Franschhoek, the picture-perfect Cape winelands town, is up in arms over the proposal by a group of wealthy private investors to erect a R400m Swiss-designed cable car — the Franschhoek Skytram — from the base of the Franschhoek Pass to the top of Middagkrans Peak above the town.

If all the required approvals flow according to the legislated timeline, the cableway could be up and running by late 2026 at the earliest after a construction process of 18 months to two years...

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