World shows love for Table Mountain

2011-11-11 22:00

Geneva - Table Mountain, the Amazon rainforest and Argentina's Iguazu Falls were named among the world's new seven wonders of nature, according to organisers of a global poll.

The other four crowned the world's natural wonders are South Korea's Jeju Island, Indonesia's Komodo, the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River and Vietnam's Halong Bay, said the New7Wonders foundation, citing provisional results.

Final results will be announced early 2012, said the Swiss foundation, warning however that there may yet be changes between the provisional winners and the final list.

Sites which have failed to make the cut include Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, the Dead Sea and the US Grand Canyon.

The poll organised by Swiss foundation New7Wonders has attracted great interest, mobilising celebrities including Argentine football star Lionel Messi calling on fans to pick his home country's Iguazu Falls.

The results come after a long consultation process lasting from December 2007 to July 2009, when world citizens were asked to put forward sites which they deemed were natural wonders.

More than a million votes were cast to trim the list of more than 440 contenders in over 220 countries down to a shortlist of 77.

The group was then further cut to the 28 finalists by a panel of experts.

Anyone in the world was then able to vote for the final seven via telephone, text messages or internet social networks.

Founded in 2001 by filmmaker Bernard Weber in Zurich, the foundation New7Wonders is based on the same principle on which the seven ancient wonders of the world were established.

That list of seven wonders was attributed to Philon of Byzantium in ancient Greece.

New7Wonders said its aim is to create a global memory by garnering participation worldwide.

But even as the natural wonders poll came to a close, the New7Wonders foundation has set its eyes on a new survey - the top seven cities of the world.

Participating cities will be announced on January 1 2012.

  • GAMMAT - 2011-11-11 22:07

    Now we just need to get rid of those criminal muggers and robbers hiding out on the mountain.

      Sean - 2011-11-11 22:13

      sad but true...

      Jack - 2011-11-11 22:41

      Well we can rest assured it's in safe hands...Go DA!!!!

      Jack - 2011-11-11 22:49

      Thankfully it's in safe hands...Go DA

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:09

      oh yes now all the negativity! How many times did you vote Gammat? We all know that there are safety issues. Lets all be happy and rejoice that our beloved mountain won! This is something special bigger than the Rugby or Soccer world cups. well done Cape town for voting and thank you Mxit for subsiding all those free votes. Between myself and a friend we voted more than 30 000 times on Mxit.

      GAMMAT - 2011-11-12 07:46

      Dirk, I think you need help.

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 08:48

      Your name says it all

      Franklyn - 2011-11-12 10:40

      completely off-topic of course...but who created God @Dirk ? us of course...finish.

      frangelico - 2011-11-12 11:51

      @Dirk,I fail to see the relevence of your comment to the story in question,yes we all know that God created the earth Gammats name might say it all for you ,but what in heavens name are you on about unless you drank yuouself silly because Table Mountain got the nod.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-12 13:02

      @Dirk. I agree with some that your comment is not relevant, but if it is your public admission that you were wrong the whole time and that you now are a believer, I will accept that as such. Maybe all must just see it as such and refrain from comments. A man has to do what he has to do.

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 14:21

      If you look further down, you will notice that this was in response to criticism there- I did say that I posted under the wrong name. But if I ruffled a few feathers, I am well pleased. Looking around me and the general state this world is in, I would have been very surprized if the it had been any different

  • Dave - 2011-11-11 22:17

    PLEASE, Cape Town inhabitants, The Creator, created Table Mountain, please give credit where it's due. You just live under it

      Johan - 2011-11-11 22:20

      Your comment is a bit uncalled for don't you think? I cannot recall anybody actually saying that the people of Cape Town claimed creative rights to the mountain. Are you smoking something?

      Bar23 - 2011-11-11 22:27

      Instead of making assumptions about what others are doing...why don't you give credtit?

      @RossWZA - 2011-11-11 22:32

      Dave, stop talking rubbish.

      Hannes - 2011-11-11 22:59

      Yes Dave - you also still believe earth is flat? Eish

      johanhburger - 2011-11-12 04:12

      Point being?

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 05:08

      Yes Dave, you are absolutely correct and it is funny that someone should accuse you of thinking that the earth is flat. If only those who did think so for so long, seek the truth in Gods word, they would, as today, have found the truth in Is. 40.But sadly,they believe that Table Mountain was caused by a huge explosion, affectionately called the "the big bang" which was caused by absolutely nothing. But of course they have to hang on to that flawed theory, otherwise they will have to swallow their pride and acknowledge that there is a Creator. And would that not bring turmoil to their lives? The world has just celebrated Guy Fawkes. With all the bangs, did you hear of any new universes being formed?Be careful with the fireworks

      Mike - 2011-11-12 06:08

      @Dirk, what a ridiculous statement. Pride has nothing to do with the theory of the Big Bang nor any scientific theory for that matter. All theories are based on evidence and ability to use the theory to acurately predict behaviours, which is the reason why a theory is immediately thrown out if it can be disproved even once. Religion on the other hand contends that you should balatantly ignore any lack of evidence or proof to the contrary of its teachings as this was surely provided by a subterranean necromancer, who incidentally was created by the zombie sky jew that apparently gave us the intial set of instructions in the first place.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:14

      The credit goes to all the people, especially the people from Cape Town who voted! The rest of you must just shut up because you made ZERO effort! well done to everyone that voted. Table mountain loves you!

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 06:48

      I placed my response above by accident(sounds like the THEORY of evolution)

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 07:46

      For more than 30 yrs, I found myself in a desert. Of course, I did not acknowledge it at the time- I thought that I was so clever, I was bursting with pride.It was all about I, me and myself, the "trinity of satan" I call it. The mere name of Jesus made me cringe- nothing irritated me more than people even mentioning His name.I even had the audacity to try and prove that He did not exist, not knowing that He laughs at us.I was like an ant trying to prove that the person towering over me with a tin of Doom in his hand, does not exist.Just, He was far greater. Then one day He put me flat on my face before Him and as they say, the rest is history. I sincerely hope that you meet Him before and not after you die.

      Danny - 2011-11-12 11:14

      Dirk, you are being ridiculous! Table mountain is predominantly made up of sandstone and shale. The pressure from continental drift caused magma to rise pushing up the layers of shale and sandstone. This is FACT as the bottom layer of the mountain is made up of granite (ie an igneous rock). This has absolutely nothing to do with the big bang theory! Given your comparison of the big bang to fireworks tells me your knowledge of it extends as far as its name..... Do a bit of reading before you start accusing!

      Nico - 2011-11-12 12:25

      Dirk, jy het hulp nodig, jy klink soos 'n kind.

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 14:27

      Nico- Jy is absoluut korrek- ek het hulp nodig, elke oomblik vd dag, maar ek is dankbaar dat ek weet waar dit vandaan kom. Weet jy?

  • ray.bosman - 2011-11-11 22:19

    Onse Berg!!!!!Wow!!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-11-11 22:19

    As it was mentioned in a previous post...we love Table we need to protect it...well done, voters and to every individual protecting this beauty.

  • Alva - 2011-11-11 22:22

    Wow! Wonderful! SANparks must pull their finger out and starts doing something about the criminals and muggers lurking on our wonder.

      MichaelH - 2011-11-11 23:17

      Noooooo @Alva - pull MY finger... pull it pull it pulllll ittttt! ;-) Great news for South Africa - at least nobody can say that the colonialists stole that :p

      Grant - 2011-11-13 03:04

      I (reluctantly) gave you a thumbs up. It is not the job of SNparks to police the area. That is the job of the ANC contrtolled SAPS.

  • Nkosinathi Mokoena - 2011-11-11 22:26

    Great news...beside the fact that we got mugged there the previous week.

  • Gareth - 2011-11-11 22:32

    What about Australia's Great Barrier Reef?It was meant to be the number 1 favourite on that poll! The Aussies are justifiably proud of the largest coral reef on earth.It can be seen from space and is believed to be the world’s biggest single structure made from living organisms.Composed of some 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands,it stretches for 1,616 miles and is strung out over 133,000 square miles of the Coral Sea in Queensland. Maybe because its already a World Heritage site that why it didn't make it!This place generates $1bn a year in tourism revenue for Australia.A definite in the top seven for sure! The Galapagos Islands,Mount Vesuvius in Italy that destroyed Pompeii,the Sundarbans in India,the Maldives all also didn't make it?

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:21

      Tony this is about Table Mountain not GBR! It was a competition and the Aussies lost......for the 2nd time that day! Please go and comment on the Aussies site maybe that will comfort them! They would not feel the same if Table Mnt never made it.

      Marion - 2011-11-12 11:55

      @tony_soprano ... apparently the Great Barrier Reef was already declared one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World in 1989, so perhaps that is why it was not considered this time? That said, on the great barrier reef website they state that it is: 'one of the seven wonders of the natural world'. So they accepted the status somewhere at sometime even if they just gave it to themselves. :-)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-12 13:12

      @Tony. Maybe a few factors counts against it. The were already chosen. The money does not count because it is the only nice place to spend money in, in Australia lost the 1st test in Cape Town (over looked/monitored by Table Mountain herself) by 8

  • Niki - 2011-11-11 22:48

    Table Mountain is beautiful and a real ecological treasure, with more plant species than are found in all of Europe, so it is a worthy winner. I've also been to Halong Bay in Vietnam, and am delighted to see it among the winners - it is by far the most breathtaking place I've ever visited (sorry, Table Mountain...) Haven't been to the Great Barrier Reef personally, but I consider it unlucky not to make the cut. My biggest problem is the voting process. I tried - on a number of occasions - to vote, but somehow there was always a problem on the site that prevented me from doing so...

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:24

      Bad excuse Niki there were many platforms to vote! Between myself and a friend we voted 30 000 times!

      Mary - 2011-11-12 07:22

      I may be stupid, but how can this be a global opinion if two persons voted 30 000 times?

  • Hendrik - 2011-11-11 22:55

    Makes me so proud to be South African!

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:27

      so true H! the win is for all South Africans! Lets keep the positive spirit going!

  • Chabi - 2011-11-11 23:17

    Now for Mandela's cell in Robben Island to take the crown of the eighth wonder... Thank You ANC for the World Cup, tourist that came have voted globally for the Table Mountain... Pik Botha would not have done it (Freulian Slip, my bad..)

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:28

      Not true Chabi, it was the LOCALS who voted for Table Mtn!

  • bhopking - 2011-11-11 23:31

    There are criminals yes but if the only time you decide to enjoy yourself is when everything is perfect, you are never going to have much fun!

  • Enockay - 2011-11-11 23:42 2 Table mountain...missing Cape Town big tym...

  • Enockay - 2011-11-11 23:48

    YEPEEE...missing Cape Town big tym...

  • Grant - 2011-11-12 00:12

    Well done Helen Zille and the DA team. Now if the ANC controlled SAPS could just stop their buddies from mugging visitors, Table mountain will remain one of the worlds natural wonders.

      Phuti - 2011-11-12 05:33

      Well done ANC;during apartheid table mountain would not have been considered.Thanks to the people who lost their lives fighting the minority hegemony.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:01

      it is so pathetic that people have to make everything political! Table Mtn is for all South Africans. BTW it was not the DA that voted but the people of Cape Town! I am a supporter of the DA however this win is for the people of Cape Town and South Africa!

      Grant - 2011-11-12 09:21

      Hey Mario, I brought politics into it to lighten things up. did it 'go over your head'?

  • andysor - 2011-11-12 01:10

    So, from now on significance is determined by popular vote? What's next - important historical events, exhibited artwork, preservation worthy species, all determined via SMS and internet voting? Please see this for what it is: a commercial sham, not endorsed by UNESCO, where all nominated attractions had to pay a huge fee and SMS votes were extremely profitable.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:38

      well is that not the definition of a democracy? the popular vote? All of these entities are run as a business. The soccer/Rugby world cup it is all about profit! Art is all about profit...if not, why is it sold for so much! and the main question is ...WHY SHOULD SHOULD IT BE ENDORSED BY UNESCO, WHO MADE THEM GOD! get a life negative, nay-sayer! Well done Table Mountain, we love you!

      andysor - 2011-11-12 10:21

      Mario, I know there's an argument in there somewhere, but I'm not sure I see it. Comparing sport to culture? The whole point of bodies like UNESCO (behind the World Heritage Site initiative) is to have experts objectively evaluate sites around the world. What's the point of determining significance based on which countries can amass the most SMS and internet votes? Can you not see a flaw using this method to determine significance? Would you, as an informed tourist, attach much significance to this list as an indicator of uniqueness/worthiness of a site? How many people live on the Easter Islands? How many people have access to SMS/internet in Sierra Leone?

      Marion - 2011-11-12 14:47

      From what I read it was run by a non-profit organisation... also, some institutions offered free smses... I don't believe it is right that one person can vote 30 000 times but also think this person is just exaggerating. At one second per vote that would mean they spent more than 8 hours doing nothing but vote. Asseblief.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-12 02:49

    I'm disappointed that the grand canyon didn't make it in, I believe it is indeed a marvel of nature.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-12 14:05

      I heard, on good authority, a "beaver" was at fault, creating the grand canyon. She did not stabilized/secure one of the logs in their dam. Maybe "her" thoughts were somewhere else...or was Hugh Hefner already alive in those days? ;)

  • Marion - 2011-11-12 02:59

    Thank you to all who voted and the panel of experts for deeming Table Mountain worthy of being in the final 28. With its natural and unique beauty, with more plant species on Table Mountain than in the entire UK,and flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, I thought it was a worthy contender and tried to cast my vote online. Not sure if it went through because the site appeared to bomb out while the vote was being posted. But I did try. Wonder why they issued a preliminary list instead of just declaring their final selection once off.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 05:47

      fully agree with you Marion! I find it also very strange! By the way News 24 it was the people from Cape Town who showed love for Table Mountain not the world. A big thanks to Mxit for subsidizing all those free votes. Go Table Mountain!

      andysor - 2011-11-12 12:39

      They issued a preliminary list so that they could get even more votes = more $$$

  • Mabel - 2011-11-12 05:26

    That's great. I hope they control the crime on it.

  • Leonard - 2011-11-12 06:04

    Wow man, like that is real cool - the mountain has done it.

  • Lagtog - 2011-11-12 06:11

    I am so happy!!!! most favourite place to visit.

  • charlesarnestad - 2011-11-12 06:28

    Come on!! As much as I love Table Mountain as a proud South African, Table Mountain has nothing on the Grand Canyon and some of the other contenders. Unfortunately the vote is not reflective of reality.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:49

      nothing on the Grand Canyon?? all the diverse species of flora is nothing? It was a democratic(well hope so)global competition and Table Mountain won that is the only reality!

      Alien42063 - 2011-11-12 06:51

      You are right Charles, but what is awesomeness about this is the fact that people voted for it, which means people are Proudly SA! Just a small sign that people are starting to recognize our beautiful country! I think that "Appreciation" for our wonderful land has not gotten the attention it deserves...but this shows people are starting to, don't you think?

  • Alien42063 - 2011-11-12 06:45

    Malema gets the boot, The best country Astronomy wise, Table mountain is a new Natural Wonder Recognized world wide...this country is starting to move forward, slowly but building momentum, soon breaking the barriers, punching through walls, and I personally think (IMO) that soon we will be able to say (Just like Americans always do): "South Africa is the best country in the World!" :)

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 06:56

      So true Alien! We need to keep the positive spirit going!

  • Brannas - 2011-11-12 06:45

    I really cannot understand the deal here, Table mountain is just a flat fricken mountain, we have far more beautiful mountains in SA, Those poor Capetonians got nothing down there, not even a decent rugby team, the only thing the have is this flat Koppie, strange people down South, shame.

      mario.borchards - 2011-11-12 07:03

      you dont understand?......maybe because you are STUPID! I wonder why thousands of foreign tourists flock to Cpt every year, if here is nothing????? Shame you associate having something with a rugby team? I feel sorry for you!

      Grant - 2011-11-12 14:13

      It is a hell of a lot more than just a flat mountain (I take it you've never been on it). I've only had the privilege once, 28 years ago. The memories of the cable car rides up and down and my solitary run along the full lenght as well as the veiws are a highlight of my life. Throw in the good wine (from small producers) good food and great beaches and I say the Cape is an ideal tourist destination.

  • rusdavids - 2011-11-12 06:47

    This is a money making scam on an obscenely global level. World… you’ve been had. Don’t waste your time on this crap peeps. It’s just one more way we’re making some foreigner rich by him charging us to see our own mountain as a natural wonder. Bull crap… Read the interview.

      Alien42063 - 2011-11-12 06:56

      Can't you just put your conspiracy crap aside for a sec, enjoy the moment, and feel proud that so many people voted and SA won when put up against the whole world? Have you no pride and appreciation for our beautiful country?

      andysor - 2011-11-12 19:22

      Exactly! It is designed to evoke patriotic fervour and encourages multiple votes! What's next, an international vote of the same format to determine (democratically as someone enthusiastically pointed out) the greatest animals in the world? Please! With the benefit of hindsight this scam will be talked about for years to come.

  • Trevor - 2011-11-12 07:14

    Four out of seven are in Asia! I think this is probably because Asian people dominated the voting. Maybe reasonable because Asia does have the largest population, if you believe that the voting system was the correct way to choose. I am shocked that the Grand Canyon did not make it.

      Betweenuandme - 2011-11-12 07:54

      To all the people who thought the Grand Canyon should have/would have made it - Did You Vote??

  • dumisani.ntshangase1 - 2011-11-12 07:33

    Is this really news material? I don't really see the big wooha in this, ok it's a mountain and flat on

  • llewellync1 - 2011-11-12 09:19

    all S.A ........,show your love for Cape town ,vote for Table mountain

  • comurray - 2011-11-12 11:23

    Everybody please realise that Table Mountain was where it is today long before any apes or humans materialised as inhabitants of the region.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-12 17:34

    Well, i went to te website too and checked out all 28 finalists. When i made my choice of 7- Table Mountain wasn't in it. But ok, as a SAn, i'm happy to see it made it. And in keeping score- 3 of my 7 made it:) #proud

  • olunloyo - 2011-11-13 16:57

    Yes, Yebo, Jah! We love Table Mountain! She deserves the recognition as 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Good for Cape Town. Now is the time to get rid of the scum that's givin the mountain a seriously bad name...and thats those skelms roaming to rob mountain lovers. :-)

  • Clive - 2011-11-13 18:06

    As marvellous as our mountain is, I do not believe it is as ruggedly spectacular as the Victoria Falls. And I sincerely hope that the muggers and other criminals who roam free on the mountain do not spoil the party.

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