The Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) is truly heartened by the positive response it has received following the article, Hermanus Cliff Path – One of the world’s best walks in the Village NEWS of 17 December.

The Cliff Path Management Group, in partnership with Overstrand Municipality, replaced 20 old and faded signboards along the Hermanus Cliff Path in December. The Cliff Path is one of the most unique attractions of Hermanus and stretches from the New Harbour along the coastline to Grotto Beach. From left, at the back are Ashrick Marhinus (Coastal Monitor), Micheal Henn (Field ranger: Environmental Management Services) and Anina Lee (chairperson of CPMG). In front is budding
environmentalist Anathi Feni and Ward 3 Councillor Kari Brice.

People may not be aware that maintaining the Cliff Path is a community-led and -financed initiative through the CPMG.

Maintenance of the Cliff Path relies heavily on private donations, so every Rand counts. We appreciate the offers of donations, large and small, that will assist the CPMG to keep the path in good shape for the enjoyment of all who walk there.

The CPMG policy on the Cliff Path since its inception has been that every effort must be made to avoid visual clutter along the path and to keep the surroundings as natural as possible – especially in view of the fact that the Cliff Path is part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. On the other hand, we realise that major donors may wish to have recognition of their contributions.

It is important that signage acknowledging such donations should be both environmentally and visually sensitive. CPMG will consult with all the relevant stakeholders, including the Overstrand Municipality, as soon as possible to draw up guidelines for acknowledging donations towards the upkeep of our favourite walk.

In the meantime, happy walking in 2020!

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