After a five-week closure for maintenance and upgrading, the Cableway is ready to reopen on Monday, weather permitting.
Hundreds of people applied for seasonal jobs at the Cableway during its recruitment drive at the Kenilworth Centre on Saturday, and at the Cape Town Station on Monday. CVs were submitted for vacancies in six of our departments.
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Flickr group member Warrenmparker‘s image gives a sense of how intricate and dangerous maintaining the Cableway is. Our 12 technicians, together with six of their Swiss counterparts, are tackling the task of replacing the main direct current (DC) drive with an alternating current (AC) drive. In addition, the mechanism that moves the cable car up and down the track ropes is undergoing a six-yearly overhaul, and the heel rope is being replaced.
Every year the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway recruits seasonal workers, in a range of departments, to work during summer, our busiest season. This year, our recruitment teams will be at the Kenilworth Centre and the Cape Town station, and advertising in community newspapers.
Watch TV channel ENCA’s clip, on our maintenance closure, which includes a bit of history of the Cableway.
Cleaning can be a dirty job – just ask members of our technical team, who have washed nuts and bolts and transported thousands of metres of rope up the mountain as part of our annual maintenance.
It has been a busy week for the 18-strong team tasked with carrying out our five-week maintenance programme. Equipment has been ferried up the mountain, and cables have been removed ahead of their replacement with new ones.
The first day of our annual maintenance period dawned bright and blue, giving our 18-strong team the perfect conditions to kick-start five weeks of maintenance. This morning they met to plan how to rig the equipment they will need.
Seven highly skilled experts will fly in from Switzerland to be part of the team doing our annual maintenance. The Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for an extended period, from Monday 22 July to Sunday 25 August, while undergoing maintenance.
The Cableway was built in four years and opened on October 4, 1929. Building included the upper and lower stations, and a tearoom. It was an engineering feat, which included carrying equipment and material to the top of Table Mountain.