SANParks has taken on new tourism safety monitors in a programme funded by the National Department of Tourism, based in Knysna, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma.

The primary task of the programme is to ensure the safety of visitors and to provide them with information.

The programme was launched in 2017 by the Department of Tourism in Soweto and rolled out across South Africa. A few of the programmes operate within SANParks, where they employ young people as environmental monitors and also within Biodiversity Social Programmes.

Project Manager for the Garden Route, Siyanda Myataza, said the young people receive invaluable skills that they can apply throughout their careers. "In Tsitsikamma, nine small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) for the Tsitsikamma Gateway Project are funded by the Department of Tourism. We now employ 108 workers, all of them young." They received training in basic waste management, snake awareness, life skills training and wild cat awareness training. Further training includes basic computer skills and conflict management skills.