The City of Cape Town has appointed NCC Environmental Services as the new service provider for the Urban Baboon Programme, starting on 1 October 2020. The contract will run until 30 June 2023.
The requirement of the service provider for this programme is that baboons are kept out of town for over 90% of the time, while strictly adhering to their permit conditions and the methodology as specified in the baboon technical team management guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.
NCC has many years of experience in managing the human-baboon interface. Projects include the previous management of the City of Cape Town’s Urban Baboon Programme from August 2009 until June 2012, as well as several years of preventing negative human-baboon interactions during various events and functions within the Table Mountain National Park.
NCC has put together a highly qualified and experienced team to manage the new contract, overseen by Linden Rhoda, a director of NCC. He previously led the Urban Baboon Programme for NCC and has 15 years of experience on various large-scale conservation projects. His qualifications include an MBA, a postgraduate diploma in Leadership Development, a BTech in Environmental Management and a National Diploma in Nature Conservation.
The project will be led by Project Manager, Joselyn Mormile. Joselyn is a Conservation Biologist and a Ph.D. candidate with a decade of baboon expertise. She completed an MSc in Primate Conservation, a BSc in Animal Behaviour and is a qualified veterinary nurse. Her experience with baboons is diverse, ranging from captive and veterinary care to extensive behavioural ecology research on both wild and urban-dwelling baboon populations throughout South Africa. She has also worked closely with communities, assessing resident attitudes towards baboons as well as providing education on how to live responsibly in baboon impacted areas.
In addition to the highly qualified project leaders, all area and field managers on the project will have a minimum of a three-year diploma in Nature Conservation or similar qualification. All staff will receive training on baboon behaviour, conflict resolution and the standard operating procedures for the management techniques to be used. NCC will have over 70 staff members working on this project which include: 44 Rangers, 22 Supervisors, 4 Field Managers, 4 Area Managers and 2 Project Managers.
Furthermore, NCC is committed to approaching the Urban Baboon Programme with a multidisciplinary perspective. This includes supporting the authorities in addressing waste management, increasing community education initiatives and keeping up to date with advances in wildlife management technology.
The Peninsula is divided into three Areas – North, South and South-East. Approximately 50 Urban Baboon Programme staff will be operating in the field from sunrise to sunset every day in the following areas:
· Da Gama Park
· Gordon’s Bay
· Murdoch Valley
· Ocean View
· Plateau Road
· Simon’s Town
· Smitswinkel Bay
· Welcome Glen
‘We welcome the new service provider and are looking forward to working with them. I also want to appeal to the residents to work with us and communicate via the proper channels about issues of concern to ensure that these are addressed amicably,’said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town