01 September 2017

Cape Town: Ratanga Junction theme park to close in May 2018

Ratanga Junction, an amusement park in Cape Town's Century City, will close for redevelopment on 01 May 2018. The theme park, which was opened in December 1998, will be redeveloped into a vibrant new mixed-use development. According to the Rabie Property Group, which bought Ratanga Junction in 2004, the redevelopment will embrace the existing canals, island and public open space and will include residential apartments, offices, hotels, restaurants and convenience retail.
"The oversized facility, lack of consistent demand for a theme park, seasonal weather, expensive maintenance and running costs as well as the ageing equipment had all contributed to an unprofitable facility when we acquired it. [...] Since then we have downsized the operation, closed the park during off season, added an all-year round conference facility and managed the theme park so that it now washes itself.  However, this is not sufficient to justify its continued existence because rides need to be renewed and revenue cannot support the high capital costs." (Rabie director John Chapman)
As a thank you to the public for supporting Ratanga Junction over the years, the park will offer special ticket prices for its next operating season from  29 September 2017 to 8 October 2017.

Ratanga Junction is situated in
Century City, a mere 10 minutes from Cape Town along the N1 highway utilising the Sable Road turn off.

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