Doubts have been expressed about the Stellenbosch Municipality’s plan to reduce traffic congestion in the town, especially when the road changes are being implemented.
Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, said Stellenbosch had a major congestion problem but she applauded the local municipality’s work to improve traffic flow.
The Chamber’s Stellenbosch and Drakenstein committee was concerned that the improved intersections could mean more cars arriving more quickly and that could mean congestion on the fringes of the town. More thought should be given to the problem, especially while the road changes were taking place.
She said Mr Lewis Silberbauer, a committee member and an expert on trees and forestry, was also concerned about Stellenbosch’s famous oaks which could become dangerous as they aged. It was necessary to replace some of them but he warned that new, healthy trees should be bought only from certified nurseries.
The committee was also concerned that cycling and hiking trails through the Paradyskloof area were affecting the environment and endangering some of the 300 fynbos species some of which were rare and threatened with extinction.
Steps had been taken to secure funding to police the area to control access, improve safety and prevent the illegal removal of rare plants.
Ms Myburgh said that fortunately co-operation between key role-players was good and the eventual results would lead to improved tourism opportunities.