Construction of the Drakensberg cableway is still pending approval and is only likely to happen once all the developmental approval processes have been done. The developmental approval processes still pending and includes a full Environmental Impact Assessment, which could take up to two years. The appointment of the service provider for the environmental impact assessment has not yet been finalised either. The department will also be testing the market to get investors to support the project. So it is indeed very much still in the planning process.
The Drakensberg cableway project was unveiled in 2012 in an effort to create a globally competitive tourism attraction in the province. In 2014 the possibility of extending the proposed cableway into Lesotho was discussed.
So the next step is to see first-hand of how cableways operate and how to balance issues of environmental preservation, safety, long-term sustainability and the economic potential of the project. The delegates involved in this site viewing exercise will be representations from the National Department of Environmental Affairs, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Tourism KZN and Trade and Investment KZN.