Guests and friends of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company gathered atop the Mother City’s Natural Wonder of the World today (October 2) to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Table Mountain Cableway.
Met by the sound of marimbas, guests attending the 85th anniversary breakfast were welcomed by Food Network host and celebrity chef, Siba Mtongana, who experienced her first Cableway ride up Table Mountain this morning.
Cableway Managing Director, Sabine Lehmann, followed with a brief history of the development of the cableway, challenges overcome and highlights experienced during her eight years in office. Referring back to the visitor’s book from 1929, Lehmann recalled that Cableway used to have a budget for ladies silk stockings, replacing visitors’ ruined pairs that were ripped on the pathways.
In a closing statement Lehmann expressed, “More than 23 million visitors have used the Cableway since it opened in 1929. We are proud of our exceptional safety record, our sustainable tourism initiatives and the fact that 45% of our visitors are South African.”
Table Mountain National Park Manager, Paddy Gordon, delivered the final address of the morning. Complimenting Cableway on their exceptional partnership with the National Park over the past 85 years, he said: “We are very pleased with the Cableway’s innovations to make the Cableway trip affordable to local visitors. As one of the concessionaires operating within South Africa’s National Parks the Cableway stands out – always striving for the highest environmental, cultural, heritage and safety standards. We couldn’t ask for a better gateway manager for Table Mountain.”
Carrying over 850000 visitors annually, the Cableway has undergone three technological upgrades since first launching in 1929. From humble beginnings, made of steel and wood, the third carriage upgrade took place in 1997 with the instalment of the Rotairs cable car, allowing visitors 360-degree views of the city and mountain.
Attracting visitors from around the globe, the Cableway carried King George, Queen Elizabeth and his daughters Princess Elizabeth and Margaret to the summit of Table Mountain in 1947. Other international visitors include Oprah Winfrey, Steffi Graf, Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Paris Hilton.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Cableway will be offering return tickets for R85 between October 4 and October 11. To qualify for the discount, cut out the two vouchers in participating Cape Town community newspapers (no copies will be accepted) and present it at the Lower Cable Station ticket office. One voucher permits 1 adult to purchase return tickets to the value of R85 each.
* For more details on the 85th anniversary offer, visit www.tablemountain.net, or call 021 424 8181.
MyCiti users planning to make use of the anniversary special can enjoy the new shuttle service running from the top of Kloof Nek Road to the Cableway’s Lower Station. The service is active between 7am in summer until 7pm.