Lions Head Trail open – shoddy work – more photos

Lions Head opened up again on the 1st of March.  The area was closed to the public for path improvements, seemingly a bad job was done on the metal work – from the photos it looks terrible!

Below comments and photos from a Facebook user:

I hiked up Lions Head yesterday and was looking forward to seeing the improvements done during the two month closure of the trail. Please allow me to be direct.

TMNP have allowed a HACK JOB on Lions Head with regard to the new steelwork in place. The workmanship is an insult to all who love the mountain. The ladders and staples look like they were assembled from offcuts of scrap metal (a joint in every rung?) and the staples are an engineering disgrace. I trust the contractor has not been paid.

TMNP should hang their head in shame. Please go compare the workmanship to the quality of the staples on India Venster.

I’d like to know what process was followed in appointing the contractor? Are they qualified at all? Was pricing the only consideration?

No, TMNP. This is unacceptable. The chains/staples on Lions Head are arguably the most memorable few meters of the hike and you choose to use the least qualified HACKERS to ruin it for all of us.

Please redo.

You fail us.

The chains on Lions Head were first replaced in 2010 (and an excellent job was done!)
http://www.climbing.co.za/2010/10/lions-head-chains-and-ladders/

Additional photos via:  Table Mountain Watch Facebook Page

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20 Responses to Lions Head Trail open – shoddy work – more photos

  1. Willem Boshoff Mar 4, 2019 at 7:56 am #

    unfriggen believable! a k@k job of note 🙁

  2. Cuan Mar 4, 2019 at 8:18 am #

    TMNP…Did we really have high hopes?

    • Grant Mar 4, 2019 at 8:49 am #

      I am actually really enjoying the outrage around this.

      Anyone that has had to deal with TMNP knows that this is just a snippet of how the entire park is run.

    • Justin Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 am #

      The work was carried out by PPK Engineers !!

      Based on the previous job done in 2010… yes, I had high hopes!!
      http://www.climbing.co.za/2010/10/lions-head-chains-and-ladders/

      • Cuan Mar 4, 2019 at 9:29 am #

        Justin, you know if it was the same High Angle okes on the ground doing the work? Or just the same engineering company overseeing? Prev work has always looked great as you say.

        • Nicholas Le Maitre Mar 4, 2019 at 9:56 am #

          This wasn’t High Angle, PPK engineers as Justin said.

          • Cuan Mar 4, 2019 at 10:11 am #

            Yeah Nic, if you check the prev. link Justin posted, all the okes doing the work are wearing High Angle overalls. Seldom that the engineers are the ones physically doing the work. Rather just overseeing (or apparently not in the new case) and signing off.

          • Ant Mar 4, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

            @ Cuan, the link above is about the 2010 job, which High-Angle indeed performed. They are top-notch.

            High Angle has zero to do with the 2019 maintenance.

          • Cuan Mar 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

            Ant, that’s what I was asking. As I presumed High Angle are top notch and would not make such a cockup. So the point is the engineers overseeing the project being the same as 2010 basically means nothing

          • Nicholas Le Maitre Mar 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

            PPK did this job (2019), and had nothing to do with the previous job (2010) at all, not supervisory, nothing

        • Cuan Mar 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

          Yeah, so maybe PPK should have contacted whoever supervised last time so they could have had High Angle do the work again 🙁 Real pity

  3. Justin Lawson Mar 4, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Listen here to this mornings interview on Cape Talk regarding the new installations:

    http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/140/the-kieno-kammies-show/190072/lions-head-safety-issues-flagged-by-hikers-following-maintenance

  4. Wes Mar 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    I wonder if TMNP is liable to damages from a fall due this hack job?

    • Ebert Nel Mar 5, 2019 at 7:50 am #

      Is someone liable for the 100s of gluein bolts placed incorrectly over the majority of popular crags in Cape Town including those on Table Mountain?

      Has the climbing community even noted it?

      Atleast everyone is certified to place epoxy anchors, right?

      :l

      • Grant Mar 5, 2019 at 8:35 am #

        you really are a first class troll 😉

      • Cormac Mar 5, 2019 at 8:56 am #

        Whilst the glue-in’s you speak off are not all chamfered they are still at a depth greater than your standard mechanical bolt. So a moot point.

      • AndyD Mar 5, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

        Ebert I thought you would appreciate all those glue-in bolts your brothers and sisters placed free of charge after you broke one of the old rusty ones and almost cratered yourself? Never look a gift horse in the mouth boet

  5. Cormac Mar 5, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    Looks like it was welded on the side of the road, not an Engineering shop!

  6. Cormac Mar 5, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    A beautiful mountain should have beautiful engineering, dam shame!

  7. Justin Lawson Mar 5, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    After the reopening of Lion’s Head on Friday, 1 March 2019, we have received concerns from our visitors around the safety of some of the newly installed infrastructure.

    SANParks echoes these sentiments and we understand the disappointment our hikers may feel. The tender that was awarded for infrastructure maintenance was done in a fair, open and equitable manner whilst complying with all Supply Chain Management guidelines.

    The contractor that was awarded the tender met the requirements and commenced work when the trail was closed. Regrettably, quality control was an on-going challenge and our conservation team inspected work on a daily basis. Corrective measures that needed to be put in place were communicated to the contractor as these issues arose.

    With the balance of the work completed to a satisfactory level – that is, the footpath rehabilitation – the trail was reopened. An area of concern has been cordoned off until such time a Certificate of Compliance could be issued to verify that the safe working load of the infrastructure was up to standard. This matter is currently being resolved with the contractor.

    We have encouraged hikers to make use of the existing staples and chains or the trail segment that circumvents the cordoned off infrastructure. Visitors are still able to reach the summit through the spiral trail that completely excludes the staples and chains. SANParks wishes to inform our stakeholders that we will be taking the necessary steps to rectify this situation. Until such time that we can guarantee safe passage, the newly installed infrastructure will remain closed off and notices will remain in place. We apologise for the inconvenient caused.

    Issued by:
    South African National Parks (SANParks) TMNP Communications

    http://www.climbing.co.za/2019/03/media-release-lions-head-update-on-new-infrastructure/

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