Ca­ble­way shut for yearly ser­vice

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEK­END AR­GUS RE­PORTER

IF YOU’RE plan­ning a trip up Ta­ble Moun­tain, from Mon­day you’ll have to do some climb­ing be­cause the Ca­ble­way will be closed for an­nual main­te­nance un­til Au­gust 7.

The top sta­tion gen­er­a­tor will be re­placed dur­ing the sched­uled shut­down, while other work will in­clude main­te­nance of the 11kV elec­tric­ity line, clean­ing of the ropes and 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),” said Gaziem du Toit, the ca­ble­way’s tech­ni­cal man­ager.

“Not only do we want to en­sure that safety stan­dards are main­tained, but we also aim to im­prove our ca­ble­way of­fer­ing,” he added.

Some in­fras­truc­ture re­fur­bish­ment would also be done, in­clud­ing resur­fac­ing of the top sta­tion path­ways, re­fur­bish­ing of the toi­lets and retil­ing of the de­par­ture and ar­rivals plat­forms at the lower sta­tion.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to those used to queu­ing at the top to come down is the news that mea­sures are also be­ing put in place to in­tro­duce a vir­tual queu­ing sys­tem at the top sta­tion later this year.

For the food­ies, the Ta­ble Moun­tain Café is also re­vamp­ing its menu with au­then­tic South African cui­sine. The new menu, said Du Toit, would be avail­able as soon as the ca­ble­way re­opened.

There is still a lit­tle time to go up this week­end, and vis­i­tors can still take ad­van­tage of spe­cials.

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 younger than 18 a free re­turn trip if they are ac­com­pa­nied by a full pay­ing adult.

Should your birth­day fall within the an­nual main­te­nance clo­sure pe­riod, you are en­ti­tled to re­deem your com­pli­men­tary ca­ble­way birth­day ticket this week­end, or in the week fol­low­ing the re­open­ing, from Au­gust 8 to 14.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 021 424 8181 or see www.table­moun­tain.net.

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