Boulders hit Table Mountain parking area

2011-06-07 14:47

Cape Town - Three boulders fell on a bus parking bay at the lower cableway station at Table Mountain in Cape Town on Tuesday morning, the cableway company said.

The boulders fell at 08:20, before the cableway was opened for business at 08:30, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway said.

No one was injured in the incident.

A witness at the scene who was visiting from Pretoria said she heard a rumbling sound and watched as three large rocks rolled from high up on the mountain.

"We could see the boulders as they hit the grassed area and bounced down towards the road one at a time," Lizette Nel said.


She said trees planted near the cableway broke the path of the rocks and slowed them down before hitting the road, where tourist buses usually parked.

Cableway CEO Sabine Lehmann said there had not been a rockfall at the lower station since the cableway opened for business in 1929.

"It is an act of God and not something we have had to deal with before... luckily we were closed at the time of the incident and nobody was injured," she said.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff... we need to review the erosion at that point on the mountain and to look at ways to reduce all risk to visitors coming to the lower station."

Experts would be called in to inspect the mountainside.

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  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-06-07 14:53

    "Act of God" I think not. More than likely the reult of all the heavy rain we have had the last couple of weeks. This is 2011 not 1011.

      saabnut - 2011-06-07 15:03

      I'd say look where you walk!!!

      saabnut - 2011-06-07 15:04

      Then again, I wonder what TMNP has done to upset those ancestors again...

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:07

      i think someone smoked all the boom around the rocks,making both themselves and the rocks unstable

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-06-07 15:08

      so if it was 1011 it would have been "Act of God"?

      Nico2010 - 2011-06-07 15:11

      Is rain not an Act Of God ??????????

      kyle.lindeque - 2011-06-07 15:13

      "Act of God" is not a literal meaning that God has done something, its a term used for out mans control, meaning it happened due to rain/erosion.

      Jan - 2011-06-07 15:17

      You're all wrong it was the ANCestors!!

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:20

      @jan.or it could be rock spiders

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:25 it was rock spiders

      OB1 - 2011-06-07 15:31

      correct, ancestors are pissed cos we all voted DA.

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 15:41

      @Nicco I think you'll find rain is an act of weather.

      Percy Higgins - 2011-06-07 15:43

      I agree. I wonder what God thinks about all of this?

      Ron - 2011-06-07 16:02

      The rain eroded the soil, gravity played its role, the rocks broke loose, Kinetic energy and momentum toke over, what more do you want to know

      Ben - 2011-06-07 16:03

      Maybe they meant "Act of God" as in insurance terms...

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 16:20

      @Ron I wish i could double like that! All these people probably laugh at Julius Malema's woodwork mark as well (which is completely laughable). But to not understand precipitation and erosion is even worse! It's primary school stuff.

      Organist-1 - 2011-06-07 17:14

      E=MC squared Sorry. 3 rocks. Then it must have been cubed.

      wsm - 2011-06-07 17:45

      To read the acts of God, read the Bible..

      Mzungu - 2011-06-07 18:24

      Thank you Kyle. Pretty basic stuff if you pay attention in class mengelbrein

  • Smaal - 2011-06-07 14:53

    These African tendencies to through rocks and break things.... eish!

      sniffter - 2011-06-07 14:55

      through rocks? What?

      nthipe - 2011-06-07 14:57

      Throw. Dummie!!!

      Smaal - 2011-06-07 14:58

      NO! ... "through"

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:04

      smaal.ask your maid to help you activate spellcheck

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:07

      you seem to know a lot about rocks smaal

      Smaal - 2011-06-07 15:09

      Jowza: Spell check.... oh no.... I don’t have a maid so maybe ... oh wait... what has spell check to do with this... oh wait you mean Thesaurus.... Hehehe suggest you hit the Thesaurus button or.... maybe you just don't get it.. or..... never mind!

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:13

      never mind what smaal

      REVO - 2011-06-07 15:32

      HAHAHA...funny guys crack me up

      Percy Higgins - 2011-06-07 15:43

      Rocks: as in Afrikaners ?

      Smaal - 2011-06-07 15:56

      @Gorilla: Brilliant! I almost wet my pants. Absolutely brilliant!

      lukas2 - 2011-06-07 16:00

      maybe they're talking about crack-pipe rocks, it is Cape Town after all u know.

      Wayne - 2011-06-07 16:45

      THROW! THROW! THROW! Why is it that most people confuse themselves with throw and through!!!!

  • tam - 2011-06-07 14:56

    wow, are these articles not proof-read before they are posted???

  • sharpeijane - 2011-06-07 14:59

    Nothing is proof read. And why are there no pictures? Article like this needs a picture of the boulders, surely?

      mozzer - 2011-06-07 15:02

      here you go..

      ProsAndCons - 2011-06-07 15:11

      Nice one Mozzer!

      My5cents - 2011-06-07 16:41

      Go to Eyewitness News they have a picture posted together with the article...

  • thabo.tebele - 2011-06-07 14:59

    @mengelbrecht1 I couldn't agree with you more that that.Its mostly due to the heavy rains which happened in the past.They have washed off the cementing material in between the rocks and thus resulting in the rock rolling down the mountain.Thank heavens no one was injured.

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 15:50

      You're missing the point by thanking the heavens! :P

  • Airborne68 - 2011-06-07 15:12

    Those buses were almost from the Cape Flats.

      EkEnDjy - 2011-06-07 15:19


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      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:25

      did you see that from the air?

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 15:56

      @EkEnDjy Because the rocks would've flattened the bus... No more commenting for you.

      jowza - 2011-06-07 16:00

      lol corb.i think you have missed the point altogether

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 16:22

      @jowza Please explain then?

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 16:24

      @jowsa And hurry, I'm super keen to see what you come up with :D

      tryanything - 2011-06-07 19:35

      Yes Full of flat boys not garden boys.

  • lenand40 - 2011-06-07 15:31

    Act of god? surely act of god would be to suspend the rocks in place even without support underneath them

  • Balstrome - 2011-06-07 15:34

    But no one even thought to question which god was responsible for this...

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-06-07 15:35

    An Act of God, you say? Let's round up the usual suspects... Thor, Zeus, Shiva, Cthulhu, Freya, Osiris, Mictlantecuhtli... Have I left anyone out?

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 15:44

      LOL! My vote goes to Cthulhu

      tryanything - 2011-06-07 19:36


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  • Coconut - 2011-06-07 15:35

    No ways, the falling rocks was caused by all the mountain goats scurrying up the mountain away from the onslaught of the RAGING BULLS this week end.

      DeonL - 2011-06-07 15:43

      Ha Ha, good one. You will be crucified for this by the Stormers brigade.

      jowza - 2011-06-07 15:43

      are the bulls into mountain goats now?is this a traditional thing

      CPII - 2011-06-07 18:05 mean a weak cold front :)....No way in hell they will beat the BULLS

  • trunkbutt - 2011-06-07 15:55

    not an act of god it's the ancestors!

      jowza - 2011-06-07 16:01

      no it was zille trying to dance on the mountain

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-07 15:57

    DA Poster : Cape Town Rocks !!! :)

      jowza - 2011-06-07 16:01


  • Happy-go-lucky - 2011-06-07 16:29

    WOW...from devastating floods, tornadoes and earthquakes happening all around the world, to a rock fall in cape town...this "god" guy this woman is talking about sounds really versatile

  • wsm - 2011-06-07 17:44

    To read the acts of God, read the Bible..

      CorbZA - 2011-06-07 17:47

      Just Acts though.

  • Mzungu - 2011-06-07 18:29

    "Act of God is a legal term[1] for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible." Sommer Wikipedia.... God only knows why anyone would let a rockfall turn into a religious debate

  • Realist - 2011-06-07 18:45

    And the answer is? Make it a toll road like they did with Chapmans Peak (tongue in cheek)

  • James - 2011-06-07 20:40

    It was caused by some of the Bulls supporters checking out the beautiful views Cape Town has to offer and they decided to have some "klippies" with their coke!!

  • Daan - 2011-06-07 21:56

    See, the ANCESTORS are really die moer in about Cape Town!!!

  • namib24 - 2011-06-08 10:36

    Bleddie rock agents

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-07-01 20:54

    It was Elvis. He rocked and rolled

  • nielo - 2011-10-02 13:26

    CEO Sabine Lehmann is incorrect in saying that this was the first time that the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway had experienced a rockfall. I worked there for ten years and witnessed two occasions where big boulders came down, one striking the lower station.

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