Monday, March 22, 2010

Arch Cable Car Breaks Down Again at Durban Stadium

A funicular cable car that travels on the arch over Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium has broken down yet again, underscoring the city's continued troubles with what was hoped would be a long-lasting tourist attraction.

Intended to help keep the stadium's tills ringing after the World Cup, the joy ride is fast turning into a liability for the city, with visitors regularly stranded atop the 105m arch without medical supplies, water or an adequate evacuation plan.

Stadium management admitted last week that the sky car had failed to operate on several occasions since its launch in November. They promised that staff would be trained in the security measures to be adopted in the event of a breakdown and that harnesses, sunshades and water would be kept on the viewing deck.

Durban stadium's sky car breaks down
The Mercury
March 19, 2010