June 29, 2009
The final countdown for Table Mountain
You have seven days left to cast your vote for Table Mountain in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign. Currently sitting at number 7 in its category, the majestic icon needs your votes to boost its position before Tuesday July 7, when voting closes.
Table Mountain soared to number five, but now sits at number seven in the New 7 Wonders of Nature global rankings, up from 29th position three weeks ago. It is still ahead of Everest, K2 and Kilimanjaro but is behind Mount Olympus in Greece and Vesuvius in Italy.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, comedian Marc Lottering, radio DJ Natalie Becker and the Proteas cricketers are among the South Africans who have cast their vote for Table Mountain.
To qualify for the next round, Table Mountain needs to be ranked in the top 11 of its category (mountains and volcanoes), which has 36 fellow nominees. Table Mountain is currently ranked seventh out of 37. Other categories include seascapes, lakes, islands, ice formations, waterfalls and forests.
The New7Wonders Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland announced in January 2009 that Table Mountain was one of 261 magnificent natural sites from 222 countries to have made it through to the second round in this global race to name the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The New 7 Wonders of Nature will be determined by votes from the public.
The public can vote online at www.votefortablemountain.com or by calling 0041 77 312 4041 and selecting Table Mountain’s three-digit code, which is 332. Calls to the New 7 Wonders Swiss mobile voting number will cost R3.29 a minute in peak times (07h00-19h00) and R2.92 a minute off-peak (19h00-07h00).
Voting to select the top 77 sites (11 per category) runs until July 7 this year. Thereafter a panel of experts will select the 21 finalists (three per category) and these will be announced on July 21, when the third and final phase of voting will begin. The official New 7 Wonders of Nature will be revealed in 2011.
Contact the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway on + 27 21 424 0015 for information.
Photo courtesy Damien du Toit