The Mercury

SANParks begins rehab after Cape fire


REHABILITA­TION work has started in the Table Mountain National Park after the Cape Town fire caused massive destructio­n last month.

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the news yesterday.

Firefighte­rs battled the fire, which started on April 18, for three days. Many residents had to be evacuated, and some even assisted firefighte­rs to halt the spread of the fire.

Frans van Rooyen, park manager at Table Mountain National Park, said certain areas of the park would remain closed until rehabilita­tion work was completed, particular­ly in the Rhodes Memorial and Deer Park areas.

“We are inundated with calls and messages from users who would want to go back and embark on various activities within the areas, but unfortunat­ely at this stage it is unsafe to allow access until the rehabilita­tion work has been finalised.

“We request a bit of patience from the users.”

The rehabilita­tion work that is being undertaken included removal/ felling/clearing of burnt material such as trees along footpaths and boardwalks, soil stabilisat­ion with the assistance of City of Cape Town to prevent mudslide and water run-off, foot-path maintenanc­e and the replacemen­t of water and electricit­y infrastruc­ture.

“SANParks wishes to thank the members of the public for the ongoing support and will continue to provide updates on progress made as informatio­n becomes available,” concluded Van Rooyen.

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