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Links, registration for City’s online meetings about proposals for baboon-affected areas<p>The meetings will be online, and all residents, businesses, interest groups and affected parties are invited. </p><p>Three meetings have been added, these are for Sunnydale, Simon's Town Main (Waterfall troop) and Constantia north of Constantia Nek (Constantia 2 troop). </p><p>Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting relevant to their area, and any other meeting if they so wish.</p><p><strong>The meetings will be hosted online on Zoom. Kindly note the links, dates and times, and that </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>registration is required</strong></span><strong>.</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Kommetjie (Slangkop troop): Tuesday, 16 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30 </strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkduqqqDIsHdAdK2mf74PWq9A6C733wQzy" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkduqqqDIsHdAdK2mf74PWq9A6C733wQzy</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Scarborough and Misty Cliffs (Groot Olifantsbos troop): Wednesday, 17 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-mprz4uGtJhI3j68pQTD8Hw8es7gdEZ" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-mprz4uGtJhI3j68pQTD8Hw8es7gdEZ</a>  </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Constantia south of Constantia Nek, Tokai, Zwaanswyk (Constantia 1 troop, Tokai/Zwaanswyk troops, Mountain 1 and 2 troops): Tuesday, 23 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-iorz0pEtE8QkNmv31122bKxJN4tY0w" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-iorz0pEtE8QkNmv31122bKxJN4tY0w</a>  </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Da Gama, Welcome Glen, Glencairn (Da Gama troop): Wednesday, 24 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOyrpzgjH9ERHOFxx63-jlB9mOgNB4hb" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOyrpzgjH9ERHOFxx63-jlB9mOgNB4hb</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Simon's Town South and Murdock Valley (Smitswinkel Bay troop): Tuesday, 30 August 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong></li></ul><p>Register in advance for this meeting:</p><p><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-spjgqGtIBNzABl7aFvhs2SwDf8-un" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-spjgqGtIBNzABl7aFvhs2SwDf8-un</a> </p><p>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p><ul><li><strong>Sunnydale, Capri, Imhoff's Gift, Heron Park, Ocean View (Slangkop troop): Wednesday, 14 September 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeygrjMpHNHY_0oZBBvB1pbxRzDHM4Bk" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeygrjMpHNHY_0oZBBvB1pbxRzDHM4Bk</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Simon's Town main (Waterfall troop): Thursday, 15 September 2022 from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-ysrDwsHtBlCZsoDZC3KqXxjTtVyHfL" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-ysrDwsHtBlCZsoDZC3KqXxjTtVyHfL</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Constantia north of Constantia Nek (Constantia 2 troop): Thursday, 22 September from 18:00 to 19:30</strong><br><br>Register in advance for this meeting:<br><br><a href="https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-mprj8uGd3D1VAlG042splSN0N30UIw" target="_blank">https://capetown-gov-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpd-mprj8uGd3D1VAlG042splSN0N30UIw</a> <br><br>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.<br><br> <strong>The City's initial proposals include the following, and may be expanded following the outcome of the upcoming engagements:</strong></li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Work with communities in finding sustainable solutions suitable to each community's unique circumstances and needs</li><li>The installation of strategic and virtual fences where the environment allows, with permission from SANParks and residents' support</li><li>Establishing Special Rating Areas (SRAs) in baboon-affected suburbs where the special rates can fund solutions to keep baboons out of the urban area</li><li>An overlay zone as part of the City's Development Management Scheme, imposing conditions on new developments in areas close to baboons' natural habitat</li><li>Improved law-enforcement of the City's by-laws, in particular the Integrated Waste Management and Animal Keeping By-laws</li><li>A grant-in-aid for a welfare organisation to respond to injured wild animals and wild animals in distress across the whole metro, including baboons</li><li>Involving all relevant City departments to improve waste management, electricity installations (so that baboons are not electrocuted), road signage warnings, and so forth to ensure City operations are baboon friendly</li><li>Assisting communities with education on baboon proofing and awareness</li><li>To work with SANParks and CapeNature on a Memorandum of Understanding to govern baboon management in the Cape Peninsula</li><li>To assist the joint Task Team consisting of representatives from SANParks, CapeNature, together with other key roleplayers, and the City with the development of a workplace and participative approach for the management of a sustainable population of baboons on the Cape Peninsula<span style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span></li></ul><p>In June 2022, SANParks, CapeNature, and the City of Cape Town, agreed to work together and engage other key roleplayers to initiate a more sustainable approach for the management of the Chacma baboon population in the Cape Peninsula. </p><p>The outcome of the City's meetings with residents, businesses, and interested and affected parties, will be presented to the joint Task Team consisting of SANParks, CapeNature, and the City, together with other key role players. </p><p>The Task Team is responsible for the transition to a more sustainable approach with the intention to have this in place, or in progress, by 30 June 2023. This is when the City's three-year contract with NCC Environmental Services, who is currently managing the Urban Baboon Programme on the City's behalf, is coming to an end. </p><p>Given this end-date, the City is meeting with residents and businesses from baboon-affected areas to discuss a wide range of proposals.</p><p>'The City proposes that under the new approach, communities will become directly involved in devising and implementing solutions that are suitable to their unique circumstances. Our intention is to facilitate, support, and guide local solutions for local challenges.</p><p>'I encourage residents and interested parties to please attend these meetings. The more people participate in this process, the better the outcomes will be. The success of the new approach will rely on the support and active participation of affected communities and residents,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</p><p>The comments and proposals received at these meetings will be presented to the joint Task Team who is responsible for the transition to a more sustainable approach for the management of the Chacma baboon population in the Cape Peninsula. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a;L0|#0c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a|Baboon;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a44bf0f8-5cff-4f18-a6e9-7b6e4403a0a4;L0|#0a44bf0f8-5cff-4f18-a6e9-7b6e4403a0a4|CapeNature10

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