Maintenence plan approved

2016-11-29 06:00

A maintenance management plan (MMP) for Kommetjie Beach has been approved.

The plan is set to enable the City of Cape Town to rehabilitate public access points to the beachfront.

Work is already underway, says Johan van der Merwe, the City’s Mayco member for energy, environmental and spatial planning. “The various maintenance interventions will be undertaken on an as-and-when required basis. Priority interventions, such as the removal of wind-blown sand from public infrastructure, have already commenced and will be ongoing.”

According to the MMP, the beach is subject to various coastal processes including erosion, accretion and wind-blown sand. Further erosion is experienced as a result of trampling of vegetation and dunes around the access paths (“Easier access to beach”, People’s Post, 24 May).

“Due to the historically planned close proximity of infrastructure to this coastline, roads and access paths to the beach are often either inundated with sand or undercut by erosion,” the report states.

The plan has been prepared to enable the immediate management of the windblown sand and looks to ensure infrastructure is protected and the remediation of the environment takes place in line with legislation. “The potential implications of not managing these dynamics within the context of an already altered environment, are serious,” the report states.

The plan includes access points at the Wireless Road parking area, Pelican Place, the Duiker Drive servitude, Seeliger Road, Kirsten Avenue, the Surf Way parking area, Diemar Road, Melkhout Avenue, Forsyth Road and the corner of Benning Drive and Gladioli Road. Some of these points may require a combination of maintenance interventions, such as the removal of rubble and gravel, the mechanical movement of sand, planting of vegetation, the installation of fencing and wooden walkways, and the removal of alien vegetation.

The MMP will have a range of positive impacts, including improved beach facilities, access to the beach, and recreational and amenity value of this particular stretch of coastline, Van der Merwe says. It will also reduce the risk of wind-blown sand smothering infrastructure.

The plan also looks to care for the vegetated dunes, which protect infrastructure against storm surges and wind-blown sand, and maintain existing infrastructure in an environmentally sensitive manner.

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