Task team to review Cape Nature

The eight men task team will submit its interim findings by the end of June.

A task team has been set up to look into Cape Nature’s role and responsibility. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has established an independent task team to review the role and definition of Cape Nature.

The public entity consumes more than 50 percent of the department's budget which has nudged provincial treasury into requesting the review.

The Environmental Affairs Department's Aziel Gangerdine says more than R223 million has been allocated in the current financial year to Cape Nature.

So it is important the newly established task team determines whether it is fulfilling its mandate for biodiversity management in the province.

He says Cape Nature maintains 44 of the province's nature reserves which play a major role in economic development in the tourism sector.

Gangerdine says the eight men task team will submit its interim findings by the end of June and will hand in its final study in August.