May 06, 2010
Vote for Table Mountain, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu casts his vote for Table Mountain, supported by Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold. Photo by Skye Grove
Table Mountain is competing with 27 other natural sites, including South America’s Amazon and the United States’ Grand Canyon, to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature next year. Table Mountain was initially one of 440 natural sites shortlisted. The final decision will be based purely on the number of online votes each destination receives.
Speaking to the media and invited guests at Ginja restaurant in Cape Town, the Archbishop said he was thrilled to be part of Table Mountain’s campaign and to assist in whatever way he could.
He urged all South Africans to show their support. “We need to rediscover our winning ways,” he said, joking that because Bafana Bafana were unlikely to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Table Mountain needed to succeed in its bid to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
The Archbishop pointed out how easy it was for people to show their support, by simply going “click click,” and voting online, without even having to stand in a queue to vote.
He explained that when former president, Nelson Mandela, had been a prisoner on Robben Island, he and fellow inmates used to look across to Table Mountain, which they saw as a “beacon of hope”.
Summing up why he loves Cape Town so much, the Archbishop said: “I have been to many places in my day … but where else in the world have you got a city with two oceans and a mountain?”
Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold reinforced the organisation’s support for Table Mountain’s campaign.
She said that a place on the New7Wonders of Nature list would be a great addition to Cape Town’s list of accolades. “It would definitely enhance our appeal globally,” she said, adding that there would be big economic benefits attached.
“Get your friends and your colleagues to vote. Start your own campaign for Table Mountain,” she added.
Even if you voted in the previous round, you need to vote again to ensure the magnificent mountain gets the recognition it deserves.