The great cleft in Table Mountain is known as Platteklip Gorge, or Platteklip Kloof. At the foot of the gorge is the suburb of Oranjezicht. This was the estate of the Van Breda family, worked by hundreds of slaves. The double-storied house was haunted, and the ghost photographed in 1900. The building was demolished in the nineteen-fifties, but the ruined bandstand, and the oak trees, may still be be seen.
Parliament sits astride a rich source of fresh water that spills into the sea in constant streams. It seeps down from Table Mountain and ought to be used in the toilets and for watering the gardens, but the pumping installations are in disrepair and there seems to be indecision as to who should take responsibility, City or State.