For those who do not know – Table Mountain National Park is not only a protected area but it is also a World Heritage site under the Cape Floral Kingdom.
With this said, the Table Mountain National Park management has asked that all visitors to the park refrain from crafting graffiti images, rock packing in the park, and the recently booming #challenges on social media.
“The rangers have come across several painted rocks with social media account handles and in support of a charity/organisation, not only is it not allowed, but it is also illegal as it takes away the aesthetic of the natural essence of the National Park.”
It furthermore said the park’s purpose amongst others is to preserve the area’s ecological integrity, which means that certain activities are not allowed.
“Our rangers have also come across shrines and urns placed in memorial of loved ones who have passed on, we are sympathetic to your loss and understand that our park users would like to remember their loved ones in the park which they fondly used.
“However, SANParks considers it a contravention when an urn with cremated remains is buried, outside of an existing grave or burial site in a National Park, or without the knowledge of, or mandatory permission from management.”
SANParks warned that should urns and shrines with ashes be found in a National Park, SANParks staff members will hand these over to the police.
“The park does not allow for the burial or placement of urns in any area but we do allow for the scattering of ashes at a designated area in the park.”
For more info on the scattering of ashes, you can send your inquiries to Munzhedzi.Muhanelwa@sanparks.org