Hoteliers want bad road fixed

2008-05-08 00:00

The owners of Cathedral Peak Hotel in the Drakensberg — situated in a world heritage site — have approached the Pietermaritzburg High Court to force the KZN Transport Department to repair signs and roads leading to the hotel, which are described as "hazardous to traffic".

The case was yesterday adjourned sine die (indefinitely) by Judge Ron McLaren.

The matter is being opposed by Transport MEC Bheki Cele, a legal source confirmed.

William van der Riet, Belinda van der Riet, Brian Agar and Robert Kennedy, who are trustees of the William van der Riet Family Trust that trades as the Cathedral Peak Hotel in Winterton, lodged the application.

William van der Riet said several attempts have been made, in vain, to get the Transport Department to repair the signs and access roads.

He said the hotel sells almost 60 000 bed nights per annum resulting in some 15 000 vehicles travelling to the hotel annually. This excludes the vehicles of day visitors, staff and local residents.

On more than one occasion he has damaged his own vehicle while driving to the hotel, he said, and guests have complained that their cars were damaged.

Many also complained that they got lost because of the bad state of the signs.

Van der Riet said the roads were in a total state of disrepair with crumbling tar and potholes, some bad enough to cause a car to overturn.

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