According to multiple reports, Ratanga Junction is set to close its theme park doors and the land will become a commercial, residential and leisure development.
According to Rabie, the theme park will not be closing immediately, the closure is approximately happening in two to four years time and will depend on when the land is required for the redevelopment which in turn will be a function of the state of the economy and market demand for offices and housing. The exact timing is impossible to predict. But once the purchase of Ratanga Junction by Rabie occurred in 2005, the theme park was aware that the park would close for future developments at some point. When the time is right, the land will be redeveloped as a mixed use precinct which will consist of residential, commercial and leisure components.
According to the Daily Voice, the theme parked which opened in December 1998 cost over R350 million rand to build and has currently not been seeing any profit due to low ticket sales and high maintenance costs.
Some of the rides might be sold but Rabie is also exploring the possibility of retaining some of the kiddie rides for a smaller leisure attraction.
But, in the meantime the park is operating as usual and has a special ticket offer when it re-opens 8-17 July. The ticket prices will be the same as in 2006 with R95 for a Full Adventurer ticket and R45 for a Mini Adventurer and Fun Passes.
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