Chapman’s Peak Drive (Cape Town, South Africa) is situated in the Table Mountain National Park and forms part of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas UN World Heritage Site. 'Chappies', as it is affectionately called, in all her natural mountainous lush surroundings, gives ‘heart stopping' pleasure to all that have the opportunity to share in her raw natural beauty.
Due to occasional rocks falling on the
road that provides the opportunity to appreciate the cliffs, the
views and access to hikes, as well as linking the villages of Hout
Bay and Noordhoek, a contract for a tolling system was introduced
several years ago to pay for its upkeep to reduce rockfall incidents.
The toll company now wants to build a massive over the top toll plaza in a new scenic location to replace the existing small booths and at the same time they
thought they would build themselves a luxury two story office block
next to it as well.
This will cost R52 million - most of
which is to be paid by taxpayers and only a portion by the toll
company who will then own the building in perpetuity. This building
will permanently mark this otherwise natural area and is completely
Several groups have arisen to try and
stop this desecration and have appealed to government to intervene.
The DA government has decided to side with the toll company and is
supporting the building.
Vehement opposition by more than 8000 petition signatories, a 2500 person strong protest march, direct engagement by many with the decision-makers, hundreds of letters to the newspapers, hundreds of print media articles, television and radio broadcasts, numerous websites and a flood of social media comments on Facebook and Twitter criticising the development, a brave hunger striker and activists handcuffing themselves to the construction site, plus the active support of internationally renowned Lewis Pugh the ‘Human Polar Bear’ an environmental campaigner/inspirational speaker/endurance swimmer have not made them stop and reconsider – which does imply a hidden agenda since many cheaper and far more environmentally friendly solutions are available for tolling this road.
This is a call for all supporters of
this cause to join in solidarity and to express your outrage by
signing this petition and forwarding it on.
We cannot let this natural gem also be
raped by greed. It is symbolic of so many global causes where the
wishes of the people are overridden by government/corporate collusion
for vested interests.
It has to stop!
We call for:
1. A halt to construction;
2. The introduction of electronic
3. The removal of the present toll
booms and containers;
4. No toll plaza or building on
Chapman’s Peak (either in the road reserve or in the TMNP/World
Heritage site) ;
5. The present day pass system to
remain in perpetuity.
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