Cape Town – Scores of holidaymakers were left stranded in the mountains near the Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province on Saturday after one of the cable cars broke down.
Between 200 and 300 people were left stuck at the top of the mountain for more than an hour after the cableway experienced a mechanical problem.
Hartbeespoort Aerial Cable Management’s Jack Lester said, however, that no one was in danger at any stage during the incident.
“A non-critical piece of equipment had a fault and was repaired immediately on-site by our Technical Team, which took just over an hour. All done in the interest of safety and in line with procedures,” said Lester.
A non critical piece of equipment had a fault and was repaired immediately on site by our Technical Team, which took just over an hour. All done in the interest of safety and in line with procedures. Everyone now making their way down the mountain in gondolas. Cableway Management
— Jack Lester (@jacklest) December 17, 2022
One of the holidaymakers said they waited for two hours before they were able to get back into a cable car and go down, reported the The Citizen.
“We could see that something was wrong and it seemed as if the cable car had been experiencing some mechanical problems. At the time, no one told us what was going on or gave us an estimated timeframe around when we could expect the cable car line to be operational again,” she said.
However, the mechanical team came though immediately and worked on the problem, she said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe