Vis­i­tors urged to save wa­ter

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Mar­vin Charles – mar­vin.charles@inl.co.za

THE CITY has in­creased its ef­forts to raise aware­ness about the drought. This time the City is tar­get­ing tourists and vis­i­tors.

Yes­ter­day the City’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for area cen­tral, Siyab­ulela Mamkeli, vis­ited Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“We wel­come each and ev­ery tourist who is vis­it­ing or plan­ning to visit Cape Town over the next few months, and be­lieve that all will have a mem­o­rable time in this beau­ti­ful city. We trust that our vis­i­tors will have the City’s best in­ter­ests at heart, and will be­come wa­ter am­bas­sadors them­selves,” Mamkeli said .

The air­port visit is one of sev­eral ini­tia­tives, among them ad­ver­tis­ing at the air­port and in in-flight mag­a­zines, and en­gage­ments with hos­pi­tal­ity fed­er­a­tion Fed­hasa to en­sure they spread the mes­sage to ho­tels and guest houses.

Mamkeli urged tourists, lo­cals and the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try to ad­here to the new level 5 wa­ter re­stric­tions.

Mean­while, de­spite heavy rain­fall over the week­end that raised the wa­ter level of the Breede River, the or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Breede River Ca­noe Marathon have made changes to the for­mat of the race, which is set to take place this week­end. It will be held over the sec­tion from Rig­gton Farm, close to Bon­nievale, to Kam’bati Re­sort, the usual sec­ond day of the marathon, rac­ing the same 33.5km stage on Satur­day and Sun­day.

“This is a fall-back plan that has been used suc­cess­fully in the past when the river level has been low,” said race com­mit­tee head Rus­sell Ikin.

“There is a lit­tle rain fore­cast for late in the week, but as the rain needs three days to get into the main Breede sys­tem, it won’t have any bear­ing on the race,” he added.

Ikin said the drought had asked a lot of them.

“The Berg marathon was the sec­ond-low­est ever, and de­spite bet­ter rains in the build-up to the Breede, the marathon will be a low-key one this year,” he said.

The dam lev­els re­main ex­tremely low, with stor­age lev­els cur­rently sit­ting at 37.2%, with 27.2% us­able wa­ter.

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