Google Maps and Waze stop suggesting the notorious Nyanga and Borcherds Quarry routes

Google Maps and Waze stop suggesting the notorious Nyanga and Borcherds Quarry routes

The route that led many unsuspecting travelers to Nyanga through Google Maps navigation will no longer be a feature in the app.

Global technology giant Google said it has begun removing the route that led many tourists to the notorious town from its system.

Google South Africa Director, Alistair Mokoena, revealed this during an agreement signing ceremony between Google and the National Department of Tourism in Cape Town on Monday to promote South Africa as a major tourism destination and provide training and support to the sector in the field of digital training.

Google’s discovery comes after another tourist, American citizen Walter Fishel, was shot in the face and robbed in Nyanga while driving from Cape Town International Airport last Friday afternoon.

Walter Fishel. Photo: Facebook

The Fishel attack occurred exactly three months after British surgeon Dr Kar Hau Teoh was shot and killed after taking a wrong turn into Nyanga.

“From Google’s perspective, we have been in conversations with the Department of Tourism, City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism Authority and other players to see what is the best safety and security approach we can offer to address incidents like the recent one.” “Events,” Mokoena said.

He said that through the collaborative process, the multi-stakeholder group decided to take several security measures they could use, including enhancing the visibility of warning signs in and around problematic areas, as well as warnings and messages in campaigns targeting tourists so they can have full access to… Informed and can plan their trips sensitively.

“In locations like the area around Nyanga, around the airport and the intersection, we have received reports of these attacks, so what we have found like Google or Waze is that we have classified some of these roads as high-risk roads or crime hotspots.

“Based on that data, we are working with our engineering teams to no longer recommend these routes, and instead will recommend other routes, but no one can predict where crime will come from. We might assume that staying on the N2 is the safest thing to do.” Until crime starts moving to N2.

“So, for now, we want to make sure that crime-prone roads do not appear as recommendations, and for this reason, we are taking guidance from authorities like the city, which as I mentioned earlier are hosting initiatives to address these incidents.”

Through its partnership with the South African tourism sector, Google will support the industry by providing the country with access to essential initiatives and programmes.

Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille said: “In a world of digital transformation, collaboration between technology institutions and government agencies has the potential to reshape industries and enhance public services.

“As stated in the Tourism Sector Green Paper, there is a ‘lack of support mechanisms for the sector, especially SMEs, to adapt to the digital future and other technological developments.’ This wise partnership between us and Google focuses on cashless exchanges to leverage each party’s strengths to achieve Mutual benefit.”

James Voss, Cape Town Maiko Member for Economic Growth, said: “The National Department of Tourism’s memorandum of understanding with Google was an important step in the right direction.

“Cape Town Mayor Gordon Hill-Lewis, Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy, and I met with Google to discuss safety matters because we care about the well-being of locals and visitors. We had fruitful discussions, and the work will now move forward,” Vos said. Before Google technicians and the Cape Town Traffic and Tourism Authorities.”

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