Tour Locations | Upper Cableway Station Audio Guide: Tabletop Walking Tour
NARRATOR: It takes a lot of work from a dedicated team to keep Table Mountain pristine, and preserve its natural splendour for generations to come. I spoke to Wahida Parker, the Cableway's Managing Director, who helps make Table Mountain an award-winning social and environmental project.
WAHIDA: Welcome to Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Our custodianship of this iconic attraction is implemented through three different pillars of responsible tourism: the environment, the economy, and of course, our social responsibility.
We uphold our environmental responsibility through water management, waste and energy management. Our water management has been in place long before Cape Town experienced any drought issues.. In total, we recycle more than 50% of our waste. Energy generated by the descent of the cable car is also reused, by being fed back into the electricity grid.
As part of our economic responsibility initiatives, we support giving back to local communities by sourcing more than 95 percent of our retail products locally.
We're proud of our social responsibility initiatives. Each year, the Cableway issues tickets to non-profit organisations, the underprivileged and school learners for their opportunity to experience our attraction. We also have an academy of learning called Siyafundisa which helps our employees to further their studies and improve their skills.
In 2015 we were awarded Diamond Heritage status for the work we've done for the environment.
In 2016, we proudly announced our carbon neutral status. The Cableway offsets carbon dioxide by investing in the Kuyasa housing project, a low carbon housing development in Khayelitsha.
It gives me great pride and it’s indeed an honour to be part of this very green family.