The City of Cape Town is implementing a ‘turnaround strategy’ at the Millers Point Resort near Simon’s Town to continually improve the resort over time, as part of an overarching plan to upgrade facilities at all City-owned resorts.

Consultants are being appointed to investigate the resort and suggest a development plan. Once this plan has been drafted, the City will consult with key internal and external stakeholders before drafting a final development proposal. Phase One of the project is due to commence in July 2011.

 The main focus of the turnaround at Millers Point will be an improvement in the public access to the resort, a general facility upgrade, and rehabilitation of the sensitive areas.

The Millers Point Resort node is located 5km south of Simon’s Town, on the seaward side of the scenic route which leads to the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park. It is also adjacent to the Castle Rock Marine Reserve and in close proximity to a number of renowned diving sites. The entire site is 72.7 hectares in size, and extends approximately 1.5 km along the False Bay coastline. It includes the Cape Boat and Ski Boat Club, Millers Point Slipway, Black Marlin Restaurant complex, the slopes of the Swartklip mountains, and facilities for day-visitors.

In addition, 22 sites on the resort are being rented as locations for mobile homes. These mobile homes are preventing not only the upgrade process, but the use of the facility by the general public. These sites were first allocated in 1987 on an ad-hoc, first-come-first-served basis by the Regional Services Council, on behalf of the Provincial authorities. The apartheid government was still in power, and the allocation was racially discriminatory. Although the allocation was lawful at the time, it would not have been lawful today in terms of the Constitution and the municipal fiscal legislation.

The leases for these sites expired at the end of 2006, and have continued on a month-by-month basis since then. Some of the mobile home tenants/owners are occupying the sites illegally or sub-letting them illegally, while some are in arrears. In order to reclaim the site, the City has served letters of cancellation of each lease on the site lessees. They have been given six months’ notice to vacate.

The caravan park sites are rated among the best in Cape Town and are set in a prime location. They have the potential to attract foreign and domestic leisure markets as well as backpackers who travel through the area. The Black Marlin Restaurant complex is also not achieving its commercial potential, so the restaurant and the accommodation sites will be maximised in order to attract visitors all year round and enhance the sustainability of the resort. The day visitors’ facilities will be upgraded and the design will take the regular snoek runs in the area into account.

“The Millers Point resort is a magnificent and particularly scenic site. The City is looking forward to turning it around and ensuring that it serves as a quality recreational site for Capetonians and a tourist attraction for foreigners. We look forward to engaging with stakeholders next month to hear their ideas and proposals for optimising the site,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee for Community Services, Councillor Brett Herron.

Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

 Media enquiries: Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member: Community Services, Tel: 021 400 1298, Cell: 082 518 3264