Table View Beach

The view of Table Mountain from Table View Beach after which the area is named. Photo: Danie van der Merwe/Creative Commons

City to start Table View beachfront rehabilitation in July – should be completed by 2025

The work at Table View beach will commence in July. The dune rehabilitation phase is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

Table View Beach

The view of Table Mountain from Table View Beach after which the area is named. Photo: Danie van der Merwe/Creative Commons

The City of Cape Town will start its Table View rehabilitation project in the second week of July 2022. The first item on the agenda will be fixing up the sand dunes along a three-kilometre stretch of the coast.

However, the project will also see the construction of a new walkway, parking and ablution facilities.

TABLE VIEW BEACH DUNE REHAB TO START IN JULY

The work will take place between Dolphin Beach and Bokkombaai. The City plans to rehabilitate the dune system, improve pedestrian access to the beach, implement sand management and upgrade various beachfront facilities.

City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor and MayCo Member for Spatial Planning and Development, Alderman Eddie Andrews, said the public amenities and coastal infrastructure at Table View beach have deteriorated because of the impact of the local environment.

“The beach is not as pristine as it used to be, the dune cordon has deteriorated and lost its ability to protect the surrounding infrastructure from windblown sand, and the parking facilities, beach access, and services such as the stormwater infrastructure are in urgent need of repairs and replacement,” said Andrews.

The dune rehabilitation work will kick off on 11 July. A combination of heavy machinery – dozers, excavators and dump trucks – will be used to reinstate and profile the dunes. Thereafter, the sand will be stabilised with wind nets placed perpendicular to the dominant wind direction.

The sand will also be vegetated with dune-specific species and irrigated. This part of the project is expected to take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete and will be ongoing until at least June 2024.

“We will put up fencing to protect the newly profiled dunes. I ask residents and visitors to please use the designated pathways to access the beach, and to stay clear of the dunes so that we can give the vegetation a chance to be established.

“Dunes fulfil an important function as they help trap sand on the beachfront, and prevent it from being blown onto roads and adjacent infrastructure,” said Andrews.

NEW WALKWAY BY 2025                        

The other phases of the project will also see the demolition of run-down ablution facilities and other infrastructure currently buried by the dune system.

By mid-2025, the new look Table View beachfront should be completed. It will include a new walkway along the coast, parking and ablution facilities.

Andrews said the City of Cape Town is starting with the dune project as it is the most cost-effective intervention to protect and rehabilitate the ecosystem and ecological infrastructure.

According to the City of Cape Town, the dune work at Table View beach will take place as follows:

    from Dolphin Beach to Bokkombaai

  •  Monday to Friday, from 07:00 to 17:00, weather permitting
  •   on the beach will be machinery to move sand and teams installing wind nets, plants, and irrigation
  • visitors must note there may be noise due to the machinery working on the beach
  •  work will take place in sections, moving progressively from south to north, to allow the public to visit sections that are not being worked on
  •  the beach will be open to the public, but all are advised to avoid the areas where work is taking place and to keep dogs on a lead
  •   the parking areas will not be impacted at this point in time

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