Sky Car safe, say managers

2010-03-27 00:00

MANAGEMENT at Moses Mabhida Stadium has given firm assurances that the Sky Car is “undoubtedly one of the safest tourist attractions” in the country.

In a media statement this week, it said that in just four months, 60 000 people have been to the top of the 106-metre arch.

“Given its safety features and its newness, it is to be expected that we would experience certain teething problems. The Sky Car is programmed to stop should there be any possibility of a technical problem. Ironically, it is this safety mechanism that creates the perception that the Sky Car is not safe.”

Fewer than 150 visitors have been stuck on the arch, but procedures have been implemented to better deal with stoppages.

The statement said the Sky Car was registered and certified by the Department of Labour and an independent specialist lift consultant before it started operating in November last year.

They added that a Labour Department inspector on March 23 declared the operation of the Sky Car to be safe and approved its continued operation, but stadium management subsequently decided to close it for a complete review and further testing of all safety features to try to reduce the occurrence of stoppages.

“Claims made that the department of Labour declared notices to be unlawful and that there was no maintenance plan are simply untrue.”

Sapa reported on March 23 that eThekwini Municipality has been given 60 days to make sure the Sky Car is safe, and that Labour Department chief inspector Thobile Lamati found there is no preventative maintenance plan for the car’s hydraulic brakes and that they are not regularly checked, which could cause them to jam.

The department will return to the stadium after 60 days to ensure all the concerns it has raised have been fixed.

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Visitor numbers from November 30 to March 24

Skycar: 60,686

Skywalk:1,762

Stadium tours – general:9,590

Stadium tours – professional: 6,561

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