Cable riders grew ‘exponentially’

2016-02-09 06:00
 Gauteng couple Mbali Ntanzi and Bafana Sibanyoni celebrated last week as Sibanyoni became the 25 millionth person to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain.  PHOTO: nicole mccain

Gauteng couple Mbali Ntanzi and Bafana Sibanyoni celebrated last week as Sibanyoni became the 25 millionth person to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Shortly after noting a record number of visitors in December, the Table Mountain Cableway has welcomed its 25 millionth visitor.

The cable cars had a record-breaking 149 000 riders in December – a 32% increase from the previous year’s December. The 24 millionth visitor was welcomed in January last year.

The growth of the Cableway has been exponential since the introduction of the new revolving cabins, with the Cableway doubling its numbers between 1997 and 2012.

Table Mountain was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012, adding to record growths in tourism numbers as the “wonder effect” took hold and visitors flocked to the mountain.

“We have been monitoring the ticket sales over the past few weeks and with our record-breaking festive season we knew we would reach our latest milestone relatively soon,” says the Cableway’s marketing manager, Collette van Aswegen.

The 25 millionth visitor, Bafana Sibanyoni from Johannesburg, rode to the top of the mountain on Tuesday last week. He was joined by his girlfriend Mbali Ntanzi, who also happened to be celebrating her birthday on the day. The couple is on their first visit to Cape Town.

They received a hamper with cable-car tickets, a food voucher and Cableway merchandise. Sibanyoni’s other prizes include a weekend stay at the Taj Hotel, a R1000 V&A Waterfront gift voucher, Groot Constantia wine, a wine and chocolate tasting at Groot Constantia, entry to Kirstenbosch and Cape Point, as well as tickets for the City Sightseeing open-top bus.

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