Recreational users of the Mother City’s most famous landmark have demanded answers to questions about a deluge of surplus revenue that has left the reserve, apparently buckling under a mountain of problems.
Proclaimed in 1998 to conserve the iconic fynbos biome, and run by government entity SANParks (South African National Parks), Table Mountain National Park in 2018/19 earned about R308-million. Key expense items – says environment minister Barbara Creecy’s November 2019 reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance – were only R123-million, including R90-million in operation costs.
So, where are the rest of the golden goose’s eggs being fried?
Those eggs – worth a surplus of about R185-million in 2018/19 – could have been directly reinvested into the park, but local campaigners say they have seen scant evidence of that.
“There is an awful lot of money generated by this park that is not coming back into it,” argues Nicky Schmidt, a campaigner with a track record of winning against SANParks in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
And, while “an awful lot of money” might have watered other pastures, an even bulkier amount than 2018/19’s surplus has been spent through procurement irregularities within SANParks, the national parks entity charged with managing 20 parks throughout the country – including the Cape Peninsula’s stunning Table Mountain chain.
Help Clear mountains of alien vegetation on mountain slopes above Tokai.
Date/Time: 13 Aug 2016 09:00 – Meet at SANParks offices on Tokai Road
Help clear our mountains of alien vegetation. All are welcome from the young to the young-at-heart. Meet in front of the SANParks offices on Tokai Road (on the way towards the Arboretum). Excellent security at the boom, ensuring the safety of your cars. You will be ferried by vehicle to and from the work area, or you may prefer to enjoy an invigorating walk up the hill. After the lovely rains, the soil is now soft making the removal of the aliens relatively easy, however, a garden fork on lopper will assist.
Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. Bring water and snacks. This will be a fun and extremely rewarding morning. For further information, contact: Tony on 021 712 7816, or Margaret on 021 762 3170, or Berta/Emile on 021 712 0360
Bring the family for an evening of fresh produce shopping, great food, craft beer and organic wines and enjoy funky Gypsy Jazz tunes from the incredible Manouche. This promises to be a great evening out!
When: Wednesday 17 February 2016. Market open: 3-8.30pm. Manouche live: 6pm-8pm. Where: 333 Main Road, Tokai (where Builders Warehouse is) Who to contact: Jacqui – firstname.lastname@example.org Earth Fair Market, Tokai is open every Wednesday from 3 – 8:30pm and every Saturday from 9 – 2pm. Visit www.earthfairmarket.co.za for more info.
The Silvermine West section of the Table Mountain National Park has been reopened.
Closed since fires destroyed large areas of the Peninsula in March last year, this section of the park has been rebuilt.
Following the March fires, most of the Silvermine and Tokai section have been closed off to visitors for all activities in order for the sections ranger team to get to work on rehabilitation projects. This included footpath work, rebuilding of damaged structures, closure of illegal paths, law enforcement and monitoring of the affected areas.
Table Mountain National Park reopened Silvermine East in September while work at Silvermine West continued.
Work in this section included the rebuilding of all the boardwalks and walkways around the Silvermine Dam, down the popular River Walk as well as the viewing deck at Blackburn Ravine.
The Zwaanswyk Association of Property Owners would like to extend an invitation to Tokai residents to attend a talk by Gavin Bell of SANparks on the 5th May at 7.30pm at The Range. He will be talking about the closure of the park, rehabilitation plans and possible land-slides that could happen as a result of all the tree clearances.
There will be a cash bar and it is hoped that people can stay after the talk and socialize together.
When Googling perfect places to live in the Southern Suburbs one should do a search on “Tokai”. Results may vary – you could end up exploring the Tokai of nuclear power plant fame in Japan, or even find yourself learning about Tokai Guitars, a top-selling brand also from Japan but of course what you really want is all the information on the leafy, family-orientated suburb of Tokai Cape Town!
Once you start reading you will quickly learn that our Tokai was named after a range of hills in Hungary and that its ancient forests and slightly younger pine plantations hold many stories of historical significance dating back to the days when it was largely an agricultural stretch, sparsely populated with farms and homesteads and watched over by the inscrutable “Elephant’s Eye” peak of the Constantiaberg Mountains.
Today’s Tokai is a relaxed and still-rural suburb attracting and retaining families who have discovered the lifestyle and convenience offered by its location and amenities. Similar to Bergvliet in many respects, but often regarded at the ‘next step up’ the property ladder by many Capetonians, it ticks all the boxes. Topped by the newly modernized Forest Glade House and stretching down to the fabulous new Blue Route Mall, Tokai offers easy access to the M3, Main Road and Steenberg Road. Shops, schools, churches and medical facilities take care of life’s priorities but throw in leisure activities such as biking, hiking, walking and golfing and you have an irresistible mix.
The Tokai Forest Market formerly known as the Porter Estate Produce market, is an outdoor market located on the lower edges of Tokai Forest.
After a close call with the recent wildfires, the Tokai Forest Market is back on this Saturday 14 March 2015 from 09:00 – 14:00.
What you’ll find there:
Fresh produce (much of it organic), artisan breads, delectable honeys, free range lamb, vinegars, jams and pickles. Hand-crafted goods and clothes. Sit down and indulge in farm-style breakfasts, smoothies, moer-koffie and there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy.
Come and work off the extra calories running through the beautiful Tokai Forest and bring the family and supporters along for some healthy fun.
Date: Friday the 26th of December 2014 Time: 6:30am Location: Chrysalis Academy Porter Estate Tokai Road, Tokai GPS: -34.0562, 18.4198 Open Street Map Registration: Collect numbers at Sportsman’s Warehouse Rondebosch on Saturday 20 December, 10am – 5pm. Number collection also available on the day from 5.45am – 6.15am. Note: There is no extra charge for entering on-line. Donations:
The Tokai Manor House Run is held mostly on land managed by SANParks. The entry fee includes a R60 levy to SANParks which goes into their general funds. Read the full explanation here
Please consider making a donation to SANParks Honorary Rangers which will be used specifically for upkeep of the Tokai Manor House Run route.
If you wish to donate more than any of the amounts below allow, simply EFT the desired amount with the reference number of your entry into the bank account provided. Please also contact the race organisers as we would like to officially acknowledge you!