Throwback Thursday: the New7Wonders of Nature inauguration
The final announcement was made on the evening of Friday 11 November 2011, to much fanfare!
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.”
Table Mountain was also featured in the decorative lights that adorn Adderley Street during the festive season.
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.
- In our next post, we look at the legacy of the New7Wonders announcement and its impact
- This is the second in a series of blogposts commemorating the fifth anniversary of Table Mountain's status as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Read the first post here