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Media Release: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse closed for renovations

Date: 5th February 2013

The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse will be closed to the public as of Monday 4 February 2013 due to renovations taking place. Since November 2012 the lighthouse has been undergoing renovations to the interior and exterior of the building due to erosion.

Over the busy tourism season, the lighthouse was kept open to the public to accommodate visitors who flock to the southernmost tip of Africa. Renovations to the lighthouse are in conjunction with a number of precinct development projects currently taking place (e.g. construction of the new Southern Tip boardwalk).

While Transnet owns and is responsible for the actual lighthouse, South African National Parks is responsible for the upgrade of the lighthouse precinct. Plans for the precinct must be in line with the heritage value of the site. It is envisioned that the precinct will offer several commercial opportunities for potential operators.

Visitors to Agulhas National Park are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when visiting the lighthouse over the weekend of 2-3 February before the closure on Monday 4 February. During the closure, visitors are urged instead to visit the southernmost point and take a walk along the completed sections of the Southern Tip footpath and boardwalk.

Issued by:
Wanika Rusthoi Regional Public Relations Officer South African National Parks Tel: 021 689 4441, Cell: 072 060 8188 or email: wanika.rusthoi@sanparks.org

Media Queries:
Bulelwa Msengi Park Manager Agulhas National Park Tel: 028 435 6078, Cell: 083 756 8976, email: bulelwa.msengi@sanparks.org

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