Beach ablution facilities take a tumble

2020-03-03 06:00

The Deep South coastline will see two buildings demolished next month as part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to revitalise the coast and create opportunities.

The City council approved the demolition of the buildings located along the coast at Strand, Monwabisi, Sonwabe, Macassar, Simon’s Town, Witsand, and Table View, on 31 October last year.

Mayco member for spatial planning and environment Marian Nieuwoudt said the buildings are structurally unsafe, badly vandalised or damaged by coastal processes. “Some are illegally occupied and used for anti-social and criminal activities. Also, the buildings blemish our beautiful coastline and they pose a health and safety risk.”

Five of the eight structures identified for demolition have since been removed. The remaining three structures, two of which fall in the Deep South, Frank’s Bay ablution facility and Witsand ablution, and the Table View ablution facility will be demolished in the second phase of the project, commencing in April.

“Given that it would cost the City nearly R170 million to replace these facilities, the department recommended that removal is the most sustainable and socially responsible solution,” said Nieuwoudt.

The City asks residents and visitors to adhere to the signage as the affected areas will not be accessible to the public while the demolitions are ongoing.

Projects will be rolled out along the coast during the next three years to refurbish certain beaches and structures. These upgrades will include Seaforth beach and surrounds, the Glencairn beach parking and refurbishment of the walkway to the tidal pool and the upgrade of Muizenberg beach.

“We will complete hard engineering solutions to protect the coast,” said Nieuwoudt.

According to the City, by removing buildings from sensitive and dynamic coastal zones, they will reduce future infrastructure risk due to climate change.

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