Strong winds cause havoc in Cape Town

2013-04-02 08:36
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Cape Town - Gale force winds have uprooted trees at the Mount Nelson Hotel and made construction of the city's highest building unstable, Cape Town disaster management said.

The City’s law enforcement authorities closed off the roadways and redirected traffic to make use of alternative routes in the interest of public safety, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

A spokesperson for the Mount Nelson confirmed no structural damage had been caused at the iconic hotel. Other areas affected by fallen trees over the weekend included, Bergvliet's Fountain Road, Wegner Avenue in Ottery, Dreyer Close in Constantia and Zwaanswyk Road in Tokai. 
Solomons-Johannes said, "Scaffolding on the Portside building construction site in the city's CBD had fallen to the ground and the area had been cordoned off."

"The building's contractors were told to repair and stabilise the area bordering Buitengracht, Hans Strijdom, Bree and Mechau Street,”  Solomons-Johannes said.

Once completed the building, with 32 floors, office, retail and banking space and 1382 parking bays, will be the highest in Cape Town.

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