CITY OF CAPE TOWN

1 MARCH 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

The City of Cape Town encourages residents living in baboon-affected neighbourhoods to complete the online Baboon Questionnaire. The closing date for participation is Monday, 8 March 2021. Read more below:

The questionnaire has been, and is still available online at: http://bit.ly/CCTBaboons.

Cape Town is well known for its chacma baboons. Many of our residential areas are near natural environments where these baboons thrive. Some of the troops keep their distance from humans, while others sometimes venture into the urban environment, and residential neighbourhoods.

We encourage residents who live in areas close to the baboons’ natural environment, and may be affected or encounter baboons, to please complete the questionnaire. The feedback we receive through the questionnaire will provide us with valuable information and insight and will be considered when making improvements to the City’s Urban Baboon Programme.

The Urban Baboon Programme is aimed at keeping baboons in their natural environment and out of urban areas as far as possible. It is in the interest of the safety of the baboons and residents that contact and conflict between people and baboons are minimised.

It will take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire and, importantly, the City will not disclose the identities of those who participate to third parties.

The link to the questionnaire was sent on 14 December 2020 to approximately 11 200 residents who are living in neighbourhoods adjacent to baboons’ natural habitat. The City used the e-billing database to identify these residents – i.e. by extracting residential addresses.

We have received considerable feedback to date, but it is possible that some residents still want to participate. This is a reminder to these residents to please complete the questionnaire by Monday, 8 March 2021.

The City also wants to inform residents that we are engaging other spheres of government, notably SANParks and CapeNature, about the Urban Baboon Programme. These engagements are also aimed at improving collaboration and decision-making on an operational level.

‘We will provide the public with an update on the outcome of these engagements in due course, once all parties are ready to do so. Also, progress reports will serve before the City’s Mayoral Committee in coming weeks. In the meantime, I want to thank those residents who have already completed the questionnaire for setting aside the time to do so. We value your feedback,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.