Extra meeting to discuss vision for park

The Tokai Cecilia Management Framework of 2005 to 2025 outlines a 20 year vision for key sections of the Table Mountain National Park.

SANParks is to hold another virtual meeting to discuss the public review of a plan that describes a long-term vision for key sections of the Table Mountain National Park.

This follows complaints that several stakeholders were unable to attend an earlier meeting to discuss the review of the Tokai Cecilia Management Framework of 2005 to 2025. That meeting was held at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and online, on Tuesday May 25 ( “Tokai Cecilia Management Framework review launched,” Bulletin, May 27)

Following the meeting, conveners Professor Wendy Foden and Dr Howard Hendricks said a number of people had complained of not being able to get into the meeting, that images used in the presentation were blurred, that they had been unable to hear the speakers from the floor and that questions posed in the online chat had been answered.

On Saturday May, 29 Dr Hendricks said: “To continue demonstrating an open, fair and accessible review process, we are providing an additional opportunity to clarify the stakeholder engagement process to those who still have queries about the review process. This opportunity is scheduled for Thursday June 3, at 7pm, using the Zoom platform.”

The Zoom link would be circulated to all the stakeholders shortly, he said.

This is not the first time there have been concerns raised about the Tokai Cecilia Management Framework review process. Parkscape chairwoman Nicky Schmidt expressed concern that SANParks had only allowed five days for people to register for the meeting.

Dr Hendricks said all stakeholders were reminded that they were currently in the commenting period. The date for written comments had been extended to Wednesday June 30. Written submissions should be sent to TCMF@sanparks.org