City looks into new maze lease

2018-01-30 06:00

Plans to lease the Mouille Point Maze are moving along.

This as City of Cape Town officials estimate it will take around a year to approve a new lease.

The maze owner passed away in 2016 and the City of Cape Town has now taken over management of the property. The maze had been open to the public, with an agreement between the late owner and the City, but was closed to the public after his death.

Following the owner’s death, the empty maze started attracting “unsavoury elements”, with the City’s Law Enforcement Department carrying out operations on site (“Maze to be razed?”, People’s Post, 7 February 2017).

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department has already started removing some of the dead vegetation in the maze, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development. “They are also obtaining quotations to replace the existing fence with a stronger fence and new gates.

“The lease area will be confined to the existing footprint of the maze. Within this footprint, we are proposing to retain at least 30% of the maze and the existing wooden structure. The remainder of the area is proposed to be used as a seating area (for tables and chairs) and a small play-park for children. These are only proposals and the design process is still underway.”

Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management, says council’s in-principle approval to grant the rights (lease) could be obtained within five months from receiving the final design of the proposed refreshment outlet.

“The approval for the lease to be granted to a potential operator, following the outcome of a successful tender process, could be in place within six months from receiving council’s in-principle approval,” he adds.

A technical investigation in terms of the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulations (MATR) has been completed, Diamond explains. “A final market valuation is dependent upon the consent use application and final design/footprint of the proposed refreshment outlet. Thereafter, Property Management will proceed to obtain the necessary MATR in-principle approval.”

Ward councillor Dave Bryant says: “I am very excited to see the plans being implemented around the Mouille Point Maze. I have been driving this project along with a number of dedicated City officials since [the owner’s] tragic passing. Taking into account the world-class upgrades that the City has implemented in and around the Mouille Point Promenade over the past five years it is essential that the iconic maze is not left behind.”

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