Friday, the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for one of Table Mountain Cableway’s visitors. On Friday 13 July the Cableway welcomed its 18 millionth visitor to the mountain.
Prof Hugh Corder, Dean of the Law Faculty at UCT was surprised when he was informed that he was the 18th millionth visitor to Table Mountain. Prof Corder pointed out that he was relieved that he had put in a day’s leave, otherwise he would have been in serious trouble.
Prof Corder and his family were at the Cableway purely by chance as they had decided to take advantage of the Cableway Family Winter Special that offers two children under the age of 18 years a free return trip if they are accompanied by a full paying adult. Being keen hikers, they normally walked up Table Mountain.
In addition to receiving free tickets to the Cableway and a certificate, he also received a meal at the Restaurant at the Top and a gift basket from the Shop at the Top.
Over the past year Table Mountain Cableway has reported a 10% increase in the number of visitors. “We are delighted with our record year,” said Sabine Lehmann, CEO of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company. “Although visitor numbers are influenced by weather, which has been kind to us over the past year, we have also seen an increase in the number of domestic visitors.” The company has been counting its visitors since its inception 78 years ago in 1929.