Cape Agulhas boardwalk connects tip of Africa

2013-08-20 08:11
Cape Town – The South African National Parks Cape has launched a new boardwalk at the Cape Agulhas National Park.

The pathway is about 2, 5 kilometres and will connect visitors to the southern tip of Africa. The completion of the boardwalk is the first phase of the developmental plan by SANParks in the area around the iconic Cape Agulhas lighthouse.

According to the Chief Executive officer of SANParks, David Mabunda, the R2, 25 million project has enabled unemployed locals to acquire skills through the Expanded Public Works Programme.

“With the help of the Western Cape Provincial government, the Public Works department and other stakeholders, we have managed to create 36 jobs and that’s a huge difference as Cape Agulhas National is a small park and considering the unemployment rate in the country,” said Mabunda.

Mabunda announced that there are plans to extend the pathway but that it all depends on the availability of funding from relevant departments and stakeholders.

Professor Gerald Swan, who is the chairperson of the conservation and tourism committee of the SANParks group, said the precinct will contain most of the high density visitor services and activities required for any successful tourism destination.

“Funding to the value of almost R22 million has been secured and planning as well as design has commenced. This development will create an impressive gateway with a sense of an arrival experience for visitors. Key to these developments will be to conserve the indigenous fauna and flora that makes Agulhas National Park so unique,” said the Professor.

To the Mayor of the Agulhas Municipality, Richard Mitchell, the launch of this magnitude forced him to refer to it as the launch of a walk through "the door to Africa".

“We hope to welcome international and local tourists to witness the beauty of this place. This majestic lighthouse is known worldwide and we want to tell people that this is the only point where you can look at Africa,” concluded Mitchell.

Among the list of facilities to be built in the park include ablution facilities, a lighthouse museum, heritage centre, a restaurant, stalls and an information service centre. Construction of the next phase of the project will start in 2014.
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