Gordon’s Bay resident jets off to Istanbul with the Cableway
A Gordon’s Bay business owner decided to treat her staff to a fun day on Table Mountain last month. Little did she know it would result in her winning a holiday to Turkey!
“My team hasn’t really had the chance to explore Table Mountain before, so I decided use the Cableway’s R90 anniversary-ticket offer that was available in October. I took 18 of my cleaners and support staff, and they thoroughly enjoyed the day,” explains Charmaine de Swardt, owner of CDS Cleaning Services.
“The special ticket gave more people the opportunity to enjoy one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and the spectacular views from the top, which is why I wanted to take my team to explore the mountain. Plus, there’s the yummy tea and milk tart at the top,” she adds.
She decided to buy her team some light refreshments from the Table Mountain Café, which clinched the competition win for her. All visitors to the mountain who bought items at the restaurant or the shop during October could put their names in the draw to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Turkey.
“We were preparing to watch the Springboks play England in the Rugby World Cup final when my phone rang and someone was talking about a trip I had won. It took a while for it to sink in – I really thought someone was playing a prank on me, and I had to ask my husband and my staff to assure me I wasn’t dreaming. I’ve never won anything in my life before, and I’m very excited to go and explore Turkey,” she says.
Trevor Brown, corporate sales manager at Turkish Airlines, says it was a rewarding feeling to be able to award this prize to Charmaine. “When people go on this trip for the first time, I get excited as well. It’s almost like I’m going with them. We wish her all the best for the trip.”
The competition to win a trip to Turkey, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway managing director Wahida Parker, was part of the Cableway’s 90th anniversary celebrations that continued throughout October. Cableway operations started 90 years ago, on 4 October 1929.
“October was a wonderfully busy month for us, with just over 45 000 South Africans making use of our R90 ticket promotion. The fact that we were able to ensure that so many people had access to the mountain was a milestone no-one in the team even dreamed we would be able to achieve. Handing over this prize to Charmaine is a great way of wrapping up what has been a fantastic month,” she says.
Charmaine and her husband Pieter will spend a week in Turkey, all expenses paid, thanks to Turkish Airlines. The couple plan to take the trip in 2020.