Many locals are shocked by the sheer lack of upkeep at Blouberg Beach, where the walkways and pavings that lines the sandy tourist attraction are falling apart.
This has been something of a trend around different areas of Cape Town as the City neglects to keep the beaches, some of which are walked upon by hoards of visitors every day, in good condition.
As the promenade deteriorates, it not only reduces the aesthetic of the beach so many see from their homes, but also creates an element of danger: gaping holes between the paving, for example, have become a falling hazard for those visiting the beach.
Residents feel a lack of planning and proper design as well as poor construction and maintenance are what led to Blouberg Beach’s current condition.
Mike Heyns of STOP COCT – dear Cape Town said, “Incorrect design, poor planning, bad construction, incorrect to no maintenance, or maybe a combination of all of them. You decide. Regardless, this took a while to deteriorate to such an extend.”
Locals are of the opinion that the beach promenade has been deteriorating for some time and feel that this has been ignored by the City. Many also feel various beaches in Cape Town, including Blouberg, are unsafe and that security is another issue the City has been failing to properly address.
Last year, Milnerton Beach was closed for two weeks to fix its promenade as it was feared it would be dangerous for beachgoers due to its dilapidated state.