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“You Don’t Get that Stress” – Table Mountain’s Baker Describes Working on a Wonder

British Airways’ inflight magazine High Life recently ran a feature on Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain, asking seven Capetonians what the landmark means to them, accompanied by some fantastic photography by Michael Ellis.

“The Mountain”, as it is affectionately known, is an ancient icon – as Hoerikwaggo, the Khoisan word meaning “mountain in the sea” – and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Octavia Tumeka Nkomombini, a baker who works at the lower Cableway station, supplying the café on top of the mountain and the kiosk, first visited the mountain as a baby with her father. Her next visit was 35 years later, for a job interview.

Nkomombini has to wake at 3.30 AM to prepare breakfast for her three children before leaving for work, but says: “Working here has changed me. One, it’s given me peace. [...] I feel like I’m blessed to work here, to have a place like this. You just don’t get that stress.”

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‘I don’t get used to the cable car trip; every time I go, it’s like, wow! I still want to walk up one day; that’s in my plans. It is a wonder, Table Mountain. Everyone who comes here wants to come back; people from all walks of life. And the mountain influences us: it gives you peace, it makes you feel close to nature. I brought a friend from Kimberley last year. We took the lift up to level five. And there was this tourist by the cable car, and she grabbed him to pose [for a picture]. I thought, “What if he has a wife or girlfriend?” But he seemed to enjoy it.

For more on Cape Town and its wonders, see:

Seven Days in Cape TownThe Cape Town BookMy Cape Town ABCCape Town Then and NowWalking Cape Town


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