Beachview resort may be closed indefinitely

2015-10-13 11:44
The previously popular Beachview holiday resort is currently closed for renovations. It seems the resort will not be ready to be open for this year’s festive season. 
Deon Ferreira

The previously popular Beachview holiday resort is currently closed for renovations. It seems the resort will not be ready to be open for this year’s festive season. Photos: Deon Ferreira

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THE notice board at the entrance states that renovations to Beachview Holiday Resort will be completed in three weeks.

But it now appears that the resort may remain closed indefinitely.

According to the notice board, which hangs on the resort’s faded yellow entrance wall, the renova- tions started in July 2014.

When PE Express reporters visited the resort last week it was clear that the facilities had received some attention. The orange bricks of the new braai facilities contrast sharply with the rest of the drab buildings.

The ablution facilities are also showing signs of renovation, but the plaster is still rough and grey. On the inside paint is flaking off the walls and several taps were leaking.

According to a passerby who regularly takes a walk on the beach at the resort, the renovations came to a halt six months ago.

The semi-finished plastering walls at the resort’s open office buildings reveal that renovation was quickly suspended here.

A little further, two men in plain clothes step closer. They introduce themselves as security guards for Isimilo investments, the company that manages the resort on behalf of the municipality. They stay at the resort.

They ordered the PE Express photographer to put his camera away.

A resident of Beachview who requested anonymity, claimed that there is an influx of people who seem to stay at the resort.

“Every morning and afternoon there are long lines of people walking in and out. How does this make sense, with the resort being closed?”

Repeated attempts to get in touch with the management company, failed.

According to Gustav Rautenbach, Chief Whip of the DA in the Bay, the company allegedly started the renovations unlawfully.

“I was able to ascertain that the resort was closed because the managers of the resort proceeded with repairs and renovations without the consent of the municipality,” Rautenbach said.

The matter is now in the hands of the municipality’s legal department, according to Rautenbach.

In response to Rautenbach’s allegations, municipal spokesperson Mtubanzi Mniki confirmed that the metro’s legal department is involved in discussions with the resort management.

He, however, did not want to answer questions about the nature of the talks because it would put the municipality “in a vulnerable position.” 

Mniki could also not answer questions about when the resort would possibly reopen.

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