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More news on the planned Drakensberg Cable way
February 2, 2014
The 7km cable car route planned for the Drakensberg, may now be extended by another 5km to the Afrikski resort in Lesotho.
The Mercury reports that Mike Mabuyakhulu, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism told a briefing in Durban that his department will be embarking on the project along with the Lesotho government.
The extra 5km will link the cable route directly to the Afriski resort near Buthe-Buthe in Lesotho. Apart from this, Mabuyakhulu added that the cable car could assist in breathing new life into the Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate, a failed golf complex outside Bergville, as the base station will be located close by.
The 1 500ha Nondela golf course and housing development collapsed shortly before its launch, during the 2008 financial crisis.
While the cableway has been dubbed a tourism ‘game changer’ by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in KZN, various environmental groups have pointed out a number of flaws in the plan.
A review commissioned by the African Conservation Trust (ACT) as well as the Wilderness group highlighted that exorbitant ticket prices and projected visitor numbers were problematic.
According to the review ticket prices have been set at approximately R300 per person, meaning that an outing for a family of four could end up costing R1 200, which is more expensive than most cableways around the world.