Armed Forces Day Cape Town ROAD CLOSURES

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Armed Forces Day: Cape Town road closures for 20 and 21 February

It’s time to salute our soldiers in Cape Town this week. But Armed Forces Day also means there will be many road closures on Wednesday and Thursday.

Armed Forces Day Cape Town ROAD CLOSURES

Image via Kopano Tlape (GCIS)

The week-long Armed Forces Day celebrations are set to culminate in Table View, Cape Town this week, as SANDF put on a military parade to exhibit the very best of our army’s capabilities and to pay tribute to our brave servicemen and woman. We salute you, all!

However, honouring our soldiers comes at the personal expense of some Capetonians. There is a raft of road closures in the Table View and Blaauwberg regions that commuters must take note of.

Why do we have an Armed Forces Day?

The Armed Forces Day main event will take place on 21 February, marking the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917 when over 600 SA Native Labour Corps members and 33 crew members died.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to attend the ceremony and be an active viewer of the capability demonstrations, which will get underway at around 13:30. However, this particular parade isn’t just about the army…

Navy to display their fleet

The SA Navy, host for Armed Forces Day 2019, will have the frigates SAS Amatola and SAS Spioenkop at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront along with the Type 209 submarine SAS Manthatisi, offshore patrol vessels SAS Galeshewe and SAS Makhanda and the support vessels SAS Drakensberg and SAS Protea.

Whether by land or see, South Africa is keen to show the world that it can defend itself as well as protect others. Whether you’re heading to the extravaganza on Thursday – or simply need to know which routes to avoid – we’ve got all the road closures here.

Armed Forces Day: Road closures in Cape Town for 20 and 21 February

The following road closures will be effected for the rehearsal of the Main Parade by the mechanised column of military vehicles on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February 2019, starting from 4:00.

(“No traffic” indicates that vehicles are prohibited to drive on that route.)


  • Residents in this area to enter or exit at this point
  • Businesses to use Arum Road.

Blaauwberg/Marine Circle

  • No traffic into Marine Circle.

Marine Drive/Athens

  • No traffic onto Marine.


  • No traffic towards KFC.


  • No traffic towards Marine.

Otto du Plessis/Marine

  • No traffic onto Marine.

Otto du Plessis/Dolphin Beach

  • No traffic onto Marine.
  • Residents use Dolphin Beach only.

Marine Circle/Arum

  • No traffic towards Blaauwberg Road.

Beach Blvd/Porterfield

  • No traffic along Beach Blvd.
  • Exit on Arum Road.

Marine Circle/Coral Rd

  • No traffic towards Beach Blvd.
  • No traffic into Coral Road.


  • No traffic onto Foam.

Beach Blvd/Seal

  • No traffic onto Beach Blvd towards Foam.
  • Exit down Beach Blvd at Shell Rd or Watsonia.

Beach Blvd/Shell

  • No traffic towards Foam.
  • All traffic to exit Shell onto Marine Drive and towards Big Bay Blvd or onto Watsonia.

Coral / Watsonia

  • No traffic towards Foam.

Otto du Plessis / Perlemoen

  • No traffic towards Blaauwberg Circle.
  • Exit towards Big Bay Circle.

Otto du Plessis / Sir David Baird

  • No traffic towards Blaauwberg Circle.
  • Exit towards Big Bay Circle.

Otto du Plessis Ocean / Tides

  • Exit only toward Big Bay Circle.

Otto du Plessis / Waves Edge

  • Exit only towards Big Bay Circle.

Otto du Plessis / Big Bay Blvd

  • No traffic towards Blaauwberg Road.