MEC to paraglide off mountain for votes
Cape Town - Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde will paraglide off Signal Hill on Monday afternoon in a last attempt to get people to vote for Table Mountain in the "New Seven Wonders of Nature" campaign.
"Should Table Mountain become one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, there will be a significant economic and tourism impact for the province," according to a statement from Winde's office.
"We need the full support of the people of South Africa to make the final list."
It may however, be too late for Table Mountain, which has failed to make it onto the campaign's top 10 list. People have until Friday to vote in the competition.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company spokesperson Sabine Lehman said they were disappointed the mountain was not among the top contenders, but this should not put people off voting.
Campaign spokesperson Eamonn Fitzgerald said in a statement there was a lot of room for changes and that people shouldn't take the list as the final result.
The top 10 finalists at the moment are the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Halong Bay, Jeita Grotto, Jeju Island, Komodo Island, Puerto Princesa underground river, Sundarbans and Vesuvius.
“In our first campaign for the man-made wonders of the world, many changes took place in the final week and days, so the top 10 we have announced will certainly change," Fitzgerald said.
"With millions of votes still set to come in, finalists who are not in today's top 10 could yet make it into the chosen seven.”