Media Release: Lions Head update on New Infrastructure

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

Media enquiries:
Babalwa Dlangamandla
SANParks, TMNP Public Relations Officer
Tel: 021 712 0527


5 Responses to Media Release: Lions Head update on New Infrastructure

  1. Robert Mar 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

    “inconvenient caused”? Justin is that your typo or their typo?

  2. mike Mar 8, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    Typical SANparks response. Pass the buck, take no responsibility, disrespect the community who use the hills. Why not use the same contractors who did the previous staples? Why put our lives at risk? How does one get as far as they did and not notice it was a janky, half-baked attempt at engineering? Either it’s lazy, incompetent or SANparks just don’t care. All of these are unacceptable.

  3. Chris F Mar 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    Result of depending on procurement department and going for cheapest vendor I’ll bet.

  4. Snort Apr 17, 2019 at 7:43 am #

    Some 10 years ago Robert and I carried a drill up to Yellowwood and bolted Down Time in a single day. I think it cost me around R300 for the bolts. And compared to walking up to Lions Head this is a real mission that requires one to climb a route to the top of YW in the first place. This is not like a stroll. At the same time staples were put on India Venster to great fanfare, lots of people, a helicopter!!!! a large generator etc etc etc. Must have cost 2000 times more than Down Time. I witnessed this.

    I am happy to do the whole of the engineering needed on Lions Head for free and I am damn sure I could do a much better job. Just saying…..

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