Its name means “mountain in the sea”, but it’s more like the mountain in the billionaire’s back garden.
The famous Hoerikwaggo trail, which winds from Table Mountain to Cape Point, has to be rerouted over the coming months because it has been discovered that parts of the hiking route on Chapman’s Peak cross private property.
Tarcia Hendricks, a spokesperson for SANParks, said they had been approached by the De Goede Hoop Estate Trust to terminate public access to the trust’s land by April 30.
The park was made aware of this after members of the trust discovered the trail was on their land.
One of the group’s five trustees is British billionaire Lord Laidlaw.
The 70-year-old former member of the House of Lords was listed at number 100 in the British rich list of 2012 with a personal fortune of just over R11-billion.
SANParks was quick to downplay the affect of rerouting the trail, with park manager Paddy Gordon saying it was just a case of “100m and a bit”.
“This won’t impact on the route – we will jusIts name means “mountain in the sea”, but it’s more like the mountain in the billionaire’s back garden.
The Hoerikwaggo trail has to be rerouted because it has been discovered that parts of the hiking route on Chapman’s Peak cross private property.
This won’t be the first time Laidlaw has played a hand in reshaping Cape Town. The billionaire became a local hero when he stepped in to help residents of the nearby township of Masiphumelele after a devastating fire.
His donation of R9.5m helped build homes for more than 1 000 residents who were left homeless.
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