IFP wants rethink on Chapman's Peak

2012-02-02 21:34

Cape Town - An Inkatha Freedom Party MP wants Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to reconsider her stance on the building of a toll plaza at Chapman's Peak.

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a Hout Bay resident, said any plans for the route had to take into account the needs of those who used the road for daily commuting.

"The recent history of Chapman's Peak Drive is a string of errors, the compound effect of which is now forcing the present course of events.

"Instead of committing to one more error... we must step back and take a hard look at the entire situation to ensure that this national monument and treasure is going to be available to us all for many generations to come."

Oriani-Ambrosini said many of the interventions made on Champan's Peak to prevent the harm caused by falling rocks had proved to be "huge and expensive mistakes" that had to be repeated, corrected and improved time and again.

The terms under which the privatisation of the road had taken place had also been a mistake, he said.

"The management of the road is a mistake which results in daily inefficiency and outrageous tolls paid by local commuters and tourists alike.

"We should go back and rectify all these mistakes rather than being forced into new and bigger mistakes, because we are trapped by past mistakes."

Oriani-Ambrosini, who is of Italian ancestry, said Champan's Peak Road was particularly dear to him because it was in his own backyard and had been built with "the blood and sweat of so many Italian prisoners of war".

  • Cy - 2012-02-02 22:11

    So, the DA is a bunch of hypocrites. They are against SANRAL for tolling roads but they are for tollong chapmans peak!

      Polotic - 2012-02-02 23:18

      @Cy - The original decision to toll Chapman's Peak was made by the ANC government of the time under very onerous conditions. If you had followed all that has been said about the issue you will have learnt that the DA government could not cancel the agreement much as they would have liked to. They were able to renegotiate more favourable terms resulting in massive savings to the taxpayer. The current controvery, it seems, is an hysterical response to the decision to build a two story office block on a small piece of land which up to now has been used as a building site. An absolute storm in a teacup, given all the other problems facing South Africa.

      francois.roux1 - 2012-02-03 07:50

      Now that Polotic has explained it to you, can you CY your comment is so stupid...pfffft...

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-02-02 22:21

    Yet another example of the IFP's long and deep concern for Chapman's Peak. Helen may lose the next election over this vital issue.

      Martin - 2012-02-02 22:35

      It's not an issue of losing an election, it's an issue of common sense. Oriani-Ambrosini has spelt it out clearly. The road is already tolled, why construct a double story building at that particular vebue.

      Polotic - 2012-02-02 23:28

      This is the first I've heard of this and who will Helen lose the next election to? This is certainly not a vital issue. And to Martin - If you had been listening to interviews with Robin Carlisle you will understand why there is a need for a building.

  • andreober - 2012-02-03 08:02

    Geesh Guys, surely the construction of that building in a disused quarry is not such an issue. Quite sure it will look a damn sight better than the shipping containers currently in use. And correct me if I'm wrong, but this whole storm in a teacup is about the erection of the new building, not the tolling of Chappies, as it has been tolled for a good few years already. Or am I missing something here?

      lorry2 - 2012-02-03 08:41

      They will be taking away the day pass, which means even us locals will not be able to access it without having to pay the heavy toll fee(which is set to increase) which not everyone can afford. I have also seen the plans for the "Office block" which us as tax payers will fork out for and it is alot bigger than a 2 story office block, it even has a conference and entertainment centre that they can rent out . I am from Hout Bay and I do not need that on my doorstep, I would rather see the money be spent on housing, schooling, health care etc.

      djmain1 - 2012-02-03 14:23

      One of the problems with building there will be that it sets a precedent. It won't be long before someone else says: "They've built there, why can't we?" And the next thing you know, there will be many buildings along Chapman's Peak. I agree that some kind of structures are necessary for the toll booths but do they have to be double storey and could they not be blended in a bit more with the environment? You are right - this issue is about the buildings but while we are about it, let's get the toll scrapped too. The DA are hypocrites for opposing (very vocally) urban tolling in JHB when we have exactly that here!

  • djmain1 - 2012-02-03 14:16

    I think this is an ideal opportunity for the ANC. They should propose a motion to prevent the building of the office block since it is on national parks land (which should be preserved). Since they have a majority in parliament, they will easily pass this motion. This will leave the ANC looking like saints as protectors of the environment and will leave the DA with egg on their faces. C'mon ANC - don't miss your chance. In any event, if this building goes ahead, I for one will not vote for the DA again.

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