Table Mountain inaugurated as wonder

6th Dec 2012

It offers tourists one of the most spectacular urban vistas on Earth and now Table Mountain in South Africa has been officially inaugurated as one of world's new natural wonders.

Staged at the foot of the mountain, a ceremony saw Cape Town's executive mayor Patricia de Lille unveiling the New 7 Wonders of Nature plaque in front of a host of international VIPs.

She said the accolade would help bring huge economic and socio-economic benefits to her city and the rest of South Africa.

The inauguration comes after the mountain was crowned one of the world's natural wonders last year following a global poll that allowed anyone in the world to vote.

De Lille said the famous landmark defined Cape Town but was also a piece of natural heritage that belonged "to all South Africans and, we believe, the world".

The New7Wonders Foundation founder-president Bernard Weber said Table Mountain's new title was one of which all South Africans could be proud.

He said Table Mountain provided a spectacular backdrop for "one of the most beautiful cities in the world", adding: "It also offers visitors the unique experience to actually walk on top of the mountain and enjoy the most awesome panoramic views."

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