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WC recreational sites reopen after blaze

Sections of the Table Mountain National Park and Silvermine have been closed to the public since March.

FILE: Teams have been working tirelessly to restore various footpaths and infrastructure destroyed during the blaze earlier this year. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Several recreational sites affected by the South Peninsula fires have been reopened to the public, just in time for the start of SA National Parks Week.

Teams have been working tirelessly to restore various footpaths and infrastructure destroyed during the blaze earlier this year.

Sections of the Table Mountain National Park near Tokai and Silvermine have been closed to the public since March.

SANParks' Paddy Gordon explains while many sites are open to the public, other areas including parts of Noordhoek and Constantia are only expected to be reopened in the coming months.

"Because of the high number of trees in Tokai and the Arboretum that was damaged in the fire we've had to close Tokai down as well. All of those trees are quite still dangerous, they fall down unpredictably. We think the Tokai and Arboretum area will still be closed for up to another year."