City of Cape Town look to bolster safety on Table Mountain

By Doug Mattushek - 10 August 2019Views : 481

On the 8th of August, the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane launched a National Tourism Safety Awareness Campaign at Table Mountain.

A new plan to make Table Mountain safer after several attacks will see the usage of drones, an app and monitors.

The City of Cape Tow and the national tourism department have joined forces to increase security by employing more than 80 monitors. It can be expected that more security measures will be put in place toward the end of year.

Criminal elements on Table Mountain, including the recent stabbing of Ukrainian tourist Ivan Ivanov, prompted Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane to reassure tourists they should not fear visiting South Africa, despite isolated incidents of crime.

The new security measures would come into effect in October and December. In a statement issued by the City, it revealed the new security measures that would see the placement of 86 monitors within the TMNP, of which 60 are already on the ground. The remainder will be rolled out by October.

The minister expressed the view that crime targeted at tourists created a negative perception and reputation about a destination, which impacts on both the visitors experience and visitor numbers.

To assist the usage of monitors, cameras and drones would be installed and would be operational by December. A safety cellphone app is also being developed to provide tourists with basic information, safety tips, and relevant contact details for those in distress.

James Vos, the mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset managment said that:

"The safety of our residents and tourists is of paramount importance".

Adding that Table Mountain is a leading tourist attraction on the African continent with local and global significance, and protecting the tourism sector is paramount.

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