The Hermanus Baboon Action Group (HBAG) is continuing its campaign to bring back the baboon monitors in the Hermanus area, reconnect the virtual fence and tag and collar the Voëlklip troop.

Residents of affected areas in Hermanus are noticing and recording incidents daily and continue to express their deep concern for the wellbeing of the troop and its related impact on tourism, property values, and the health and safety of residents.

Appeals have been made by HBAG to CapeNature, the provincial government and environmental and municipal authorities on a constant basis to approve the mandate allowing for Overstrand Municipality to allocate budgeted funds for baboon management in the most affected areas of the Overstrand.

The Premier of Western Cape, Alan Winde advised the HBAG on Friday, 12 July of the following: “In a meeting last week, it appeared that the department was in a position to meet with the municipality to take the process forward. Our lead legal advisor on this matter will be back in the office on Monday and I am sure that the province and the municipality will then proceed.”

Mayor Dudley Coetzee first indicated he is expecting positive feedback by the end of June and later said feedback is expected by the end of July. The residents certainly are being strung along, delaying tactics are becoming the norm and the impact on our community is significant.

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