A FEASIBILITY study is currently under way into the economic viability of a proposed cableway in the Mnweni area of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Park.
The cableway project was announced last year by Michael Mabuyakhulu, KZN’s Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) MEC, at the 2012 Tourism Indaba in Durban.
“The tourism landscape in KwaZulu-Natal is poised for a dramatic change,” he said then, noting that a draft tourism master plan had identified several tourism products that should be developed, including a cableway.
Mabuyakhulu’s spokesperson, Bheko Madlala, indicated that one of the preferred sites for the cableway was in the Mnweni Valley, next to the Royal Natal National Park section of the World Heritage Site, with the base station near Woodstock Dam. This area is the home of the amaZizi and amaNgwane communities.
The concept, similar to the cableway at Table Mountain in Cape Town, aims to develop a 3 300-metre cableway with an intermediate station, climbing 1 100 metres (Ed’s note: not 3300 as the article states) to the summit, which will be an elevation of 3 100 metres above sea level, offering views of KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the Free State.