City gets stuck into sand on Promenade Road

The City of Cape Town kicked off a project to help manage the amount of sand being blown onto Promenade Road out in Hout Bay.

Beaches will remain open throughout the 12-month project being undertaken to tackle the accumulation of wind-blown sand on Promenade Road.

This “trial management intervention” by the City of Cape Town, which started on Monday June 7, will see machinery being used to lower the beach levels on the eastern side of the beach, resulting in increased grain size and a higher tidal reach. This will reduce the accumulation of wind-blown sand on Promenade Road.

According to the City, immediate work at the beach will last for about a week, with all beach sand removed in the lowering, being pushed back into the sea.

“The City will continuously monitor the accumulation of windblown sand on the road during the trial period, through winter and summer, to assess the success of the interventions. Given our natural environment, the City and its residents are exposed to harsh weather conditions and this project is aimed at keeping this road passable,” said Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

The project forms part of the greater Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation project and the City’s efforts to reduce the impact of beach sand on the Hout Bay infrastructure.