In Harbour Island, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and high tides “threaten the eateries and car park and splash over to where boats dock on the island”, said the study.
“Other observations during the fieldwork include watching tourists who were trying to take photographs being tossed away by high-splash water from ocean tides. To minimise this impact, an alternative and better design, possibly using several dolos, can assist in building a defence for some parts of Harbour Island to ensure tourists' safety.”
Monwabisi beach, along the False Bay coast, was flagged as a “danger point”.
The study said: “It mainly services domestic tourists and residents and is located close to Khayelitsha, a township hosting predominantly and previously disadvantaged black and coloured communities.”
The study found “that due to erosion, the major road that links the beach road and Baden Powell Drive had been damaged and cut off. Further confirmations revealed that the road regularly floods.”