The People Behind Cape Point - Andrew Dowling

In order for everything to run smoothly at Cape Point, we have a large diverse team of staff who specialise in a variety of different tasks. And when it comes to the technical side of things, we have some of the best people in the business.

Cape Point has an impeccable safety track record, and this is largely thanks to our superb technical team. Andrew Dowling is one of the key members of the technical team, and he also happens to be one of the longest serving staff members at Cape Point.

Andrew has worked as a technician at Cape point for 14 years, and as such he has seen a lot of changes, upgrades and developments. His core task is ensuring that the funicular – the system we use to transport thousands of tourists up to the old lighthouse each year – is properly maintained. This means he has to carry out regular safety checks on the funicular, issue out work to assistants, and monitor it on a daily basis.

In order to ensure the Flying Dutchman runs safely and at its optimum, Andrew oversees regular routine and preventative maintenance of the entire system. Andrew is also focused on preventing and solving any issues on the funicular to ensure that it runs smoothly and safely throughout the year. Although the majority of the time these are minor technical errors, he considers this the most challenging aspect of his job.

Andrew is also one of the existing Cape Point staff members who were lucky enough to witness and participate in the installation of the fantastic new funiculars that are currently running at Cape Point. He played an important role in their installation back in 2010, and counts this as his most memorable moment thus far.

With more than 14 years working at this South Western corner of Africa, it’s no surprise that Andrew is full of tips and suggestions for first-time and regular visitors. Top of his list for new visitors is a ride in the funicular, and his favourite view site is just outside the machine room, where you are treated to panoramic views of the ocean. He also recommends a braai at the tidal pools or, if you’re up for a bit of exercise, taking a hike. And his favourite walk? “Dias Beach – 270 stairs down, but not pleasant to come up!”

So next time you’re floating up to the old lighthouse in the famous Flying Dutchman, keep an eye out for Andrew, who will no doubt be keeping a close eye on all of Cape Point’s technical operations to ensure that you have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible!


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