Silvermine dam closed after a man’s body was found in it

November 22, 2021

The man has been identified and authorities have notified his family.

Authorities have closed down Silvermine dam on Saturday after the dead body of a man was found in it. The man, approximately 26 years old, apparently hiked on one of the Silvermine routes and his family got concerned when he did not return home.

A SAPS diving unit recovered the body on Saturday morning and notified the man’s family of the tragedy.

In a statement subsequently placed on Facebook, SANParks said the dam will be closed until further notice.

“Table Mountain National Park will continue to provide updates on progress being made once the information becomes available and we kindly request visitors to be patient with us during this time,” the statement read.

Last week, SANParks began a safety campaign at Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Platteklip Gorge. The campaign will see safety information shared with visitors entering the park in these areas.

“We have embarked on this campaign since we’re approaching a busy season and some visitors are not familiar with the mountain or the hiking routes, and it’s easier for them to get lost or sometimes get injured. This will be an ongoing campaign and we’ll be partnering with our stakeholders to create more safety awareness,” said TMNP section ranger Brightness Luthuli.

It is not clear exactly what led to the man’s drowning, but more information is said to be released this week on the incident. The dam will also be reopened after the police have concluded their investigation.