11 February 2013

South Africa: City of Cape Town Advises Public of Road Closures for Opening of Parliament

Photo: GCIS
President Jacob Zuma puts the final touches on his 2012 State of the Nation Address (file photo).

press release

The Opening of Parliament takes place on Thursday, 14 February 2013 at 19:00. There will be rehearsals on Monday 11 February and Tuesday 12 February 2013. Parliament has requested that various road closures be put in place to accommodate the rehearsals and the opening.

The table below shows the planned road closures and the public are advised to please plan their routes accordingly. These closures are subject to change based on operational matters, but the public will be informed of any changes as soon as possible.

City-bound traffic on the N2 will not be able to use Nelson Mandela Blvd or de Waal Dr from 17:45 to 19:00 and should use alternate routes, e.g. the N1 via Vanguard Dr or the M5 from the N2. Southern Suburbs-bound traffic from the N2 will be able to use the M3 southbound.

Cricket at Newlands:

The public should please note that road closures will also be in place on 14 February for the first day of the cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands. The M3 northbound will be closed at 17: 45. Patrons leaving the cricket grounds that need to move northwards towards the city centre are advised to use rail-based public transport or the M5 or Main Road (M4) or wait until 19:00 when the M3 will be re-opened.

Road closures for the event and rehearsals

Affected Road

NB: Including intersections except where noted Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 February 2013 Thursday 14 February 2013

City and Forshore

Hertzog Blvd inbound: Christiaan Barnard St to Heerengracht

Nelson Mandela Blvd inbound: Strand St. off-ramp

Strand St inbound: from Russel St. to Plein St.

17:00 - 22:00 16:00 - 20:00

* Adderley St: between Hans Strijdom Ave. and Wale St.

Heerengracht: Coen Steytler to Hans Strijdom Ave.

Wale St: between Queen Victoria St. and Adderley St.

Bureau St: between Adderley St. and Parliament St.

Spin St: between Corporation St. and Parliament St.

Parliament St: between Parliament St. and Longmarket St. 17:00 - 22:00 16:00 - 21:00

Commercial St: closed between Plein and Niewmeester St.

2-way traffic between Niewmeester and Buitenkant St. None 16:00 - 21:00

Hans Strijdom Ave: between Long and Adderley St.

Roeland St: between Plein St. and Buitenkant St.

between Plein St. and Hope St. None

16:00 - 21:00

11:00 - 21:00

Plein St: between Roeland St. and Spin St.

St. John's Rd: between Plein St. and Vrede St. 17:00 - 22:00 11:00 - 21:00

Government Ave. None 11:00 - 21:00

Gallery Lane None 11:00 - 21:00

Coen Steytler Ave: eastbound from Long to Heerengracht None 20:00 - 21:00

Newlands- Rondebosch - Mowbray - Observatory - Salt River - Woodstock - Cape Town

M3 (Union Ave, Rhodes Dr, De Waal Dr) inbound: Newlands Ave. to city centre

Woolsack Dr westbound: Main Rd (M4) - Rhodes Dr (M3)

Anzio Rd: Main Rd. (M4) to De Waal Dr. (M3)

N2, Settlers Way inbound: Union Ave (M3) to city centre.

Nelson Mandela Blvd. (N2) inbound: Hospital Bend to Table Bay Blvd., including pedestrian bridges and on-ramps:

• Melbourne Rd.

• Roodebloem Rd.

• Searle St. Exercise, but no closure 17:45 - 19:00


Klipper Rd: Main Rd. (M4) to Newlands Ave.

Princess Anne Ave: Newlands Ave. to Union Ave.

Newlands Ave: Dean St. to Princess Anne Ave.

Dean St westbound: Main Rd. (M4) to Newlands Ave.

None 17:45 - 19:00

* Additional controlled roads and closures

Security fencing will line the route in the CBD. There will be guarded pedestrian crossing points during peak time on Adderley St. at Hans Strijdom, Waterkant and Castle Streets.

Security controlled roads around the CTICC including Coen Steytler Ave. on Thursday 14 February from 19:30 to Friday 15 February at 01:00.

The Company's Garden will be closed on Thursday 14 February from 16:00 to 20:00.

Parking restrictions

Thursday 14 February 2013 from 0:00 (midnight) to 21:00:

Please note that no parked vehicles will be permitted in the following areas:


Princess Anne Ave.


Central Business District (CBD) / Foreshore area:

Adderley St and Heerengracht: between Wale St & Hertzog Blvd.

Hertzog Blvd.

Parliament / The Company's Garden area:

Church Square: corner of Spin St. & Parliament St.

Roeland St: between Buitenkant & Plein St.

Plein St: between Roeland St. & Spin St.

Spin St: between Parliament St. & Plein St.

Parliament St: between Longmarket St. & Bureau St's.

Hatfield & St. John's Streets: between Roeland St. & Orange St's.

St. Mary's Cathedral Parking Area: between Bouquet St. & Roeland St's.

Gallery Lane.

Queen Victoria Ave.

Commercial St: between Buitenkant and Plein St.

Alternative routes

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to/from the CBD during the event:

M5, Black River Parkway, then onto the N1, Table Bay Blvd.

M4, Main Rd, onto Victoria Rd up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter left onto Tennant Rd or right onto Christiaan Barnard St. to circle the outer CBD.

Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring route to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:

Christiaan Barnard St.

Table Bay Blvd.


Buitensingel St.

Orange St.

Jutland Ave.

Upper Roeland St. / Brandweer St.

Tennant St.

MyCiTi bus service

The MyCiTi bus service will continue throughout. At the Civic Centre bus station on Hertzog Boulevard, buses will arrive at and depart from the north side of the station (Hertzog Blvd outbound). Passengers and pedestrians will not be permitted to use Hertzog Blvd inbound sidewalks on Thursday, 14 February between 16:00 and 20:00 and are requested to please use the other access points.

MyCiTi Public Transport

Area Details Time of closure

MyCiTi - Civic Centre Station The Table View and Gardens pods at the Civic Centre Station will be closed during this time period. The Table View and Civic to Gardens services will be re-directed to operate from the Airport and Waterfront pods for the duration of the closure 18:00 - 19:00

MyCiTi - Thibault Square Station The Thibault Square Station will be closed during this time period. No services will operate from this station for the duration of the closure. Passengers are to use either the Civic Centre Station or the Castle Street stops on Long and Loop Streets as an alternative. 18:00 - 19:00

MyCiTi - Adderley stops The Adderley Stops will be closed during this time period. Passengers are to use the Civic Centre Station for the duration of the closure. 18:00 - 19:00

MyCiTi - St George's stops The St George's Stops will be closed during this time period. Passengers are to use the Castle Stops on Long and Loop Streets for the duration of the closure. 18:00 - 19:00

MyCiTi - F1: Gardens - Civic Centre - Waterfront Services Route Deviation: Gardens - Civic Centre - Waterfront Route: Buses will not pass Thibault Square Station, the Adderley Street stops and St George's stops for the duration of the closure. 18:00 - 19:00

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