Efforts to curb the worsening spate of robberies on Table Mountain are being hamstrung by a shortage of funds, with both the city and the province failing to answer pleas for extra cash. The City of Cape Town has been stalling a request for R4-million from the Table Mountain National Park for more than nine months. The mayoral committee member for economic development and tourism, Simon Grindrod, said on Tuesday he was in favour of funding security in the park.
But he admitted some councillors were still opposing the funding, as "leverage" to stop the harvesting of pine plantations in Tokai and Cecilia.
Grindrod repeated a call he made earlier in 2007 for the city to ask the army to help with patrols and training of security staff on the mountain.
The province has failed to respond to an urgent request for additional funding for visitor safety from the Table Mountain National Park.