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Media Release: Cableway Closed for Repair

19 May 2008

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has closed until further notice in order to allow a Swiss specialist to fly to Cape Town to repair an intricate part of its motor control which is damaged.

This follows an incident this past week (Tuesday May 13) in which two blown fuses resulted in 60 people aboard the cars being delayed for 35 minutes.

Sabine Lehmann, CEO of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, said fuses did blow from time to time and that this was considered a minor technical hitch which could result in temporary delays while the blown fuses were located and replaced.

“The company does everything in its power to minimize delays but there are times when it is difficult to pinpoint the fuse, which in this case lead to a 35 minute delay,” Lehmann said.

At no time was any person at risk and the Cableway apologised for any inconvenience caused by the delay.

The Cableway had also established that an intricate part of its motor needed replacing and this required the expertise of a specialist Swiss cableway engineer.

Lehmann said the Cableway realised many visitors would be disappointed by the temporary closure, especially with the beautiful weather today, but that the Cableway took the safety of its visitors very seriously and wanted to be certain all faults had been corrected.
“The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has one of the best safety track records around the globe and we intend to maintain that standard. I am confident that we will be up and running as usual shortly.”

The Cableway has operated safely for 78 years taking up more than 18 million visitors to date.

Issued by:              Splash Pr & Media Consultants
On behalf of:         Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Co. Ltd
For further info:     Kerry Seymour
                             (021) 790 9911 Or 082 926 4711
For Comment:        Sabine Lehmann
                             (021) 424 0015 Or 082 305 9019


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