Still no date for fountain repair

2018-06-26 06:01

Almost three years later, there is still no set date or budget for restoring the iconic fountain in Rondebosch.

According to reports, the City of Cape Town has been promising to restore the fountain since it was smashed by a vehicle in August 2015.

This fountain reportedly carries significant history of the community and was imported from the United Kingdom.

The City has revealed that although it is viewed as crucial that the fountain be restored, they have been experiencing problems in this regard as the foundry that manufactured it in 1891 no longer exists.

Located at the intersection of Belmont and Main roads in Rondebosch, it has been the apple of the community’s eye for centuries.

Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, says the City’s environment and heritage management branch is still exploring options to repair the fountain based on the original design.

He says although there are detailed schematic drawings of the fountain, there are no measured and dimensioned plans.

“All of the parts to be repaired and replaced will need to be cast from existing parts of other fountains, such as the Mowbray Fountain.

“This is highly specialised work and the necessary skills are scarce. However, a local foundry in Cape Town may be able to assist,” he says.

Herron describes the fountain as an ornamental trough for watering horses, consisting of a round cast-iron drinking trough supported on legs in the form of horses’ hooves. A post with a lantern at the top rises from the centre of the trough. The trough is a typical piece of Victorian ironmongery.

He says although they understand that it is situated on a traffic island where two roads meet, the City has no intention of moving it elsewhere.

“It is one of the well-known landmarks in the area and we do not intend to move it to another site. The fountain and site has a high degree of significance and is graded as Grade 2 on the City’s grading schedule, meaning it is a provincial heritage site. It is an important element of the Rondebosch streetscape and cultural landscape.”

The fountain was reportedly donated by George Pigot Moodie who was one of the wealthiest residents of Rondebosch at the time.

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