The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) is currently in its 90th year of operations of providing visitor access to the top of Cape Town’s iconic attraction. To ensure the effective running and continued safety of the cableway, the company has confirmed that it will be closed in July for a period of three weeks for its annual maintenance period.
According to Wahida Parker, Managing Director of TMACC, the annual maintenance shutdown is an essential important role in ensuring that the cableway runs at an optimum, ultimately reducing any possible technical delays while also ensuring the safety of the visitors to the mountain.
This year the cableway will be closed from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 26 July 2020.
“International and local tourists are encouraged to consider these dates when planning their holidays to Cape Town,” Parker adds.
For continued compliance with the Swiss Governing Body for Cableways (BAV) standards in terms of machinery specifications, maintenance requirements and procedures, extraordinary maintenance tasks require a shutdown and cannot be done in between normal operations.
The scope of work in accordance with the BAV standard for 2020’s maintenance shutdown will include:
Inspection, testing and replacement of loadbearing components in the cabins where necessary;
Maintenance of high use items in the cabins, such as door mechanisms;
Complete service of braking systems situated in the Lower Station machine room;
Servicing of the main drive motor and gearbox;
Major service of the hydraulic systems at the Lower Station and the Upper Station;
Maintenance of the docking guides and platforms;
Preparation of certain elements on the track ropes for the 2021 shutdown;
Upgrades to the interior of the Upper Station building;
Maintenance to the exterior of the Lower Station building.
“We take the responsibility of transporting visitors up a height of more than 1 000 meters extremely seriously and believe this is one of the key reasons enabling us to continue attracting thousands of people to experience one of the world’s New7Wonders of Nature,” says Parker.
South Africans whose birthdays fall during the annual maintenance period will be able to collect and use their free tickets during the week before (30 June to 6 July 2020) and the week after (27 July to 2 August 2020) the shutdown.
About the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company:
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929. The company operates in a National Park and World Heritage Site. The mountain’s magnetism has a way of drawing people in, compelling them to reach the summit. For more information, visit www.tablemountain.net