Chapman’s Peak Drive to remain closed to pedestrians, cyclists

Officials say restoration work to the catch nets along the mountain face will only be completed next year.

FILE: Chapmans Peak Drive. Picture: Leah Rolando.

CAPE TOWN - Chapman's Peak Drive will remain closed to pedestrians and cyclists this December due to safety concerns.

The Western Cape Public Works Department says restoration work to the catch nets along the mountain face will only be completed next year, resulting in a potential safety hazard to some visitors on the drive.

The department's Byron la Hoe says the fences were damaged during the south Peninsula fires earlier this year.

"Engineers made it clear that a significant amount of rocks about the size of a human fist continue to roll down onto the road. These pose a serious hazard to cyclists and pedestrians because of the height from which these projectiles fall off the mountain."