The Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools in Cape Town’s South Peninsula have undergone intensive multi-million rand renovations and are now open.
Estimated to cost R 6,129,228 million, the upgrade project included the refurbishment of the children’s pool at Soetwater, as well as the closing of old valves at the base of the big pool, a new wall capping, and constructing steps into the tidal pool.
The Glencairn tidal pool required extensive work as an estimated 90% of the foundation and walls were collapsing. A new wall has been constructed with fibre-reinforced concrete and all holes have been repaired. Renovations began earlier in the year, with GMC Diving and Salvage – a marine construction and rope access company – working on the project.
Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, said: “An investment in our beaches and associated facilities is more than just an investment in recreational facilities. While our beaches are popular year-round, they are also areas that provide an economic influx into the surrounding businesses,” Smith said.
Various projects along the False Bay coastline have been implemented recently, including the upgrade of the recreation area at Miller’s Point, the resurfacing of the Fish Hoek walkway and improvements to the Strand sea wall.
Other revamp projects are in the pipeline, with funding yet to be allocated to them.
Smith continued: “The city goes the extra mile to ensure that beach facilities are world class, but some of the challenges include vandalism and theft at facilities. Visitors to the beaches can assist by reporting any such incidents and being vigilant when visiting the coast.”
“I implore beachgoers to remain off the dunes and to remember that no alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach. In addition, keep the beaches clean and the ocean free of waste and plastic,” he said.