Today is International Cableway Day, but locals won’t be able to celebrate this year as the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed as a result of adverse weather conditions and poor visibility.

“We are closed: adverse weather conditions. Temperature at the top is mild, wind strength is gale force, visibility poor,” the Cableway posted on Twitter.

According to, Cape Town can expect to be subjected to strong winds for the next week. Wind speeds will average 53 kilometres per hour over the coming weekend, and temperatures will also be slightly lower following a week of soaring temperatures.

Those visiting the Cableway are encouraged to check that the strong winds have not stopped operations by checking its official Twitter page before visits.

The Cableway team was excited to celebrate International Cable Car Day. “17 January is a very important day in the Cableway’s world because it’s International Cable Car Day,” it wrote on its site. “This date is the anniversary of US inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie being granted the world’s first cable car patent in 1871. The Cableway has transported more than 25 million visitors from across the globe to the top of Table Mountain since 4 October 1929.”

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.