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Table Mountain Cableway remembers ‘Mr H’

  • By Table Mountain Cableway
  • November 8 2012

John G Harrison will be fondly remembered by the staff of Table Mountain Cableway. Photo © Table Mountain Cableway John G Harrison will be fondly remembered by the staff of Table Mountain Cableway. Photo © Table Mountain Cableway
John G Harrison, or “Mr H” as he was known to all staff, passed away on Saturday, November 3 2012 after a strong-willed battle with cancer.

John Harrison was the MD of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway from February 1993 until October 2006. During this period he ensured that the old Cableway was upgraded into the world-class facility that it is today. On a visit to Switzerland, John came across the rotating cable cars and instinctively knew that these would be suitable for Table Mountain’s Cableway upgrade.

John’s dream, which he achieved, was to provide a world-class facility for local and international visitors. The opening of the Rotair Cableway in October 1997 drew many curious and excited local and international visitors. Not only had the carrying capacities of each of the Cable Cars increased from 25 visitors to 65, but the pathways at the top station were redesigned, the Table Mountain Café was built and sophisticated, state-of-the-art toilet facilities that use minimal water were put into place.

It is testament to his foresight that the Cableway celebrated its 22-millionth visitor this week. In the 15 years since John Harrison envisioned the upgrade, the company has taken 11-million people to the top of Table Mountain, the same number the Cableway had previously transported over a period of 68 years, from 1929 until 1997 before the upgrade.

“Mr H” was a character larger than life and all of us at Table Mountain Cableway will have fond memories of working with him over the years.

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