Opening of Parliament Road Closures

Your guide to road closures and parking to avoid the political hubbub


Following the national election in May 2014, the halls of power will fill with pomp and circumstance with the official opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 7pm. The illustrious occasion is marked by our returning president’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA).

Aside from being a great moment of rhetoric, the political calendar highlight is also well known for its parade of luxury sedans and four–wheel drives as well as for the associated haute couture buzz.

More importantly though, with an increase in lavish vehicles and gas guzzling blue–light convoys on the streets, locals should be in the know when it comes to rush hour and added congestion; take note of the road closures to avoid traffic jams and ridiculous road rage.

So, without further ado, our guide to helping you dodge traffic like politicians dodge accountability.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA)

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect over the long weekend to accommodate the dress rehearsals and the actual Opening of Parliament 2014. Closures will be in effect between 5pm and 12am on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 June 2014 for rehearsals, and certain roads will be closed from as early as 6am on the day of the event (17 June).

AFFECTED ROAD
NB: Including intersections except where noted

14 JUNE 2014

15 JUNE 2014

17 JUNE 2014

CITY AND FORESHORE

Adderley Street: between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Wale Street

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 8pm

Wale Street: between Burg and Adderley streets

Nelson Mandela Boulevard inbound: Strand Street off–ramp

Strand Street

inbound: from Russel Street to Adderley Street

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 8pm

outbound: from Adderley Street to Castle Street

None

None

outbound: from Long Street into Adderley Street

5:45pm – 7pm

Commercial Street: between Plein Street and Niewmeester Lane
2–way traffic between Niewmeester Lane and Buitenkant Street

None

None

6am – 10pm

Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament streets

5pm – 11:59pm

5pm – 11:59pm

4pm – 10pm

Spin Street: between Corporation and Parliament streets

Parliament Street: between Parliament and Longmarket streets

Plein Street:

between Spin and Barrack streets

None

None

4pm – 10pm

between Strand and Spin streets

4pm – 8pm

between Barrack and Vrede streets

9am – 9pm

St. John’s Road: between Roeland and Vrede streets

None

None

9am – 9pm

Gallery Lane: the entire road

Government Avenue: the entire road

Bouquet Street: the entire road

Roeland Street:

between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

None

None

9am – 9pm

between Buitenkant Street and Jutland Ave.

5:45pm – 7pm

Castle Street: Strand Street to Darling Street, except buses

None

None

5pm – 8pm

Darling Street: Buitenkant to Adderley streets, limited access

NEWLANDS | RONDEBOSCH | MOWBRAY | OBSERVATORY | SALT RIVER – WOODSTOCK | CAPE TOWN

M3 (Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive) inbound

Newlands Avenue to Jutland Avenue including pedestrian bridges and on–ramps:
UCT and Woolsack Drive, Barnham Road, use Buitenkant Street (open) or Crassula Avenue

Exercise, but no closure.

Exercise, but no closure.

5:45pm – 7pm

Woolsack Drive westbound: Main Road (M4) – Rhodes Drive (M3)

Anzio Road: Groote Schuur Hospital to de Waal Drive (M3)

N2 (Settlers Way, Nelson Mandela Boulevard) inbound: Muizenberg off–ramp (M3) to Table Bay Boulevard

NEWLANDS

Klipper Road: Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

None

None

 

5:45pm – 7pm

Princess Anne Avenue: Newlands to Union avenues

Newlands Avenue: Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue

Dean Street westbound: Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

ADDITIONAL CONTROLLED AREAS FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SONA) ROAD CLOSURES

Do note that security fencing will line the route that the convoy will take in the CBD. There will be guarded pedestrian crossing points during peak times on Adderley Street (Castle and Shortmarket streets), Plein Street (Shortmarket, Spin and Barrack streets) as well as Strand Street at the bus terminus. Not to mention, the Company’s Garden will be closed on Tuesday, 17 June from 9am to 11:59pm.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

Parking restrictions will be in place in the following areas from 12am to 10pm on Tuesday, 17 June 2014:

Newlands

Princess Anne Avenue

Parliament/Company Gardens

Church Square: corner of Spin and Parliament streets 

Roeland Street: between Jutland Avenue and Plein Street 

Plein Street: between Roeland and Spin streets 

St. John’s Street: between Roeland and Orange streets

Spin Street: between Parliament and Plein streets 

Parliament Street: between Longmarket and Bureau streets

Hatfield Street: between Roeland and Orange streets 

St Mary's Cathedral Parking Area: between Bouquet and Roeland streets

 Gallery Lane 

Queen Victoria Avenue

Commercial Street: between Buitenkant and Plein streets

CBD/Foreshore

Adderley Street: between Strand and Wale streets

Darling Street: outbound between Plein and Buitenkant streets, reserved between:

  • Plein and Parade for taxis from Plein Street
  • Parade and Buitenkant for Parliamentary buses

Strand Street: between Adderley Street and the Christiaan Barnard Street overpass

MYCITI BUS SERVICES AFFECTED BY THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

The MyCiTi bus service will be affected by the road closures as follows:

ROUTES

BUS STOP DETAILS

CLOSURE TIMES

Airport – Civic (A01)

All stops open but route change. (Tuesday, 17 June only)

Tuesday, 17 June
4pm – 8pm

Salt River – Civic (102)

Adderley, Darling and Castle streets stops closed. Use Civic or Hanover Street stops

Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 June
5pm – 12am

Tuesday, 17 June
4pm – 8pm

Oranjezicht–Gardens – Civic (103)

Adderley and Darling streets stops closed. Use Civic or Lower Buitenkant stops

Sea Point – Civic (105)

All stops open, but minor route change.

Waterfront–Civic–Camps Bay (106 and 107)

Groote Kerk stop closed. Use Longmarket (in Long St) or Church (in Loop St) stops

GOLDEN ARROW BUS SERVICES AFFECTED BY THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

The Golden Acre bus terminus exit into Plein Street will be closed at 6pm on Tuesday, 17 June. Operations then will be moved to Strand Street between Castle Street and the Christiaan Barnard Street overpass until 8pm on the day.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO USE DURING THE 2014 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT (SoNA) ROAD CLOSURES

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to the City Bowl during the event:

  1. From the N2 (Settler’s Way): use the N1, Table Bay Boulevard via the M5 (Black River Parkway), or the M7 (Vanguard Drive).
  2. From the M3 (Union Avenue): use the M5 (Black River Parkway) and the N1 (Table Bay Boulevard) or the M4 (Main Road), onto Victoria Road up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter left onto Tennant Road or right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD.
  3. Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring route to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:
    • Christiaan Barnard Road
    • Table Bay Boulevard
    • Buitengracht Street
    • Buitensingel Street
    • Orange Street
    • Jutland Avenue
    • Upper Roeland Street/Brandweer Street
    • Tennant Street

–––
Check out our events section for an up–to–date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Fri
H:27°
L:15°
Sat
H:31°
L:14°
Sun
H:25°
L:15°
Mon
H:25°
L:15°
Tue
H:23°
L:15°
Wed
H:23°
L:15°
Thu
H:23°
L:15°
Cape Town Events Calendar
February 2012
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29

Rocking Hollywood 5Barnyard Theatre’s Rocking Hollywood ...

Have a musical trip down memory lane with the brilliant cast of Rocking in ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Creative coffee morningCreativeMornings Cape Town

One free hour of inspiration with media personality and radio host Danilo ...

Postcard From Morocco at Artscape 1Postcard From Morocco at the Artscape ...

Argento’s small opera with a big heart makes its debut on the Mother City’s ...

Alchemy Dance Academy Mzansi Cape Town Salsa FestThe Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival

Dance your way through parties, workshops and performances at this red hot ...

Marc LotteringMarc Lottering Comedy Show in Cape Town

The Mother City’s (multi) comedic personality is back on stage with another ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Julep Cocktail BarHappy Hour Cocktails at Julep Bar

This speakeasy-type watering hole offers up a late-night drinks deal in Cape ...

Abbott Nu Jazz Band at SotanoFriday Jazz Dinner at Sotano

Start the weekend in style with soulful beats and supreme fare at this Atlantic ...

Wembley Tap Bar Craft Beer Beer Pong at Wembley Tap Bar

Mix ping pong with artisan ale at this industrial-chic house of beer every ...

HQ Friday night DJ Dance partyFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

#AfterDark with DJ Rene: start the weekend with a steak dinner, stylish ...

Waterford wall 1Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Waterford ...

Pair sterling vintages with sweet treats at this world-class wine farm

Dutch Haven BarAfter-work Drinks and Live Music at ...

Enjoy an authentic Holland-style borreluur every Friday evening at this ...

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum LogoThe Springbok Experience Museum’s ...

Visit this world-class Waterfront attraction and enjoy a free Castle draught at ...

Wine Flies Forgotten Route TourThe Forgotten Route Train Tour to ...

Take the road less travelled on a two-day adventure to the Klein Karoo

Tidy and Co 15 Christmas Present Ideas15 Christmas Present Ideas for 15 ...

A pick of 15 fabulous gifts for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts and girly ...

Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

Outside of Peter's House on Kloof NekOpen Mic Night At Peter’s House

This cosy Tamboerskloof restaurant hosts a free intimate live performance ...

ACC City Desired Exhibition at City Hall Cape TownCity Desired Exhibition at City Hall

Contemporary Cape Town exposed: encounter the Mother City in a whole new light ...

Dinner at Dish Restaurant Inn on the SquareBraai Lunch Special at Inn on the ...

Friday is braai day at this Cape Town accommodation’s laidback eatery

Vibe at the Hout Bay Harbour Market in Cape TownFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping ...

Free Biltong online shopping South AfricaFree-range Fridays in Cape Town

Celebrate your weekend freedom with ethically produced biltong and droëwors

Magents Shoes & Apparel Labels4lessMagents Sneakers & Clothing Sale in ...

Internationally acclaimed South African brand relaunches with a R50 discount ...

Glenelly 1Meat and Cheese Platters at Glenelly ...

A Stellenbosch wine tasting with true French finesse

Bright Day Art Classes in WoodstockCreative Corporate Team Building with ...

Harness the power of creativity at an edgy customised workshop

Cozier Wine Shop LogoFree Wine Tasting at Cozier Wine Cellars

Sample sublime reds, whites, pinks and more for mahala right in the bosom of ...

Food and wine tasting at La MotteFood and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek estate

Rocking Hollywood 5Barnyard Theatre’s Rocking Hollywood ...

Have a musical trip down memory lane with the brilliant cast of Rocking in ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

CTS-Lanzerac Ready to Run StakesLanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented ...

Head over to the Kenilworth Racecourse for this sophisticated horse racing ...

Silvercross Helicopter 6Ajax Cape Town VS Maritzburg United ...

Watch the Mother City’s finest take on the take on KwaZulu-Natal’s boys in ...

Proe Paarl Wine FestivalProe Paarl Wine Festival

Come get a taste of the Cape Winelands at this first ever wine tasting ...

Postcard From Morocco at Artscape 1Postcard From Morocco at the Artscape ...

Argento’s small opera with a big heart makes its debut on the Mother City’s ...

M.I.S.S Gayeties Creative Evening LGBQTIM.I.S.S Gayeties Creative Evening in ...

Celebrate the creativity of the Mother City’s fearless gay females at this ...

Keeping You in Stitches Riaad Moosa Comedy ShowRiaad Moosa Comedy Show in Cape Town

Prepare yourself for a big dose of the best medicine as prescribed by the ...

Dead Letter Circus at Mercury 2Dead Letter Circus Concert at Mercury

Get ready for rockin’ riffs and thrashing solos with rockers from Down Under, ...

Alchemy Dance Academy Mzansi Cape Town Salsa FestThe Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival

Dance your way through parties, workshops and performances at this red hot ...

Marc LotteringMarc Lottering Comedy Show in Cape Town

The Mother City’s (multi) comedic personality is back on stage with another ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Wembley Tap Craft Beer Bar PatioOutdoor Weekend Braais at Wembley Tap ...

Enjoy beer and barbequed meat every Friday and Saturday afternoon at this ...

Haute Cabriere 1Haute Cabrière Wine Estate’s Cellar ...

Delve into a world of vino theatre every Saturday at this Franschhoek-based ...

Tidy and Co 15 Christmas Present Ideas15 Christmas Present Ideas for 15 ...

A pick of 15 fabulous gifts for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts and girly ...

Labels4Less Factory Shop Cape TownDiesel Jeans & Clothing Sale

Get an extra R50 off already marked-down designer denim, bags, belts, tops and ...

ACC City Desired Exhibition at City Hall Cape TownCity Desired Exhibition at City Hall

Contemporary Cape Town exposed: encounter the Mother City in a whole new light ...

Wild Fig Outdoor Restaurant Dining The Wild Fig Restaurant’s Alfresco ...

Enjoy long, lazy weekend lunches outdoors at this historic Cape Town eatery

Spier Eight logoEight Restaurant Thrusts Its Doors Open ...

Spier Wine Farm’s farm-to-table eatery’s now serving supper three days a ...

Hazendal new 7Saturday Picnics at Hermitage Restaurant

Slow down and join the ants for a leisurely lunch on the grounds of ...

Ladies Night at Gun Fun Cape TownFemme Fatale Saturdays at Gun Fun

Who said guns were only for guys?

Lounge furniture from Eco Furniture Decor online storeEco Furniture Design Store Sale

Buy beautifully crafted wooden dining room, bedroom and patio pieces for a ...

Latitude 33 Fashion Boutique Cape TownLatitude 33’s Winter Clothing Sale

Clearance! Score edgy Aussie-made clothes for men and women at up to 50% less ...

Craft beer from The Taproom Salt RiverSaturday Brunch at The Taproom

Kick back and refuel at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company’s chic eatery after a ...

Outside of Peter's House on Kloof NekOpen Mic Night At Peter’s House

This cosy Tamboerskloof restaurant hosts a free intimate live performance ...

Djembe Drumming in Cape TownThe African Djembe Drum & Drumming ...

The story behind one of Africa’s oldest instruments, and how to get your ...

Mike Rosenberg PassengerPassenger Concerts South Africa

‘Let Her Go’ singer is headed to Mzansi for a three-date concert ...

Thai Sabai Day Spa and SKin Clinic Cape TownThe Rubdown on Thai Sabai Day Spa in ...

Stephanie Katz gets to know the Helderberg area’s original Thai massage house ...

Wine Cocktails at Leopards LeapWine Farms Around Cape Town Open On A ...

11 estates and wineries serving lunch and offering wine tastings on the seventh ...

The Vintage Expo Cape TownThe Vintage Fashion Expo in Cape Town

Browse retro clothing and accessories from a bygone era at a stunning art deco ...

Gardens of Grande Roche Hotel WinelandsChristmas Day Lunch Buffet at the ...

Whisk your family and friends away to the Cape Winelands for fine dining this ...

Richard's Bistro supper and stage KaapstadNew Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance at ...

Say hello to 2015 with a truly Capetonian celebration at this Sea Point musical ...

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips