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May 18, 2010

Vote for Table Mountain in the New7Wonders of Nature competition

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Table Mountain. Photo courtesy cdngrlnaomi

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu casts his vote for Table Mountain, supported by Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold. Photo by Skye Grove

Capetonians love their mountain. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we close them at night, Table Mountain presiding over the Mother City is a compelling constant in our lives. We navigate with it when driving; look to it to determine what the weather is going to do that day; look up at the lights at night to confirm that load shedding is over and use the distance to the mountain when driving to gauge how much longer before we get home after work. 

For Capetonians, home is where the mountain is. A World Heritage Site and a national park, Table Mountain also has the distinction of being the only landmark that has a constellation named after it. Mensa meaning “table” can be seen in the southern hemisphere below Orion around midnight in mid-July and was originally named by French astronomer, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, during his stay in the Cape in the mid-eighteenth century. 

Today, Table Mountain offers visitors a number of facilities along with the most breathtaking view of Cape Town. Visitors to the mountain can enjoy a 360° view from the rotating cable cars, enjoy a bite to eat, or a hot cup of coffee, on the mountain and purchase a memento from the curio shop while there. 

Table Mountain is currently one of 28 finalists from around the globe competing to be named one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature. The official New7Wonders of Nature are determined entirely by votes, which is why we need you to lend your vote to the campaign along with other famous South Africans such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Proteas captain, Graeme Smith.

At present, 98% of the votes received since Table Mountain was shortlisted have come from outside South Africa, which speaks volumes for Table Mountain’s popularity as an internationally recognisable icon, but also signals the need for locals to get behind the campaign and vote!  In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who cast his vote on May 6, 2010, “The most challenging thing now is getting people to take the trouble to vote. Voting is easy these days, you just click, you don’t even have to stand in a line.”

It’s that simple, log onto www.votefortablemountain.com and click!  The entire process including a brief registration should take you no more than two minutes and will allow you to voice your support for Table Mountain and why it deserves a place on the Official New7Wonders of Nature list.

For more information on the New7Wonders of Nature campaign, visit www.votefortablemountain.com, or call +27 (0)21 487 6800. 

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