of serious crimes at the beginning of this year, leading to the arrest of the alleged rapist who is currently awaiting trial, there has been a significant increase in visual presence on the mountain to avoid a repeat of similar incidents, says Marc Truss, chairperson of the Table Mountain Safety Forum and GP/OKCID.

“The operation was a great platform for conversation around important safety issues and how to prevent incidents from happening in future.”

The aim was to create a general overall presence on the mountain, including contact with tourists, walkers, hikers, cyclists and anyone that uses the mountain on a regular basis.

Visitors to the mountain are encouraged to always tell somebody where they are going and what route they are taking, Truss says.

MySOS, the South African alert system for smartphones, is dedicated to helping people in emergency situations by offering users a way to immediately get in touch with emergency services should something happen.

“The application is a very helpful tool to ensure you always have an easy way of alerting someone when you are in trouble, and is a great general information tool no matter where you are in South Africa,” says Truss.

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