"We are not in favour of it because of the huge cost implications to the city," tourism director Anton Groenewald confirmed to the local Cape Times
newspaper, revealing that there had been eleven separate proposals for motorsport events placed before the city.
Of those, environmental champions such as City Challenge Cape Town and G1 Racing Green, which showcase new technology and alternative power sources, are likely to get the go-ahead. Both are also thought to have requested use of different areas of the city, away from the landmark regions, such as the waterfront and Cape Town Stadium.
"We have to distribute events throughout the city," Groenewald explained, "With all the events at the stadium, we cannot have the same community being continually subjected to noise and traffic."
Ecclestone will not necessarily be forced to give up on his South African dream with the exit of his preferred venue, having reportedly been offered the option of going to Durban instead.
Thailand and Mexico have also spoken to Ecclestone about joining the schedule, while France, Turkey and Portugal all offered to help fill the void left by the cancellation of New Jersey in 2013.