155 res­cued as ca­ble­way fails

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Virgilatte Gwangwa

THE HART­BEESPOORT Aerial Ca­ble­way has been closed to the pub­lic af­ter a me­chan­i­cal glitch left 155 peo­ple stranded on top of the moun­tain on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

This oc­curred when cus­tomers were hav­ing lunch on top of the moun­tain, said ca­ble­way gen­eral man­ager Ian Dunn.

Dunn was part of the group and called the res­cue team, who re­sponded swifty, as­sist­ing the cus­tomers, who num­bered 125, and the 30 staff mem­bers.

“There were no re­ports of in­juries or ca­su­al­ties; ev­ery­one made it off the moun­tain in good con­di­tion,” he said. The Har­ties Aerial Ca­ble­way rises high above the Ma­galies­berg Moun­tains, pro­vid­ing a view over the Hart­beespoort Dam and be­yond. It was built in 1973 and be­came well known as a paraglid­ing and glid­ing des­ti­na­tion. How­ever, by 2005, it had fallen into a state of dis­re­pair and was closed. It was re­vived in 2010, with 14 sixseater hi-tech ca­ble cars.

“The ca­ble­way is now closed ... We will make it pub­licly known when it is re­opened,” Dunn said, ex­plain­ing that a team of en­gi­neers was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause.

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