Tourists hurt in CT structure collapse

2013-03-18 10:42

Cape Town - Two Namibian tourists were seriously injured when scaffolding at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town collapsed on them, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

Danita Swanepoel, 23, and her husband Drikus were walking to the big wheel on Saturday evening when the 12m long and 5m high scaffolding fell and pinned them down.

"All I remember was walking in front of the wheel and the next minute I woke up on the floor. My husband was next to me. We didn't know what had happened. I was in so much pain," she said.

A rigging company hired by the Absa Cape Epic bicycle race was taking down the structure at the registration area when it fell.
The couple were recovering in hospital with head and leg injuries.

Absa Cape Epic spokesperson Tanya Odendaal told the newspaper they would conduct a full investigation into the "very serious matter".

V&A Waterfront spokesperson Carla White said they would co-operate with the engineers tasked with the investigation.

  • commentator.commentator - 2013-03-18 11:08

    2nd time a sponsorship type scaffolding accident has happened at the V&A...when will they learn

      Cheryl Childs - 2013-03-18 12:03

      If you're referring to the Linkin Park disaster - that wasn't at the V&A, that was at the Cape Town Stadium. But yes, people in charge of scaffolding should be learning from the mistakes/experiences of others and be as careful as possible ...

      Ronni Stevens - 2013-10-31 13:58

      I think we should blame the DA, unless there were only EFF members present, or a third force, but dont try pin this on the ANC..

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2013-03-18 11:37

    WTF? Construction/destruction in progress, why wasn't the area roped off?

  • Adele Coetzee Full - 2013-03-18 12:28


  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-18 14:26

    Someone forgot to check the Health & Safety regs, Dept of Labour is accountable as well as the contractor methinks.

      testoffle.testmaster - 2013-03-18 16:14

      Rob, It's good to dream. I just cant see the department of labour being brought to task for this. I imagine the contractors though will be in a huge pile of poo.

      John Loveland - 2013-03-18 21:51

      The Dept is not accountable. It is not their responsibility to watch people dismantling a scaffold.

  • testoffle.testmaster - 2013-03-18 16:10

    My Dad has been in construction all his life, all over the country. The levels of control and the carefree way the building standards are monitored are all leading to greater risks of these incidents happening more and more. I would not like to make this thread at all political, but the standards have drastically deteriorated over the last 10-15 years.Hopefully the couple who were involved recover, and hope they enjoy the shopping spree that will follow the court-case.

      rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-18 21:29

      The dept in Jhb are pro active, seen them visit sites here, also Pretoria where they have shut construction down for two years to date as some clown fell down a lift shaft.

  • Justin Schonegevel - 2013-03-18 21:40

    This is sad, and I bet not what the organisers and workers wanted to happen. I hope the tourists receive good care and get treated well for the rest of their stay. In terms of the accident I can say what happened is a fault or a fluke. So lets not judge any party till we know more. I am sure the team dismantling are thinking only it could have been a meter left or what made it slip. It did rain today and things could have been slippery

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