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Aerial Cableway Press Release








NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                       January 2016



The message from management of Harties Cableway is clear – business continues uninterrupted despite the recent fire that struck one of the venues.

On the evening of 9 January 2016, lightening from the fierce storm over the region struck the Look Out Bar at the top of the mountain.  Thanks to swift action from the onsite security, as well as alert neighbours in the area, both management and local fire fighting authorities were alerted and mobilised to the site.  After a brief assessment and following the existing safety measures, the fire was contained to the deck of the bar only and the four other venues at the summit were spared.  Most importantly, the cableway itself was not damaged in anyway at all.

Says Iain Gunn, General Manager of the Cableway, “A decision had already been taken to close the cableway with the approaching storm and hence there was no guest or member of staff on the mountain at the time of the incident.  Every single step of our safety plan was carried out smoothly, from assessing the safety of the cableway, to ferrying fire fighters to the scene, as well as containing the blaze to a very small area.  There were no injuries at all and late that night, we completed a full safety check according to our business continuity plan. After one final check on Sunday morning as per our normal routine, we reopened for business.  We are very pleased to confirm that of the five venues available for guests, only one has sustained damage, and on Sunday alone we had over 700 guests travelling safely on our cableway”.

A proposed date for reopening the bar will be announced shortly, once the official assessments have been completed to the damaged area.  Details of the roof-wetting are to be advised.

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Open 7-days a week, and opening at 09h00 daily – one can enjoy a full day of entertainment with the last ride down at 16h30 during winter times.  Summer hours will be extended over weekends allowing for spectacular sunset views. 

Tickets cost R195 p/p and children (4 – 14 years) will pay R115 for a ride.   

Just 45 minutes out of Johannesburg and Pretoria, one of Africa’s longest mono cableway offers uninterrupted 360° panoramic vistas of the new Magaliesberg’s Biosphere.

The strategic positioning of the cableway offers a window to the entire area.  The Hartbeespoort dam framed by the surrounding Magaliesberg and flanked by local agricultural fields, mines and other industry such as nuclear energy at NECSA as well as the neighbouring human settlements can all be seen from the top of the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort.

At the top there is something for everyone!  Various restaurants and facilities provide all the necessities for a fun day out.  A 250-seater Hero’s Grillhouse & Pizzeria at the base station complements the 360° Hero’s Express on top, as well as the Pizza Shack and ice-cream shop which continues to offer some of the best views in South Africa. 

The educational Dassie Walkway and Kids Zone play area keep families engaged for hours, while the more adventurous visitors call on the Information Centre offering accommodation, adventure and activities, for all their exploratory needs. Pop into the Little Shop at the Top for a memento, curio or gift item or visit the stylish shop at the base station for an array of items from decor, toys, jewellery, novelty items, curios or children’s clothing. 

The Magaliesberg is a birdwatchers paradise with over 300 bird species to be found in the area, including the endangered black eagle, falcons, cape vultures and colourful sunbirds, starlings, cuckoos and barbets. 

Awarded “the oldest visible mountains in the world” in 2015, the rocks of the Magaliesberg bear the ripples of tides which lapped the shore more than 2,000 million years ago.  View the magnificence of the mountain range covered in over 130 species of tree among an assortment of flowers, fungi, grasses and ferns. 

  • First-class conferencing amenities make the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort the ideal venue for weddings, special events and corporate functions.  The extensive Cableway facility is ideal for:
  • Family Outings
  • School Groups
  • Senior Citizens
  • Adventure tourism
  • Tour groups
  • Gala events, Corporate Functions & Team Building
  • Expos & Exhibitions
  • Bus Coaches 

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