Tidal pools to be strengthened

2017-03-14 06:04

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A contractor to restore the Soetwater and Glencairn tidal pools is expected to be appointed by mid-July.

The rehabilitation is estimated to cost R4.5m and tender submissions are currently being evaluated, says Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South).

The appointment will come several years after the first tender was advertised.

At the time of the first tender, which was advertised in 2013, the City of Cape Town had not yet met all of the requirements needed to start with the restoration, explains Andrews. “Through a series of approval processes which was done by the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the South African Heritage Resources Agency, among others, the City has ensured that this project will be undertaken in accordance with all relevant legislation,” he says.

The tender was re-advertised in November last year.

The project includes the restoration of the pool walls, the sealing of cracks, including closing holes around valves, high pressure cleaning of the pools and the rehabilitation of steps and platforms at Soetwater, explains Andrews.

“At Soetwater, the tidal pool wall is cracked and the hole at the bottom makes it impossible for the pool to retain water at low tide. The platform/steps pose a safety risk with their sharp edges.

“At Glencairn, the wall which previously retained water has been badly damaged and needs to be rebuilt to restore the function of the tidal pool. The rehabilitation of these pools is vital as they form an integral part of the recreational value of Soetwater and the Glencairn coastline, especially during the holidays and peak summer season,” he says.

It is estimated that the construction will take eight months to complete.

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