GrandWest theme park reopens after roller coaster accident


The temporary amusement park at the GrandWest casino in Cape Town has reopened after being closed last week following a swinging merry-go-round accident.

Nine people were injured after the upper part of the merry-go-round fell during the ride. Four of the injured were hospitalized.

According to Mervyn Naidoo, GrandWest’s general manager, independent structural engineers examined all the amusement park rides after which the management gave the green light to reopen the park for the rest of the school holidays.

“We met with the Fun Park owners and with the external structural engineers. They took us through their report and assured us that all the remaining rides are safe,” Naidoo said in a statement.

However, only the 14 indoor rides will be operational.

“Our customers’ safety is always paramount, so we have taken the decision to allow the event on our premises, but we have withdrawn permission for the two outdoor rides, one of which is the swinging merry-go-round in question.”