CT concerned over Robben Island

2009-10-30 21:05
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government have expressed "grave concern" over what they say is the deteriorating state of Robben Island.

The island is one of the prime tourist attractions of the city and province, attracting more than 1 800 visitors a day at peak season.

The premier's metropolitan co-ordination forum, a joint city-province body which met for the first time this week, said in a statement on Friday that in 2010, the eyes of the world would be on Cape Town and the island.

If the poor management of the island continued, it risked losing its status as a World Heritage Site, the forum said.

The island has been beset by management problems, is overrun with alien animals and vegetation, and the ferry service has this year shut down over peak tourism periods.

As a museum, the island is under the jurisdiction of the national department of arts and culture.

The forum said it had mandated Premier Helen Zille and Mayor Dan Plato to request a meeting with Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana to present a list of concerns and proposals.

- SAPA
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