An environmental impact assessment is being carried out to assess the impact of the proposed Drakensberg cableway, says Bheko Madlala, Senior Manager:  PR and Media Liaison for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

According to Madlala, a developer has not yet been appointed for the development of the cableway. He said once the EIA has been completed and other regulatory processes have been followed, the department will decide on a way forward.

In the meantime, the department has organised a conference for interested stakeholders. The Drakensberg Cable Car Investment Conference and Exhibition, which takes place next week, aims to gain insights into the development and management of cableway projects and also to engage with potential investors. MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Michael Mabuyakhulu, says the conference will also create a platform for international cable car operators to share their experiences.

Last year, delegates representing institutions including the National Department of Environmental Affairs, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Tourism KZN and Trade and Investment KZN embarked on an international study tour to visit cableways around the world. Ahead of the tour, costs were estimated at R130 000 per delegate.

The Drakensberg cableway project was unveiled by Mabuyakhulu at Indaba in 2012.