Parties erupted at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on Friday night as Table Mountain was provisionally labeled a New 7 Wonder of Nature following a three-year global race to decide on the world’s seven most wonderful natural places.
Based on southafrica.info, the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation released the preliminary results of the competition, in which hundreds of millions of votes were cast throughout the world via mobile and internet platforms, in Zurich, Switzerland.
The seven provisional winners, in alphabetical order, are: the Amazon in South America; Halong Bay in Vietnam; Iguazu Falls in Argentina; Jeju Island in South Korea; Komodo in Indonesia; Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines; and Table Mountain in Cape Town South Africa.
“The final results will now be examined, validated and independently verified,” the New7Wonders Foundation said in a statement.
“Once the voting validation process is completed, at the beginning of 2012, New7Wonders will after that work together with the verified winners to arrange the official inauguration events.”
Following three years of intensive campaigning, an unprecedented volume of votes and support from South Africans and visitors alike, Table Mountain will now – pending final verification – take its place in the history books for the wonder that it is.
“This is an extraordinary moment for us,” Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille declared to the crowd gathered at the V&A Waterfront. “Our mountain, which all of us treasure, is now officially acknowledged as one of the marvels of the environment.”
De Lille described Table Mountain as “a symbolic representation of permanence in a world that is full of change. It is a symbol of the heritage that we are fortunate to have. In addition to being a symbol that reminds us that we are privileged enough to live in an incredible country with remarkable assets, providing us hope for the future.”
Following a successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as Cape Town having recently been declared World Design Capital 2014, South Africans can be proud of one more outstanding achievement.
Table Mountain Cableway CEO Sabine Lehmann stated it was an incredible feat for South Africa.
“I would like to give thanks to every person who spent the time to vote for Table Mountain, as well as the celebrity ambassadors – from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Springbok rugby team to every one of the journalists, musicians, comedians, actors, politicians and sports stars who campaigned on our behalf.
“Your voices were heard, and it is because of you that Table Mountain’s natural assets have been acknowledged in this popular election,” Lehmann said.
Source: new7wonders.com, BuaNews