Throwback Thursday: the New7Wonders of Nature inauguration

In our last #ThrowbackThursday post, we followed Table Mountain's journey from one of hundreds of candidates, to one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

The final announcement was made on the evening of Friday 11 November 2011, to much fanfare!

The moment Table Mountain was announced as one of the New7Wonders of Nature, on Friday 11 November 2011. (Image: Bruce Sutherland)

It would take another six months for Table Mountain’s “provisional” status to change to “official”, as independent auditing of the votes was completed.

Finally, in December 2012, with representatives from the New7Wonders organisation present, Table Mountain was officially inaugurated as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

A special plaque was unveiled during Cape Town’s annual festive lights switch-on, and that evening, people took to the streets of Cape Town to celebrate!

“Table Mountain’s inauguration as one of the New7Wonders of Nature is a worthy recognition of this symbol that we all own and cherish,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille.

“While it defines our city, it is much greater than it. It is a natural heritage that belongs to all South Africans and, we believe, the world. I would like to thank everyone who voted for Table Mountain to win this precious accolade.”

The big reveal! (Image: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway)

Table Mountain was also featured in the decorative lights that adorn Adderley Street during the festive season.

Table Mountain lights up Adderley Street. (Image: Stuart Buchanan)

Sabine Lehmann, former managing director of the Cableway and chairperson of the Table Mountain Official Supporters’ Committee, said the economic impact of the accolade was already being felt by the Cableway.

“We have had a record November, the best in 10 years,” she said at the time.

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