Sorry we´re closed: Table Mountain and Signal Hill

Table Mountain closed at night
Table Mountain closed at night

Can you believe it?

This news really made me upset this week. The City of Cape Town has decided to close Table Mountain and Signal Hill to vehicles at night. In the time between 10pm and 5am the roads will be closed for private traffic to prevent crime.

And a fine of R 1500 is to pay if you use the roads in that time without special permission.

The idea is that fewer cars and therefore less people on Table Mountain roads would lower crime rate. Really?

So now we are all voting for Table Mountain as one of the 7 Wonders of the World and we have to read this sad news. Instead of finding effective ways of fighting crime, they just close this scenic route.

I got the newsletter of the Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch and it seems that the members are really upset about this decision. Some member comments:

  • ‘criminals 1: law abiding citizens 0’
  • ‘knee jerk reaction’
  • ‘ill considered, ineffective’
  • ‘clearly lacks understanding of the problem or a solution’
  • ‘what’s next?’
  • ‘so much for making it one of the wonders of the world’

The Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch would like to petition the authorities to reconsider the proposal and instead come up with a viable alternative. For more information about this visit their website at http://www.tbkwatch.com

I am sure there must be other ways to get the crime under control. And I really think that most crimes on the mountain do not happen in the middle of the night.

What do you think? What would you recommend?
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