During February 2013 the Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) under the Chairmanship of David Beattie issued its 11th Annual Report covering the period March 1012 to February 2013. The mission of the CPMG is to conserve and maintain the Cliff Path section of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, from the New Harbour to Piet-se-Bos (adjacent to Grotto Beach), and including Hoy’s Koppie.
The CPMG reports that all its construction and maintenance goals for the year were met, with only minor negative public responses regards trimming of a few edges to the path. In detail, the CPMG resurfaced 556m of the path with exposed aggregate concrete, repaired 5 instances of the original laterite surfacing that were suffering wear and tear; removed a large quantity of alien vegetation; replaced a number of signs that had been vandalised or weather damaged; monitored and repaired all boardwalks and bridges; monitored the entire length of the path on a regular basis, utilising 19 volunteers; and fulfilled all its obligations in serving on or cooperating with other interested bodies.
Income for the year was R215,777 and expenditure R215,380. Since inception the CPMG has raised R2,723m and expended R2,688m.
The CPMG remains concerned about assaults on or close to the path; vandalism, especially of signage; homeowners extending gardens and even structures into the nature reserve around the path; and dog faeces on the path.
CPMG thanks all those voluntarily involved in its activities and all public and private bodies it had cooperated with over the past year.