Lions Head called out for failing to attend to exceptionally slippery foot path

Cape Talk's John Maytham received an anonymous email.

It reads:

So to get to the crux of the matter: the vast majority of these calls are preventable if SANParks would simply fix the path in ONE place. Most of the injured patients are hurt above the chain scrambles but before one reaches the ridge. There is an area where tree roots protrude from the ground and these roots are exceptionally slippery.

If SANParks were to simply build steps or use gabions there as they have done elsewhere, then it would prevent most of these rescues. They cannot claim that they are not aware of this issue, their rangers are often the first on scene and often carry out the rescues themselves.

Merle Collins Regional Communications Manager: Table Mountain National Park say the suggestions made in the email are quite valid.

Lion's Head has become immensely popular over the last seven years. Almost every weekend we have incidents of people breaking their ankles and having to be rescued.

Merle Collins Regional Communications Manager: Table Mountain National Park

Collins says it is challenging to maintain the park with the large volumes of people visiting the area. It also means closing the park for a few days.

She adds that the park has recently initiated an audit, which will determine and put in systems for a maintenance area for Lion's Head.

Collins admits there are several changes facing the park but also requests that visitors use the park responsibly.

Take a listen to the full interview below:


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