It’s official – after a few years of financial struggles and speculation, Ratanga Junction will indeed be closing its doors in May 2018.
The iconic theme park opened its doors back in 1998, welcoming visitors to a whole new world of fun, leisure and entertainment.
In recent years, however, the rusting rides and eerily empty buildings have lost their charm, leading many to believe that it’s just a matter of time before its current owner, the Rabie Property Group, shuts it down. The company has owned the theme park since 2005.
Speaking to the Cape Argus, Rabie director John Chapman says that the closure will facilitate the development of a large, “mixed-use precinct” within the Century City area.
“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,” he says.
“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.”
Sadly for locals, however, its continued operation simply cannot be justified, and a redevelopment will likely bring life back to the decaying land.
Read our tribute to what was once the ‘wildest place in Africa’ here: http://travel.iafrica.com/searchsa/1049464.html