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The Tourist's FriendWednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 6:24am

It is impossible to drive into Cape Town City Centre and to miss the huge unfinished Foreshores’ flyovers.

From the end of the 1930s the Foreshore was completely revolutionized, the pier was demolished, 195 hectares of land were reclaimed and the construction of the new harbour began. This massive operation was aiming at doubling the size Cape Town’s Central Business District as well as the link between the old City and the New Cape Town Waterfront Developments.

By 1951 the Cape Town’s Foreshore had a new modern look, however City Engineer Solomon Morris designed additional new controversial plans aiming to give a further monumental look to the new developed area. With a project called “Metropolis of Tomorrow” the plan was to make way for flyovers, ring roads and freeways.

The realization of this plan became subject to several revisions as it was including the clearing of some areas that lead to the freezing of the projects. Some of the areas identified for the realization of this project were Woodstock and District Six, that was eventually demolished in 1960.

The faith on the project faded fast throughout the years due to enormous financial cost and the threat of state appropriation. Several speculations about the impact of the Group Areas Act also contributed to a total disinvestment on the project and a deterioration of the areas involved.

Today it is totally inevitable to drive past the incomplete giants that have now become a landmark and a continuous source of questions from visitors coming to the Mother City. The flyways have gained major popularity becoming a choice location for the movie industry and for fashion shoots . One question though still remains: “Will they ever be completed”? Well, for now the answer is no, because the city would need to invest millions and the project would not assist in alleviating the traffic.
Completed or not the highway has is a piece of cape town culture that always spark great interest and big conversations.

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The Tourist's FriendFriday, June 5th, 2020 at 9:01pm
The Western Cape is in for more icy cold weather and forecasters have even predicted snowfall, as a cold front makes its way to the province.
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The Tourist's FriendTuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 10:47am
While the humans are locked up the wildlife is enjoying the peace and quiet.
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The Tourist's FriendSunday, January 19th, 2020 at 6:10pm
Very interesting...have you visited yet?

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