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Wilderness and Victoria Bay signs are up

FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Wilderness and Victoria Bay signs are up

The first phase of improving safety awareness for hikers walking along the Leentjiesklip to Victoria Bay railway line has been completed with two signs being erected.

A further two signs will be erected to ensure additional coverage. The signs were funded out of the Ward 4 (Wilderness, Touwsranten and surrounds) project funds. The Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association (WRRA) arranged for the erection of the signs.

According to Cllr Leon van Wyk, the next phase to provide funding for monitors to patrol the line is presently being activated.

“The project plan to introduce guides along the line is in preparation for discussion with tourism role-players in the next week. Ideally, the hospitality industry will co-ordinate the project and introduce additional trails,” he said.

Neville Ewing, Chairman of the Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association, said the safety of tourists is paramount. Ewing said it is a sad day that the signage has become a necessary thing to do. He asked the hospitality industry to convey a responsible message to tourists if they do want to walk on the railway to do so in large groups (nothing less than six people).

Image: At the sign at Leentjiesklip are from left, Johann du Preez (Project Manager Support Services and Complaints), Neville Ewing, (Chairman of WRRA), WO Bossie Boshoff (Sector Head: Wilderness), Cllr Leon van Wyk (Ward Councillor) and Ian van Rooyen (WRRA: Safety and Security).