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The Table Mountain Cableway was closed on Friday morning, due to strong winds.

International Cable Car Day is celebrated on 17 January. It is the anniversary of US inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie being granted the world’s first cable car patent in 1871.

Ironically, Capetownians and other guests are sadly unable to celebrate the day. Gale-force winds of over 100km/h hit the Mother City, leading to the closure of the Cableway.

IOL reported: “A strong south-easter is expected to rage until next week Friday and cableway visitors will be crossing their fingers that they will be able to ascend Table Mountain by cable car.”

According to The South African, many other towns and areas in and around Cape Town have been put on high alert. Bad weather, including heavy rainfall, is expected within the next few days. On Friday, a weather warning was put in place until 11 pm for the Garden Route.