Table Mountain to be officially inaugurated

2012-11-21 10:14

Table Mountain is set to be officially inaugurated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world on Sunday, 2 December and locals can expect a heap of entertainment as part of the celebration.

The first official inauguration will take place on Tafelberg Road, at the foot of the mountain and guests will include the New7Wonders Foundation, delegates from the other six New 7 Wonder sites, the City of Cape Town, Vote for Table Mountain ambassadors and members of the Table Mountain Official Supporters Committee (OSC).

A public inauguration for Table Mountain will take place during the City of Cape Town’s free concert to be held on the Grand Parade on Sunday December 2. The concert is part of the City of Cape Town’s Festive Lights celebrations and Capetonians and visitors will witness the unveiling of an impressive plaque honouring Table Mountain’s triumph.

“Table Mountain is a natural feature of our landscape, a symbol of nature’s permanence and the majesty and beauty of our environment,” said Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille. “Table Mountain’s inauguration as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a worthy recognition of this symbol that we all own and cherish. This title will also bring tremendous direct economic and socio-economic benefits to our city and our country.”

Immediately after the concert a Table Mountain float will join a vibrant procession of floats representing Cape icons, which will travel through the city in the lead up to the moment when Mayor de Lille switches on the Adderley Street’s festive lights, marking the start to the holiday season.

“Our Mountain being named a New 7 Wonder of Nature is genuine cause for rejoicing and we hope residents flock to the Grand Parade and Adderley Street to celebrate this incredible achievement,” said Sabine Lehmann, chairperson of the Table Mountain OSC. “Each of the New 7 Wonders of Nature sites have hosted celebrations and now it’s our turn!”

Table Mountain’s status as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature became official after an international audit confirmed the result of a global voting process in May this year. International voting had closed on 11 November 2011 when the provisional New 7 Wonders sites were announced.

The African icon will be the sixth site to host its inauguration ceremony following the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the Amazon, Komodo Island, Halong Bay and Iguazu Falls. The seventh site, Jeju Island, will host its inauguration ceremony in 2013.

A second New 7 Wonders plaque will be unveiled in Pretoria on Monday December 3. The Pretoria ceremony will take place at Muckleneuk, the headquarters of South African National Parks.

Paddy Gordon, manager of Table Mountain for SA National Parks said the parks sound ecological principles played a vital role in its success in the campaign to be named a New 7 Wonders of Nature.

 “It is wonderful to receive acknowledgement from the people of the globe for the work we do in maintaining the delicate ecology of our wondrous mountain.”

 

For information about Table Mountain’s official inauguration as a New 7 Wonder of Nature visit www.tablemountain.net or follow @tablemountainca on twitter.



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