The Western Cape Provincial Government has approved plans to develop the tourism potential of the Pinnacle Point caves.
The caves were proclaimed a Provincial Heritage site earlier this year. Plans include an environmental education centre as well as an application for World Heritage Site status.
Doctor Peter Nilssen originally discovered the caves during an environmental impact assessment. Realising their archaeological significance, he contacted Professor Curtis Marean – a world renowned paleo-archaeologist form the University of Arizona – who has lead the excavation for the last six years. Evidence of human occupation dating back almost 170 000 years has been found during the excavation.
The Provincial Government approval is subject to a period during which appeals may be lodged and the development is subject to the availability of funds according to Mossel Bay Municipal Manager, Harry Hill.
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