Cableway closes for annual maintenance
Table Mountain Cableway will be closed from Monday, 25 July to Sunday, 7 August 2016 for its scheduled annual maintenance.
This shutdown period will see the replacement of the Top Station generator, maintenance of the 11kV electricity line, cleaning of the ropes, slack rope tests, renewing switches and bearings where necessary, servicing of the main gearbox, generators and backup generators, as well as general electronic component changes and control checks.
“Annual maintenance is carried out in order to meet the highest global cableway standards set by the Swiss Governing Body for Cableways (BAV),” says the Cableway’s technical manager, Gaziem du Toit. “Not only do we want to ensure that best practice safety measures are met and maintained, but we also aim to continuously better the visitor experience and improve our Cableway offering.”
Some infrastructure refurbishment will also be undertaken, including resurfacing of the Top Station pathways, refurbishing the toilets and retiling the departure and arrivals platforms at the Lower Station. Measures are also being put in place to introduce a virtual queuing system at the Top Station later this year.
Lastly the Table Mountain Café is revamping its menu in order to showcase authentic South African cuisine. This new menu will be available when the Cableway re-opens after shutdown.
Visitors can take advantage of the Cableway specials that are on offer before and after the annual maintenance period. These include a free return ticket for adults on their birthday on presentation of a South African ID, and the Kidz Season special that offers two children under 18 years a free return trip if they are accompanied by a full paying adult (valid over weekends, public and school holidays until 30 September 2016).
Should your birthday fall within this annual maintenance closure period, you are entitled to collect your complimentary Cableway birthday ticket one week before (18 – 24 July) or one week after (8 – 14 August) annual maintenance.
The Cableway operates weather permitting. For information call (021) 424 8181 or visit our homepage.