While everybody who lives in Cape Town has Table Mountain as a constant presence in their lives, there are many who have not had the privilege of going all the way to the top.
That’s what makes the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company’s birthday special such a great gift to the citizens of Cape Town.
Domestic worker Nolundi Ndlwana of Khayelitsha has lived in Cape Town for more than 30 years and works in the shadows of the mountain in the City Bowl, so it was with great excitement that she was able to cash in her free birthday ride recently.
It was second time lucky for Nolundi, as when her birthday dawned on 26 September, it was raining. However, her employer arranged for her to redeem her ticket on the day because she had a week within which she could use it.
So, a few days later, accompanied by her elderly aunt, Nolusapho Masiza, and her disabled son, Luthando Ndlwana, Nolundi made the trip of a lifetime.
Armed with a small packet of KFC and some juice, the trio was whisked to the top of the mountain in glorious sunshine, where they enjoyed a picnic and the views before heading down again about an hour later.
Thanks to the new MyCiTi bus arrangement, their return journey to the station, where they would catch the train back home to Khayelitsha, was a breeze.
Said Nolundi: “I was very happy to be able to go to the top of the mountain and see all those big stones and the shop. We all enjoyed it. It was a good day. A very good day.”
And although Luthando is not able to speak, his beaming face said it all.