The Cape Town Foreshore has been described as an ‘unhappy compromise’ resulting in series of ‘wind-blown stretches of asphalt and concrete, filled with car parks and roaring traffic, inaccessible to pedestrians.’* Yet on a still winter’s morning, in the early dawn light, on foot, the Foreshore can almost be beautiful.
The decision to enlarge the docks, and, in doing so, to reclaim two square kilometres of land, was taken in 1937 by the South African Railways and Harbours (SAR&H) and the Cape Town City Council. This area became known as the Foreshore. It has been struggling to find its identity ever since. Recent developments and some new projects in the pipeline have the potential to finally turn the Foreshore into a more hospitable area.
*Cape Town in the Twentieth Century, Vivian Bickford-Smith, Elizabeth van Heyningen and Nigel Worden, David Philip, 1999, page 152