Vandals trash Grand Parade after upgrade
City’s main fan park ‘not managed’
THE GRAND Parade, the site of Cape Town’s main fan park for the World Cup, was upgraded at a cost of R24 million but within weeks has been damaged and vandalised, apparently because of a lack of management.
In his blog, the chief executive of the Cape Town Partnership, Andrew Boraine, described his disappointment after walking around the newly-upgraded site.
He posted photographs of what he saw: brickwork covered in oil stains from vehicles per mitted to park on the parade, new paving turned into rubble due to lack of maintenance and the vandalised base of a monument.
He says the main problem was that the city did not have a public space management policy and strategy.
“No one is responsible or accountable for maintenance and management, even though many of the spaces have been beautifully upgraded by the city in recent years.”
The city’s 2010 co-ordinators are also concerned.
Shameel Ho-Kim, project coordinator for the city’s 2010 operations office, said the Grand Parade was a high priority for 2010 and they wanted it closely managed.
He said that they had raised their concerns with the city’s sports and recreation department, under which the Grand Parade fell.
“They have indicated it will be managed more closely with increased patrols.”
The Parade will be fenced off from May 1 for construction of the fan park which will create a stadium atmosphere accommodating an estimated 25 000 people, with an overflow along Darling Street which will take 15 000 people.
All 64 World Cup games will be screened live at the fan park which will be open from 10am until midnight on match days with hospitality areas and beer tents.
The city has appointed an operator called Grand World Visions, a consortium of World Sport, VWV and Grand Parade Investments, to plan, implement and manage the fan fest on its behalf.
Paul Williamson, city service co-ordinator for business areas management, said the city had identified two alternative sites for existing traders during the World Cup.
The city would ensure that the Grand Parade was in a suitable condition for the fan fest, and the damage identified would be repaired.
Weekend Argus sent written questions to Gerhard Ras, the councillor in charge of sports and recreation under which the Grand Parade falls, on Thursday asking who was responsible for managing the site and why it was not being done.
He did not respond but Gert Bam, director of sport, recreation and amenities, said the areas requiring attention since the upgrade were not substantial.
In one area the electricity department had “disturbed the paving” during an installation.
“This caused a ripple effect on the surrounding paving. We have asked the electricity department to correct this.”
In other areas the paving seemed to have sagged.
“As we are still in the maintenance period of the contract a snag list has been drafted and the urban design department which managed this project will interact with the contractor to attend to all the snag items,” Bam said.
DAMAGE: Shortly after a multi-million rand upgrade, paving on the Grand Parade has been lifted and broken.