District Mail

Bikini Beach wall work starts

- Yaseen Gaf­far Cape Town

GOR­DON’S BAY – A bro­ken-down and di­lap­i­dated sea wall at Bikini Beach is fi­nally be­ing re­paired and re­con­structed.

The por­tion of sea wall, built mostly of strate­gi­cally placed rocks, has been pounded by the re­lent­less waves over sev­eral years.

“I’m not sure when this wall was built, but by the as­sess­ment we con­ducted it’s cer­tainly been many, many years back,” said Rod­ney Walker of Guer­rini Ma­rine Con­struc­tion, the con­trac­tors ap­pointed by the City of Cape Town to con­duct the re­con­struc­tion.

The works at Bikini Beach started only about two weeks ago, but Walker says pub­lic in­ter­est has been im­mense, with many passers-by, neigh­bours and cu­ri­ous on­look­ers “un­able to con­tain them­selves”.

“We have been in­un­dated with ques­tions, even ac­cu­sa­tions,” he said.

“Peo­ple are mostly con­cerned about how long this process will take and what the fi­nal prod­uct will look like.”

He af­firmed the en­tire pro­ject would last no longer than three months.

“We are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress, but with a pro­ject like this we are re­stricted to the weather con­di­tions be­ing in our favour. We are look­ing at com­plet­ing around mid-Septem­ber.”

The re­con­struc­tion of the sea wall sur­round­ing the iconic Blue Flag beach will pre­serve the cur­rent look and con­sist mainly of re­in­force­ments to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

Bikini Beach it­self only re­cently reemerged on the coast fol­low­ing dredg­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the ad­ja­cent Gor­don’s Bay Har­bour at the yacht club. This re­sulted in the small patch of land turn­ing sandy again and wa­ter re­ced­ing slightly to ex­pose the beau­ti­ful beach.

The area is ex­pected to be a main at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors, espe­cially after lock­down is over.

 ?? Photo: Yaseen Gaf­far ?? Rod­ney Walker of Guer­rini Ma­rine Con­struc­tion looks on as con­struc­tion work­ers work on the re­con­struc­tion of the sea wall at Bikini Beach, Gor­don’s Bay.
Photo: Yaseen Gaf­far Rod­ney Walker of Guer­rini Ma­rine Con­struc­tion looks on as con­struc­tion work­ers work on the re­con­struc­tion of the sea wall at Bikini Beach, Gor­don’s Bay.

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