Taahir Osman has always felt close to Table Mountain. It loomed over him as a child and when he was 12 he began to explore it, along with the rest of the sandstone massif of Cape Town’s peninsula.

By 2018, the mountain began to worry him. There was an increase that year in crime on the mountain and other parts of the range, especially Signal Hill. Osman noticed that fewer people were going up the mountain regularly, more were staying at home in fear. It led to him forming Take Back Our Mountains, a nonprofit organisation...

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