The City of Cape Town hopes to finish repairing Big Bay Beach — devastated in a storm earlier this year — by the time holidaymakers are ready to pitch their beach umbrellas.
The beach was badly damaged and eroded in the June 7 storm, and it remains closed until the rehabilitation is finished.
The City says this could be by the start of the school holidays in mid-December, if all goes according to plan.
A City official was also injured at the beach while checking storm damage (“Official injured at beach,” Tabletalk, June 14).
Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, said “emergency funds” had been allocated for the beach rehabilitation, and work had started last week.
“The working area has been fenced off and must be treated as a construction site. I want to urge the public to please refrain from entering the area in the interest of their personal safety.
“While the beach and related rehabilitation areas will remain closed, the public will have limited access to the coast at the northern end of the beach and via Small Bay to the south,” said Mr Herron.