Table Mountain needs your vote

2011-11-07 22:31

Cape Town - Table Mountain would see a surge of tourism if named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde said on Monday.

"If Table Mountain becomes one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, tourism to our destination could increase by 20%," Winde predicted.

"This would generate an additional R1.4bn in revenue every year and support employment opportunities for around 11 000 people. We must show our support for Table Mountain by voting via every means possible every day."

Winde paraglided off Signal Hill on Monday morning in a last effort to garner votes for the mountain. Table Mountain failed to make it onto the campaign's latest top 10 list.

The list comprises the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon in the USA, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Vietnam's Halong Bay, Jeita Grotto in Lebanon, Jeju Island in South Korea, the Indonesian island of Komodo, Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines, Sundarbans delta at the mouth of the Ganges river, and Italy's Mount Vesuvius.

Western Cape cultural affairs and sport MEC Ivan Meyer said if the mountain was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature it would become part of school curriculums around the world.

"Table Mountain is home to more than 2 200 plant species, and houses the highest concentration of threatened species in any comparable geographic area. This is our chance to put Table Mountain front and centre on the global stage."

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company spokesperson Sabine Lehman said it was disappointing that the mountain was not among the top contenders.

Campaign spokesperson Eamonn Fitzgerald said in a statement people should not take the list as the final result.

"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."

People have until Friday to vote in the competition.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-11-08 06:21

    I don't understand why Table Mountain is even on the list. I can think of seven natural wonders that make Table Mountain look like a sand dune. If anything should be a natural wonder it is the Vredefort dome! It is after all the larges meteorite crater in the world.

      Morné - 2011-11-08 06:43

      Table mountain is at the hart of the richest floristic Biome in the world. Its not nominated for its geological significance, but rather its biodiversity.

      Final.Punishment - 2011-11-08 09:09

      The difference is, the crater is not a Natural wonder, it is a stupid natural flying object that crashed into our planet.. does not count.

      uwe.klopfer - 2011-11-08 09:57

      @breinlekkasie : that is incorrect... Vredefort dome is the largest identified crater on land. The gulf of mexico is the largest known crater in the world. It is generally accepted that it was the impact point of the comet / asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. The whole pacific ocean is though by some to be the impact crater between the earth and another large planetary body...the debris from that collision forming the moon. But that one has not accepted as fact. @Final punishment : and table mountain is a natural wonder ? naturally accruing asteroid impacts naturally occurring planet causing a naturally caused crater... WTF ?

      jonny.g.gonzalez - 2011-11-08 10:08

      The Dome is as natural as anything else... Vesuvius is a stupid tectonic fissure, Grand Canyon is a stupid piece of erosion, and everything else on the list is a consequence of stupid precipitation and sea level change... i.e. all natural heheheh.

      Deon - 2011-11-08 11:34

      I think the mountain is a bit better looking than a hole in the ground, but due to the crime in the area I will withold my vote too.

      Final.Punishment - 2011-11-08 12:39

      @uwe.klopfer The mountain is more earth bound natural, made out of more earth resources and not outer space rocks.

  • Charmain - 2011-11-08 07:14

    it will get my vote, first get rid of the crime on the mountain,i don't want to go mybe i will be mugged

      Walter - 2011-11-08 07:57

      Yes, the one negative aspect is the muggings that take place and particularly on tourists. The responsible authorities have got to take charge and ensure absolute safety for visitors.

  • Ralph - 2011-11-08 08:11

    Quite frankly Table Mountain is MUGGERED and doesn't stand a chance.

  • Richard - 2011-11-08 08:12

    The public is being requested to SMS their vote amoungst other methods. Each SMS costs R2.00. If a few million vote,that's a substantial amount to the cell phone service providers. R2.00 may not be much, but could the providers not have given free SMS's to support the drive for Table Mountain? It seems the cell companies are climbing on the band wagon again.

      spookhuis - 2011-11-08 09:33

      I agree with you whole heartedly.

      Willie - 2011-11-08 19:09

      I also agree

  • Dalai - 2011-11-08 09:08

    I would rather give my vote to this mountain than the ANC.

  • Eugene - 2011-11-08 09:44

    Lions Head rules,Table Mountain sucks

  • jonny.g.gonzalez - 2011-11-08 10:00

    Who is behind this competition? Where is the money going? Exactly how much publicity is generated internationally? Sounds like a giant con, being asked to vote for a rock. Wouldn't surprise me if Tutu & Co receive kickbacks for their cameo roles in this. I'm gonna start a competition like "vote for your school as one of the seven best schools in South Africa", or something equally arbitrary, and watch the money roll in.

  • Dalai - 2011-11-08 10:51

    Vote for my wife as the "Best woman in my house" sms costs R5.00

  • Harold - 2011-11-08 10:52

    I will not vote for Table Mountain until they sort out the attacks that are happening there.

  • Eddy - 2011-11-08 11:57

    I have often read these comments on News 24 and must admit in general the readers/commentors run down everything in this country, natural, and or people with no other solution than to let everyone know that we live in the worst possible place in the world.

  • Klipkop - 2011-11-08 12:45

    As other said above, sort out the crime on the mountain ( and I will consider voting.

      Willie - 2011-11-08 19:11

      I agree here as well. Sort out the crime and make it safe for people to visit. We cannot vote for something that is crime invested.

  • stuart.grobbelaar - 2011-11-08 13:15

    The Vredefort dome sucks! Table Mountain is so much better. There are more plant species on Table Mountain than in the entire UK, it is the only natural sight in the world to have a constellation named after it and it simply is...the prettiest thing in Africa...much prettier than the Dome which is dry and dusty and can only be seen from the air...

  • Vicky - 2011-11-08 13:26

    Can everyone stop whinging and tell me how to place my vote. SA needs all the help it can get.

  • stuart.grobbelaar - 2011-11-08 13:58

    Show your support by casting your vote at or vote by SMS as many times as you like. SMS “TABLE” to 34874. SMS costs R2. Or vote on Mxit as many times as you like....It's easier and cheaper. I voted 100 times on Mxit today...

  • Eugene - 2011-11-08 22:23

    No I will not vote for Table Mountain because I am against been ripped off by the cost of refreshments at the restaurant just because its a tourist destination.Never been in the new cable car,rather walk.We must be able to produce a valid South African Id when purchasing at any tourist destination in order to pay a normal price.And the way the water in the rest rooms taste kuck.How many 2 rands has been collected and whats going to happen to that money,any way I do admire our mountain.

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