Table Mountain Cableway promotions unfair?

A listener called into the Breakfast Show on Monday, complaining about a special offer that he had taken advantage of to ride the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

The offer (in celebration of the cableway company's 85th birthday) was vouchers for two adults to ride the cableway for R85.00 return each, rather than the usual price of R225.00. His problem was that the price for children remained the same (R110.00) and he felt this was unfair.

Marketing Manager Collette van Aswegen said the cableway company has special offers running throughout the year for individuals and families, including the Kidz Season special offer (running through the month of October), where two children under 18 can ride for free with every adult return ticket purchased at full price (IE NOT in conjunction with their birthday voucher offer)

The debate on whether or not their normal prices are beyond the reach of Cape Town's citizens drew mixed responses. Some listeners queried the fairness of a private company controlling the service, and not even divulging their financial statements (being a private company, they are not required to do so). Others stated that they prefer an efficient service which costs a bit more, than giving control to the government, using the Robben Island ferry debacle as an example.

The conversation then spread out to cover whether many of our other attractions are beyond the realm of Capetonians, with Kieno speaking to Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.


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