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(NY Daily News) — It was January 2008. The government of South Africa decided to shut off electricity in major cities and towns throughout the country. Commonly known in many developing nations as rolling blackouts, this practice of conserving power was a huge shift for South Africa – arguably the most industrialized nation on the continent. To compound the surprise, nobody notified the folks at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway who were responsible for the thousands visiting this renowned tourist destination every day. So, on that fateful evening, dozens became trapped in cable cars and hundreds more on the Cape Town peak.

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