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Media Release: 7 Wonders of Nature race is on…TMNP sets up public voting stations at Boulders and Tafelberg Rd VIC

Date: 2nd July 2009

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will be setting up public voting stations at the Boulders Visitor Centre and at the TMNP’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Tafelberg Rd, to enable members of the public and Park visitors to vote for Table Mountain in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will be setting up public voting stations at the Boulders Visitor Centre and at the TMNP’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Tafelberg Rd, to enable members of the public and Park visitors to vote for Table Mountain in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign.

The voting stations will open between 10:00 and 16:00 on Satur/day, 4 July and Sunday, 5 July 2009.

The public has six days left to cast their vote for Table Mountain in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign. Currently sitting at number 7 in its category, the majestic icon needs public votes to boost its position before Tuesday July 7, when voting closes.

The Tafelberg VIC is an open-access site while the Boulders penguin colony is one of the Park’s pay points. Entry into Table Mountain National Park pay points is free for Wild Card holders. Terms and conditions apply.

The TMNP has set aside Friday, 3 July 2009 is a staff voting day.

Table Mountain soared to number five, but now sits at number seven in the New7Wonders of Nature global rankings, rocketing 22 places from its previous position of 29 three weeks ago. It is now officially ahead of legendary mountains such as Mount Everest, K2 Mountain and Mount Kilimanjaro but is behind other popular sites including Mount Olympus in Greece and Vesuvius Volcano in Italy.

Well-loved and respected South African celebrities and sports stars have shown their support for the cause. The Archbishop Desmond Tutu, comedian Marc Lottering, radio DJ Natalie Becker and the Proteas cricketers have all cast their votes for Table Mountain.

To qualify for the next round, Table Mountain needs to be ranked in the top 11 of its category - mountains and volcanoes - which has 36 fellow nominees. Table Mountain is currently ranked seventh out of 37. Other categories include seascapes, lakes, islands, ice formations, waterfalls and forests.

The New7Wonders Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland announced in January 2009 that Table Mountain was one of 261 magnificent natural sites from 222 countries to have made it through to the second round in this global race to name the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The New7Wonders of Nature will be determined by votes from the public.

The public can vote online at www.votefortablemountain.com or by calling 0041 77 312 4041 and selecting Table Mountain’s three-digit code which is 332. Calls to the New 7 Wonders Swiss mobile voting number will cost R3.29 a minute in peak times (7am – 7pm) and R2.92 a minute off-peak (7pm – 7am).

Voting to select the top 77 sites (11 per category) runs until July 7 this year. Thereafter a panel of experts will select the 21 finalists (3 per category) - these will be announced on July 21 when the third and final phase of voting will begin. The official New 7 Wonders of Nature will be revealed in 2011.

Contact details for Boulders:
Tel: (021) 786 2329
Fax: (021) 786 5786

Inquiries:
Phumeza Mgxashe, Communications Manager, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: (021) 701 8692, Cell: 083 480 1522, E-mail: phumezam@sanparks.org

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