Members of the public are urged to weigh in on the published draft of the Tokai Cecilia Implementation Plan by SANParks. 

The draft, published in terms of the Tokai Cecilia Management Framework (TCMF) Review Process is meant to address the issues that have been raised by the public and relevant stakeholders about the Park in the past few years.

Managing Executive for Parks, Property Mokoena, said the publication of this draft is a key milestone in the TCMF review. “It marks the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by our stakeholders and staff. This is reflected in the high quality, large number, breadth and insightfulness of the recommendations we received,” he said. 

SANParks said during the second phase of the review process, they appointed external facilitators to assist the convenors in designing and facilitating focused workshops. These workshops involved the forming of seven working groups including stakeholders and SANParks representatives from different departments. The groups tabled more than 300 proposals for action in the Tokai and Cecilia areas.

Plans include, among others, the development of the Tokai Manor precinct as a visitor and tourism gateway for recreational activities into the rest of Tokai and the Park, upgrades to trails and recreational facilities, improvement of fire management, safety and security and stakeholder communication and the opening of an Arboretum parking area and Lister’s place.

SANParks acting CEO, Dumisani Dlamini, said: “Good plans rely on a wide diversity of views and inputs. We’ve engaged with each and every recommendation and believe that this draft plan is a great foundation for management of the Tokai and Cecilia sections of Table Mountain National Park.”

The draft is available for a 31-day public and stakeholder commenting period from 13 April to 20 May 2022. An open day interactive session will be held in May to give stakeholders an opportunity to clarify aspects of the draft Implementation Plan before submitting their comments.

Comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]

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