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CapeNature to create 'advisory committee' in response to Jonkershoek outcry

14 February 2020 3:58 PM
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CapeNature has invited the hiking fraternity and other interest groups to share their input on the access to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

The local conservation body says it's establishing a Protected Area Advisory Committee in March as a platform to engage with the public.

CapeNature came under fire for a sudden decision to ban vehicle access to the popular reserve in Stellenbosch from December last year.

It's understood that the decision was made due concerns about vehicle-related incidents and the obstruction of the road during fire season.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition that was created last year, calling to halt the ban on vehicles.

Although the ban was subsequently lifted, locals say that there is still no clarity about the number of vehicles allowed to access the reserve each day.

Local hike master Steve Chadwick says it seems that access has been restricted to 20 vehicles per day.

However, Bolander Lifestyle reporter Norman McFarlane says he was told by CapeNature representatives that there was no vehicle limit at all.

Chadwick says CapeNature may be forced to make additional parking available for hikers who see Jonkershoek as a national treasure.

CapeNature has been accused of failing to facilitate constructive engagements after a public participation process regarding access to the hiking trail failed to materialise.

The organisation's Petro van Rhyn says she is collating a stakeholder database using the contact details of everyone who has written to CapeNature.

Stakeholder engagement for us is critical. We are looking at engaging people that are interested in this.

Petro van Rhyn, General Manager for Advocacy - CapeNature

Unfortunately, [the public participation process] was something that was put forward as a suggestion from MTO and it didn't happen. I think maybe, because of the high number of incidents, the urgency of the matter might have given way.

Petro van Rhyn, General Manager for Advocacy - CapeNature

The stakeholders will be informed about the developments regarding the Protected Area Advisory Committee and how to get involved.

Van Rhyn says the advisory committee will provide a platform to discuss the management plan for the hiking trail.

She explains that CapeNature and MTO Group share joint responsibility for the reserve.

CapeNature is the custodian of the hiking trail, while MTO is responsible for the gate access and road maintenance.

If you would like to be added to CapeNature's stakeholder database, email: pvrhyn@capenature.co.za

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14 February 2020 3:58 PM
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