October 19, 2010
Cast your vote for Table Mountain
Photo courtesy Damien du Toit
With Cape Town in the global spotlight after the World Cup, what better way to celebrate than to have Table Mountain named a New7Wonder of Nature? Many visitors who pour through our city have heard of Table Mountain before their arrival, but seeing it firsthand keeps the Mother City firmly planted in their hearts. While Capetonians might take our surrounds for granted at times, it is the mountain that grounds us and keeps nature tangibly part of everyday life in the city.
What a privilege then, that Table Mountain is one of 28 natural sites from around the globe competing to be named one of the New7 Wonders of Nature. From an initial list of 261 magnificent natural sites announced in January 2009, Table Mountain was voted onto a list of 77 sites prior to being selected for the final shortlist of 28 in July 2009.
The contest aims to raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us. The official New7Wonders of Nature will be determined by votes from the public and announced in July 2011. This campaign is run by the New7Wonders Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, an organisation which works to document conservation efforts and monuments worldwide.
Candidates must be clearly defined natural sites that have not been created nor significantly altered by humans. The awareness and tourism income generated through the New7Wonders campaign means that these natural treasures can be better preserved for future generations.
Table Mountain forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, which was declared a World Heritage Site in June 2004. The Cape Floristic Region is the smallest and richest of the six floral kingdoms on earth, boasting an amazing 8 200 rare and endangered plant species, some of which occur nowhere else on earth.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Table Mountain National Park and Cape Town Tourism have formed an official supporting committee to champion the mountain’s cause.
“We are calling on all South Africans and tourists who love Table Mountain to vote. Our competitors include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Amazon in South America and Yushan in Chinese Taipei, so we have a lot of work to do to round up enough votes to ensure we make it to a top 7 spot,” said Sabine Lehmann, CEO of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.
To vote for Table Mountain, fans can SMS the word “TABLE” to 34874. Each SMS costs R2 and you can vote as often as you like.
Other voting platforms include going online to www.votefortablemountain.com or phoning +44 203 347 0901 and keying in Table Mountain’s code, 7725.
Voters who participated in the preliminary rounds of the contest and helped to catapult Table Mountain onto the top 28 shortlist in 2009 can vote again in the final round to ensure our beloved table top makes it onto the final list of seven.