Chapmans Peak reaching out into the ocean encloses Hout Bay and forms part of the Natural World Heritage Site that is the Table Mountain National Park. Chapman's Peak Drive, which you can just see in the photo, is a toll road which is administered by Entilini, a rather shadowy company that has taken some liberties in the past with its concession. Yesterday Capetonians were outraged when news broke of a proposed R54 million office block to be built in the Table Mountain National Park to house a bunch of road-toll officials with large, large egos - an an eye on possible high rent tenants, who knows. And guess who finances most of it? Us, the tax-payers! It is absolutely outrageous! My first thoughts on reading the article by Melanie Gosling in the Cape Times was "Is it April Fool's Day?" The office block will impinge on the integrity of our national park and seriously undermine the integrity of SANParks.(SANParks, go and read your mission statement on your website to remind yourself what you are all about!) It will be the beginning of the end of the war against the attrition of our beleaguered natural areas and I really, really hope that it will never happen.
There will be a protest march on Sunday 22 January at 10 am, starting at both ends of Chapmans Peak Drive.
2 years ago