Durban - Durban is set to host a conference and exhibition on cable cars which KwaZulu-Natal's economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu hopes will provide the answers to building a cable car in the Drakensberg mountains.
The conference, announced on Tuesday, is expected to be held next month over three days from April 3 to April 5.
“Through the conference, we hope to gain a better understanding of all the issues that can influence the development of the cable car and the best model to be utilised in development, management and operation of this project, in the context of our own environment,” Mabuyakhulu is quoted as saying.
The conference is the latest announcement on the project that Mabayakhulu has backed despite criticism over the fact that it is in a world heritage site and would cost an estimated R500-million.
A planned trip abroad by a delegation of the department to visit various cable car sites was panned by opposition parties who claimed that the information the department sought could simply be obtained by going onto the Internet or emailing other cable car operators.