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Media Release: TMNP scoops major national productivity award

Date: 2008-09-25

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Cape Town’s and South Africa’s top tourist attraction won the Public Sector category award at the annual National Productivity Awards for: “outstanding achievement in productivity improvement in the Public Sector Category”.

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Cape Town’s and South Africa’s top tourist attraction won the Public Sector category award at the annual National Productivity Awards for: “outstanding achievement in productivity improvement in the Public Sector Category”.

The awards, held for the second consecutive year by Productivity SA, were a highlight of the 15th World Productivity Congress hosted this week at Sun City. The award was received by Paddy Gordon, area manager, northern section of Table Mountain National Park at a gala function held on Tuesday, 23 September 2008.

TMNP earned the award over finalists which were Johannesburg City Parks, LIMDEV (the Limpopo Development Agency) and Electricity Supply Cape Town (Technical Services Branch).

TMNP was cited for its focus of its resources on its core business, the conservation of biodiversity. Investment of resources in the natural capital of the Park has increased from R20m in 1999, one year after proclamation to R57m in 2006. Investment in tourism and visitor infrastructure grew from R11m to R19m during the same period.

“The key to TMNP’s high productivity approach has been our ability to yield results in all three areas of the triple bottom line, through a productivity approach based on harnessing labour intensive nature conservation - alien clearing, path building and afforestation with the equally labour intensive construction and operation of tourism infrastructure, which then yield social benefit,” says Brett Myrdal, park manager for Table Mountain National Park.

These annual awards honour South African companies in the Corporate, Public and Emerging sectors that continue to make positive strides in an effort to grow a more globally competitive South Africa. The award provides a platform for productive South African companies to showcase their productive successes in different forms, thereby encouraging organisations to increase their competitiveness and productivity.

“This has been a good 10th birthday year for the Park,” said Gordon. Earlier this year TMNP won the regional competition and was one of two finalists in the environment category of the national expanded public works programme awards, known as the ‘Kamoso Awards’. The TMNP recently won the Best Tourist Attraction award, as voted by Capetonians, at the Good Hope FM Best of Cape Town Awards.

Enquiries:
Phumeza Mgxashe, Communications Manager, Table Mountain National Park, tel: (021) 701 8692, cell: 083 480 1522

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