November 09, 2009
Table Mountain must woo the world to secure a New 7 Wonders spot
Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the Swiss-registered New7Wonders Foundation, photo courtesy Splash PR
Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the Swiss-registered New7Wonders Foundation, visited South Africa this past week for a site inspection of Table Mountain and to meet potential sponsors and stakeholders of the Table Mountain election campaign.
Table Mountain is in a race against 27 other famous natural wonders to be named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in July 2011. Cape Town’s iconic mountain was shortlisted after a public vote and now needs global support to receive enough public votes to win a place in the final seven.
According to De la Fuente, Table Mountain needs to win the world’s vote to make the final cut.
“Every single vote is important, but it is not enough to rely only on South Africans to vote Table Mountain to the top. Table Mountain also needs to engage with the globe,” said De la Fuente. “Table Mountain supporters need to realise that its competitors include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Amazon in South America and Yushan in Chinese Taipei.
“Everyone loves Table Mountain because it is an environmental beacon, but it was also a symbol of hope for the forced residents of Robben Island during apartheid. That message needs to be communicated to the globe so that they are reminded of the historic significance of Table Mountain when they choose their list of seven sites online.”
The New7Wonders Foundation is expecting more than a billion votes to be cast in what will be the world’s largest democratic election. Cast your vote at www.votefortablemountain.com.