Cranes on Boyes Drive, St James, Cape Town

Tall Yellow crane against a blue sky

Tiny blooms of pink and yellow on a concrete pathCranes on Boyes Drive, St James are an unusual sight

A private owner is building a private road down the mountain to give access to 3 plots. Working on a mountainside is always challenging. The project needed a tall and powerful crane to assist the workers. Initially, this worked well because the winter drought meant that was very little rain to create mud. The crane appeared quite stable. (Although the fynbos flowers were abundant on my steps, I never watered the plants because homeowners had very limited use of municipal water.)


However, it turned out that the crane was standing on an invisible channel dug previously alongside Boyes Drive. It actually fell over, which was pretty scary. Luckily, no one was injured, but it did cause me to reflect on the special privilege of these beautiful properties on the mountainside. It’s certainly not simple to build them!

More cranes to the rescue

More cranes were brought to the site and stood on the mountain side of the road. We had never before seen so many Cranes on Boyes Drive!
2 yellow cranes on the mountainside against a cloudy skyEven with their assistance, it took a crew of 20 men to remove the crane from the edge of the road. A crane slowly lifted off parts of the falling crane to reduce the weight. A crane then lifted the falling crane up a little. Strong lines had been attached to 3 other vehicles which pulled the falling crane back on to the middle of Boyes Drive. We’re thankful that nothing fell down the mountain.

It took about six hours to lift the fallen crane and clear Boyes Drive so that traffic could drive again.

It will all be worth it

Below you can see some pictures of the site which is going to have three houses on it. It is a difficult site but the houses will enjoy these panoramic sea views.  Boyes Drive, St James is a wonderful location. It offers views of sea and mountain, and access to Cape Town in one direction and to Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, and Simonstown in the other.






















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