Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille becomes Table Mountain’s newest ambassador
Today, Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille became the newest ambassador for the Vote for Table Mountain campaign. While on the summit, she said that it is an honour to be part of such a successful campaign and, with enthusiasm, she commented that voting for Table Mountain has many more long-term benefits than we may initially realise.
De Lille commented that Table Mountain stood watching over the city throughout our failures and our triumphs, and that it has never judged us – it will look over us forever.
“Table Mountain is an iconic marker and serves the purpose of defining the City of Cape Town,” she said.
“But it serves a greater purpose than just providing us all with the majestic beauty of the landscape; it is a beacon that attracts tourists from all over the world.”
She emphasised that, should Table Mountain become one of the New7Wonders of Nature, it will have a positive economic effect for South Africa: more job opportunities will become available and tourism to the city, as well as to the Western Cape, will be boosted. The benefits will be substantial; this campaign will help Cape Town move forward.
Cape Town (and South Africa) is defined by its heritage, culture and diversity, and Table Mountain is part of that heritage and belongs to all of us. This needs to be recognised.
“We all own this mountain and this will never change,” said De Lille. “It is one of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth and I urge all of you to submit your votes.”
The MEC for Cultural Affairs, Sports and Recreation, Dr Ivan Meyer, who was also on the summit today, said that this is a noble campaign and that, with your help, the province hopes to double the annual number of visitors. He also reiterated that the long-term benefits are of critical importance, especially in the tourism and economic sectors.
Other members of national and provincial government who have come on board as supporters include Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk and Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde (who voted while abseiling!).
Make your mark today!
How to vote:
- If you’re in South Africa, SMS the word “TABLE” to 34874 once, twice, thrice ... And get friends and family, colleagues, strangers on the street, the guy in the elevator, to do the same! Each SMS costs R2.
- Then, regardless of where you are in the world, head online to vote for free. The process takes a bit longer than simply sending an SMS, but you do get to vote for your dream list of seven natural wonders.
- Download MXit to your mobile phone (http://m.mxit.com), go to “Tradepost” and access “MXit Cares”, click on “My Culture”, add “Vote 4 Table Mountain” as a contact and then vote as many times as you like!