The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate will for the next eight months replace stolen balustrades and rehabilitate the existing balustrades along Nelson Mandela Boulevard. Work is scheduled to commence in March with the expected completion date being the end of December 2021, pending unforeseen delays and inclement weather.

Work will be implemented along various sections of Nelson Mandela Boulevard between the on-ramps and off-ramps at Newmarket Street up to the off-ramp at Roodebloem Road in Woodstock.

Work will take place in a phased approach to minimise disruption to traffic: from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00 and between 08:00 and 16:00 on Saturdays.

Night work is not planned but should it be required, such work will take place between 20:00 and 04:00 or for 24 hours on Sundays.

The project entails replacing stolen balustrades and replacing them with reinforced concrete top rails and rehabilitating the existing concrete balustrades to extend the service life.

‘We are spending approximately R12 million on this project. Sadly, some of this money has to go towards replacing the aluminium and steel balustrades that have been stolen over the years. This money could have been used for another essential service to residents. Also, with the theft of the balustrades, the safety of our residents was compromised. As a safe city, the safety of our residents comes first and we cannot leave the roads without the necessary balustrades.

'Added to that, this also means that we have to redirect funds from our already constrained budget,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

The new top rails will be made of reinforced concrete, matching the existing bottom balustrades and they have a life span in excess of 20 years.

The work will be carried out on the shoulder of the road and lane closures will be implemented as and when required.

Where the road shoulder edge does not have sufficient safe working space, there will be traffic accommodation to temporary shift the lanes to create a safe working space.

No congestion is expected but it is recommended that road users consider alternative routes. The City wants to thank residents and road users for their cooperation and patience while this work is ongoing.