Boks back Table Mountain

2011-07-14 14:29
Boks get behind Table Mountain campaign (File)
Cape Town - The Springboks including captain John Smit have thrown their weight behind the campaign to have Table Mountain named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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The Springbok squad pledged their support for Table Mountain and became official ambassadors for the Vote for Table Mountain campaign.?

Peter de Villiers said: "I promise we’ll win the Rugby World Cup if you promise to vote for Table Mountain".

Table Mountain is in the running to be named a New 7 Wonder of Nature, a global election that predicts over one billion votes worldwide.

South Africa’s flat-topped wonder needs to beat 27 other natural sites from around the world such as the Amazon, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef to make it into the final seven.

The new Springbok ambassadors include captain John Smit, Schalk Burger, Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira, Butch James, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Andries Bekker, Morne Steyn, Jannie du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp and coach Peter de Villiers.?

The Springboks will fly the Table Mountain flag ahead of the Castle Tri-Nations tournament starting on July 23 in Sydney, Australia.

Their support will continue through to the 2011 Rugby World Cup where they will represent their country, and Table Mountain. ? They join ambassadors such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jo-Ann Strauss, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Stuart Taylor.

These celebrity ambassadors have shown their support for the campaign through their various roles in the South African media, entertainment, sporting and humanitarian industries.? ?

An independent impact report conducted by Grant Thornton, has predicted a R1.4bn annual tourism bonanza for South Africa if Table Mountain is named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. ? ?

Sabine Lehmann, chairperson of the Table Mountain Bid Committee added: "South Africans have to make sure that our flat-topped wonder makes it into the final seven. It’s a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create a legacy, an opportunity that we can’t ignore - there will never be another election like it. Once the final seven are decided, that’s it".

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